We have a solid academic background in the fields of constitutional, administrative and corporate law and extensive experience in highly complex cases.
Rafael Valdés Abascal
He began his professional practice in 1987 at Santamarina and 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 advisor to the Undersecretary of Planning of the then Secretariat of Agriculture and Hydraulic Resources until 1994.
In mid 1994 he joined the presidential campaign of Dr. Ernesto Zedillo, as advisor to the candidate, and in December 1994 he was appointed Head of the Legal Department of the Office of the President of the Republic.
He was later appointed Executive Secretary of the Federal Competition Commission.
In 1996 he left the public sector to found his own firm, then Valdés Abascal y Brito Anderson SC.
As a result of his public service and independent practice, he has accumulated extensive experience in the areas of antitrust, regulated industries, amparo and administrative litigation.
He has collaborated in various publications and participated as a speaker in numerous seminars and conferences.
He is a professor of Economic Competition at the undergraduate and graduate levels of the Universidad Panamericana Law School and has been a member of the Academic Council of that School. He has also been a visiting professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and at the Universidad Iberoamericana
He has been elected as Coordinator of the Competition Law Committee of the National Association of Corporate Lawyers, Bar Association (ANADE) for the periods 2011-2012, 2013-2014 and 2015-2016.
For several years he has been appointed by the Federal Competition Commission as a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network (ICN).
He has been recognized as a leader in the antitrust practice in Mexico by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Global Competition Review, Practical Law Company, Legal Media Group, Best Lawyers, and other organizations that rate lawyers.
Fabiola Quezada Nieto
She is a lawyer from the Universidad Panamericana, where she studied the Specialization in Corporate Law. She also teaches International Business Law at the Universidad Iberoamericana, and has studied this subject at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She attended the Anti-Corruption Diploma, taught by the ICC Mexico and the Universidad Panamericana, as well as the D-1 Management Program at the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas (IPADE).
His professional practice at Valdes Abascal Abogados SC focuses on the areas of corporate and commercial law; personal data protection and privacy; compliance and anti-corruption; as well as economic competition.
Prior to joining Valdes Abascal Abogados SC, she was the legal director of a Mexican pharmaceutical group with presence in Mexico and Latin America, which includes the companies Farmacéuticos Maypo and Stendhal. She was also in charge of the corporate, stock exchange and antitrust areas in one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Mexico (DESC – GRUPO KUO), with extensive experience in M&A transactions, financial restructuring and stock exchange issues.
She has been a professor in the Diploma in Corporate Law at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She is a member of the National Association of Business Lawyers, Bar Association (ANADE).
Enrique de la Peña Fajardo
He obtained his law degree from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM). He has also studied public and private international law at The Hague Academy of International Law.
His practice in Valdés Abascal Abogados SC focuses mainly in merger control, as well as litigation and counseling in competition law.
Prior to joining the firm, he worked in the areas of litigation (civil, commercial and administrative law), commercial arbitration and corporate law. In the federal government, he served in the areas of budget law and consultancy.
He is a member of the Merger Working Group of the International Competition Network and of the antitrust section of the American Bar Association.
He has been ranked as a Rising Star in the antitrust practice by Legal 500 and has been included in the Best Lawyers list for competition in México.
Agustín Aguilar López
He has a law degree from the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He also studied the “Procedural Law” Diploma as a form of qualification. In addition, he studied the Diploma in “Contract Law” at the University in Postgraduate Studies.
In Valdes Abascal Abogados SC, he specializes in the defense of economic agents, before the Federal Commission of Economic Competition and the Federal Judiciary, involved in investigations of absolute monopolistic practices, dominance abuses and prohibited concentrations, as well as in the promotion of complaints for those same conducts.
In the Federal Government, he worked in the areas of budgetary law and constitutional procedural law. In the last few years, he worked as deputy director of the General Directorate of Legal Affairs of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, a decentralized administrative body of the Ministry of the Interior in charge of managing the administration of federal resources (contributions and subsidies) to the country’s states and municipalities for security. He also held the position of department head in the Deputy General Directorate of Constitutional Procedures of the Ministry of the Interior, specializing in the area of amparo.
In addition, in the Government of the State of Oaxaca he held the position of director at the Head of the State Executive Branch of Government, where he was in charge of legal affairs and served as head of the Liaison Unit, the area responsible for issues of transparency and access to government public information.