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:

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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.

What do you like the most about corporate immigration practice?

My passion and dedication in life comes from having practised Mexican corporate immigration law for 43 years. Since I founded my practice, every day has been different and has presented me with unique challenges. We must constantly be more prepared to be at the forefront in our knowledge of Mexican immigration. The integration of technology into this practice has also been a key factor in maintaining a competitive edge. In addition, I like to be in frequent communication with our clients to identify first-hand how to improve our legal practice in accordance with the needs of expatriates in my country.

What was your main challenge in establishing your law firm?

The main challenge I have had in this practice, from the first day until today, is to win and maintain 100 per cent of the trust of our customers. The only way to earn trust is through dedication, passion, professionalism, ethics and compliance – and, above all, always providing the best example inside and outside the firm.

The second challenge is training and mentoring all the young lawyers who are part of the firm, so that they develop as successful professionals in this area and continue holding up the firm’s good name, reputation and prestige.

The third challenge is to invest as much time, effort and economic resources as we can into training members of the firm, with regards to their knowledge of Mexican corporate immigration law and management of the procedures governing the practice. This includes first and foremost compliance on both national and global levels.

How have changes in world politics over recent years affected corporate migration in Mexico?

Mexico is one of the few countries that unites the four main phenomena of world migration. Firstly, it is a country of origin that, especially since the 1960s and 1970s, was an expeller of migrants to the USA and Canada. Secondly, we are a destination country, as Mexico is and always has been a country that provides all the facilities for migrants to establish themselves in the national territory. Thirdly, Mexico is a transit country, because a large number of immigrants travel from south to north or along our coasts in search of the American dream when trying to reach the USA. Fourth, Mexico is a country of return, since many of the migrants who for one reason or another made the decision many years ago to emigrate legally or illegally to the USA or other countries, later decided to return to Mexico. It is a complex challenge, as a migratory phenomenon, to facilitate their reintegration into the economy and sometimes into the culture of our country. All these phenomena constantly change because of the current global policies and events, which unfortunately tend to be more protectionist day by day, which at times works to the detriment of protecting the human rights of migrants.

What is the biggest challenge currently facing corporate migration lawyers in Mexico?

The biggest challenges are bureaucracy; negligence in the migratory processes; the ignorance of the Mexican authorities in terms of detailed knowledge of the laws, regulations and guidelines; and the corruption of the officials of the different government dependencies.

Describe the importance of pro bono work in your practice.

Within the firm pro bono is and has been a priority since I started my professional career. I am a promoter of this practice among the members of the firm – provided that the objective is for the benefit of those people with the greatest needs, who require our advice and professional assistance for their relocation and legal residence in our country. In my opinion, with this, I am able to contribute a grain of salt to the immense world of global mobility. In the end, the greatest satisfaction of this is to achieve and support the reunification of families.

How has the legal competition developed in corporate migration in Mexico since you started your career?

When I finished my professional studies in 1976 at the Law School of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, there was a subject that I was passionate about and fell in love with: immigration law. Stemming from the strong interest I had in this subject, I started to search within the law firms established at that time in Mexico City who practised 100 per cent in this field. To my surprise, I found that there was not a single firm that specialised 100 per cent in immigration. Most of the lawyers in my country were not interested in this area because they believed that there was no future or business in it. That is how I made the decision to start my own firm at the age of 23, and for more than 20 years I was one of the few firms established in Mexico that only practised immigration law. When Mexico began to form part of the globalisation phenomenon, starting with the signing of NAFTA during the administration of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, several firms that had a multidisciplinary practice opened immigration areas as they began to observe the business opportunities that this field represented. Today there are several law firms within Mexico that offer legal advice and assistance in Mexican immigration law. However, I can proudly say that after 43 years Enrique Arellano Rincón Abogados continues to be the leading firm in our country and the example for other firms to follow.

What role do well-established immigration law practitioners play in the development of lawyers seeking to specialise in the field?

My main goal has been, and will continue to be, to teach, train, support and help all young professionals who want to develop their career in this area. I can proudly confirm that Enrique Arellano Rincón Abogados is still the best school for the new generations who want to specialise in the practice of immigration law in Mexico.

Today our firm is currently made up of almost 60 professionals who form part of this big family.

What is the best career advice you have ever received?

The best advice of my career was from an ex-boss when I was a young lawyer just out of school, who told me: “You can achieve whatever you desire as long as you live by, feel and transmit a good example for you, your family and your colleagues.” From that day forward I have sought to provide a positive example in my personal and professional life, and guide others in the Enrique Arellano Rincón Abogados team in the same way that I was taught and mentored.

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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