Beatriz Leycegui Gardoqui

Beatriz Leycegui Gardoqui

Beatriz Leycegui Gardoqui

Beatriz Leycegui Gardoqui has over 25 years of experience in international trade matters in the private, public and academic sectors.

Beatriz is a partner at SAI Law & Economics, an economics, legal and investment banking consulting firm, which she rejoined in 2013 as Head of SAI’s International Trade Law Practice Group. Position she previously held in the firm from 1999 to 2006. Beatriz’ work focuses on advising on the World Trade Organization obligations and dispute settlement, free trade agreements, investment, customs and trade remedy cases, regulatory and public policy issues; to domestic and international companies, as well as federal, state and foreign governments.

Beatriz served as Undersecretary for Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Economy of Mexico between 2006 and 2011. In that capacity, she was in charge of the international trade relationship of Mexico with the world, international trade negotiations and litigation and Mexico´s representation before economic and trade international forums and organizations (WTO, APEC, OECD and ALADI).

Beatriz’ public sector experience also includes serving as the Director of Legal Analysis at the Office in charge of negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of the Ministry of Economy between 1990 and 1992, and several positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990) and the Ministry of the Interior (1983-1988).

Beatriz has also worked as a professor and researcher at the ITAM between 2011-2012 and 1993-1999, where she published the book Reflections on Mexico’s International Trade Policy – 2006-2012. During her first tenure at the ITAM, she directed the training programs for NAFTA panelists, was the Academic Director of the North American Committee and coordinated and coauthored Trading Punches: Trade Remedy Law and Disputes under NAFTA and Natural Partners? – Five Years of NAFTA. In addition, she has published several articles and research papers.

Beatriz graduated as a lawyer from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City and holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at the University of Columbia in New York.

Beatriz is part of the World Trade Organization’s indicative list of panelists and serves as panelist and arbitrator. She is founding member and part of the Governing Board of the Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs

I. ARBITRATION EXPERIENCE

A. Investor-State Arbitration and Trade Remedies Arbitration

  • Mexico’s state representative in the dispute Abengoa, S.A. y COFIDES, S.A. v. United Mexican States (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/09/2)
  • Mexico’s state representative in the dispute Corn Products International, Inc. v. United Mexican States (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/04/1)
  • Mexico’s state representative in the dispute Archer Daniels Midland Company and Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas, Inc. v. United Mexican States (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/04/5)
  • Mexico’s state representative in the dispute Cargill, Incorporated v. United Mexican States (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/05/2)
  • Mexico’s state representative in the dispute Gemplus, S.A., SLP, S.A. and Gemplus Industrial, S.A. de C.V. v. United Mexican States (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/04/3)
  • Lead counsel in several anti-dumping cases: Brazil – Electrical Transformers; Korea – Refrigerators; China – Footwear and Leather Products, Textile and Apparel; United States – Bovine Meat; United States – Soap, Oil and Cleaning Products
  • Lead counsel in bilateral NAFTA Safeguard: US Chicken Leg Quarters
  • Assistant to a panelist under Chapter XIX of NAFTA Dispute Settlement Mechanism, Antidumping Steel Plate Case (MEX-94-1904-02)

B. State-to-State Arbitration

  • Beatriz is part of the World Trade Organization’s indicative list of governmental and non-governmental panelists.
  • Members of the arbitral panel in United States- Antidumping Methodologies (China) and the Recourse 22.6 by the United States (DS471) case.
  • Mexico’s state representative in the dispute China – Measures Related to the Exportation of Various Raw Materials (WTO/DS398)
  • Mexico’s state representative in the dispute China – Grants, Loans and Other Incentives (WTO/DS388)
  • Mexico’s state representative in the dispute United States – Certain Country of Origin Labelling Requirements (WTO/DS386)
  • Mexico’s state representative in the dispute United States – Measures Concerning the Importation, Marketing and Sale of Tuna and Tuna Products (WTO/DS381)
  • Mexico’s state representative in the dispute China – Certain Measures Granting Refunds, Reductions or Exemptions from Taxes and Other Payments (WTO/DS359)
  • Mexico’s state representative in the NAFTA Chapter XX arbitration between Mexico and the United States regarding cross-border trucking services
  • Mexico’s state representative in the dispute United States – Final Anti-dumping Measures on Stainless Steel from Mexico – Zeroing (WTO/DS344)
  • Mexico’s state representative in the dispute Mexico – Definitive Countervailing Measures on Olive Oil from the European Communities (WTO/DS341)

II. GOVERNMENT TRADE EXPERIENCE

  • Undersecretary for Foreign Trade in Mexico’s Ministry of the Economy (2006-2011). In charge of the international trade relationship of Mexico with the world, international trade negotiations and litigation and Mexico´s representation before economic and trade international forums and organizations (WTO, APEC, OECD and ALADI)
  • Represented Mexico as Senior Official in the Doha Round negotiations (2006-2011). Oversaw the preparation of and lead the Mexican delegation in the Trade Policy Review process (2008)
  • Represented Mexico as Senior Official during the FTA negotiations with Peru
  • Represented Mexico as Senior Official during the deepening of Mexico´s FTA with Colombia, Japan and the United States and Canada
  • Represented Mexico as Senior Official during the Bilateral Investment Treaties negotiations with Singapur and Kuwait
  • Represented Mexico as Senior Official during the FTA negotiations with Central America and agreed with Brazil on the terms of reference for a Strategic Economic Integration Agreement to be negotiated
  • Director of Legal Analysis of the Office in charge of negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Negotiated NAFTA’s dispute settlement, intellectual property and trade remedies provisions
  • As Senior Official implemented cumulation of origin for Mexican textile goods under the US – Central America and Dominican Republic FTA; implemented retaliatory measures against the USA for its noncompliance of NAFTA´s obligations pertaining cross-border trucking services and negotiated a settlement; and obtained a favorable result in the tuna case presented against the USA under the WTO
  • Advisor on Consular Affairs at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Legal Advisor at Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior

Banking and Financial Services, Corporate and Commercial, International Arbitration, Mediation
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Prolongacion Paseo de la Reforma 600 Santa Fe Peña Blanca
Mexico City

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