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Mexico’s online tax surveillance becomes operational

As part of the Tax Reform that became effective on January 1, 2014, the Mexican Congress passed a series of amendments to the Federal Tax Code for the purpose of modernizing and facilitating the compliance and enforcement of...more

Slowing The Juggernaut

In 1992, Mexico thrust itself on to the forefront of the international power private investment stage by amending its power sector laws to permit private sector investment in power generation assets. Those early energy...more

Businesses and Policymakers Confirm Mexican Energy Reforms Are Gaining Momentum

Earlier this year, a group of Stoel Rives attorneys traveled to Mexico to assess existing opportunities and pending developments in the Mexican power markets. Some of the reforms and key trends identified during that trip...more

Proposed Implementing Legislation for the Mexican Energy Reform Will Create an Open, Competitive Electrical Power Industry

The Mexican Congress is debating a historic package of legislation to restructure the nation’s electrical power sector. This legislation will create a more open and competitive power industry in Mexico, giving the private...more

Global antitrust enforcement - 2014 mid-year report

Antitrust authorities on the offensive – the insatiable appetite of mature regimes for ever-increasing fines continues unabated, with the U.S., EU, Brazil, South Korea, Japan and Australia on pace to surpass their 2013...more

The Pivot To Asia And The Inevitable Failure Of The Trans-Pacific Partnershps

TPP negotiators have been through more than twenty negotiating rounds since 2010, meeting in ten different countries. We could spend a lot of time on the details. Businesses have lobbied their particular interests, trying to...more

Mexico Projects Part V: Upcoming CFE Projects

One of the goals of the Mexican Constitutional reforms opening both the oil and gas and electricity sectors to private investment is to make the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) an “empresa productiva del Estado” (a...more

A new test for Mexico’s structural changes: antitrust reform – key points in one chart

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has signed a bill formalizing the implementation of important amendments to the Mexican Constitution that primarily cover telecommunications, media and antitrust....more

Citibank: Multiple Failure of Compliance as the Hammer Drops

What is the cost of the failure to perform appropriate due diligence on a regular basis? What red flags should you look for when considering doing business with a customer...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on Increased Use of Funnel Accounts by Criminals as Part of Mexican Trade-Based Money Laundering...

FinCEN issued an advisory (the “Advisory”) to update financial institutions on the increased use of “funnel accounts” as part of trade-based money laundering (“TBML”) by criminals in the aftermath of the 2010 through 2012...more

Trademark Review - Flanax, What Your Heart Desires and Tourbillon (May 2014)

TTAB Cancels Registration for a Mark Found to Misrepresent Source of the Goods - Bayer, the maker of ALEVE brand naproxen sodium pain reliever in the U.S., sells the same product in Mexico under the mark FLANAX. Bayer...more

#StartupsMX: The electrocab that came from Puebla

Mexico is having a magnificent moment in the automotive business. We have just passed Japan, and became number 2 exporter to the US. Mexico has reached 8th top global manufacturer of automobiles and 4th exporter. The big 8...more

Mexico Consumer Entertainment Spend Grows Rapidly; Now at 4.5 Billion USD

According to research from Futuresource Consulting, consumer spending on video and TV entertainment in Mexico reached USD 4.2 billion in 2013, recording a 9% growth. The company is also optimistic and expects more growth this...more

Commuting to the United States as a Permanent Resident: ‘Alien Commuters’ or ‘Green Card Commuters’

Generally, a foreign national who is a permanent resident of the United States must reside permanently in the United States or else risk losing permanent resident status. However, persons who have been granted U.S. permanent...more

US Trade with Mexico Doubles between 2009 and 2012

The Yucatan Times reports that Mexico is the United States’ second largest trading partner with about USD 500 billion worth of goods and services transferred across its borders. The outcome is considered to be the result of...more

Flummoxed By FLANAX: TTAB Cancels Trademark Registration Based On Misrepresentation As To Source Despite No Use In U.S. By...

In an interesting precedential decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) canceled a registration for FLANAX despite the fact that the petitioner, Bayer Consumer Care AG, did not use FLANAX in the United States,...more

Restrictive Covenants and the Cross-Border Employer

In most U.S. states employers are free to bind employees with restrictive covenants – which commonly take the form of post-employment restrictions on soliciting clients or employees – as a condition of employment. The wide...more

The Final Step of the Mexican Energy Reform

Mexican Congress opened a new chapter in the country’s oil, gas and electricity sectors when it opened all three to foreign investors. Supported by two thirds of the congress and most of Mexico’s states, the reform also...more

Highlights of Mexico's Energy Reform Legislation

Following the historic constitutional energy reforms the Mexican Congress passed in December 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto submitted on April 30, 2014, for approval of the Mexican Congress, the secondary...more

Mexico's Growing Focus On Combating Corruption

First Annual Mexico Summit on Anti-Corruption - More than 100 members of the Mexican legal and business communities gathered in Mexico City on March 25 and 26, 2014 to attend the American Conference Institute’s First...more

Focused on Franchise Law - May 2014

FRANCHISOR 101: When is Unreasonable, Reasonable? Crown Imports, LLC (Crown) imports Corona beer from Mexico. In 2008, two of Crown's Southern California distributors, Classic and HBC, agreed that Classic would buy...more

China-Mexico Energy Trade Ties in Progress

China and Mexico have been at opposite ends for decades, especially since the latter accused the former of flooding the U.S. market with cheap goods that affected the sales of its own. However, now that the Mexican oil and...more

A Look at Mexico’s Solar Energy Potential and Future

Based on information from Greentech Media, Mexico offers a great solar energy opportunity. This was confirmed in the Solar Energy Section Report published by Mexico’s energy department SENER. According to the document,...more

Trade & Manufacturing: News Of Note -- May 2014

House Subcommittee Advances Bill Approving LNG Exports To WTO Members - On April 9, a House subcommittee voted to advance a bill seeking to expedite the licensing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to World Trade...more

May Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released its May 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals are...more

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