Region: Mexico

Enforcers launch push to tackle FIFA World Cup collusion

A joint initiative by antitrust enforcers in the US, Mexico and Canada intends to spur competition in several markets by rooting out unlawful agreements targeting the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

22 September 2023

Complicated relationship between Mexican authorities prompts specialised courts to intervene

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Merger control is becoming more challenging as increasingly complex cases are brought before the IFT and COFECE. Specialist courts are often required to limit the power of these bodies, further slowing rulings.

25 August 2023

Mexico: new COFECE leadership and IFT restructure exemplify antitrust regime

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After two years of vacancies, COFECE has a full, five-member Board of Commissioners to vote on pressing competitive issues. Meanwhile, IFT has amended its by-laws to permit a three-member commission, demonstrating adaptability in a rapidly evolving antitrust landscape.

25 August 2023

Mexican regulator flags competition concerns in mobile telecoms market

A market study by Mexico’s telecommunications regulator has warned the country’s abnormally high costs for accessing radio spectrum risks foreclosing competition.

24 August 2023

Mexico investigates cinema sector over collusion concerns

Mexico’s antitrust authority has opened a cartel probe into film distributors and movie theatres, 10 years after approving a merger between the country’s two largest cinema chains despite warnings it would facilitate collusion.

05 June 2023

COFECE hits Veolia, Engie and Suez with gun jumping fines

Mexico’s competition authority has slapped three major water and waste management companies with penalties for failing to notify three separate transactions as part of the Veolia/Suez mega-merger.

31 May 2023

Mexico appoints new head

Andrea Marván Saltiel, a commissioner at Mexico’s antitrust enforcer, has become the agency’s new president after government hold-ups left it with an interim chief for 18 months.

21 March 2023

Mexico probes mobile telecoms market in two separate studies

Mexico’s telecommunications regulator has opened two market studies to assess how access to radio spectrum and the availability of distribution channels affects competition in the mobile telecoms sector.

17 March 2023

Record gun-jumping fine levied against HP in Mexico

Mexico’s competition enforcer has issued its highest-ever gun-jumping penalty, fining HP and Poly €3.1 million for closing their $3.3 billion merger despite the agency’s ongoing merger review.

02 March 2023

COFECE fills decision-making board

Mexico’s Senate has approved the appointments of two new commissioners at the country’s antitrust enforcer, fully staffing its adjudicative board after almost three years of vacancies that left the agency unable to issue decisions for most of last year.

06 February 2023

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