Adrián Cisneros Aguilar, Attorney
Adrián oversees Harris Bricken’s Mexico practice, where he helps companies on US-Mexico cross border legal matters, including cannabis law matters, Latin American and European companies on China and International Law issues, and local companies with international and domestic business transactions. Adrian is also an integral part of our Latin America desk and a regular contributor to the award-winning China Law and Canna Law blogs. In addition to his work at Harris Bricken, Adrián also teaches law and business at Universidad Anáhuac, one of Mexico’s most prestigious universities and heads up an international consultancy for SMEs and governments looking to set up and operate effectively in Mexico or Asia.
Adrián studied Law at Panamericana University in Mexico City and later earned a Master’s degree in International and Chinese Law at Wuhan University, where he graduated with “Excellence”, and a Doctor of Laws degree with specialization courses in Chinese Law at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he received an “Excellent International Postgraduate Student Award.” He then became the first Mexican attorney to earn a Doctor’s degree in Law in China.
Before joining Harris Bricken, Adrián was a house-lawyer for a leading European hotel and real estate development company.
In his spare time, Adrián enjoys spending time with his family, teaching, visiting museums and historical sites, working on his languages, and enjoying the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya.
More About Adrián
Panelist: Everything About Cannabis Legalization in Mexico webinar, Asociación de Abogados Litigantes de México A.C., July 14, 2021.
Panelist: The Mexican Supreme Court and Adult Use Cannabis webinar, Lawgic, July 1, 2021.
Speaker at The Johns Hopkins Law Review 2021 Annual Spring Gala, April 21, 2021.
IMMEDIATE FUTURE, Ley Federal para la regulación del cannabis, Lawgic, April 1, 2021.
Mexican Regulation for Doctors, Mexican Regulation for Pharma Industry, Mexican Regulation for Agribusiness Industry, and Mexican regulation for Commercial and VC, Cannabis Mexico Summit, March 25-28, 2021.
Padrón Nacional de Usarios de Telefonía Móvil, American Chamber of Commerce Mexico, May 26, 2021.
Cannabis in Mexico Part 2: The Q&A, Harris Bricken webinar, March 4, 2021.
Cannabis in Mexico, Harris Bricken webinar, January 28, 2021.
Could Mexican Companies Benefit from an FTA with China?, Centro de Estudios China-México UNAM, August 16, 2017.
Consejos para Internacionalizarse hacia Asia-Pacífico, CONCAMIN, June 8, 2017
Opportunities for Market Diversification in Asia-Pacific, COPARMEX, ofrecida en Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, February 9, 2017.
Importancia de Internacionalizarse para el Pequeño Empresario Productor, México Alimentaria Food Show, 2017.
China sees Mexico as a bridge facing increasing costs and conflicts with the U.S., Bloomberg Línea, August 31, 2021.
U.S.-China War Opens Windows, Negocios, July 19, 2021.
Mexico ruling opens new opportunities in looming marijuana giant, Marijuana Business Daily, July 8, 2021.
Mexico’s medical marijuana program offers firms a chance to enter new adult-use industry, Marijuana Business Daily, February 10, 2021.
Time to invest in cannabis in Mexico is now, attorneys say, Hemp Industry Daily, February 5, 2021.
¿Será China una alternativa para México?, Imagen Radio, March 21, 2018.
Mexico’s Alibaba Deal Unlikely to Boost Trade With China to Defy Reliance on US, Sputnik, December 9, 2017.
INTERVIEW: Mexico should look to China as a long-term business ally, Xinhua, December 7, 2017.
Trump may have pushed Mexico into the arms of China’s Alibaba, CNBC, September 7, 2017.
Debunk these three myths to sell in China, Expansion, June 6, 2017.
No, an FTA between Mexico and China is not feasible (for now), Forbes, June 28 2017.
Asia-Pacífico: el Tortuoso Camino Hacia la Integración, Misión Jurídica, 9, No. 11 (2016):
The Position of International Treaties in PRC and Mexican Law: Using the Chinese “Dialectical Model” to Implement and Enforce a Hypothetical Mexico-China FTA, as Related to Foreign Investment, Arellano Law and Policy Review, June 2015.
Helped Chinese citizens who had lost their homes get in touch with their Embassy in the aftermath of the 2017 Mexico City earthquake.
Taught English and Spanish to low-income students from China, Cambodia and Kazakhstan.
Collaborated with Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia of Mérida to secure and provide quilts and food to underprivileged families.
International Network of Jurists for the Integration of the Americas.
Latin America-Caribbean Academic Network on China.
Universidad Panamericana Academic Contest Scholarship recipient.
As a scholarship recipient, was selected to attend one year of law school under the North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE), McGill University, Faculty of Law, Montreal, Canada.
Wuhan University, one of 10 Organization of American States-China Graduate Scholarship grantees.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai Government Scholarship for International Students grantee.
Mexican Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) Scholarship recipient.
- Universidad Panamericana (Law)
- Wuhan University, International and Chinese Law (M.A.)
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Specializing in Chinese Law (Ph.D.)
Bar & Court Admissions
- Spanish (Fluent)