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Will Mexico suspend bidding rounds and farm-outs?
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Mexico
  • 15 October 2018

The 2013 energy reform significantly opened up the energy sector to private participation, thus ending the state's decades-long monopoly. However, the newly elected administration has pledged to revisit the reform and grant the state greater control of the sector. Although there have been mixed messages in this regard, the new administration has confirmed that the third bidding round for granting exploration and production licences and share production agreements will be suspended indefinitely.

Insurers' and bonding companies' obligations regarding sensitive user information amended
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • 02 October 2018

The National Insurance and Bonds Commission recently amended the Sole Provisions on Insurance and Bonds, removing the obligation for insurers and bonding companies to inform the commission when their users' sensitive information is altered, extracted, lost, deleted or suspected of having been accessed without authorisation or compromised. Now, insurers and bonding companies must immediately conduct an investigation and notify affected users of a data breach within three working days.

New president will shift course of energy reform
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Mexico
  • 01 October 2018

Throughout his campaign, and now as president elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sent mixed messages with respect to various core reforms implemented by the outgoing administration, including the energy reform adopted in late 2013. Although the incoming administration has publicly stated that it will reverse the reform where possible, it is likely to adopt a more central position once it takes office and faces the actual challenges that must be overcome.

New rating guidelines, same rules
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Telecoms
  • Mexico
  • 26 September 2018

The Ministry of the Interior recently issued the Guidelines for the Audiovisual Content Classification of Broadcasting Transmissions and Pay Television and Audio Services. The 2015 guidelines dramatically increased the hours during which a programme or ad can be broadcast depending on its rating, leading to legal disputes to protect child audiences. While the 2018 guidelines maintain the same broadcast times as the 2015 guidelines, they have increased the duration of the parental warning.

New government to eliminate private medical insurance for public officials
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • 18 September 2018

The recently elected government administration has publicly announced that it intends to eliminate the private medical insurance currently granted to public officials as part of their benefits. This measure aims to encourage public officials to use state medical services and reduce government expenditure. If the cancellation of this benefit is confirmed, a significant number of officials are likely to seek major medical expenses insurance, which will present an opportunity for various companies in the sector.

New judicial guidance reinforces traditional view on trusts
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Banking
  • Mexico
  • 14 September 2018

Many loans involve the transfer of assets to a collateral or payment-source trust, especially (but not exclusively) when dealing with cash-generating assets, such as long-term contracts or receivables. A 2016 federal collegiate circuit court decision could jeopardise these structures in the context of insolvency proceedings. However, new judicial guidance was recently issued to reinforce traditional considerations regarding trusts.

New forest regulation aims to improve resource management
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Mexico
  • 20 August 2018

In recent years, Mexico has seen the significant deterioration of its forest resources, making it one of the 10 worst countries in terms of deforestation. To combat this issue, the New General Law for Sustainable Forest Development was recently published in the Federal Official Gazette. The law is an attempt to focus Mexico's forestry regulation on better management of resources, while also safeguarding human rights and social involvement.

Amendment to Insurance Law mandates insurers to offer products for disabilities
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • 14 August 2018

A recent amendment to the Insurance Law has mandated medical expenses insurers to offer insurance products that cover risks which can cause disabilities in individuals. The amendment decree also revised the General Law for the Inclusion of Disabled Individuals, which prohibits any type of discrimination against individuals with any type of disability.

TELECOMM invites applicants to bid for National Backbone Network
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Telecoms
  • Mexico
  • 01 August 2018

Telecomunicaciones de México recently issued a call inviting applicants to compete in the bidding for the Red Troncal project (ie, the National Backbone Network), which has been in the works since the 2013 constitutional telecoms reform. The winning party will enter into a public-private partnership for the design, financing, installation, deployment, operation, strengthening, maintenance and development of the network and the provision of wholesale telecoms services.

CONDUSEF amends general rules for registry of insurance adhesion contracts
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • 31 July 2018

The National Commission for the Protection and Defence of Users of Financial Services (CONDUSEF) recently amended the General Provisions for the Registry of Insurance Adhesion Contracts in order to specify which additional documents must be included in the contractual documentation of such contracts and registered before the National Insurance and Bonds Commission and CONDUSEF.

