Competition and Antitrust Experts

We are recognized as leaders in competition and antitrust by clients, specialists and several national and international ranking companies.

Expertise on Competition and Antitrust

We have a long and deep experience in all kinds of matters and proceedings concerning competition and antitrust law, derived from our practice in the former Federal Economic Competition Commission and more than 24 years of successful private practice.

During our public and private practice we have participated in the definition of substantive and procedure provisions contained in the competition and antitrust legal framework, as well as in the establishment of legal criteria.

Practice Areas

Merger Control

We provide assessment and representation services regarding the obligation or convenience of notifying a transaction. We also assess and represent economic agents who may be affected by concentrations undertaken by third parties that damage the competition process.

Administrative litigation

We represent our clients as complainants or defendants before both the Federal Economic Competition Commission and the Federal Telecommunications Institute in investigation and sanction procedures related to cartel conduct, abuse of dominance, vertical restraints and illegal mergers.

Compliance: Preventive measures and risk assessment

The firm provides counseling services to prevent violations to the Federal Economic Competition Law, through the elaboration of competition law compliance and best practices programs, and we evaluate risks derived from our clients’ specific strategies or business schemes.

Dominance, barriers to competition and essential inputs

We represent economic agents before the antitrust authorities, in procedures aimed to declare dominant position or the absence of effective competition conditions in regulated markets, as well as in the procedures aimed to determine the existence of barriers to competition and essential inputs.

Favorable opinions

We represent our clients to obtain favorable opinions from the competition authorities in order to participate in public bids and in the procedures to obtain concessions or licenses, or in authorization processes for the transfer of such concessions and licenses.

Amparo trials

We provide litigation services to challenge the imposed fines by the competition authorities and we represent clients in amparo trials aimed to seek the protection of the constitutional rights of our clients.

Reviews of Valdes Abascal Abogados SC

The following are some opinions of our firm published in specialized media:


What the team is known for Acclaimed boutique firm particularly noted for its prowess in the competition sphere. Enjoys a wealth of experience in anti-competitive investigations, including those concerning abuses of dominant position and absolute monopolistic practices. Also benefits from an established track record handling merger filings and litigation matters. Client roster features notable players from the automotive, energy and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths The lawyers are held in high esteem by clients for their personalised service; one source highlights that "their strength is their technical expertise, which is spectacular. I know I can trust their work implicitly because of their in-depth and precise analysis."

Work highlights Advised Comisión Reguladora de Energía on measures to undertake to ensure competition in the energy sector.

Notable practitioners Distinguished practitioner Rafael Valdés Abascal is praised by interviewees for his expertise in the competition law domain.

One client says: "He is an absolute expert in this area and among the best in the country. He manages to convey highly complex matters in simple words and concepts. He maintains fluid communication with clients and he understands my business perfectly." Interviewees go on to describe him as "very quick to grasp the complexity and the details of this work in order to understand our needs."

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Contact us

Valdes Abascal Abogados SC

Prado Norte 225 Lomas de Chapultepec
Mexico City 11000

+ (52) 55 5950 1580