Diego has been practicing law since 1992 with a focus on international trade, arbitration, public tenders in Mexico and Latin America, corporate, contracts, competition law, cross-border transactions, FCPA and UKBA compliance investigations in Latin America. He has been in private practice with prestigious law firms in Mexico, European Union (EU), and the US and has extensive in-house experience working across different industries and countries. Throughout his career he has acted in different capacities in public and private functions, including as external governmental advisor during the negotiation of the Mexico – EU Free Trade Agreement, as attorney of the Mexico Federal Economic Competition Commission and as in-house counsel in charge of Latin America for major multinational corporations in the automotive, nutritional, pharmaceutical, energy, and utilities sectors. Throughout his career Diego has negotiated major settlements, created debt schemes in Latin America, and secured major contracts in high-profile tenders throughout the Americas. He coordinates attorneys in several jurisdictions, including international antitrust and concentrations. Diego is fluent in Spanish, English, German, and French, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.
As Head of the Firm’s International Trade Practice Group, Diego provides guidance navigating the inherent complexities of business in Latin America, conducts due diligence in the Americas, and protects clients from exposure to commercial risk including compliance, sanctions, expropriation, and frivolous litigation. Diego advises US and foreign corporations starting operations in Mexico and Latin America and provides strategic support to domestic corporate attorneys advising foreign clients doing business in Texas.
The Firm’s International Trade Practice Group provides comprehensive advice to clients with global commerce needs and a one-stop shop for legal services by coordinating with a vast network of foreign law firms in Latin America, EU, and other Regions of the Globe. Diego manages the Firm’s alliance with one of Mexico City’s leading law firms, IHMA Abogados y Consultores, S.C, which is home to a team of lawyers trained in both the US and Mexico. This strategic alliance allows us to provide integrated legal services in cross-border transactions and comprehensive legal advice in any trade or labor matter governed by the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) that replaced NAFTA.
As a matter of principle, Diego favors constructive working relationships with a strong hands-on approach and proactive application of the law. Leger Ketchum & Cohoon, PLLC is driven to implement solid, cost-efficient, and positive solutions tailored to the business needs of each client.