Mr. Cortina is a graduate of the Escuela Libre de Derecho law school (ELD) in Mexico City where he obtained his degree in Law in 1990.
Obtained a diploma in Federal Taxes from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. (UNAM) in Dispute Resolution by the Escuela Libre de Derecho along with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), in addition has a diploma degree in Anti-dumping, Countervailing and safeguards procedures by the Mexican Bar association. He obtained a Master Degree in 2019 in Sports Law by Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) in Madrid, Spain.

Mr. Cortina began his professional tax practice in 1989 as a consulting lawyer, providing services such as planning, consultations and litigious procedures regarding trade and customs issues, he joined KPMG in 1989 and in 1994 admitted as partner, in 2000 joined Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa lawfirm based in Mexico City. He relocated in Barcelona, Spain and joined Bartolome & Briones in January 2020, as Off Counsel.

He is a member of the Mexican Bar, where he was a founding member of the Foreign Trade Commission which he chaired in the 2001-2005 period. He was a member of the Board of Directors between 2005 and 2009. Member of the American Bar Association, participating in the international section and Business Law Section as well. In addition, he chaired the Foreign Trade Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Mexican Chapter. He has a chair in the International Customs Law Academy (ICLA). Nowadays is the current vice president of the Global Legal Customs Group (GLCA), which groups together the main lawyers in this field at international level.

Over the last fifteen years he has repeatedly appeared as outstanding lawyer in specialized publications such as Legal 500, Chambers, Who’s Who in the Legal profession.

Mr. Cortina has given lectures at different seminars in Mexico, USA, Europe and Asia. He has recently acted as moderator at the World Trade Organization Public Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

Francisco was professor of Foreign Trade at the Universidad Iberoamericana Master’s degree in Corporate Law in Mexico City and at the Foreign Trade Degree Course at the ICC – ELD.

He has published papers and articles in specialized journals and newspapers, both in Mexico and abroad. He is the Author “Customs Law, analysis, and comments” by Themis Publishers.

On the cultural side, Francisco writes thrillers which have been published both in Mexico and Spain: La Chica IBM, (2009) Puerta Santa Fe, (2014) Distrito Federal Historias de un Secuestro, (2015) and finally 11:53 in 2018.

Francisco J. Cortina Velarde

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