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Enrique Arellano
Office:
Moliere 39 - 9
Chapultepec Polanco
11560
City:
Mexico City
Country:
Mexico
Tel:
+52 55 52 80 12 33 / 52 55 52 80 43 21
Fax:
+52 55 52 80 30 67

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Corporate Immigration

WHAT ENCOURAGED YOU TO SPECIALISE IN CORPORATE IMMIGRATION LAW?

I decided to specialise in corporate immigration law 41 years ago, after I noticed that there were no reliable and professional Mexican law firms in this sector. At the same time, I observed that Mexico was gradually entering global markets that would result in a growing need for experts in this field.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE?

Opening my own law firm specialising in corporate immigration law was my biggest dream when I was a young lawyer fresh out of law school. I turned this dream into a reality and achieved this goal all on my own, maintaining deep respect and love for my profession. Forty-one years later, the firm is comprised of more than 50 professionals, with three offices throughout Mexico. In addition, it has gone from being a boutique law firm to forming part of CIBT/Newland Chase as of 2016. CIBT/Newland Chase provides worldwide global visa and immigration services with more than 1,400 employees and 55 offices. This, I must say, definitely represents the highlight of my career.

WHAT ENCOURAGED YOU TO START YOUR OWN BOUTIQUE LAW FIRM?

As I mentioned earlier, when I finished my law degree in 1976, I realised there was a real void in regard to reliable and professional corporate immigration lawyers in Mexico. This, in addition to my passion for this specialisation, motivated me to found a corporate immigration law firm that would grow to be the best, the largest and the most professional firm in Mexico in this field.

HOW HAS THE PRACTICE OF CORPORATE IMMIGRATION CHANGED BETWEEN 1976 AND TODAY?

Definitely corporate immigration law in Mexico has made a major turnaround in the last 41 years. For more than 40 years Mexico had a law that involved bureaucratic processes, with an excess of unnecessary requirements for foreigners in Mexico. However, as of 2012 a new immigration law was enacted which brought significantly positive changes to the forefront, reducing redundant immigration processes, as well as streamlining processes and shortening turnaround time. Furthermore, for the first time, the main purpose of the law was to ensure the respect for human rights of all immigrants in Mexico, guarantee access to health and education services and the de-penalisation of irregular immigration.

TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU INCORPORATE INNOVATING TECHNOLOGY IN THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS OF YOUR FIRM?

Considering the relevance of innovation of technology for the internal and external development of any company seeking success and the relevance of continuously updating it, one of our firm’s strongest building points is its technological platform and the ongoing development of better technology and systems of control. Our tracking systems allow us to follow up on each immigration process of our clients on a real-time basis, always abiding by highest standards of security, compliance and confidentiality for the safeguarding of the information of our corporate clients, their personnel and of our own employees.

HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE LEGAL MARKET TO UNRAVEL IN THE UPCOMING YEARS?

As I have stated in previous years, I am convinced that corporate immigration law in Mexico will gradually continue to transform as it plays an important role in the globalisation of the country; in our closeness to the US; and in our position as leader in promoting free trade agreements, and as the strongest economy in all Latin America. As we know, worldwide long-term relationships are conditioned by globalisation and all the variables deriving therefrom. In this scenario, people of many nationalities are required to transfer from one country to another for certain periods. Thus, several countries, among them Mexico, receive with greater frequency a considerable flow of requests by foreigners to enter and travel through Mexican territories. This will definitely give rise to the strengthening of respect for human rights of all individuals that travel through the country, and to the consistency among policies that should be guaranteed to our nationals abroad, regarding security, cultural integration and respect.

WHAT IS YOUR SECRET FOR SUCCESS?

For me the secret to success has been to always maintain the highest professional standard in all my work, confronting the challenge of each case with dedication and passion. Additionally, it is important to be in the forefront of issues within my field of expertise. This can only be achieved through practice and perseverance.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUNG LAWYERS INTERESTED IN SPECIALISING IN CORPORATE IMMIGRATION LAW?

First, they must make sure that this is truly their calling and passion. Following that, they must focus all their efforts in this industry, having the necessary sharp sense to comprehend the complexity behind some cases, and to immediately recognise the needs of each client in order to provide the highest quality of service in the most professional manner possible. 

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Mexico - Corporate Immigration

Enrique J Arellano is the founder and general director of Enrique Arellano Rincon Abogados S de RL de CV, specialising in Mexican corporate immigration law since 1976. The firm is committed to delivering high-quality, professional immigration services to a wide variety of multinational companies. The main offices are located in Mexico City, with regional offices in Monterrey, Guadalajara and Puebla.

Mr Arellano is a native of Mexico City and is a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) law school, where he served as the immigration specialist on the university's board of regents' legal committee. He speaks Spanish and English.

He is a member of the National Bar Association of Mexico; the Mexican National College of Lawyers; the National Association of Immigration Lawyers of Mexico; the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), VP Mexico Chapter 2012/2013; the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers; and Visalaw International. He was the director of the immigration studies committee for UNAM and the 2011–2012 chair of the immigration and nationality law committee of the International Bar Association.

Mr Arellano lectures frequently at national and international immigration conferences. He has published various articles and has contributed to several global publications related to Mexican immigration issues. He served as a member of the immigration commission for the National Development Plan during Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon’s term. Mr Arellano is an immigration consultant for over 350 multinational corporations. Mr Arellano has been selected among the top 15 most highly regarded individuals internationally in his field by Who’s Who Legal since 2013.

WWL says: Enrique Arellano is the foremost practitioner in the Mexican immigration arena and is considered "absolutely the best to go to in Mexico".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Mexico which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Corporate Immigration

Enrique J Arellano is the founder and director of Enrique Arellano Rincon Abogados SC, specialising in Mexican corporate immigration law since 1976. The firm is committed to delivering high-quality, professional immigration services to a wide variety of multinational companies. The main offices are located in Mexico City, with regional offices in Monterrey, Guadalajara and Puebla.

Mr Arellano is a native of Mexico City and is a graduate of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) Law School, where he served as the immigration specialist on the university's board of regents' legal committee. He speaks Spanish and English.

He is a member of the National Bar Association of Mexico; the Mexican National College of Lawyers; the National Association of Immigration Lawyers of Mexico; the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), VP Mexico Chapter 2012/2013; the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers; and Visalaw International. He was the director of the immigration studies committee for UNAM and the 2011/2012 chair of the immigration and nationality law committee of the International Bar Association.

Mr Arellano lectures frequently at national and international immigration conferences. He has published various articles and has contributed to several global publications related to Mexican immigration issues. He served as a member of the Immigration Commission for the National Development Plan during Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon’s term. Mr Arellano is an immigration consultant for over 350 multinational corporations. Mr Arellano has been selected among the top 15 most highly regarded individuals internationally in his field worldwide by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration since 2013.

WWL says: "No one tops" Enrique Arellano for immigration law advice, say peers, who add, "He really is at the top of the Mexican market."

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration which can be purchased from our Shop.

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