Neville Peterson LLP is a law firm concentrating in international and domestic trade regulation matters. For more than 30 years, the firm has provided legal counsel and representation to foreign and domestic corporations and industries, governments, Customhouse brokers, freight forwarders, carriers and individuals in the areas of international trade, Customs law, export controls, intellectual property, antitrust, shipping, product safety, and related Federal regulatory disciplines.
The firm’s practice spans administrative representation, litigation and counseling before United States and foreign agencies, courts and international organizations.
Bryan, Gonzalez Vargas & Gonzalez Baz, S.C. has focused for many years on representing the business interests of foreign investors in Mexico and Latin America. Clients of the Firm include large, internationally recognized, publicly-held corporations as well as small, closely-held companies active in highly specialized niche markets. The Firm employs an integrated approach in providing legal services which clearly recognizes that client business requirements frequently involve resolution of issues in several different areas of law.
Maria E. Celis has worked in Customs and international trade for over 20 years, and is a partner in the New York office of Neville Peterson LLP. She practices in the areas of international trade, Customs, export law, Food and Drug Administration, and other federal regulatory matters. She is admitted to practice before various federal courts, including U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Ms. Celis has been asked to speak before numerous groups regarding trade and compliance, including: Cargo Logistics Expo in San Diego, California and Vancouver, BC, Canada; the Mediterranean Anglo-American Business Network (MAABN) in Aix-en Provence and Marseille, France; the International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA); the Midwest Global Trade Association (MGTA), in Minneapolis, MN; the Knowledge Group (webinars); and China Shanghai Free Trade Zones, on such issues as FDA Compliance, Exporting and Business Strategies During a Recession, INCOTERMS, Free Trade Agreements, Essentials in Commercial Contracts, and Payment Terms in International Commercial Contracts; United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement; and China 301 Tariffs.
Rafael is a Managing Partner at Bryan Consulting the Trade and Business Consulting affiliate of the Mexican law offices of Bryan, Gonzalez Vargas and Gonzalez Baz.
He has vast experience in trade and customs matters, and has assisted numerous companies with issues regarding trade and logistics in Mexico and Central America. Rafael has vast experience with the implementation and operation of IMMEX (Maquila) companies in Mexico.
Rafael has served as an advisor to PROESA (El Salvador’s investment promotion agency) in matters regarding maquiladoras and free trade zones. Also, has been as an advisor to UK Trade and Investment, as well as USTR for Mexico and Latin America trade matters.
Rafael has represented the interests of foreign companies in Mexico in complicated issues such NAFTA origin verifications, denial of preferential tariff treatment under a FTA, the assessment of countervailing duties to goods imported into Mexico’ as well as dumping cases.
Rafael was part of the negotiating group for the establishment of Mexico’s Sectorial Promotion Programs or PROSEC in response to Article 303 of NAFTA.
With more than 20 years of experience, Rafael has assisted numerous companies to establish foreign subsidiaries under a duty deferral program throughout Mexico and Central America.
Rafael has an education from Universidad La Salle and the University of Texas.