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Greenberg Traurig Continues Growth of Mexico City Office, Adds Leading Antitrust and Competition Lawyer Víctor Manuel Frías

MEXICO CITYSept. 10, 2015Greenberg Traurig, LLP is pleased to announce that Víctor Manuel Frías will join the firm’s Mexico City office in the Antitrust Litigation & Competition Practice Group. Frías has joined as a shareholder from Casares, Castelazo, Frías y Zárate, S.C. The addition is part of an overall expansion of Greenberg Traurig's Mexico City office that includes the hiring of Frías, as well as his former firm’s entire antitrust and corporate practice groups.

“Victor is an exceptionally talented lawyer who brings a wealth of knowledge on antitrust enforcement and related regulatory matters, especially in respect of the kinds of complex transactions we regularly take on,” said Miguel Flores Bernés, Shareholder and a key member of the Antitrust Litigation & Competition Practice Group in Mexico City. “The growth of our practice demands that we continue to add top lawyers, and we believe that Victor’s 20 years of legal experience combined with my tenure as a former Commissioner of the Federal Competition Commission will prove invaluable to our clients. Together with Victor, I look forward to continuing to build one of Mexico’s strongest antitrust and competition teams.”

“We have paved the way for a smooth transition of services that will allow us to leverage Greenberg Traurig's global network and strong Mexican platform to form one of the best antitrust and competition teams in Mexico,” added Víctor Manuel Frías. “I am especially looking forward to working together with Miguel and the rest of the antitrust team to serve our existing clients and grow the practice.”

Frías focuses his practice on corporate and competition law, including mergers and acquisitions and associated economic and antitrust issues. His clients include major companies in various industries, including technology, information services, pharmaceuticals, product manufacturing, real estate and retail. Frías has represented both the Mexican government in public takeover transactions and several multinational companies in privatization deals. He has also advised Mexican and foreign companies in cartel and restrictive practice proceedings and merger control processes, including handling appeals of decisions issued by the Competition Commission to the Mexican Courts. Frías has also represented foreign entities in commercial arbitration, including the filing of one of the most substantial claims ever made against a Mexican government entity. Other high-profile advisory roles include representing investment funds in their acquisition of Mexican companies and the structuring of exit strategies.

Frías earned a law degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho, a postgraduate degree in tax law from the same law school, and an LL.M. degree with honors from The University of Chicago Law School. 

Frías has been recognized as a leading lawyer in competition and antitrust by Chambers & Partners Latin America, and has also received an “M&A Deal of the Year” award by Latin Lawyer. He and the rest of the antitrust and corporate team joining Greenberg Traurig have also been widely recognized as one of Mexico’s best by several publications, including Wealth & Finance International Magazine, which named the corporate team “Best in Business Law – Mexico” during its 2014 Finance Awards. The corporate team also won “Commercial Law Firm of the Year” at the 2014 Legal Awards hosted by Al Global Media Ltd. That same year, the antitrust practice received the “Law Firm of the Year in Competition/Antitrust” award by KMH Media Group.

“Victor is recognized as one of the top antitrust lawyers in the Mexican market, and we are pleased to be able to further expand our antitrust and corporate teams in Mexico City and across the firm’s Latin American and Iberian Practice with his arrival,” said Yosbel Ibarra, Shareholder and Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig's Latin American and Iberian Practice Group.

“I am delighted that the firm has expanded its international Antitrust capabilities with the addition of Frías and his widely experienced team,” added Gillian Sproul, Shareholder in the firm’s Antitrust Litigation & Competition Practice Group in London.  “This marks a notable enhancement in our ability to provide top-notch, international antitrust and competition representation for our clients wherever they do business around the world.”

In addition to Frías, Carmina Mogollón will also join the firm’s Mexico City office in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group as of counsel from Casares, Castelazo, Frías y Zárate, S.C. Mogollón brings a wide-range of experience on privacy and other compliance matters.

Mogollon’s practice concentrates on commercial matters in connection with data-protection, FCPA, compliance and transactional issues in the technology, e-commerce and manufacturing industries. She has significant experience representing foreign and Mexican entities with corporate governance, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring processes, cross-border structured finance and securitization transactions. During her tenure at the Institute for the Protection of Bank Savings (IPAB), Mogollón advised clients on governmental assets recovery processes. She was also a key member of the group that represented the Mexican government before the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI).

Mogollón holds a law degree with honors from Universidad Iberoamericana, a postgraduate degree in financial law from Universidad Iberoamericana, and a master’s degree in international business from Grenoble Graduate School of Business.

“Our focus in Mexico City has been on the growth and development of the office. Victor and Carmina share our values and strategic vision, and they place the same strong emphasis as we do on client service,” commented José Raz Guzmán, Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig's Mexico City office. “Carmina has an outstanding reputation and her significant experience with FCPA and compliance work will be a great complement to the strong corporate platform we have built in Mexico City. Carmina will also be a member of our firm’s Women’s Initiative, a firm-wide strategy to support our talented women attorneys in respect of recruiting, retention, and business development opportunities.”