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Javier Velasco Navarro

Javier L. Navarro-Velasco

Partner
Baker & McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Biography

Javier has been practicing law for more than 35 years. He has significant experience in national and international arbitration, bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization proceedings, as well as in civil, commercial and criminal litigation. He has been acknowledged by Chambers & Partners Global and Chambers Latin America as one of the leading dispute resolution and litigation lawyers from 2009 to 2021 yearbooks. PLC Which Lawyer? ranks him among the recommended lawyers in his area of practice in 2009 to 2011.

Javier was awarded the prestigious Doctor Honoris Causa in Law title by the Universidad Cervantina for his academic, juridical and social work. He currently coordinates Baker McKenzie's Dispute Resolution practice for Mexico, and previously coordinated the Firm's Dispute Resolution & Arbitration practice in Latin America.

Practice Focus

Javier is seasoned in national and international arbitration, and has extensive experience working on various commercial matters. He has been appointed by the Mexican government (IFECOM) as an expert in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings under the Commercial Proceedings Law, and has served as an expert witness in several trials and arbitrations in the United States. He has served as an arbitrator in several arbitration proceedings.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Representing real estate developers and credit and corporate institutions in loan agreements secured with specific guarantees.
  • Representing national and international companies in commercial proceedings involving debt collection through international agreements.
  • Representing state-owned companies.
  • Representing national and foreign banking and finance institutions.
  • Representing several national and international companies in insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Advising national and international companies on matters involving product defects.
  • Representing credit institutions and brokerage firms in suits filed against them.
  • Representing private capital firms in corporate agreement, financing and loan agreements and other cases involving violation of fiduciary provisions.
  • Representing national and foreign parties in conventional proceedings under trust or in commercial agreements.
  • Advising on agreement interpretation in several matters.
  • Representing private and government companies in arbitration proceedings as mediator in domestic and international arbitrations.
  • Representative clients include Petroleos Mexicanos, Daimler Financial Services, Dal-Tile, Mid-South Industries Inc., among others.
  • Appointed by the IFECOM as Conciliator in various proceedings in which the debt has exceeded the amount of USD 1 billion.
  • Participated as expert witness in several trials and arbitrations in the US. 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mexican Bar Association - Member 
  • Federal Institute for Bankruptcy Specialists - Member
  • American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico - Member
  • International Chamber of Commerce of Mexico - Member of the Board
  • COPARMEX - Member
  • Mexico Arbitration Centre - Ex Member of the Board
  • Spanish Club of Arbitration - Vice President
  • Latin America International Arbitration - Member
  • Arbitration Commission Nuevo León (ICC)- President
  • CCINLAC - President 

Admissions

  • Mexico (1980)

Education

  • Universidad Cervantina (2009)
  • Universidad de Salamanca Spain (Post Graduate Diploma Law) (2001)
  • Universidad de Estudios en Posgrados en Derecho (Amparo Post Grade) (1998)
  • University Regiomontana (LLM) (1983)
  • University Regiomontana (LL.B.) (1980)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Previous Offices

  • Juarez

Author, Law of Patrimonial Liability of the State and Municipalities of Nuevo Leon.

Co-author, Insolvency Chapters and General Aspects on the New Bankruptcy Law, Doing Business in Mexico, Juris Publishing, 2001.

Co-author, “Developments in Mexican Arbitration Law, Baker & McKenzie International Arbitration Yearbook, editions 2008, 2009 and 2010. 

Collaborator, Litigation in Mexico chapter, Latin Lawyer, 2009.

Author, "Conflict between incompetence and Provisional Suspension," presented at the XIV National Congress of Lawyers in Puebla

Author, "Conflict of Interest of the Arbitrators: Duty of Disclosure and Duty of Declaration of the Arbitrators," American Arbitration Yearbook No. 3 of Lima, Peru

Contributor, Players of Life and ProMagazzine magazines

Published in legal journals in Spain, Venezuela, Peru, Salvador, the United States of America, and Mexico

Presented in around 70 seminars regarding commercial arbitration, collective actions, constitutional law, amparo and product liability in Mexico, Japan, United States of America, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica