Research Handbook on the History of Corporate and Company Law
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Research Handbook on the History of Corporate and Company Law

Edited by Harwell Wells

Understanding the corporation means understanding its legal framework, but until recently the origins and evolution of corporate law have received relatively little attention. The topical chapters featured in this Research Handbook, contributed by leading scholars from around the world, examine the historical development of corporation and business organization law in the Americas, Europe, and Asia from the ancient world to modern times, providing an invaluable resource for both further historical research and scholars seeking the origins of present-day issues.
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Chapter 16: The evolution of Mexican mercantile and corporate laws

Aurora Gomez-Galvarriato and Gustavo A. Del Angel


The development of Mexican corporate law is examined in Chapter 16. The authors’ account of Mexican corporate and commercial law begins with that law’s origins in the regulations Spain established for governing Mexico when it was still the viceroyalty of New Spain, moving through new laws adopted after Mexican independence and up to changes made in the early twenty-first century. This chapter shows Mexico’s law being formed by cycles of globalization, from laws originating via New Spain’s role within the Spanish empire to recent legal changes spurred by Mexico’s contemporary integration with the global economy and international agreements. It also shows the law’s evolution as it was pulled by two sometimes-contrary policy goals, as the government sought to both play an active role in the economy and to promote economic growth.

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