What can banks expect from the new president?
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Banking
  • Mexico
  • 20 July 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected president on 1 July 2018 and will take office on 1 December 2018. Not only did López Obrador obtain more than 50% of the votes (approximately 30 million), his party and coalition also won an absolute majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. This is the first time in 20 years that a president will govern with this level of power. But what will this mean for the banking sector?

Red Compartida: president launches major telecoms project
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Telecoms
  • Mexico
  • 18 July 2018

The president recently launched the Red Compartida (or Shared Network), which is one of the most important projects being undertaken in the Mexican telecoms sector. The project involves a new mobile broadband network in the 700 MHz band, which will provide wholesale services under a public-private partnership structure between Altán Redes and the government. The project aims to provide mobile broadband coverage to 92.2% of the Mexican population by 2024.

CONDUSEF amends rules on good practices, transparency and advertising for insurers
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • 17 July 2018

The National Commission for the Protection and Defence of Users of Financial Services (CONDUSEF) recently amended the General Rules on Good Practices, Transparency and Advertising applicable to Insurance Companies. The amendments have added additional documents to the contractual documentation required for insurance adhesion contracts and provided the form on which insurers must include the registry numbers granted by the National Insurance and Bonds Commission and CONDUSEF.

New minimum capital requirements for insurers in 2018
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • 03 July 2018

The National Insurance and Bonds Commission recently amended the Sole Provisions on Insurance and Bonds in accordance with its annual obligation to inform insurance and bonds companies of the value of the investment unit that they must consider in calculating their required minimum paid-in capital. Insurance and bonding companies must comply with the required minimum paid-in capital every year.

Will Brexit and possible NAFTA termination affect Mexican insurers?
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • 05 June 2018

There has been much speculation around the implications of Brexit and the possible termination of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of the clear benefits of both NAFTA and the free trade agreement entered into between Mexico and the European Union was the exemption of NAFTA and EU insurers from the foreign investment restriction. However, as this restriction was eliminated in 2014, affiliates of insurers located in NAFTA and EU member states will not be substantially affected.

Numerous cyberattacks breach Banxico's Interbank Electronic Payments System
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Banking
  • Mexico
  • 01 June 2018

The funds of some participants of the Interbank Electronic Payments System (SPEI) were recently affected by a series of unprecedented cyberattacks. The Mexican Central Bank revealed that approximately $15 million (Ps300 million) had been involved in diverse irregular transfers, subject to investigation. The cybercriminals had identified a flaw in the system that permitted receivers of SPEI transfers to withdraw cash almost immediately after receiving the transfer so that the money could not be traced.

New guidelines concerning recovery of expired water concessions for exploitation of national waters
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Mexico
  • 30 April 2018

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources recently published a decree granting administrative benefits for the issuance of new concession titles for exploiting national waters to persons that hold a title which expired after January 1 2004. Notably, the decree allows for the issuance of new concession titles even if the zone or specific aquifer from which the original concession title was authorised to extract water is now considered a restricted or banned zone or aquifer.

Functional separation of Telmex leaves some sceptical
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Telecoms
  • Mexico
  • 25 April 2018

The Federal Institute of Telecommunications recently approved the final programme for the functional separation of Mexico's fixed incumbent companies as a consequence of the asymmetric regulation imposed on the América Movil Group (AMX). However, AMX has informed the Mexican Stock Exchange that it will challenge the approval of the programme and there has been some scepticism as to the results and practical consequences of the separation.

Congress approves Financial Technology Institutions Law
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Banking
  • Mexico
  • 06 April 2018

The president recently enacted the Financial Technology Institutions Law. The Senate had unanimously approved the bill on the law in December 2017 and sent it to Congress, which made no changes. The law seeks to build a regulatory framework that will encourage the development of innovative financial services, increase the level of competition and financial inclusion and place Mexico at the forefront of the industry.

IFT announces 2.5 GHz auction
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Telecoms
  • Mexico
  • 04 April 2018

The Federal Institute of Telecommunications recently announced the auction of the 2.5 GHz band. The auction's purpose is to assign the commercial use and exploitation of 120 MHz of the 2,500 to 2,690 MHz band for the provision of wireless services. Four companies and one consortium are interested in formally participating in the auction process, which is expected to be completed by November 2018.

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