Horacio M. de Uriarte

Partner since 2005


Phone: +52 (55) 5201-7400
Mail: hdeuriarte@macf.com.mx

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Horacio M. de Uriarte

Partner since 2005


Horacio focuses his practice on the legal and regulatory aspects of energy and infrastructure projects. He has participated in natural gas pipelines, LNG terminals, conventional power plants, wind energy, photovoltaic and toll road projects. As well, he has advised both lenders and borrowers in project finance facilities.

Horacio is considered one of the five leading lawyers in Energy and Natural Resources practice area in Mexico by Chambers & Partners. His practice is recommended by clients that highlight his team`s "enormous experience and ability to both identify and mitigate risks for clients in this area."

As part of his M&A experience, Horacio has participated in cross-border transactions in a wide variety of sectors, including transactions in highly regulated industries such as the infrastructure and energy industries.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Chambers and Partners, Energy / Projects
  • Legal 500, Energy / Projects
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   October 5th, 2021

Comments on the Bill to amend the Mexican Constitution in electricity matters

On October 1st, 2021, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador introduced to the House of Representatives  a bill  to amend articles 25, 27, and 28 of the Mexican Constitution (the “Bill”).  

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   October 1st, 2021

Recognition - Latin Lawyer Elite Firm 2021

“Transactional excellence from full-service team”  

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   August 2nd, 2021

Ministry of Energy issues Guideline urging the CRE to set methodology for maximum LP gas prices

On July 28, 2021, the “Emergency Guideline for the Welfare of the LP Gas Consumer” (the “Guideline”) was published in the Mexican Official Gazette (“DOF”), as per its initials in Spanish), by which the Ministry of Energy urges the Energy Regulatory Commission (“CRE”), as per its initials in Spanish) to establish a methodology to set maximum prices for the final consumer of LP gas within a maximum period of three days, which would be in effect for six months from the date of its publication in the DOF.

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   June 28th, 2021

Energy Regulatory Commission modifies regulation on permit updates

On June 25, 2021, the Energy Regulatory Commission (“CRE”) published in the Official Gazette of the Federation the resolution number A/019/2021 (the “Resolution”) whereby the regulations relating to permit updates were amended – permit “updates” consist of changes relating to the permit holder or the project that are of a corporate or administrative nature, or that are of a technical nature but without affecting the activity subject matter of the permit in a substantive manner, whereas for substantive modifications, permit holders would have to request an “amendment” of their permits, a process that is more onerous from an administrative standpoint.

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   June 21st, 2021

Import - export of hydrocarbons outside authorized customhouses

On June 11, 2021, the seventh resolution of amendments to the General Foreign Trade Rules for 2020 was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation, whereby, among other things, the rule 2.4.1. of the General Foreign Trade Rules (the “Rule”), was amended.

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   June 7th, 2021

Judges reinstate asymmetric regulation applicable to PEMEX

On June 4, 2021, District Courts in Administrative Matters Specialized in Economic Competition, Telecommunications and Broadcasting granted the first permanent injunction against the amendment to the Thirteenth Transitory Article of the Hydrocarbons Law that was published on May 19, 2021, and the Resolution number A/015/2021 that was published by the Energy Regulatory Commission ("CRE") on May 21, 2021.

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   May 21st, 2021

CRE revokes PEMEX’s asymmetric regulation

On May 21, 2021, the Energy Regulatory Commission (“CRE) published in the Oficial Gazzette of the Federation, resolution number A/015/2021 (the “Resolution”) in order to comply with the Decree amending the Thirteenth Transitory Article of the Hydrocarbons Law that was published on May 19, 2021 (the “Amendment in matters of Asymmetric Regulation”).

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   May 19th, 2021

Amendment to Hydrocarbons Law in matters of asymmetric regulation for PEMEX

On May 19, 2021, the Decree amending the Thirteenth Transitory Article of the Hydrocarbons Law (the “Amendment”) was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation, as a result of the bill presented before the House of Representatives on April 20 and passed by Congress on April 29, 2021.

