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Mexico: Competition 2017

We list 17 standout lawyers for their competition expertise. They handle an array of complex investigations, litigation and transactional work in the area.

Most Highly Regarded
Mauricio Serralde Rodríguez Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, Mexico City
Luis Gerardo Garcia Santos Coy Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, Mexico City
Luis Omar Guerrero Rodríguez Hogan Lovells, Mexico City
Rafael Valdés Abascal Valdés Abascal Abogados, Mexico City

Hogan Lovells is one of a number of firms with two lawyers listed this year. Luis Omar Guerrero Rodríguez is widely recognised as a “busy and highly active” lawyer who comes “well recommended in the field”. He is an exceptional litigator with experience across a broad spectrum of industries and sectors. Ricardo Pons Mestre is also recognised for his proficiency in handling competition issues relating to complex transactional mandates.

At Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, Mauricio Serralde Rodríguez is highlighted as “one of the top lawyers in the area” and someone who is “very busy in merger matters”. He handles an array of matters, including merger filings, leniency applications and investigations. The firm is also home to Luis Gerardo Garcia Santos Coy, who advises clients on a wide range of sophisticated competition issues.

Two lawyers are recommended from Castañeda y Asociados. Gabriel Castañeda is "no question an absolute expert in competition", according to sources. His strong agency experience makes him a go-to practitioner for complex regulatory and economic matters. Ricardo Hernandez is also viewed by interviewees as a “great lawyer” for his expertise in the area.

Rafael Valdés Abascal of Valdés Abascal Abogados is a thought leader in this year’s research and is described as a “highly recommended” practitioner and “very knowledgeable lawyer” who peers “would turn to if I had a conflict”.

Clients “have had excellent results with” Lucía Ojeda Cárdenas of SAI Law & Economics, who has “wide expertise on antitrust matters” and is noted for her “experience and ability to anticipate potential risks or opportunities”.

José Ruiz López of Creel Abogados impresses clients who comment, “José understands the regulatory process in Mexico like few others and is able to convey nuances in ways that are easy to understand.”

Cristina Massa at González Calvillo has a strong reputation in the market for competition work, in part due to her previous experience as Commissioner of the Mexican Federal Competition Commission.

At Agon, Mateo Diego-Fernández receives effusive praise from clients, who describe him as “a lawyer with an impressive experience and deep knowledge of antitrust matters”. Other sources comment that he has “the best knowledge I’ve come across of the antitrust rules, their application and the best way to defend your case”. 

Competition Economists

We also list five of the leading economists in the area who provide clients with extensive and wide-ranging expertise in relation to competition issues.

Thought Leaders
Eduardo Perez Motta Agon, Mexico City
Eduardo Scola Alef Consultores, Mexico City

Alef Consultores features two practitioners in this year’s listings. Eduardo Scola is widely recommended for his ability to provide expertise in competition litigation. He is particularly noted for his experience in telecommunications and financial services. Maria Fernanda de la Vega continues to be recognised for her expertise advising on the competition aspects of complex transactions.

Eduardo Perez Motta at Agon continues to be regarded as one of the leading competition economists in Mexico. Sources say he is “very well known” and is “putting a footprint into the market”.

At Alrusago, Alvaro Ruben Sanchez Gonzalez is lauded by clients for his “professionalism, knowledge and quick response times”. Pascual García Alba of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey is a former commissioner of the Federal Competition Commission and a well-regarded expert on competition matters.

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