Hydrocarbons reform is published in the Federal Official Gazette
May, 2021

On March 4, 2021, “Decree reforming the Hydrocarbons Act” was published in the Federal Official Gazette.

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The Federal Electricity Commission launches four international public bids for the construction of combined cycle power plants in Mexico
May, 2021

On April 24th the Federal Electricity Commission (“CFE”) issued four international public bids for the construction of combined cycle power plants in several States of Mexico (the “Bids”).

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Subcontracting reform brings significant changes to Mexican labor market
April, 2021

Today, in the evening edition of the Official Federal Gazette, the decree was published amending provisions of the Federal Labor Act; the Social Security Act, the National Workers Housing Fund Institute Act; the Federal Tax Code; the Income Tax Act; and the Value Added Tax Act, regarding Labor Subcontracting.

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Publication in the Federal Official Gazette of the National Registry of Mobile Phone Users
April, 2021

On April 16, 2021, the Mexican Executive Branch published in the Official Federal Gazette the DECREE amending various provisions of the Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Act (the “Decree”), charging the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones) (“IFT”) with incorporating, into its current Public Telecommunications Registry, a new National Registry of Mobile Phone Users (the “National Registry”).

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Approval in Chamber of Senators of the bill reforming subcontracting
April, 2021

We previously informed you of the approval of the reform bill to regulate subcontracting in the Chamber of Deputies. Following up on this, we are informing you that today it was approved in the Chamber of Senators. This means that the reform has been fully approved, and that it will enter into force with its publication in the Official Federal Gazette (DOF), probably May 1 or before.

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Approval in Chamber of Deputies of the bill reforming subcontracting
April, 2021

Yesterday the Chamber of Deputies announced the approval opinion of the reform bill to regulate subcontracting, which bill was presented at the end of last year by the Federal Executive Branch. The laws that will be affected by the reform are the Federal Labor Act, the Social Security Act, the National Workers Housing Fund Institute Act, the Federal Tax Code, the Income Tax Act (hereinafter, IT) and the Value Added Tax Act (hereinafter, VAT).

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COFECE Issues Modifications on Concentration Notification Guidelines
April, 2021

On April 8, 2021, the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (the “Commission”) issued the amended Concentration Notification Guidelines (the “Guidelines”)1, which include several topics that were not previously addressed. The purpose of the amendments is to provide more certainty to economic agents on how the Commission analyzes concentrations. Among the most relevant amendments included in the Guidelines are the following:

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Agreement on the Bill reforming subcontracting in the Federal Labor Law
April, 2021

Today, the president of the Mexican Republic, together with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and representatives of the Legislative Branch, announced an agreement with the principal representatives of the business and worker sector with respect to the Bill reforming subcontracting, which was presented at the end of last year.

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Executive Branch sends Hydrocarbons Bill to the Chamber of Deputies
March, 2021

On March 26, 2021, the Federal Executive Branch sent to the Deputies Chamber a “Bill with draft Decree amending the Hydrocarbons Act”.

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Decree Reforming the Electricity Industry Law and Directive withdrawing the Reliability Policy issued by SENER
March, 2021

As a follow-up to our publication released on February 5, 20211 , recently various acts have been published in the Federal Official Gazette (“DOF”) with a significant impact on the Mexican electricity industry, specifically, (i) the Decree amending provisions of the Electricity Industry Law (“LIE Reform Decree”) and (ii) the Directive Withdrawing the Reliability Policy issued by the Federal Ministry of Energy (“SENER”) in May, 2020 (the “Reliability Policy Withdrawal Directive“).

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The Chamber of Deputies takes up the approval of the Federal Law for the Regulation of Cannabis again
March, 2021

Yesterday March 10, 2021 the plenary of the Chamber of Deputies concluded the discussion of the Federal Law for the Regulation of Cannabis as part of the process of its legislative approval. Although the chamber approved many of the provisions previously discussed and approved in the Senate, it also included certain important changes that will have to return to the Senate for their discussion and possible approval.

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Chambers and Partners 2021 Rankings
February, 2021

We are proud to share that our firm has been ranked by Chambers and Partners Global 2021 as a “Top Firm”. Chambers and Partners conducts a thorough annual investigation process to identify the top 1% firms, teams and lawyers around the world.

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Relevant events in the electricity sector: Initiative to reform the Power Industry Law and the Supreme Court’s decision of the Constitutional Controversy
February, 2021

In recent days the following events have impacted the Mexican power industry: (i) on February 1, 2021, the filing before the House of Representatives (Cámara de Diputados) of a “preferential” initiative by the office of the Mexican President (the “Initiative”), which aims to modify the Power Industry Law (“LIE”, for its initials in Spanish) and (ii) the decision of the Second Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (“SCJN”) in Constitutional Controversy 89/2020 that the Federal Competition Commission (“COFECE”, for its acronym in Spanish) filed against the Reliability Policy that the Ministry of Energy (“SENER”, for its acronym in Spanish) issued in May of last year.

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Changes to the Protocol for the Legitimation of Collective Bargaining Agreements
February, 2021

Today the Directive amending the Protocol for the Legitimation of existing Collective Bargaining Agreements (hereinafter, “the Directive”), was published in the Official Federal Gazette (DOF).

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IMMEX, ALTEX and ECEX companies are exempt from compliance with the minimum levels of exports necessary to maintain their programs
February, 2021

Today the Ministry of Economy published a criterion on its web page related to the minimum level of exports that IMMEX, ALTEX and ECEX companies must comply with and declare every year to maintain their programs. In recognition of the terrible situation the export industry suffered during fiscal year 2020 because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their operations, it was determined that the IMMEX, ALTEX and ECEX companies are not obligated to prove that they met the minimum level of exports required during that fiscal year. However, it is clarified that they will still be obligated to present the annual operations report for fiscal year 2020 according to the normal rules.

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Third suspension in the activities of the Mexican Antitrust Commission and its procedures
January, 2021

The Board of the Commission in its ordinary session held on January 26, which was published in the Official Gazette on January 29,1 decided that the initial suspension (December 14 to December 18 and January 11 to January 15, “Initial Suspension”) and the second suspension (January 18 to January 29, “Second Suspension”) of terms will be extended. In this regard and effective as of February 2 of this year, all times and terms will be suspended until February 19, 2021 (“Third Suspension”), excepting those related to merger control procedures and the issuance of opinions or decisions in the granting of licenses, concessions, permits and similar procedures.

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The acquisition of vaccines against COVID-19 by the state governments and entities of the National Health System is regulated
January, 2021

Yesterday the Federal Ministry of Health published a directive in the Federal Official Gazette that establishes, as an extraordinary public health action, that the governments of the states and public and private entities of the National Health System may assist in the National Vaccination Policy against the SARS-CoV2 virus, through the direct acquisition of the vaccine with their own resources.

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Von Wobeser boosts team with new partners and counsel
January, 2021

Mexico City, January 2021.- Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. is delighted to announce that it has bolstered the firm with the appointment of two partners and five counsel with complementary areas of expertise, in furtherance of our full-service approach to better serve our clients.

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The National Trade Facilitation Committee is created
January, 2021

The Directive creating the permanent National Trade Facilitation Committee (Committee) was published today in the Official Federal Gazette (DOF), the purpose of which is to coordinate the Federal Public Administration for the adequate design, execution and evaluation of the strategies for facilitating the international trade of merchandise.

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WhatsApp announces changes to its terms and conditions
January, 2021

On March 4, 2021, communications platform WhatsApp announced certain changes to its terms and conditions of use that would affect more than two billion registered users, and whose acceptance as of February 8 would be a prerequisite to continue using its messenger service.

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