Miguel Flores Bernés focuses his practice on antitrust and competition issues, assisting national and international clients in investigation proceedings of alleged anticompetitive conduct, concentrations, and defense strategies before specialized antitrust courts.
He has assisted clients in the competition clearance of transactions by the Mexican competition authorities, such as Federal Competition Commission (Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica - COFECE) and Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de las Telecomunicaciones - IFT). Likewise, he represents economic agents in: i) proceedings for the investigation of alleged anticompetitive conduct (cartels, abuse of dominance and unlawful concentrations), including fine reduction programs (leniency and early closure of a probe with commitments); and ii) proceedings related to barriers to competition, essential inputs and declarations of lack of effective competition.
His experience also encompasses the development and implementation of defense strategies before specialized competition courts, and compliance advice to mitigate and prevent risks of violating competition law, including internal investigations for companies in various industries including, transportation, health, energy, specialized services, manufacturing, financial services, agriculture, among others.
Prior to joining the firm, he was a Commissioner in the Federal Competition Commission (2006-2013) and before that, he acted as economic legal advisor in the office of the President of Mexico. Previously, he focused his practice in the cost-benefit analysis of economic regulation at the Mexican Ministry of Economy. He also acquired extensive experience in negotiation and international affairs by being part of the group of lawyers that negotiated Free Trade Agreements and Bilateral Investment Treaties with the European Union, Japan, Singapore, Israel, Chile, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Iceland, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, and in different international organizations such as the World Trade Organization and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
- Cartels and Investigations
- Mergers Control and Joint Ventures
- Technology, Media and Telecommunications