Carlos Véjar

Local Partner, Mexico City



Carlos Véjar focuses his practice on International Trade. He represents domestic and international clients in international trade, investment arbitration and private commercial arbitration, with more than 20 years of experience advising and representing clients in various matters of international trade, investment, government procurement, regulatory compliance, unfair practices, intellectual property and customs procedures, as well as in arbitration and commercial and investment mechanisms.

Carlos has participated in more than 25 high-profile international disputes under all existing dispute resolution mechanisms in trade and investment matters, including alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, both in the public and private sector.

Carlos served in the Ministry of Economy for 20 years holding various positions, including Director General of International Trade Legal Affairs, in charge of coordinating Mexico's participation in trade and investment disputes, as well as providing legal advice on international trade negotiations and foreign trade matters under the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), among others.

Carlos worked as an International Consultant in a prestigious Canadian Law firm, providing legal advice on different aspects of international law and its relationship with the Mexican legal system, particularly in Investment Arbitration.

Carlos was part of the Permanent Mission of Mexico before the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, representing Mexico during the Doha Round Negotiations, responsible for dispute resolution and intellectual property matters. Management and participation in WTO Dispute Settlement proceedings.

Bars and Courts
Executive Master's Degree on International Relations
Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Bachelor of Laws
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)


Recently, Carlos has represented:

  • a Mexican Energy State Owned Enterprise in an arbitration under the rules of the LCIA for claims arising out of the construction of a $380 million dollar infrastructure project in Mexico (Concluded).*
  • a Mexican Energy State Owned Enterprise in an arbitration under the rules of the LCIA for claims arising out of the interpretation of the obligations of a contract related with national content of a gas pipeline (confidential amount)  (Concluded).*
  • a major Telecommunications Service Company in a multimillion dollar arbitration under the ICC rules, arising out of alleged contractual breaches (confidential) (Ongoing).*
  • a major telecommunications services provider in Mexico (confidential) (Concluded).*

*Matters worked before joining White & Case


Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas (UNAM) (Coordinator Jorge Witker): "Dispute Settlement in the Free Trade Area of the Americas / Memories of the Forum of Information and Reflection on the FTAA Negotiations" (2003).

Pauta Magazine (ICC): "Alcances, Implicaciones y Contenido del Acuerdo sobre Facilitación del Comercio" (January 2017)

Demystifying energy investment disputes in Mexico through the new USMCA, Energy Law Report, Lexis Nexis (2019)

Awards and Recognition

Next Generation Partner,
The Legal 500, 2019 – 2023

International Trade and Customs, Arbitration, 2020-2023,
Who's Who Legal: Mexico, Trade & Customs, 2022

Arbitration and Mediation
International Arbitration
Trade Law
The Best Lawyers in Mexico, 2020-2023