Environmental and Legal Risk Management for Investment Projects


Legal Security and Sustainability for Your Company Importance of Environmental and Legal Risk Management For international companies considering investing in Mexico, proper management of environmental and legal risks is essential to ensure the success and sustainability of projects. Early identification and mitigation of these risks can prevent costly legal issues and protect corporate reputation. Challenges and Opportunities Mexico has a comprehensive regulatory framework on environmental matters, closely linked with various fields, requiring expert support to reduce legal, social, and economic risks. Non-compliance can hinder project development. Benefits of Comprehensive Risk Management Reduction of costs and time by avoiding delays and litigation arising from legal non-compliance. Increased confidence of investors and stakeholders by demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility. Protection of the company's reputation by minimizing the risk of negative impacts on the environment and local communities. Our Service As a specialized firm, we provide comprehensive advice to national and international companies to [...]

Environmental and Legal Risk Management for Investment Projects2024-06-18T15:10:06+00:00

Marquis Who’s Who Honors Diego A. Andrade Max, FLC, LLM, for Expertise in Legal Services


HOUSTON, TX, June 17, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Diego A. Andrade Max, FLC, LLM, has been recognized for inclusion in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process. Mr. Andrade Max is a distinguished legal professional with a specialization in facilitating business expansions and legal consulting across Latin America. Mr. Andrade Max is a distinguished legal professional with a specialization in facilitating business expansions and legal consulting across Latin America. Currently serving as a partner at BALL PLLC, he plays a pivotal role in assisting companies to broaden their operations internationally. His expertise resides in coordinating comprehensive project strategies for businesses venturing into new markets, providing both legal services and consulting to ensure seamless transitions. In addition to his work at BALL, [...]

Marquis Who’s Who Honors Diego A. Andrade Max, FLC, LLM, for Expertise in Legal Services2024-06-17T22:56:06+00:00

Trump And Abolition Of The Income Tax


During recent meetings with business leaders and lawmakers, Trump mentioned a 20% corporate tax rate, a new idea to exempt hospitality workers’ tips from taxes, and suggested a sweeping proposal to replace income taxes with tariffs (an unlikely but very interesting scenario since this was the historic method for funding the government until the adoption of the income tax in 1909). As many provisions from the 2017 Trump tax cuts expire at the end of 2025, there’s a lot at stake for taxes in the next election. Extending all these provisions would cost the Federal government over $4 trillion in revenues. That makes politicians nervous because it could force them to make tough decisions on the budget—and we all know how much politicians love making tough decisions.  Perhaps most notably, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%.  While this change was made permanent, many [...]

Trump And Abolition Of The Income Tax2024-06-17T17:32:32+00:00

NFIB Challenges Corporate Transparency Act


The National Federation of Independent Business recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas challenging the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) and beneficial ownership reporting requirements. The lawsuit argues that the CTA exceeds Congress’s authority over the states, it improperly compels speech and burdens associations, it unconstitutionally compels disclosure of private information, and the reporting rule is not in accordance with the law. See this link for a copy of the complaint:  Texas Top Cop Shop, Inc. et al. v. Garland et al., Complaint 5.28.24

NFIB Challenges Corporate Transparency Act2024-06-05T20:16:51+00:00

Starting in 2029, vehicle manufacturers must make automatic emergency braking standard in cars and light trucks 


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finalized a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS No. 127) that will make automatic emergency braking (AEB), including pedestrian AEB, standard on all passenger cars and light trucks by September 2029.  The new standard requires all cars be able to stop and avoid contact with a vehicle in front of them up to 62 miles per hour and that the systems must detect pedestrians in both daylight and darkness. In addition, the standard requires that the system apply the brakes automatically up to 90 mph when a collision with a lead vehicle is imminent, and up to 45 mph when a pedestrian is detected. This final rule applies to nearly all U.S. light vehicles (gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less). A Final Regulatory Impact Analysis that presents the benefits and costs associated with the standard is included in the [...]

Starting in 2029, vehicle manufacturers must make automatic emergency braking standard in cars and light trucks 2024-05-11T21:47:35+00:00

Mariana Tejado Joins Ball Pllc As Partner In Austin, Texas


Dr. Mariana Tejado is a Mexican environmental lawyer with over twenty years of experience in environmental law. Her expertise encompasses a wide range of fields, including environmental and natural resource issues, waste management, land use, corporate environmental regulation, environmental impact assessment, water resources management, air emissions, climate change, human rights, and various regulatory aspects of the Mexican energy sector. During her tenure as Director of the Environmental Department at the National Human Rights Commission in Mexico, Mariana had the opportunity to issue recommendations to authorities at all three levels of government, advocating for the protection of the human right to a healthy environment, as well as the rights of indigenous peoples and communities. She has also served as an advisor and consultant to prestigious institutions such as the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America, the Inter-American Development Bank, and several Mexican government secretariats, including the Department of Environment. Furthermore, Mariana has provided legal [...]

Mariana Tejado Joins Ball Pllc As Partner In Austin, Texas2024-04-26T16:02:18+00:00

FTC’s “Non-Compete Clause Rule” Faces Immediate Legal Challenge


BACKGROUND: The FTC Act was enacted in 1914. Section 5 of the Act “declared” that “unfair methods of competition in commerce” are “unlawful,” and it “empowered and directed” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  “to prevent” entities subject to its jurisdiction from “using” such methods. On January 19, 2023 the FTC proposed the so-called “Non-Compete Clause Rule” pursuant to sections 5 and 6(g) of the FTC Act.  The proposed rule categorically banned employers from using non-competes with all workers and required rescission of all existing non-competes. On April 23, 2024 the FTC voted 3-2 to approve a final version of the rule. To read a copy of the final rule follow this link: The FTC asserts that non-competes “harm competitive conditions in labor, product, and service markets … suppressing earnings for workers across the labor force … [suppresses] new business formation and innovation.” WHAT IT SAYS: The final rule provides that it is an [...]

FTC’s “Non-Compete Clause Rule” Faces Immediate Legal Challenge2024-04-26T15:59:35+00:00

Department of Labor Expands Application of Overtime Rule


Overtime provisions contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) require that most workers who put in more than 40 hours a week get paid 1.5 times their regular pay for the extra hours they work. Almost all hourly workers are automatically eligible for overtime pay. But workers who are paid on a salary basis are only automatically eligible for overtime pay if they earn below a certain salary. Above that level, employers can claim that workers are “exempt” from overtime pay protection if their job duties are considered “executive, administrative, or professional” (the “EAP exemption”). To fall within the EAP exemption, an employee generally must meet three tests: be paid a salary, (meaning that they are paid a predetermined and fixed amount that is not subject to reduction because of variations in the quality or quantity of work performed); be paid at least a specified weekly salary level, and primarily perform executive, administrative, [...]

Department of Labor Expands Application of Overtime Rule2024-04-25T21:16:41+00:00

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)


The WOTC is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire an individual from a WOTC targeted group. Employers must apply for and receive a certification verifying the new hire is a member of a targeted group before they can claim the tax credit (using IRS Form 8850 to perform the calculation in advance). After the required certification is secured, taxable employers claim the WOTC as a general business credit against their income taxes, and tax-exempt employers claim the WOTC against their payroll taxes. It is not refundable. Employers who hire someone that has been unemployed for more than six months may be entitled to up to a $2,400 tax credit; or as much as $9,600 in some cases depending on the targeted group and qualified wages paid to the new employee generally during the first year of employment. Employers can also receive this tax credit if they hire someone that is recently: (i) out of [...]

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)2024-04-17T15:16:02+00:00
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