Region: Mexico

Alejandra Palacios Prieto: the exit interview

Alejandra Palacios Prieto stepped down as head of Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission last week after eight years at the helm. In a wide ranging interview with GCR, she spoke about controversial proposals by lawmakers to merge the agency into a super regulator, the importance of challenging problematic government regulations, why she thinks revolving door caps are unconstitutional, and the need to reform domestic competition rules to tackle digital market concerns.

15 September 2021

Mexico hits drug distributors with highest possible fine

Mexico’s competition enforcer has fined five drug distributors, an industry association and 21 executives the highest possible combined sanction of €38.5 million, while also disqualifying senior company employees for the first time in its history.

17 August 2021

Mexico fines Praxair €9.8 million for breaching commitments

Mexico’s antitrust authority has fined Praxair’s Mexican subsidiary €9.8 million for repeatedly failing to comply with commitments to restore competition in the markets for the bulk distribution of oxygen, nitrogen and liquid argon.

02 June 2021

Mexico send first SOs challenging hiring practices

Mexico’s antitrust authority has accused multiple unnamed defendants of colluding to restrict competition in the market for transferring professional football players, as part of its first investigation into anticompetitive hiring and wage-setting practices.

10 May 2021

Mexican enforcer asks Supreme Court to thwart energy bill

Mexico’s antitrust watchdog has filed a complaint to the Supreme Court opposing a government reform bill that aims to strengthen the state-owned electricity utility, claiming the proposed law would be bad for competition.

26 April 2021

Mexico issues chargesheet in “widest” ever cartel probe

Mexico's competition enforcer has accused 56 liquefied petroleum gas suppliers and 34 individuals of sharing markets and colluding on prices, in what it says is its largest-ever investigation.

18 March 2021

Mexican enforcer opposes “unjustified” energy reform bill

Mexico’s antitrust watchdog is calling on the country’s lawmakers to shoot down a bill aimed at strengthening the state-owned electricity utility, claiming the proposed law would grant the company unjustified competitive advantages.

17 February 2021

Mexican commissioner dies from covid-19

Local lawyers are mourning the loss of Gustavo Rodrigo Pérez Valdespín, a commissioner at Mexico’s antitrust watchdog, who passed away on 4 February after contracting coronavirus.

10 February 2021

Mexico issues reduced fines to bonds cartel

Mexico’s antitrust watchdog has reverted to the country’s previous maximum cartel fine cap in sanctioning seven global banks and 11 traders for conspiring to fix bond prices.

26 January 2021

Firms promote in Peru and Mexico

Peruvian boutique firm Bullard Falla Ezcurra + has made Lucía Villarán a partner in Lima, while Mexican firm Gonzalez Calvillo has promoted former enforcer Gabriel Gonzalez Aragon to counsel.

08 January 2021

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