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   May 18th, 2021

Injunctions issued against certain provisions of the recent amendment to the Hydrocarbons Law

District Courts in Administrative Matters specialized in Economic Competition, Telecommunications and Radio have granted the first permanent injunctions against certain articles of the recent amendment to the Hydrocarbons Law (“HL”), in several amparo proceedings (constitutional reviews) filed against such amendment.

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   May 4th, 2021

Amendment to the Hydrocarbons Law is enacted

On May 4, 2021, the "Decree whereby several provisions of the Hydrocarbons Law are amended and supplemented" (the "Amendment") was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation, resulting from a bill introduced by Mexico’s President.

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   March 31st, 2021

President of Mexico introduces bill to the House of Representatives to amend the Hydrocarbons Law

Learn more about the initiative presented by the President of the Mexican Republic to the Chamber of Deputies, to reform and add various provisions of the Hydrocarbons Law.

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   March 19th, 2021

Definitive injunction of the Decree to Reform the Electricity Industry Law

Know the first definitive suspension of the Decree of Reform to the Electricity Industry Law was granted by the Second District Court in Administrative Matters Specialized in Economic Competition, Broadcasting and Telecommunications.

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   March 12th, 2021

District Court grants provisional injunction of the Decree to Reform the Electricity Industry Law

Know about the provisional suspension of the Decree by which various provisions of the Electricity Industry Law are amended and added.

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   March 9th, 2021

Amendment to Mexico’s Electricity Industry Law is published

Know more about the "Decree by which various provisions of the Electricity Industry Law are amended and added", which was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation.

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   February 23rd, 2021

District Court deems energy policy as unconstitutional in its entirety

Know more about the protection granted by the District Court to the Policy of Reliability, Security, Continuity and Quality in the National Electric System, which was published on May 15, 2020, declaring it unconstitutional.

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   February 8th, 2021

Supreme Court rules on constitutional claim filed by the Antitrust Commission against energy policy

Know the final judgment on the constitutional controversy filed by COFECE against the Reliability, Safety, Continuity and Quality Policy in the National Electric System, published by SENER.  

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   February 5th, 2021

The Legal 500 Corporate Conversations "The Energy Centralisation of Mexico"

Know the opinion of our Partner, Horacio M. De Uriarte and Hector Hofmann, General Counsel of Halliburton Mexico, on the recent phenomenon of energy centralisation in Mexico, in the new series Corporate Conversations by The Legal 500.

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   August 20th, 2020

Supreme Court allows additional types of challenges against Energy Regulators

On August 14, 2020, the Second Chamber of Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice (the "Supreme Court") published in the Judicial Weekly Gazette (Semanario Judicial de la Federación) a case law summary under the heading: "Article 27 of the Law of Energy Regulatory Agencies violates the Principle of Constitutional Supremacy by establishing an additional exception to the Principle of Definitiveness that governs the amparo proceeding" (the "Decision").

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   August 5th, 2020

Ministry of Energy issues the Energy Sectorial Program 2020-2024

On July 8, 2020, the Ministry of Energy published the Energy Sectorial Program 2020-2024 (“PROSENER”) in the Federal Official Gazette. Below you will find a brief summary.

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   June 30th, 2020

Amendments to the Regulations of the Civil Aviation Law

On June 29, 2020, the Ministry of Communications and Transportation published a decree in the Federal Official Gazette by means of which various provisions of the Regulations of the Civil Aviation Law were amended. The amendments will be effective 60 days after the date of publication of the decree in the Federal Official Gazette

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   May 11th, 2020

Electricity sector in Mexico extends suspension period

THE MINISTRY OF ENERGY, THE NATIONAL ENERGY CONTROL CENTER AND THE ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION EXTEND SUSPENSION OF THE TERMS AND DEADLINES.

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   April 21st, 2020

The Ministry of Energy extends suspension of the terms and deadline

As a consequence of the measures ordered by Mexico’s General Health Council and Ministry of Health to prevent and combat the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, on April 17, 2020.

