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SHCP releases first draft of Financial Technology Institutions Law
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Banking
  • Mexico
  • December 08 2017

The Ministry of Finance and Public Credit recently circulated a substantially amended draft of the Financial Technology Bill, which has been renamed the Financial Technology Institutions (FTIs) Law. The law aims to regulate the financial services provided by FTIs – including those which are bound to specific regulations and offered or rendered through innovative means – as well as the organisation of such institutions and their operations.

Waste management rules for hydrocarbons sector to be enacted
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Mexico
  • November 13 2017

The National Agency for Industrial Safety and the Protection of the Environment in the Hydrocarbons Sector recently filed a draft emergency Mexican official standard before the Federal Regulatory Betterment Commission. The draft establishes the criteria for classifying types of special and hazardous waste derived from the hydrocarbons sector, determines which types of waste are subject to a waste management plan and details the procedures for formulating such a plan.

Insurance regulator issues temporary measure for insurers following recent earthquakes
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • October 24 2017

The National Insurance and Bonds Commission has issued a temporary measure to enable insureds and their beneficiaries to be immediately compensated for damages suffered as a consequence of the recent earthquakes that affected several areas of Mexico. The temporary measure applies to Mexican insurers that have ceded risks to reinsurers and allows them to use funds to meet assumed risks and recover compensation from reinsurers at a later date.

National Banking and Securities Commission amends general rules for credit institutions to curb identity theft
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Banking
  • Mexico
  • October 06 2017

In recent years, Mexico has been rated as having one of the highest rates of credit card fraud in the world. The National Banking and Securities Commission recently published the Resolutions that Modify the General Rules Applicable to Credit Institutions, which require credit institutions to verify information and documentation filed by users and customers with different government bodies in order to assure the identity of each prospective customer.

Insurance regulator broadens regulatory framework on reporting standards
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • September 19 2017

The National Insurance and Bonds Commission recently amended the Sole Provisions on Insurance and Bonds in order to increase legal certainty with regard to the regulatory framework that applies to actuarial, financial and investment functions. These amendments aim to ensure that the commission has the information required to take necessary regulatory action in the event that irregularities are detected and prompt intervention is needed.

New fintech law: what you need to know
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Banking
  • Mexico
  • September 01 2017

The recently published draft Financial Technology Law will regulate the organisation, operation, function and authorisation of companies that offer alternative means of access to finance and investment, the issuance and management of electronic payment funds and the exchange of virtual assets or cryptocurrencies. Among other things, the initative aims to take advantage of the opportunity to expand the financial market to include segments not covered by traditional banking institutions.

ASEA issues draft water protection guidelines applicable to shale oil projects
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Mexico
  • June 26 2017

Following the expansion of shale oil extraction projects and the discovery of unconventional hydrocarbon deposits, the National Agency for Industrial Safety and the Protection of the Environment in the Hydrocarbons Sector recently commenced a public consultation process to enact applicable water protection guidelines. The draft guidelines provide a glimpse of the authorities' preliminary approach to shale oil projects with regard to water resources and environmental protection.

Insurance regulator provides 2017 required minimum paid-in capital for insurers and bonding companies
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • June 20 2017

The National Insurance and Bonds Commission recently amended the Sole Provisions on Insurance and Bonds to provide the value of the investment unit that insurers and bonding companies must consider when calculating their required minimum paid-in capital. Insurers and bonding companies must comply with the required minimum paid-in capital each year to ensure that they can meet their financial obligations and responsibilities in the exercise of their activities.

ASEA issues environmental and safety guidelines for ground transportation of oil and petrochemicals through pipelines
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Mexico
  • May 29 2017

As part of its expansion of operational safety and environmental protection guidelines and administrative provisions, the National Agency for Industrial Safety and the Protection of the Environment in the Hydrocarbons Sector turned its attention to oil, gas and petrochemical pipeline transportation activities. Recently issued guidelines complement the environmental legal framework so that both environmental and personal safety are guaranteed during the lifetime of a pipeline project.

Surety insurers prepare to commence operations
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • May 23 2017

Two years after the Insurance and Bonding Companies Law was enacted, surety insurance is finally starting to take effect in Mexico. In essence, surety insurance is easier to collect and enforce than traditional bonds. The federal government is expected to start requesting surety insurance from its contractors, rather than traditional bonds. This shift in policy will encourage development in the surety insurance market.

