With over ten years of experience in the Mexican private and public sectors, Adriana Pérez-Gil specialises in international trade and investment law, focusing on international dispute resolution and arbitration.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Adriana worked at the Ministry of Economy of Mexico over six years. Three years as Senior Counsel for the General Counsel of International Trade, and three years as Legal Counsel at the Representation of the Ministry of Economy to the EU, in Brussels.

As a public official, Adriana participated in different stages of many investor-State arbitrations (ICSID and UNCITRAL) and State-State disputes (WTO) on behalf of the Mexican Government. During 2016 and 2017, she acted as part of the Counsel of the Mexican Government for the DSU Article 21.5 and 22.6 compliance proceedings in the WTO DS381: United States – Measures Concerning the Importation of Mexico, Marketing and Sale of Tuna and Tuna Products. Adriana also participated in numerous international trade and investment negotiations, including those with North America, the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and the Transpacific Partnership. Additionally, she provided advice on international trade and investment law matters related to the international trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties signed by Mexico.

While working for the private sector, Adriana focused on a variety of international trade matters, including WTO and trade defence; and provided advise in investment law matters to Mexican and foreign investors. She also participated as a panel assistant for two binational panels under the North America Free Trade Agreement Chapter XIX.


Spanish, English, French


  • World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Master of International Law and Economics, cum laude, 2013
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Bachelor of Law, magna cum laude, 2010

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    • 04/02/2021
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    EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI)

    On 30 December 2020, the European Union and the People’s Republic of China (China) announced an agreement in principle on the content of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). On 22 January 2021, a part of the text of that agreement was published. The full text, including the remaining annexes, is expected to be published in February 2021. This Client Alert provides a general overview of the CAI and discusses the current absence of any investment protection / ISDS provisions.

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    • 12/01/2021
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    Investment Protection Implications of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)

    On 24 December 2020, the European Union (“EU”) and the United Kingdom (“UK”) agreed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the “TCA”), with provisional application from 1 January 2021. Title II of Part Two, Heading One (Trade) of the TCA includes provisions relating to “services and investment”. Yet, the provisions are minimal. In respect of investment protection, the TCA is more notable for what is out than what is in. This Client Alert provides our short analysis of the TCA’s investment protection provisions. It considers and discusses the TCA’s implications for EU-UK investors and what steps should now be taken by investors to maintain international protection for EU-UK investments. Please click on the link below to read our Client Alert on this topic.

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