Of Counsel

Francisco Cortina

Francisco Cortina


Francisco joined the firm in January 2020, as the head of the Mexico Desk, focused not only helping Mexican, but American, Canadian and Latin American clients with their personal /corporate business in Spain.

Likewise, legal help is being offered to Spanish companies doing business in The Americas.

Francisco became a partner in KPMG and in the Tax Law firm Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa for more than 18 years, both firms based in Mexico City. He is a member of the Mexican Bar association, where he was a founding member of the Foreign Trade Commission which he chaired in the 2001-2005 period. He was a member of the Board of Directors between 2005 and 2009.

In addition to this, he leaded the Foreign Trade Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), in Mexico. Currently is the Vice President of the Global Legal Customs Group (GLCA). He also is a member with a chair in the International Customs Law Academy.

Over the last fifteen years he has repeatedly appeared as outstanding lawyer in specialized publications such as Legal 500, Chambers, Who’s Who Legal and Latin lawyer.

He has given lectures at different seminars in Mexico, USA, Europe, and Asia. He has recently acted as moderator at the World Trade Organization Public Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

He was professor of Foreign Trade at the Universidad Iberoamericana Master’s degree in Corporate Law in Mexico City and at the Foreign Trade Degree Course at the ICC.

He has published papers and articles in specialized journals and newspapers, both in Mexico and abroad.

Themis Publishers published the sixth edition of the book; Ley Aduanera, Análisis y Comentarios, written by Mr. Cortina.

On the cultural side, Francisco has written several thrillers which have been published in Mexico and Spain: La Chica IBM, (2009), Puerta Santa Fe, (2014) Distrito Federal Historias de un Secuestro (2015) and the last production; 11:53 (2018)


  • Law Degree, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City.
  • Master in Sport Law and Management, Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía.
  • Post-graduate Course in Tax Contributions. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
  • Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, Escuela Libre de Derecho and ICC.
  • Diploma in International Unfair Trade Practice and Safeguards, Mexican Bar of Law.
  • Seminars on Dispute Settlement Procedures, World Trade Organization.

Member of

  • Mexican Bar Association (BMA)
  • American Bar Association. (ABA)
  • Global legal Customs Group. (GLCA)
  • International Customs Law Academy (ICLA)