GCR 100 - 19th Edition

Von Wobeser & Sierra

20 December 2018

Mexico

Fernando Carreño, who won GCR Lawyer of the Year under 40 in 2018, helms the competition practice at Von Wobeser & Sierra. The two-partner, nine-associate team now includes Gerardo Rodríguez, a former COFECE official who recently joined as an associate.

The firm is acting on behalf of Scotiabank in an investigation for alleged abuse of dominance. Carreño and his team also counselled Mexican airline Volaris in COFECE’s investigation into essential inputs and barriers to competition in the allocation of slots at the Mexico City airport. This case marked the first time the enforcer ever conducted a market investigation. The firm also advised Anheuser-Busch InBev in an investigation of the Mexican barley market, which COFECE ultimately closed for lack of evidence indicating anticompetitive conditions in the sector.

Turning to mergers, Von Wobeser was involved in the ChemChina/Syngenta deal, providing antitrust counsel to Adama, ChemChina’s Israeli subsidiary, which is a player in the market for generic agrochemical products. The firm also counsels Blackstone in its acquisition of casino company Cirsa and in Melrose Industries’ $11 billion hostile takeover of engineering company GKN.

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