Diego A. Andrade

Diego A. Andrade

10077 Grogan’s Mill Road, Suite 325
The Woodlands, Texas 77380

Phone. 832-764-7210
Fax. 832-764-7210
Main. 832-764-7200
E-mail. dandrade@lkclawfirm.com

Areas of Practice

International Trade and Arbitration
Corporate and Cross-border Transactions
Mexico and Latin America

Professional Summary

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, and FCPA and UKBA compliance investigations in Latin America. He has been in private practice with prestigious law firms in Mexico, the European Union (EU), and the US and has extensive in-house experience working across different industries and countries. Throughout his career he has worked in different 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 Competition Commission, and as in-house counsel in charge of Latin America for several major multinational corporations in the automotive, nutritional, pharmaceutical, energy, and utility 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, the 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 trade and labor related 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.

Education Background

LL.M. - The University of Chicago Law School - 1996
Dr. Jur. - Universität Wien – 1994 (International and EU Law)
J.D. - Universidad Iberoamericana – 1992 (México)

Honors & Awards

Global Law Experts, UK, GLE Awards, Nomination for Mexico Arbitration Expert, 2019 and 2020
Global Law Experts, UK, GLE Awards, Nomination for Corporate Firm of the Year, Mexico, 2020
The Lawyer Network, UK, Mexico Arbitration Nomination, 2020
Acquisition International, AI Global Media, UK, issue 12, 2019, interview “Going Above and Beyond for Clients”
Leaders in Law, UK, Mexico listing 2019
International Advisory Experts, UK, Mexico listing 2018
Who’s Who Legal – ABA Section of International Law, Law Business Research, publication on Brazil, 2009, interview Corporate Counsel Q & A

Professional Affiliations

Mexico Bar Association (BMA)

Bar Admissions

Admitted to Mexico Bar
Affiliated to State Bar of Texas as Foreign Legal Consultant, certified by the Supreme Court of Texas