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Mexico passes new fintech law as sector surges

On March 9, 2018 the Mexican government published a new financial technology law, called the Law to Regulate Financial Technology Institutions (Ley para Regular las Instituciones de Tecnología Financiera, or Ley Fintech).  The text of the law states up front that’s its goal is to “regulate the financial services provided by financial technology institutions, as well as their organization, operation and functioning and the financial services subject to any special regulation that are offered or carried out by innovative means.”  Conventional banks in Mexico have long been regulated of course but the recent surge in new technologies and tech startups in the financial sector has been making both regulators and old-school bankers jumpy.  This, then, is a first stab at setting up a basic regulatory environment for the new wave of mostly internet-based access and transaction platforms and products.  Continue reading Mexico passes new fintech law as sector surges

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Energy: Spanish energy infrastructure developer Iberdrola announced it has been awarded a contract to construct and operate a combined cycle electricity generation plant in the northwestern state of Sinaloa. The US$400 million plant is projected to have generation capacity of 766 MW. (El Financiero, March 22, 2017)
  • Food processing: Swiss processed foods giant Nestlé plans to invest approximately US$28 million to achieve water savings at its coffee processing plant in the central city of Toluca. Process modifications will include reduction of steam use, improved condensation recovery and the re-use of pre-treated water in industrial services, the company reported. (El Financiero, March 22, 2017)
  • Entertainment: Mexican corporate group Diniz reported it will add six new family entertainment centers under its Recórcholis brand in Mexico this year at a cost of approximately US$12 million. The centers include children’s activities such as games, rides, bowling, ice skating, go karts, miniature golf and others. (Reforma, March 22, 2017)
  • Logistics: U.S. transport and storage company Bulkmatic, through its Mexico subsidiary Bulkmatic de México, plans to construct a fuel storage terminal in the central state of Hidalgo, the company reported. The US$50 million project will include 10 tanks for gasoline, diesel and biodiesel. (Reforma, March 22, 2017)
  • Retail: Mexican upscale department store operator Liverpool announced it will open 11 new stores in the country during the current year. A planned US$300 million in investment will support new retail locations principally under the company’s Fábricas de Francia brand, in addition to maintenance operations for existing stores. (El Financiero, March 16, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Hotels: U.S. luxury resort developer AM Resorts plans investment of approximately US$500 million in Mexico over the next three years, the company reported.  Locations for new developments under the company’s brands, which include Secrets, Dreams, Now and Sunscape, include Los Cabos and the Riviera Maya beaches of Akumal and Playa Mujeres. (Reforma, April 1, 2013)
  • Airports: Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) will invest US$40 million to upgrade its international airport in the western city of Guadalajara.  Projects include expansion of capacity to receive international flights and two new departure gates, the company reported. (Reforma, April 1, 2013)
  • Beverage: Mexican beverage bottler Arca Continental, the world’s third largest bottler of Coca Cola, plans investment of approximately US$340 million this year.  Resources will be dedicated to maintenance and upgrades of bottling plants, and may include acquisitions abroad in the beverage and snack sector, the company reported. (Mexican Business Web, April 19, 2013)
  • Aviation: Mexican airlines plan investment of approximately US$20 billion to purchase up to 250 new aircraft, the National Air Transport Chamber (Canaero) reported.  Aeromexico plans purchases from Boeing, Interjet projects buys from Airbus and Sukhoi, and airlines Volaris, VivaAerobus and others also plan acquisitions, Canaero reported. (El Financiero, April 1, 2013)
  • Electrical: French electrical engineering multinational Schneider Electric will invest US$80 million in Mexico this year, the company reported.  Projects include completion of a research center in Monterrey as well as work on plants and clean energy projects for state-owned oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). (Reforma, April 8, 2013) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico