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Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego contribute to 6th edition of The Real Estate M&A and Private Equity Review

For real estate investment trusts (REITs), the covid-19 pandemic has been a tale of two cities, of boom and bust, with the seismic changes in the world leading to strength in some sectors of commercial real estate and huge market dislocations and disruptions in others.

In general, companies with assets that service the digital economy – cell towers, logistics and industrial properties, and data centres – benefited from the pandemic’s acceleration of the digital economy. However, several traditional sectors continued to confront difficult issues involving liquidity, rent collection, dividend payouts, disclosure and guidance, as well as navigating the uncertain and sometimes shifting guidance from regulatory authorities regarding the timeline of reopening.

This global picture holds true in Mexico as well, where real estate M&A and real estate private equity (PE) investment operations have been uncertain for many of the parties involved.

In this sixth edition of the Law Review’s Real Estate M&A and Private Equity Review, Carlos Ibarra, Rodrigo De los Ríos and Alejandra Gutiérrez provide an updated overview of the market and recent transactions, offer a detailed picture of the legal frameworks and deal structures for such transactions, and also look forward to what the future might bring in the years to come.

The article on Mexico can be downloaded free of charge here. To purchase the book,  please visit The Law Review’s website.

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Amendments to the Financial Institutions Law in Mexico

We have published a note to provide our clients a summary regarding several amendments published on September 09, 2021, in the Official Gazette of the Federation concerning the General Provisions referred to in articles 115 of the Financial Institutions Law in connection with article 87-D of the General Law of Auxiliary Credit Organizations and Activities and 95-bis of such law, applicable to multiple-purpose financial companies. (the “GP”).

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Summary of reforms to Mexico City’s Civil Code

Decrees were published on 4 August 2021 in the Official Gazette of Mexico City, reforming and adding various legal provisions to the Civil Code of Mexico City and the Law of Notaries for Mexico City, in the areas of testamentary matters and the use of electronic media.
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Quarterly update notice for the second quarter of 2021

In connection with reporting obligations with the National Registry of Foreign Investments (Registro Nacional de Inversiones Extranjeras) (the “RNIE”), we would like to remind you that next Wednesday, July 14th, 2021, is the deadline to file the quarterly update notice for the second quarter of 2021 (the “Notice”).

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Directors and Officers Liabilities and Insurance

Directors and officers, of a commercial entity, are subject to certain liabilities resulting from their acts and decisions taken within a day-to-day business.

The purpose of this article is to determine the responsibilities and consequences arising from the activities performed by the directors, statutory auditors, and officers within a Mexican corporation, and mention the insurance coverage available in the Mexican market.

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New Legislation will Lead to Important Changes in Procurement Practices in Mexico’s Advertising Industry

The aim of this note is to inform our clients about the recently approved  “Law Of Transparency, Prevention And Combat Of Improper Practices In the Procurement of Advertising, and help them understand and anticipate some of the effects this will have on the procurement practices in Mexico’s advertising industry.

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Mexican Labor Reform Update, Initiative to Prohibit the Outsourcing of Employees has Moved forward and is Expected to Pass by the End of April

As of today, the Federal Labor Law not only allows but regulates outsourcing in Mexico, enabling businesses to indirectly hire employees through a third-party provider. In addition, companies may deduct and/or credit the expenses derived from outsourcing, against their taxes.

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FIBRAS: What are They and What Are the Trends?

During almost all 2020, COVID-19 has caused uncertainty and uneasiness on investors and dealmakers. Despite the concern the pandemic has generated in the market, the current administration’s policies for addressing the disease have been perceived rather faint and with scarce financial support and incentives for the private sector. As a result of the pandemic, striking a deal to merge, acquire or invest in Real Estate becomes challenging due to the social distancing and communication hurdles. Furthermore, uncertainty of how much assets, properties or businesses are worth the day after a possible transaction, and the fluctuation of material prices have caused a stall in these sectors.

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Increase on Minimum Wages for 2021

On December 16th, 2020 the National Minimum Wage Committee approved an increase on the minimum wages for next year.The Minimum Wage Commission determined that the increase on the minimum wage will be of 15% as a real salary increase.

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