Ley de inversion extranjera ingles

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FOREIGN INVESTMENT LAW
Published in the Official Gazette of the Federation on December 27, 1993, and amended
by Orders published therein on May 12, 1995; June 7, 1995; December 24, 1996; January
23, 1998; January 19, 1999, June 4, 2001, July 18, 2006 and August 20, 2008.

FOREIGN INVESTMENT LAW 1
TITLE ONE
GENERAL PROVISIONS
CHAPTER I
On the purpose of the Law
ARTICLE 1. This law is ofpublic policy and for general adherence throughout
the Republic. Its purpose is to establish rules to attract foreign investment to the
country and promote its contribution to national development.
ARTICLE 2. For the purposes hereof, the following terms shall have the
following meanings:
I.

Commission: the National Foreign Investment Commission;

II.

Foreign investment:
a)Participation by foreign investors, in any percentage, in the capital
stock of Mexican companies;
b) Investments by Mexican companies in which foreign capital has
majority interest; and
c) Participation by foreign investors in activities and acts contemplated
herein.

III.

Foreign investor: an individual or entity of any nationality other than
Mexican, and foreign entities with no legalstanding;

IV.

Registry: the National Foreign Investment Registry;

V.

Ministry: the Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Development;

VI.

Restricted Zone: a strip of the national territory one hundred kilometers
wide along the borders and fifty kilometers wide along the coast, as
referred to in Section I of Article 27 of the Political Constitution of the
United Mexican States; andVII.

Foreigners Exclusion Clause: an express agreement or covenant forming
an integral part of the corporate by-laws and setting forth that such
corporations shall not admit, directly or indirectly, foreign investors or
corporations with foreigners admission clause, as partners or
stockholders.

ARTICLE 3. For the purposes hereof, investments made in this country by
foreigners with thestatus of permanent residents shall be considered Mexican
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The Foreign Investment Law was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation on December 27, 1993, and has
been amended by Orders published therein on May 12, 1995; June 7, 1995; December 24, 1996; January 23, 1998;
January 19, 1999, June 4, 2001, July 18, 2006 and August 20, 2008.

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investment, except those made inactivities contemplated in Titles One and Two
hereof.
ARTICLE 4. Foreign investment may participate in any proportion in the capital
of Mexican companies, acquire fixed assets, enter new fields of economic
activity or manufacture new product lines, open and operate establishments,
and expand or relocate existing establishments, except as otherwise provided
herein.
The rules for the participationof foreign investment in the activities of the
financial sector provided for in this Law shall be applied without prejudice to
those established by the specific laws for those activities.
For the purpose of determining the foreign investment percentage in economic
activities subject to certain maximum limits of foreign participation, foreign
investment indirectly conducted in such activitiesthrough the stock of Mexican
companies with a majority Mexican investment shall not be taken into account
as long as such Mexican companies are not controlled by the foreign
investment.
CHAPTER II
On reserved activities
ARTICLE 5. The activities determined by the relevant laws in the following
strategic areas are reserved exclusively for the State:
I.
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III.
IV.
V.
VI.
VII.
VIII.IX.
X.
XI.
XII.
XIII.
XIV.

Petroleum and other hydrocarbons;
Basic petrochemicals;
Electricity;
Generation of nuclear energy;
Radioactive minerals;
Repealed by an Order published in the Official Gazette of the Federation
on June 7, 1995.
Telegraph;
Radiotelegraphy;
Postal service;
Repealed by an Order published in the Official Gazette of the Federation
on May 12, 1995.
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