As you may know, Hogan Lovells will be combining with leading Mexican law firm BSTL effective 1 August 2014. We want to share with you changes to Mexican competition law that have gone into effect as of 7 July 2014.

The most important changes include:

  • new absolute monopolistic practice (cartel)
  • new relative monopolistic practices (abuse of dominant position)
  • new merger approval process
  • harshening of penalties
  • unannounced dawn raids
  • new criminal offense for obstructing dawn raids
  • new statute of limitations for the investigative authority’s powers
  • special procedures for market regulatory powers (access to essential facilities, remove barriers to competition, and order divestiture of assets)
  • interim orders

Please view the BSTL presentation for more information on these changes.

Omar Guerrero Rodríguez and Ricardo Pons Mestre