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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 May 4, 2021, the first amendment to Mexico’s Hydrocarbons Law was published in the Federal Official Gazette, with the legislative process having concluded on April 22, 2021, after a heated debate during a plenary session of the Senate (the “Amendment”).

The Amendment modifies core aspects of the permits necessary to perform midstream

Another amendment to the Hydrocarbons Law has been approved, ending the power of the Energy Regulatory Commission to enforce asymmetric regulation in the hydrocarbon, petroleum products and petrochemical markets.  The Legal Update at the link below explains the scope and implications of such proposed amendment.

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The current government launched an attack against the electricity legal framework established by its predecessor. The new framework reflects a major change in policy concerning the participation of the private sector in Mexico’s electricity industry, which could endanger billions of dollars in investments, the creation of thousands of jobs and could result in the emission

Following the Mexican government’s latest initiative to amend the Hydrocarbons Law, concerns about Mexico following in Venezuela’s footsteps to undo the energy reform are growing. It is important to keep in mind certain key differences between Venezuela and Mexico and how each country opened its oil and gas industry to private investment. This will help

The House of Representatives approved the draft of an initiative to reform the Hydrocarbons Law with minor modifications notwithstanding the antitrust watchdog (COFECE) opinion. The Senate’s approval is next.

For more details on the approval and the next steps, see our legal update.

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On March 26, 2021, the Mexican House of Representatives published in the Parliamentary Gazette an initiative to amend certain provisions of the Hydrocarbons Law, an amendment directly proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

This Legal Update details the content of such initiative and the next steps for its approval.

The Resolution That Establishes the Goods Whose Import and Export Are Subject to Regulations Issued by the Ministry of Energy was officially suspended by the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Energy through a publication in the Federal Official Gazette.

This Legal Update details the content of such publication.

 

The Senate discussed and approved the draft of the Amendment of the Electrical Industry Law, now only awaiting President López Obrador’s approval before it can enter into force.

This Legal Update details the session of the Senate and the content of the amendment.

 

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