Francisco Fuentes Ostos

Founding Partner since 1994


Phone: +52 (55) 5201-7400
Mail: ffuentes@macf.com.mx

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Francisco Fuentes Ostos

Founding Partner since 1994


Francisco has broad experience in antitrust, mergers & acquisitions, and telecommunications. His practice focuses on merger analysis and review, antitrust litigation, and counseling work.

Francisco has been involved in several antitrust filings made before the Mexican antitrust authorities (IFETEL and COFECE), in national and international review proceedings derived from mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions, as well as in administrative proceedings regarding the investigation of anticompetitive conducts (both absolute and relative monopolistic practices).

His expertise also includes developing and implementing antitrust compliance programs and in acting in telecommunications regulatory matters.

Likewise, he has significant experience with domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. He regularly advises buyers, sellers, and investors in complex merger and acquisition transactions.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Chambers and Partners, Corporate/M&A
  • Legal 500, Corporate/M&A and Antitrust
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   June 2nd, 2021

COFECE initiates Investigation in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Distribution Market

On May 31, 2021, the Federal Economic Competition Commission (“COFECE”) published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (“DOF”) the extract from the initiation of an investigation to determine the existence of effective competition conditions in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (“LP Gas”) distribution market (the “Relevant Market”).

Professional Related: Carlos Orcí , Francisco Fuentes Ostos , Pilar Mata

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   February 12th, 2021

COFECE issues new Guidelines for the Immunity and Penalty Reduction Program

Learn about the publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation of the Immunity and Sanction Reduction Program Guide issued by COFECE, which is intended to be a tool for economic agents interested in receiving the benefits of the Program. 

Professional Related: Carlos Orcí , Francisco Fuentes Ostos , Pilar Mata

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   December 10th, 2020

COFECE issues new Guidelines for Exchange of Information between Economic Agents

Considering that pursuant to the Federal Economic Competition Law (the “Law”), the Federal Economic Competition Commission (“COFECE”) must review its guidelines every five years, on November 24, 2020, COFECE issued a new Guidelines regarding Exchange of Information between Economic Agents (the “Guidelines”), which replaces the once issued in 2015 (the “Previous Guidelines”).

Professional Related: Carlos Orcí , Francisco Fuentes Ostos , Pilar Mata

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   July 3rd, 2020

IFT: Suspension of procedural periods and resume of work activities

The Federal Institute of Telecommunications:Extends the suspension of procedural periods indefinitely; and  Resume activities through remote working as a preventive measure in covid-19 crisis.

Professional Related: Carlos Orcí , Francisco Fuentes Ostos , Pilar Mata

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   May 12th, 2020

COFECE issues opinion on the competition implication of the Resolution of measures for COVID-19 issued by CENACE

On May 7, 2020, the Federal Economic Competition Commission (“COFECE”) issued an opinion (the “Opinion”) on the “Resolution to Ensure the Efficiency, Quality, Reliability, Continuity and Safety of the National Electricity Grid, due to the recognition of the SARS-CoV2 virus (COVID-19) epidemic disease” (the "Resolution") issued by National Centre of Energy Control (“CENACE”), regarding certain provisions of it that could hinder competition in the electricity market.

Professional Related: Carlos Orcí , Francisco Fuentes Ostos , Pilar Mata

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   April 23rd, 2020

Emergency regulatory provisions for electronic notifications

Under the health emergency derived from the SARS-CoV2 virus, the Federal Economic Competition Commission (“COFECE”) issued the Regulatory Provisions for the execution of personal notifications through email (the “Emergency Regulations”), which will be effective as of today.

Professional Related: Carlos Orcí , Francisco Fuentes Ostos , Pilar Mata

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   April 6th, 2020

The Federal Institute of Telecommunications extends the suspend time periods

I. MEASURES ADOPTED A In light of the current COVID-19 international crisis, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus Federal Telecommunications Institute (“IFT”) has decided to extend the time period and labor suspension previously established from April 2 to 30, 2020. 

Professional Related: Carlos Orcí , Francisco Fuentes Ostos , Pilar Mata

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   March 24th, 2020

COFECE and IFT suspend time periods in certain proceedings

In light of the current COVID-19 international crisis, and for the purpose of reducing the risk of spreading the virus, both COFECE and IFT have decided that, from March 23 to April 17, 2020, the running all time periods in proceedings being processed by these authorities will be suspended. However, for the purpose of containing the economic impact of these measures on the country’s economy and the sectors they regulate, both bodies have excluded the following proceedings from the suspension and these may be processed electronically.

Professional Related: Francisco Fuentes Ostos , Pilar Mata

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   March 12th, 2020

Publication DR Immunity Program

COFECE issued the Regulatory Provisions of the Immunity and Sanctions Reduction Program and the repeal of certain articles of the Federal Economic Competition Law. This program is available to economic agents who recognize their participation in the performance of absolute monopolistic practices.

Professional Related: Francisco Fuentes Ostos , Pilar Mata

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   September 26th, 2019

COFECE ISSUES REGULATIONS for the qualification of information derived from legal counsel provided to economic agents

On September 30th, 2019, the Regulatory Regulations for the qualification of information derived from legal counsel provided to economic agents (the “Regulations”) issued by the Federal Economic Competition Commission (“COFECE”) came into full force and effect.

Professional Related: Carlos Orcí , Elian Ávila , Francisco Fuentes Ostos , Pilar Mata

Education

  • Master of Laws, LL.M, University of Cambridge, 1992
  • Law Degree, Escuela Libre de Derecho, 1990

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Experience

  • Foreign Associate, Clifford Chance, New York, 1992-1993