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Vera de Gyarfas is a partner in Mayer Brown's Houston office and a member of the Oil & Gas industry group. She focuses her practice on transactions involving energy projects in Latin America and Africa. Vera represents companies engaged in all kinds of energy projects, handling negotiations of host government agreements as well as commercial agreements among companies in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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On February 23, 2021, the House of Representatives discussed and approved the draft of the Amendment of the Electricity Industry Law proposed by Mexico President López Obrador with a total of 304 votes. One of the most relevant features of the Amendment is the modification of the dispatch order, disregarding economic efficiency mechanics, which will

A Mexican Court issued a provisional suspension in an amparo proceeding of the new hydrocarbons and fuels import and export rules enacted by the Ministry of Energy on December 26, 2020. As a result, the permitting regulation for the import and export of hydrocarbons and petroleum products originally published by the Ministry of Energy on

On January 27, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad (the “Order”). The Order sets forth the Biden administration’s policies to address climate change through both foreign and domestic policies and demonstrates the administration’s intent to make addressing climate change a top priority for nearly every department

The electricity industry in Mexico is under stress. The President of Mexico has proposed amendments to the Electricity Industry Law that could result in the undoing of the energy reform that permitted private investment in the power market. In parallel, the Mexican Supreme Court issued a decision rejecting a number of provisions of the Ministry

Since US President Biden’s inauguration, the Biden administration has taken several actions to restrict the issuance of oil and gas permits for production on federal public lands and federal offshore waters, but the extent of the shift in policy undertaken remains uncertain as the US Department of Interior has continued to issue permits for drilling

On January 20, 2021, US President Joseph Biden signed a series of executive orders, including one titled “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” This executive order contains a series of directives to federal agencies and departments that will significantly impact the energy sector and signals the high

2020 was a fascinating year for all lawyers in the global oil & gas sector.

Over the year we had some brilliant speakers leading discussions with industry lawyers through our oil & gas lawyers’ forum – click on this link to see what we discussed.

Our sessions usually take place on Wednesday mornings (UK

On December 26, 2020, the Ministry of Economy (“SE”) published in the Federal Official Gazette (“DOF”) the “Resolution that Establishes the Goods Whose Import and Export are Subject to Regulations Issued by the Ministry of Energy” (the “Resolution”) superseding the permitting regulation for import and export of hydrocarbons and petroleum products, originally published

The Policy of Reliability, Safety, Continuity, and Quality in the National Electricity System (the “Policy”) published on May 15, 2020 in the Federal Official Gazette (Diario Oficial de la Federación) was subject to several judicial proceedings due to its controversial content.

The Policy, based on the current health emergency, slowed the dispatch of renewable electric energy to the National Electricity System indefinitely due to its supposed lack of reliability, granting priority to CFE’s electricity generation despite the fact that it implies greater pollution and a higher cost to the end user.

The Federal Commission of Economic Competition (Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica) filed constitutional controversy docket 89/2020, which resulted in the Court’s decision to suspend, with general effects, the application of the Policy since June 2020.

The President –through the Executive Power Legal Counsel- filed an appeal against such decision.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Court determined unanimously that the complaint filed by the Executive Power was unfounded and on October 21, 2020, the Supreme Court of Justice confirmed the decision to suspend the Policy. We estimate that the definitive resolution of this procedure could take up to one year.

On the other hand, in November 2020 the final judgement of the amparo trial filed by EGP Magdalena Solar –one of several renewable energy companies that challenged the Policy-was published and it was the first judgment that analyzed the merits of the case. The judge considered that the Policy affects free competition and violates regulatory requirements; therefore, the Policy was suspended with general effects.

As a consequence of the foregoing, the Policy will not be part of the legal framework of the power industry and the relevant players of the sector may continue operations as if the Policy had never been issued. This may be further altered if SENER appeals such decision.

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