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Update: Suspension of legal terms for the SEMARNAT and enabling of business days and hours for the ASEA
May, 2020

On April 30, 2020 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 administrativedecentralized agencies, with exceptions for the indicated procedures and acts” (“Ruling”).

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Criteria for qualifying COVID-19 as an occupational illness
May, 2020

Recently, the Mexican Social Security Institute issued criteria for determining in what cases infection with Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) should be considered an occupational illness.

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Extension of the suspension in the activities and terms of the Mexican Copyright Institute
May, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 contingency, on May 1, 2020, it was published on the official website of the Mexican Copyright Institute (INDAutor) the official communication by means of which the suspension of activities and terms that ran from March 26 to April 30, 2020 has been extended. Therefore, according with this official communication, INDAutor will remain closed and the deadlines will remain suspended until May 29, 2020.

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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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