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   April 14th, 2020

The National Energy Control Center extends suspension of the terms and deadlines

As a consequence of the measures ordered by Mexico’s General Health Council and Ministry of Health to prevent and combat the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, on April 9, 2020, the National Energy Control Center (“CENACE”) published in the Federal Official Gazette a resolution (“Resolution”) amending the “Resolution” that orders the suspension of the deadlines and terms of the acts and proceedings carried out before CENACE, from March 26, 2020 until Sunday, April 19, 2020” (the “Original Resolution”) .

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   April 9th, 2020

Willkie: Actions Affecting Energy and InfrastructureProjects in Latin America

The outbreak of COVID-19 is causing disruption across the world. Willkie has been endeavoring to provide our clients, colleagues and friends with current information, insights and analysis of the challenges and issues that companies are facing globally.

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   April 8th, 2020

Energy Regulatory Commission extends suspension of the terms and deadlines

As a consequence of the measures ordered by Mexico’s General Health Council and Ministry of Health to prevent and combat the spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19, on April 8, 2020.

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   April 7th, 2020

Kirkland: Force Majeure in Latin America:

Adding to our real-time analysis of the sprawling impact of the COVID-19 crisis in the energy and infrastructure sector, we are taking a look at the topic of force majeure in one of our key practice regions, Latin America.

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   April 3rd, 2020

Suspension of Deadlines and Terms of the National Center of Energy Control

On April 1, 2020, the "Resolution declaring the suspension of deadlines and terms in the acts and proceedings before administrative units of the National Center of Energy Control, from Thursday, March 26 to Sunday, April 19, 2020".

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   April 2nd, 2020

Notary Suspension Decree

On March 31, 2020, the Mexico City Government published in its Official Gazette a Decree authorizing suspension of activities for Public Notaries of Mexico City, from April 1st to April 30, 2020, as a consequence of the Sanitary Emergency to control, mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (the "Decree"), as well as a notice establishing measures for the day-to day business activities of such Notaries (the "Notice"). In summary, the Decree establish.

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   March 27th, 2020

Suspension of the terms and deadlines of the Energy Regulatory Commission

On March 24, 2020, the Energy Regulatory Commission (“CRE”) published the resolution number A/010/2020 (the “CRE Resolution”) in the Federal Official Gazette. By means of the CRE Resolution, CRE ordered the suspension of the terms and deadlines of the acts and procedures carried out before CRE, as of the date of the publication of the CRE Resolution and until April 17, 2020, as a measure to prevent and combat the spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19.

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   March 27th, 2020

Mexican Energy Infrastructure Plan Expected to be Released; Will Shape Energy Infrastructure Investment Post-COVID-19

Mexican Energy Infrastructure Plan Expected to be Released; Will Shape Energy Infrastructure Investment Post-COVID-19.

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   March 27th, 2020

Mexican Energy Infrastructure Plan Expected to be Released; Will Shape Energy Infrastructure Investment Post-COVID-19

Mexican Energy Infrastructure Plan Expected to be Released; Will Shape Energy Infrastructure Investment Post-COVID-19.

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   October 26th, 2019

Modification to the guidelines for granting clean energy certificates

On October 28, 2019, the Ministry of Energy ("SENER") published in the Federal Official Gazette a resolution modifying the guidelines that establish the requirements for the granting of Clean Energy Certificates.

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   May 26th, 2019

Black Rock Acquires Mexican Solar Plant From CANADIAN SOLAR

US-asset manager BlackRock has bought the 68MWp Aguascalientes solar PV plant from Canadian Solar for an undisclosed amount, according to a 23 May release.

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Education

  • Master of Laws, LL.M Harvard Law School, 1999
  • Law Degree, Universidad Iberoamericana, 1996
  • Admitted to the New York Bar, 2000

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Experience

  • Foreign Associate, Cleary Gottlieb, New York, 1999- 2000