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 for three years in the area of Corporate Law.
In 1990 he joined the Federal Government, where he served as legal counsel to the Undersecretary of Planning of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources until 1994.
By mid-1994, he incorporated to the presidential campaign of Dr. Ernesto Zedillo, as advisor of the candidate, and in December 1994, he was appointed as Head of the Legal Counseling Office for the Chief of Staff of the Presidency of the Republic.
Later on, he was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Federal Competition Commission.
In 1996 he left the public sector to found his own law firm, then Valdes Abascal y Brito Anderson SC.
As a product of his work in the civil service and in the independent practica, Mr. Valdes Abascal has accumulated extensive experience in the areas of of antitrust, regulated industries, amparo and administrative litigation.
He has collaborated in diverse publications and participated as speaker in several seminars and conferences.
He is head professor of Competition Law at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the Universidad Panamericana Law School and has been member of the Academic Council of that Law School. He has also been postgraduate guest professor at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and Universidad Iberoamericana.
Mr. Rafael Valdes Abascal has been elected as chairperson of the Antitrust Committee of the Business Lawyers National Bar Association (ANADE) for the 2011-2012, 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 periods.
For several years he has been invited by the Mexican competition commission as Non-Governmental Advisor before the International Competition Network (ICN).
He has been recognized as leader in the practice of Competition Law in Mexico by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Global Competition Review, Practical Law Company, Legal Media Group, Best Lawyers and other lawyer rating organizations.