Following recent changes to Mexico’s labour and employment laws, which aim to encourage competitiveness and improve flexibility in working conditions, practitioners in this area have seen a marked rise in workload. As companies look for advice on how best to meet the new obligations, lawyers are finding themselves increasingly called upon to assist with subcontracting and profit share schemes, with some estimating that this work now takes up 90 per cent of their time. Within this busy marketplace we identify 19 of the top management-side labour and employment lawyers.
In November 2012 Mexico became the third country in Latin America to join the Madrid trademark filing system. While this marks a positive step in the increased protection of IP rights, the current legal framework still lacks an opposition system which many lawyers believe is vital to provide a higher grade of certainty to trademark owners. On the patent front, litigation has been very active particularly in the life sciences sector. In this chapter we identify a total of 28 lawyers.
With changes to Mexican insurance regulations in 2013 following the introduction of the Insurance and Surety Institutions Law, the market has seen a rise in demand for advisory and compliance advice as companies and insurers align themselves with the new framework. These changes coupled with the growing market as a whole have led to another fruitful year for the country’s insurance and reinsurance lawyers. Five superb practitioners are recognised in this chapter.
Insolvency and restructuring deals continued to provide a steady workload for Mexican lawyers throughout 2013 as the country continued to recover from the financial crisis. We identify 11 leading practitioners in this area.
With Latin America reportedly the fastest growing internet population in the world, Mexican IT lawyers are seeing a huge rise in demand for advice on matters surrounding data protection, e-commerce and intellectual property. With large internet companies such as Amazon and Google increasing their presence in the country, the rise in regulatory work looks set to continue as the market expands further. In this chapter we feature seven “exceptional” lawyers.
2013 marked another busy year for franchise lawyers as companies continued to expand into the Mexican market. Lawyers are seeing a surge of new concepts penetrating the market including entertainment, home furniture and adult care. While US companies continue to dominate the sector, lawyers are beginning to see an increase in Canadian and European companies gaining a foothold in Mexico. This year we feature six outstanding lawyers in this chapter.
Following new climate change legislation introduced last year, Mexico continues to actively legislate in this field and introduced a new law on environmental liability in 2013. The new legislation regulates liability derived from environmental damage and provides new means for fines against individuals and companies. Fifteen lawyers feature in this chapter.
In August 2013, the government unveiled a bill to allow the state to partner with private companies to find and produce oil and gas. If the bill is passed into law, it will end the country’s 75-year monopoly and spur economic growth. We feature 16 lawyers in this chapter.
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