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. He obtained a diploma in Federal Taxes from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in 1994-1995, in Dispute Resolution by the Escuela Libre de Derecho along with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in 2004, in addition has a diploma degree in Anti dumping, Countervailing and safeguards procedures by the Mexican Bar association in 2006.

He attended World Trade Organization seminars in Dispute resolutions under the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2003 and 2004, and participated as moderator in the Public Forum in the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland 2011.

In 2000 joined CHEVEZ, RUIZ, ZAMARRIPA Y CIA., S.C., as a partner in the Trade and Customs area. His practice includes; Customs law, indirect taxes related with trade & Customs operations, International Trade law, Free Trade Agreements (FTA) and procedures under WTO. Prior, he 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, joined KPMG, as an associate in 1995, and admitted as partner in 1999.

Moreover, Mr. Cortina founded the Trade and Customs Commission of the Mexican Bar association (Barra Mexicana) leading such commission throughout 2001-2005.

He is an associate of the American Bar Association (ABA), in which actively participates in the Mexico, Customs and International Trade committees. Mr. Cortina headed the Foreign Trade Commission, of the International Chamber of Commerce in Mexico (ICC Mexico) in 2003.
Moreover he is the Vicepresident of the Global Legal Customs Association (GLCA) an organizations that admits only one lawfirm per country.

Francisco numbered Academic of the International Academy of Customs Law.

Mr. Cortina has participated as speaker in various Trade and Customs seminars in Mexico, US, Canada and Europe.

Mr Cortina is listed as noted T&C lawyer by: Legal 500, Chambers, Who’s who legal and Latin Lawyer, recurrently during last decade.

In the Mexico City based, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mr Cortina teaches Trade and Customs law. He is also a professor in the Diploma Course in Trade & Customs by the ICC and ELD.

Mr. Cortina has written sundry articles in connection with his specialty published in several newspapers, and specialized publications.

Editorial Themis, published the eight edition of “Analysis and comments to the Mexican Customs Law”, written by Mr. Cortina. (First edition from 1998) Participated as co Author in the chapter Mexico of the book “Transfer pricing and Customs Valuation” published by IBDF in Holland.

In 2011 published “The IBM girl- tales of a Kidnap” his first novel and in 2014 “Puerta Santa Fe” by Oceano publishers. In November 2015 the thriller “Federal District” was published in Spain by AlReves publishers.

Francisco J. Cortina Velarde

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01219 Ciudad de México

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