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An Uncertain Future for Foreign Investment in Mexico?

On October 31, Fitch Ratings lowered its long-term outlook for Mexico from stable to negative, while keeping the country’s sovereign credit rating at investment grade.  This, largely in reaction to Mexico President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s (also known as AMLO) statement on October 29 that once in office he plans to cancel the continued development … Continue Reading

Mexican President-Elect Lopez Obrador and Possible Impacts to the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Relationship

The left-leaning 64-year old Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador “known as AMLO,” who represents the MORENA Party, won the Mexican presidential election on July 1, 2018. This victory comes after two unsuccessful presidential campaigns in 2006 and 2012. AMLO’s pledge to end corruption, reduce violence and decrease poverty resonated this time with Mexican voters. He will … Continue Reading

Mexico Hits Back Against U.S. Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

The Mexican Government announced a series of retaliatory tariffs on a diverse group of U.S. products in reaction to tariffs imposed by the United States on imports of steel and aluminum. The response from Mexico comes after more than a year of developments in the bilateral trade relationship.  In April 2017, the Trump Administration self-initiated … Continue Reading

Mexico’s Anticorruption Legislation: New Compliance Program Requirements (PART 3)

Minimizing Risks In our two previous posts, we discussed the general outline of the Mexican National Anticorruption System, and highlighted some aspects of the General Law of Administrative Responsibility and the Federal Criminal Code that affect legal entities. We now turn our attention to what these laws refer to as an “Integrity Policy” and the … Continue Reading

Mexico’s Federal Criminal Code and the new General Law of Administrative Responsibility (PART 2)

On our previous blog post we provided the general outline and background behind Mexico’s National Anticorruption System. On this post, we will go further into the weeds of both the 2016 amendments to the Federal Criminal Code and the compliance provisions of the General Law of Administrative Responsibility as these laws apply to legal entities. … Continue Reading

Mexico’s Anticorruption Legislation and its Impact (PART 1)

Beginning in 2015, Mexico has been promulgating sweeping anticorruption legislation. Mexico first laid the groundwork with amendments to the Federal Constitution that created the National Anticorruption System. Then in 2016, Congress passed the National Anticorruption System’s implementing legislation through a series of new laws and important amendments to existing ones.… Continue Reading

Protection of personal data in the EU and Mexico

Protecting the personal data of individuals has become a major concern worldwide. As a result, several countries have adopted new regulations that aim to provide or enhance such protection. Here, we will briefly present some of the most relevant features of the data protection regulations recently adopted by the European Union (“EU”) and Mexico, two … Continue Reading

Trademark Registration in Mexico

Several factors must be considered prior to filing a trademark application in Mexico. These factors include: a) prior use of the trademark; b) prior trademark registrations or applications in other countries; c) searches of identical or similar trademark registrations or applications; and, the d) accurate determination of the goods and services to be protected by … Continue Reading

Upcoming Event: Key Issues in International Agency and Distribution Agreements

September 19, 2017 – Paula Galhardo and Fernando Cano-Lasa, Of Counsels at Squire Patton Boggs, will participate on a panel discussion on “Key Issues in International Agency and Distribution Agreements: Focus on Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and U.S.” at the Houston Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Section Luncheon. Panelists will review the areas that most directly affect distribution and agency agreements: … Continue Reading

U.S., Mexican, and Canadian Officials Conclude First Round of NAFTA Modernization Talks

On August 20, trade officials from the United States, Mexico, and Canada concluded the first round of negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a joint statement released following five days of talks, trade officials reiterated their commitment to updating the deal, continuing domestic consultations, and working on draft text. They … Continue Reading

Trump Administration Unveils NAFTA Negotiating Objectives Ahead of First Round of Talks

This week, the Trump Administration took a major step forward in laying the groundwork for the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  On July 17, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released a summary of the Administration’s negotiating objectives for the upcoming NAFTA talks. Under Section 105 of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation passed … Continue Reading

President Trump Closes 100 Days in Office with Trade EOs, Debate of NAFTA Withdrawal

Under pressure to make good on campaign promises as his first 100 days in office drew to a close, President Donald Trump considered a number of new trade-related actions last week, highlighting the importance of stakeholder engagement with his Administration on trade matters. On Wednesday, April 26, reports emerged that President Trump was seriously considering … Continue Reading

US Officials Travel to Mexico City as Part of Ongoing Bilateral Talks

On Wednesday, February 22, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly arrived in Mexico City for a series of meetings with senior Mexican officials, including Foreign Relations Minister Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of Government Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, and Secretary of National Defense General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, among others. During … Continue Reading

NAFTA: Mexican Trucking Program

President Trump’s plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) may also impact a controversial program that allows Mexican carriers to make long-haul deliveries in the U.S.  As part of the NAFTA agreement, the U.S. and Mexico agreed to allow trucks from each country to carry goods across the border for deliveries anywhere inside … Continue Reading

President Trump Withdraws US from Trans-Pacific Partnership; Action on NAFTA Renegotiation Expected

On Monday, January 23, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum formally withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, following up on one of his biggest campaign promises. The memorandum directs the U.S. Trade Representative to notify the other TPP parties and the Depository of the TPP that the United States will be … Continue Reading
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