Extension of the suspension in the activities and terms of the Federal Court of Administrative Justice
April, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 contingency, on April 28, 2020 the official communication SS/12/2020, issued by the Plenary of the Superior Chamber of the Federal Court of Administrative Justice (TFJA), was published on the official website of that Court, extending the initial suspension of activities and terms that ran from March 18 to May 05, 2020 until May 29, 2020.

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Update: Suspension of legal terms and deadlines for the Federal Ministry of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Mexican Energy Control Center
April, 2020

Today, the following rulings related with administrative authorities of the energy sector, were published in the Federal Official Gazette:

(i) Federal Ministry of Energy (“SENER”). “Ruling that modifies the former establishing the suspension of deadlines and legal terms in the Federal Ministry of Energy, as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic” (“ SENER Ruling”).

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Surviving COVID-19 A Guide for Directors and Corporate Managers
April, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 -or coronavirus, as it is commonly referred to- has brought drastic changes to the world economy, and the full scope of its effects cannot yet be calculated. In the midst of this unprecedented crisis, companies must make significant and difficult choices, including suspending their operations, closing some of their facilities, or staying open for business, should they carry out activities considered essential or of strategic importance in order to face the pandemic; terminating relationships with vendors; being unable to meet previously undertaken orders… a whole host of scenarios considered unimaginable up until a few months ago.

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Third extension of the suspension in the activities of the Mexican Antitrust Commission and its procedures
April, 2020

The Board of the Commission in its session held on April 27, decided that the initial (March 23 to April 17) and the second (April 20 to April 30) suspension of terms will be extended. In this regard and effective as of May 6, all times and terms will be suspended until May 29, 2020, 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 CJF considers commercial insolvency injunctions as “urgent matters”
April, 2020

On April 27, 2020, the Plenary of the Federal Judiciary Council (“CJF”) issued the General Agreement 8/2020 (“Agreement 8/2020”) regarding the work structure that will be adopted by the Federal Judiciary during the period from May 6 to 31, 2020.

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Mexican Central Bank´s Measures to Promote Liquidity in the Financial Market in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic
April, 2020

In order to promote liquidity and the orderly functioning of the Mexican financial system in the context of the complex economic situation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, on April 21, 2020, the Mexican Central Bank (Banco de México) (“Banxico”) issued a press release through which it announced: (i) cuts to the same-day Interbank Equilibrium Interest Rate (TIIE in Spanish) in the amount of 50 basis points, to the amount of 6%; and (ii) the implementation of additional measures, which amount to over 750 billion pesos in support and which comprise the following (the “Additional Measures”).

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The USMCA will enter into force on July 1, 2020
April, 2020

Today the U.S. Trade Representative notified the U.S. Congress that both Mexico and Canada had adopted the measures necessary to fulfill their commitments under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). With this, the United States became the third and last party to notify the others that it completed its internal procedures for the implementation of the USMCA, which will enter into force on July 1, 2020.

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Labor inspections and alternatives from a labor perspective for confronting the health emergency generated by the SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) virus
April, 2020

As we informed you in a timely manner, on April 21, 2020, the Ruling modifying the extraordinary actions for addressing the health emergency generated by the SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) virus published on March 31, 2020, was published in the Official Federal Gazette, which included the extension of the suspension ruling until May 30, 2020.

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The application of the extraordinary actions adopted against the SARS-CoV2 virus (COVID-19) is modified
April, 2020

Today a ruling was published in the Official Federal Gazette modifying the application of some of the extraordinary measures adopted by ruling of March 31, 2020.

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Decree granting tax benefits
April, 2020

The “Decree granting tax benefits to the indicated taxpayers” (“Decree”) was published in the morning edition of the Official Federal Gazette today, entering into force on the same day and remaining in effect until December 31, 2020.

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New official communications regarding the extension of the suspension of terms and activities of authorities related to Intellectual Property matters
April, 2020

On April 13, 2020, the Mexican Court of Administrative Justice (“TFJA”) issued the official communication SS/11/2020 by means of which it extended the suspension of terms and jurisdictional activities from April 20 to May 05, 2020. On April 17, 2020, said official communication was published in the Official Federal Gazette.

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The period for issuing legislation on Cannabis is extended
April, 2020

This past Friday, the Plenary of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, in a private session, granted a second extension to the Congress of the Union to issue the new legislation in relation to cannabis, which expires on December 15, 2020, on which date the second ordinary period of sessions would conclude.

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Update: Suspension of legal terms and time periods, as well as enabling of business days and hours for the Federal Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
April, 2020

Today the Federal Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources ("SEMARNAT") published in the Official Federal Gazette the "Ruling indicating the days that will be considered as non-business days for administrative acts and procedures filed before the Federal Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and its administrative-decentralized agencies, with exceptions for the indicated procedures and acts” ("Ruling").

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Update: Suspension of legal terms and deadlines for the Federal Ministry of Energy
April, 2020

Today the Federal Ministry of Energy ("SENER") published in the Official Federal Gazette the “Ruling that modifies the ruling establishing the suspension of time periods and legal terms in the Federal Ministry of Energy, as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic” (“Ruling”).

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Update: Extension of the suspension of time periods for the National Hydrocarbons Commission
April, 2020

Today, the “Ruling modifying the ruling that declares the suspension of the time periods in proceedings carried out before the National Hydrocarbons Commission (“CNH”)” (the “Ruling”), was published in the Official Federal Gazette (“DOF”).

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The impact of COVID-19 on leases
April, 2020

As part of the measures implemented by the Federal Government in light of the health crisis generated by the SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) virus, the public, private and social sectors are currently, and until April 30, 2020, required to suspend all their non-essential activities.

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The Mexican Social Security Institute informs the legal and administrative instruments available to ease the payment of social security dues
April, 2020

By announcement number 191, dated April 13, 2020, (“Announcement”) the Technical Board of the Mexican Social Security Institute (“IMSS”) informed the legal and administrative instruments to ease the due payment of social security dues.

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Extension of the suspension in the activities of the Mexican Antitrust Commission and its procedures
April, 2020

The Board of the Commission, in its session held today, decided that the initial suspension of terms period (March 23 until April 17) will be extended. In this regard, all terms will be suspended until April 30, 2020; furthermore, considering that May 1, 2 and 5 are holidays, the activities will restart on May 6, 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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Analysis of the administrative eases and tax incentives granted by several States of the Republic
April, 2020

Due to the recent economic and health situation facing the country as a result of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, several States have announced and published certain administrative eases and tax incentives (“Measures”), as our firm anticipated on April 11 in the note that can be consulted here.

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Legal Guide Regarding the Impacts of COVID-19.
April, 2020
Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. participated in the drafting of the Legal Guide Regarding the Impacts of COVID-19 in collaboration with Estándares Pro Bono México, Fundación Barra Mexicana, A.C., Fundación Appleseed México, A.C., Centro Mexicano Pro Bono, A.C. and Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la UNAM.
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