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Greenberg Traurig's Mexico City Office Sponsors Chambers Economic Competition Seminar

MEXICO CITY – May 12, 2017 – To commemorate four years of Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Law, the Mexico City office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP sponsored the Chambers General Counsel seminar on Economic Competition which took place Thursday, May 4, in Mexico City.

The event brought together over 200 registered participants and speakers, including three out of the seven commissioners of Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission (acronym in Spanish: COFECE), the Chief Prosecutor and the General Director of Regulated Markets at COFECE, as well as the General Counsels for Uber Latin America and Heineken Mexico.

Alejandra Palacios, commissioner and chair of COFECE, participated in the seminar as the keynote speaker.

Following the enforcement of the Federal Economic Competition Law four years ago, the seminar consisted of two panel discussions focused on the impact of the new legislation in Mexico. The first panel on cartel investigations was moderated by Víctor Manuel Frías, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Mexico City office and key member of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Practice. Panelists included: Brenda Hernández Ramírez, commissioner of COFECE and Carlos Mena-Labarthe, chief prosecutor of competition matters at COFECE.

The second panel focused on COFECE’s increasing power to remove barriers to competition and to regulate access to essential inputs. The discussion was moderated by former Commissioner Miguel Flores Bernés, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Mexico City office and key member of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Practice. Panelists included: Jesús Ignacio Navarro, commissioner of COFECE; Octavio Gutierrez-Engelmann, general director of regulated markets at COFECE; Enrique González, legal director for Uber Latin America; and Alberto Paez, general counsel for Heineken Mexico.

Frías focuses his practice on business and competition law, including mergers and acquisitions and their economic and competitive issues. He has represented clients in numerous investigations that were carried out by the Competition Commission in the pharmaceutical, cement, compressors, ODDs, LCDs, CRTs, and traveling services markets in Mexico. Frías also represents clients in various industries, including computer software, hardware, information services, pharmaceuticals, product manufacturing, real estate, and retail.

Flores Bernés focuses his practice on antitrust and competition issues affecting clients in various industries, including government merger review, investigations of alleged anticompetitive conduct, litigation, and counseling. He regularly represents clients before the two Mexican competition authorities: Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (Federal Economic Competition Commission) and Instituto Federal de las Telecomunicaciones (Federal Communications Institute).

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