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Our 19th Annual Global Trade and Supply Chain Webinar Series entitled, “International Trade Developments in a Challenging New World,” includes the latest international trade developments.

This year, in a variety of sessions, our panels of experts will cover the key developments and latest trends on sanctions, export controls and Foreign Investment Review regimes. On the inbound side, there will be sessions on opportunities and compliance challenges arising out of FTAs, hot topics on Customs valuation, trends in customs audits and supply chain compliance challenges and logistics.

Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Opportunities and Compliance
25 January 2022

Our first session in the series provides an overview about Free Trade Agreements (FTA) and the latest developments on key global agreements.

Speakers: Adriana Ibarra-Fernandez (Mexico City), Meredith DeMent (Washington, DC), Reggie Mezu (Dubai), Ivy Tan (Singapore), and Alex Alberti (London)
Moderator: Adriana Ibarra-Fernandez (Mexico City)


Adriana has over twenty years of experience in customs and foreign trade matters. She joined Baker McKenzie in 2001, became National Partner in 2005 and a Principal in 2018. She has prior experience working as legal director of Rules of Origin, Customs Procedures and Safeguards in the Mexican Ministry of Economy where she participated in the negotiation of several free trade agreements (FTAs) and in the first dispute settlement resolution cases initiated by Mexico against the US under the NAFTA. Adriana has been ranked a leading practitioner by Chambers and Partners at Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America as well as Legal 500 for ten consecutive years. She was an associate in our Guadalajara and Washington, D.C. offices and currently Heads the Firm’s North America International Commercial Practice Group in Mexico City.


Meredith DeMent counsels US and multinational companies across industry sectors on all aspects of US customs law. She focuses her practice on rapidly evolving trade policy, customs compliance, and duty mitigation strategies. She was named a rising star in international trade by Legal Media Group's Expert Guides.


Reggie Mezu is a Senior Special Counsel in Baker McKenzie’s Dubai office. He focuses on corporate tax and has practiced tax for nearly 30 years, including in the UAE for 15 years. He has multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary professional qualifications in law, accountancy and taxation.


Ivy Tan is a Senior Associate in Baker McKenzie, Wong & Leow, Singapore office.


Alexandra Alberti is a senior associate in the Competition, Trade and Foreign Investment Department of the Firm’s London office. She joined the Firm as a trainee in March 2011 and since 2014, Alexandra has focused solely on inbound and outbound trade compliance matters, primarily trade sanctions, export controls, customs, and anti-bribery and corruption. She completed a nine-month sanctions-focused secondment to a FTSE 100 FMCG company in 2016/17 and is currently on a customs-focused secondment to a global technology company. Alexandra is a member of the Firm’s Customs and Excise Practice, the UK Compliance and Investigations Practice as well as the UK International Commercial and Trade Practice, all of which are ranked Tier 1 by Legal 500 UK. She is also a member of the Customs Practitioners Group.

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