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Pace of Mexican energy reforms “remarkable”, but regulatory gaps remain, say lawyers

Tuesday, 24 May

The reforms opening up Mexico’s oil and gas sector to private participation have been enacted quickly, but there is still a lack of clarity regarding rules for fracking, payments to landowners and contracts between state-owned energy company Pemex and its network of petrol stations, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 7th Annual Oil & Gas Conference.

US and Mexico continue to resist granting compliance credit

Tuesday, 24 May

Renata Hesse, head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division, and Alejandra Palacios Prieto, chair of Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission, last Thursday made clear that they will not be cutting fines to recognise the existence of strong compliance programmes – but their Canadian counterpart said he may.

Canadian miner files pre-pack plan in Brazil

Tuesday, 24 May

Following a recent recapitalisation agreement with a US investment firm, Toronto-headquartered MBAC Fertilizer Corp has filed a pre-packaged reorganisation plan for its three Brazilian subsidiaries in a Brazilian court, and is preparing to file insolvency proceedings in Canada.

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