Mexican companies and associations with foreign investment participation and branches of foreign companies established within the Mexican Republic must be registered with the National Registry of Foreign Investment ("RNIE")[1], and comply with certain obligations.

The recent amendments to the Regulation of the Foreign Investment and National Registry of Foreign Investments Law ("RLIE")[2] to be effective by March 10, 2015, as well as to the corresponding General Resolutions issued by the National Commission of Foreign Investment ("CNIE")[3] last month, has modified terms and conditions for compliance with the said obligations.

In essence, the obligations are the following:

  1. ANNUAL ECONOMIC REPORT

The obligation to file an annual economic report before the RNIE  will be triggered should those with such duty  reach at the relevant fiscal year an amount equal or higher to  that provided by the CNIE, of $110,000,000.00 (one hundred million pesos 00/100 MXN), on at least  one of the following headings: Total Assets (initial and/or final), Total Liabilities(initial and/or final), Income (whether in Mexico or abroad) or Outcome (whether in Mexico or abroad).

The annual economic report shall be filed in accordance with the following calendar  scheduled according to the first letter of the corporate name of  those with such filing obligation:

From letters A to J, on April every year, and

From letters K to Z, on May every year.

  1. QUARTERLY REPORT

The obligation to file a quarterly report before the RNIE  will be triggered should those with such duty reach an amount equal or higher to the amount fixed by the CNIE, that is $20,000,000.00 (twenty million pesos 00/100 MXN), in any of the following three scenarios:

  1. When new contributions are made or such contributions are withdrawn, as long as they do not affect the capital stock of the company; or
  2. When last fiscal year has retained earnings and disposition of accumulated retained earnings ; or
  3. When there are payable or receivable loans with any subsidiary which is a resident abroad, with the holding company which resides abroad, with foreign investors who reside abroad and who participate as partners or shareholders, and with foreign investors who reside abroad and who are part of the corporate group to which the individual, foreign entity or Mexican company which files the report, belongs to.

The quarterly report shall be filed within the ten (10) business days following the end of each quarter[4].

  1. QUARTERLY MODIFICATION NOTICE

The quarterly compliance duties include an obligation to keep corporate information updated, in the following cases:

  1. Every modification to the corporate name, tax address and corporate purpose or scope, shall be notified without exception.
  2. The change to the capital stock (increases or reductions) and changes related to the capital structure shall be filed in the event, that the change is equal or exceeds an amount of $20,000,000.00 (twenty million pesos 00/100 MXN). Changes to the capital structure, must attach  supporting documentation, which shows the amount of the operation (for example: agreements).

The notices shall be filed in a quarterly manner within the ten (10) business days following the end of each quarter.