CONDUSEF issues rules for registration of adhesion contracts
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • March 14 2017

The National Commission for the Protection and Defence of Users of Financial Services recently issued the General Provisions for the Registration of Insurance Adhesion Contracts, which regulate the organisation and operation of the Registry of Adhesion Insurance Contracts. Insurers can now comply with their obligation to register the non-negotiable contracts that they offer; failure to do so may result in a fine ranging from $758.31 to $3,791.56.

ASEA issues guidelines to identify root cause of environmental and safety incidents in hydrocarbons sector
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Mexico
  • February 20 2017

In light of its concerns regarding environmental and operational accidents arising from hydrocarbons projects, the National Agency for Industrial Safety and the Protection of the Environment in the Hydrocarbons Sector recently published the Guidelines to Carry Out the Root Cause Investigation for Incidents and Accidents. The guidelines aim to identify the root cause of an incident and determine the maintenance and preventive mechanisms that must be implemented in order to prevent such events in future.

Special fund requirements clarified
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • December 13 2016

The Ministry of Finance and Public Credit recently issued a ruling interpreting the requirement to establish special funds under the Insurance and Bonding Companies Law. The ministry has clarified that special funds should be established to support compliance with obligations that stem only from insurance (and not reinsurance) contracts. This will ease some of the sector's concerns, as reinsurance-based contributions would have required insureds to contribute twice as much to the special funds.

Environmental incidents in the hydrocarbons sector: new reporting obligations introduced
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Mexico
  • November 28 2016

Two important instruments were recently published which have generated a number of new environmental reporting obligations for companies involved in the hydrocarbons sector. In addition to these obligations, parties that cause an incident or spill during the execution of a project must undertake all applicable measures and actions to contain, mitigate and repair the environmental damage and contamination caused.

Insurance regulator modifies accounting reporting standards for 2016
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • November 22 2016

The new Solvency II accounting and reporting standards deviate dramatically from the prior reporting standards, which makes it difficult for insurers to issue financial statements that can be appropriately compared with similar statements for 2015. In light of this, the National Insurance and Bonding Commission recently issued an amendment to the Sole Regulations on Insurance and Bonding, acknowledging that it is impractical for regulated entities to issue comparative financial statements during 2016.

Environmental liability in the hydrocarbons sector
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Mexico
  • September 12 2016

The Mexican hydrocarbons industry is undergoing several regulatory changes, including the introduction of new guidelines which establish insurance requirements to ensure environmental accountability. The guidelines provide specific coverage requirements depending on the type of activity conducted, which should be a step forward in effectively controlling and responding to environmental damage resulting from natural and anthropogenic causes.

New minimum insurance requirements for companies engaging in upstream activities
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • August 09 2016

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources recently issued guidelines setting out the minimum insurance requirements for companies undertaking oil and natural gas exploration and production, processing and refining. All regulated entities engaged in such activities must secure civil liability, environmental damage and – if applicable – well control insurance. The insured amounts vary depending on the activities to be undertaken, but are substantive.

New guidelines minimise risk hydrocarbons industry poses to environment
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Mexico
  • July 11 2016

In May 2016 new guidelines were published to address the significant environmental risks posed by the hydrocarbons industry and provide corresponding mitigation measures. It is hoped that the guidelines – which are binding on participants in the hydrocarbons sector – will encourage more environmentally accountable mechanisms and mitigate the types of environmental harm that the hydrocarbons industry has already caused.

Latin-American company authorised to issue credit ratings to foreign reinsurers
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • May 31 2016

In April 2016 the National Insurance and Bonds Commission amended the Sole Provisions on Insurance and Bonds to include HR Ratings de México, SA de CV as an entity authorised to issue credit ratings to foreign reinsurers. HR Ratings is the first Latin-American rating company authorised to issue such credit ratings, which are necessary for foreign reinsurers working with Mexican insurance and bonding companies.

Regulator determines types of loan that insurance and surety companies may issue
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Insurance
  • Mexico
  • March 29 2016

The Ministry of Finance and Public Credit recently issued general provisions which specify the types of loan that insurance and surety companies may issue to third parties. In doing so, the ministry aims to democratise access to finance, avoid imbalances, promote national economic growth and create another option for debtors to secure credit at competitive rates.

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