Competition and Antitrust

Our Firm has extensive experience representing both Mexican and international clients in their antitrust matters in Mexico, including merger control notifications and antitrust investigations of varying levels of complexity. 

We actively advise in the area of merger control (including in gun jumping cases and anticompetitive merger investigations) and in cases of cartel and abuse of dominance investigations (including advice in connection with the benefits and conditions of the leniency and sanction reduction programs of the Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) and the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT)). In the area of merger control, we provide advice and support to clients throughout the entire process to obtain authorization from COFECE and/or IFT, as the case may be in order to complete mergers and acquisitions. We advise on various aspects of merger control, including in respect of the design of protocols of information exchanges among competitors, design and analysis of non-compete, non-solicitation and exclusivity agreements, and the design, negotiation, monitoring and compliance with conditions and remedies. In this regard, our Firm has extensive experience in concentrations, advising both buyers, sellers, and targets in a wide range of structures and transactions, in a wide range of markets and sectors. 

In addition to the above, our Firm provides legal advice in the context of the general exercise of antitrust authority by COFECE and IFT, for instance, in the context of investigations to determine essential facilities or barriers to competition, proceedings to assess market power and competitive constraints in a wide range of markets, proceedings to obtain favorable antitrust opinions or resolutions as a precondition for the granting of concessions and permits, proceedings to seek the waiver and reduction of fines, and proceedings to obtain formal opinions and general guidance from the antitrust agencies. 

We also specialize in conducting competition and antitrust audits and in the design and implementation of competition compliance programs.

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Featured transactions


We represented PGIM Real Estate in obtaining the antitrust approval for the acquisition of an industrial portfolio comprising 7 industrial buildings located in Coahuila, San Luis Potosi, State of Mexico, and Chihuahua.

CLIENT:

PGIM Real Estate

PRACTICE AREA:

Competition and Antitrust

CLOSING DATE:

January 2024

VALUE:

ND


We represented Grupo Alójica, in obtaining the antitrust approval for the acquisition of The Royal Islander hotel in Cancun, Quintana Roo.

CLIENT:

Grupo Alójica

PRACTICE AREA:

Competition and Antitrust

CLOSING DATE:

December 2023

VALUE:

ND

LEAD COUNSEL:

James E. Ritch

OTHER FIRMS:

Galicia - Seller's Counsel Cannizzo Ortiz y Asociados - Special Due DIligence counsel to Purchaser Carlos Galván Duque - Counsel to Banorte


We represented the investor consortium formed by Continental Grain Company, Organización Cultiba, Equity Group Investments, and Castle Harlan in obtaining the antitrust approval for the acquisition of a majority stake in Baja-Aqua Farms and its subsidiaries, a company engaged in the Bluefin tuna aquaculture business in Baja California, Mexico.

CLIENT:

Continental Grain Company,
Organización Cultiba,
Equity Group Investments, and
Castle Harlan

PRACTICE AREA:

Competition and Antitrust

CLOSING DATE:

November 2023

VALUE:

ND

LEAD COUNSEL:

James E. Ritch

OTHER FIRMS:

Agon, as counsel to the Sellers.


We represented Public Sector Pension Investment Board in obtaining the antitrust approval for the sale to Inmobilia of its 87% interest in the shopping center known as "The Harbor", in Mérida, Yucatán.

CLIENT:

Public Sector Pension Investment Board

PRACTICE AREA:

Competition and Antitrust

CLOSING DATE:

November 2023

VALUE:

ND

LEAD COUNSEL:

James E. Ritch

PROFESSIONALS:

Julia Fuentes Andersson

OTHER FIRMS:

Creel García-Cuellar, Aiza y Enríquez - counsel to buyer (Inmobilia)


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Featured news


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April 16, 2024

Ritch Mueller

Ritch Mueller wins in four categories in The Legal 500 Mexico Awards 2024

On April 16th, the second edition of the "Legal 500 Mexico Awards" took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Mexico City, bringing together over 300 professionals from the Mexican legal community to recognize law firms, lawyers, and in-house legal teams that excelled during 2023 We are proud to...

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February 15, 2024

Competition and Antitrust

Newsflash - COFECE identifies potential barriers to competition in the retail e-commerce market

Pursuant to the “EXTRACT of the Preliminary Findings in Case File IEBC-001-2022, issued on February six, two thousand and twenty four” (EXTRACTO del Dictamen Preliminar del Expediente IEBC-001-2022, emitido el seis de febrero de dos mil veinticuatro) (the “Preliminary...

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January 10, 2024

Environmental and Social Impact
Competition and Antitrust
Mergers and Acquisitions
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The Mexican bluefin tuna producer Baja Aqua-Farms secures a significant investment with the support of Ritch Mueller

Ritch Mueller represented the investor consortium formed by Continental Grain Company, Organización Cultiba, Equity Group Investments, and Castle Harlan, in the acquisition of a majority stake in Baja-Aqua Farms and its subsidiaries, a leading company in the Bluefin tuna aquaculture...

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September 25, 2023

Competition and Antitrust

Newsflash - COFECE identified barriers to competition in the card payment processing market

Find out about the 3 barriers that COFECE considers have contributed to the exclusion of companies in the field of card payment processing. Learn about the recommendations that COFECE made to BANXICO and CNBV, as well as the order it issued to PROSA and GLOBAL.Pursuant to the "Summary of the...

Events


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11 October 2023

Competition and Antitrust

Webinar: Enforcement of competition law in the digital sector

The Digital Economy Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce Mexico (ICC México), will host a webinar titled 'Enforcement of Competition Law in the Digital Sector.' Our associate, Marta Loubet, an expert in Competition and Antitrust matters, will participate as a speaker...

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11 August 2023

Competition and Antitrust

Webinar: Antitrust Risks and Compliance

AMEXCAP and Ritch Mueller hosted the webinar: Risks and Compliance in Antitrust, in which our counsel James E. Ritch and associate Marta Loubet shared best practices for risk assessment, as well as designing and monitoring effective antitrust compliance policies. They also explored other relevant...

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28 February 2023

Ritch Mueller

DMI Decididas Summit 2023

On February 28 and March 1, we participated as sponsors of the DMI Decididas Summit, an event that aimed to promote women's leadership in Latin America, prevent gender violence and boost women's economic growth.  The event brought together 300 leaders from more than 10 countries and 30...

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