Rafael Valdes Abasca Competition & Antitrust - Mexico

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Valdes Abascal Abogados
Torre Arcos, Tamarindos 400-B Piso 18,
Bosques de las Lomas,
05120 México, D.F.

Tel: +52 55 5950 1581
Fax: +52 55 5950 1589

Email: rafael.valdes@vaasc.com
Web: www.valdesabascal.com

He obtained his law degree from the Universidad Panamericana Law School.

He started his professional practice in 1987 at Santamarina y Steta SC, where he worked in the corporate law area.

He joined the federal government in 1990, where he served as legal counsel to the Undersecretary of Planning of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources.

In mid-1994, he joined the campaign of Ernesto Zedillo as advisor to the presidential candidate and, in December 1994, he was appointed as the head of the Legal Counseling Office for the Chief of Staff of the Mexican President.

In 1995, Rafael Valdes-Abascal was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Federal Competition Commission, where he had under his authority the areas of legal affairs, investigations, merger control and economic studies.

In 1996, he left the public sector to found his own law firm, then Valdes Abascal y Brito Anderson SC.

He is head professor of competition and antitrust at the Universidad Panamericana Law School, where he has been a member of its Academic Council. He has also acted as invited professor at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de México (ITAM) and the Universidad Iberoamericana.

He has collaborated in diverse publications and participated as speaker in several seminars and conferences.

Rafael Valdes-Abascal has been elected as head of the Antitrust Committee of the Business Lawyers National Bar Association (ANADE) for the 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 periods.

For several years, he has been invited by the Mexican competition commission as non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network (ICN).

He is ranked as leading lawyer on competition and antitrust in Mexico by Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers, Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, among other organizations.

Valdes Abascal Abogados :

Valdes Abascal Abogados SC is a counseling and litigation boutique law firm, highly specialized in competition and antitrust law.

We have a strong academic background and long experience in constitutional, administrative and corporate law, having exercised our professional practice in both public and private sectors.

Since 1996, we have counseled and represented – especially in high profile, sophisticated and complex cases – Mexican and foreign companies which operate in a wide range of regulated and non-regulated industries, including telecommunications, television, radio, ports, airports, railways, transportation, energy, chemical, finance, supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmaceuticals, beer, soft drinks and food, among many other goods and services markets. Most of our clients are ranked among the top three in their respective industries.

We have also counseled public institutions in legislative projects for deregulation, privatizations and industrial reorganizations.

Before joining the firm, some of its members held important offices in federal government agencies, such as the Legal Counseling Office for the Chief of Staff of the Mexican President and the Federal Competition Commission.

We are committed to provide premium quality services under the strictest standards of professional ethics.

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