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Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

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Baker McKenzie LLP has a substantial Latin America footprint and a sizeable market share of power and oil and gas deals in Mexico and Brazil. Chile and Argentina are other active markets for the firm. José Roberto Martins at Brazilian associate firm Trench Rossi Watanabe in São Paulo, heads Baker McKenzie LLP’s Latin America energy, mining and infrastructure group and has extensive experience in renewable energy. He recently advised Brazilian wind-power developer Casa dos Ventos Energias Renovaveis on the sale of 16 wind farms to UK-based private equity fund Actis, through the funds’ wind platform Echoenergia. Mexico City’s Benjamin Torres-Barron is at the forefront of Mexico’s energy sector reform-related work.

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Energy and natural resources

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Benjamín Torres-Barrón - Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Within: Energy and natural resources

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. provides its clients with a full-service energy offering, covering oil and gas, power and renewables. Benjamín Torres-Barrón leads the well-regarded team, which benefits from the expertise of infrastructure expert Jorge Guadarrama-Yáñez. Recent highlights include advising Repsol Exploración on the Round 2.1 shallow waters tender process, and the Round 2.4 deep water tender process, where the client was awarded four blocks for exploration. On the renewables side, the team advised Sojitz Corporation on its acquisition of minority interests in two of the Solem photovoltaic projects. Inpex Corporation is another major client, which the firm advised on its bids for Rounds one and two of the Mexican government’s offshore exploration and production public tenders, as well as the Trion farmout procedures.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. has strong experience advising sponsor clients on major energy and infrastructure projects. The team has been advising Sojitz Corporation on its interest in two photovoltaic projects and assisted Emerging America on the $100m financing for the development of a 110MW power plant. The firm is also advising the Mexloop consortium on a proposed plan to connect Mexico City and Guadalajara with a Hyperloop system. Jorge Guadarrama-Yáñez leads the well-regarded team, which benefits from Benjamín Torres-Barrón’s energy expertise.

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  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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Legal Developments in Mexico

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  • Notorious Marks

    Notorious marks or the declaration thereof, has always been an issue widely discussed in Mexico by the IP legal community. This is so because provisions of the Paris Convention dealing with this topic have for a long time been uses as an effort to cancel or nullify trademarks registered by Mexican authorities without really making an extensive evaluation of proposed denominations and without examining in depth if such marks may be potentially affecting rights acquired by third parties elsewhere. So, a specific regulation and legal frame that at least tries to resolve this issue is always a good start in the right direction.

    By Ignacio Dominguez Torrado Uhthoff, Gomez Vega & Uhthoff, S.C. Why a new value? Is Mexico avoiding the economic fallout that the world may be facing? In Mexico franchises are worth more? Is Mexico not a country that the global economic standstill is or will affect? The answer is, not really. Are Franchises in Mexico currently experiencing a boom? Perhaps. Are Franchises becoming an important aspect in Mexican economy? Certainly.

    Advertising in Mexico is governed by multiple bodies of law including for at least seven Federal Laws, five Regulations also of Federal application, a number of the so-called Mexican Official Standards (NOM's) and certain other laws and regulations applicable into specific States within the Republic of Mexico. All of them are focusing to establish the form and manners for producing and communicating advertising of products and services in Mexico.

    It has been well publicized in the Mexican media over the last few months that the General Customs Administration (AGA) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) are planning to launch a customs trademark registry, as a short-term solution to increase protection for trademark owners against the import of infringing and counterfeit products.

    The evolution in the protection and enforcement of IP rights has also reached the Mexican practice. The traditional ways of defending a registered trademark on a non use contentious procedure have developed.

    By Jose Luis Ramos-Zurita