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Acedo, Santamarina, S.C remains involved in many of the most significant matters in the Mexican TMT sector, fielding a strong team of four associates and one highly experienced partner. The firm has particular expertise in advising international and domestic telecoms operators as well as regulatory authorities in the sector such as the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT). The firm advised BBC Worldwide on the divestiture of its broadcasting rights, and assisted Bestel in the drafting of interconnection and telecoms services contracts. Other active clients include Level 3 Communications and the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation. Founding partner Andrés Acedo M heads the practice.

Baker McKenzie S.C. acts for many top-end brands in the IT, mobile and internet sectors, among them Facebook, eBay, Twitter, Google, Hewlett-Packard and Amazon. TMT and IP practice head Sergio Legorreta recently assisted Virgin Mobile Mexico in entering the country’s mobile telecoms sector, and reshaping the regulations to allow for the participation of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the market. Other headline work included advising the organisers of the Mexico Formula 1 Grand Prix on compliance with telecoms regulations. The team includes corporate and M&A lawyer Carlos R Valencia and senior associate Carlos Vela, who focuses on contractual, technology outsourcing and privacy matters.

Highly specialised firm Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. started out as a boutique but has steadily developed a broader service offering, including corporate law. The firm retains the prominence in TMT matters for which it has long been known, however, with a 12-strong team handling all aspects of TMT work, a solid regulatory capability and a growing data protection and privacy practice. ‘Very good value for money’ and noted for its ‘excellent responsiveness and its knowledge of local laws and regulations’, the practice counts Microsoft, Nexxus Capital, Sony Pictures Entertainment and satellite operator Hispasat among its clients. Headline work included advising Grupo Seguritech on its participation in a public bid regarding the technology integration of the entire customs administration system for Mexico’s international borders. A member of the advisory board of the IFT, practice head Carlos Bello is a key attorney in the field who has been active in the telecoms industry since its opening to the private sector. Other key practitioners include Hector Guzmán, who specialises in technology and regulatory matters, and Rolando Guevara, who was recently promoted to partner. Support comes from corporate lawyer Federico De Palacio and –as we go to press– the firm has confirmed the return of the telecoms-specialised senior associate Carlos J Díaz S from Santamarina y Steta.

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.’s TMT practice receives a steady flow of work from clients such as Vodafone, Columbus Networks, and American Tower Corporation. Focusing on regulatory, technical and licensing issues, key partner Federico Hernández acted for Hewlett-Packard in the regulatory and compliance aspects of its registration as a value-added service provider. The firm also advised The Walt Disney Company in relation to telecoms regulatory issues and proceedings before the regulators, which involved securing the certification of the new Infinity video game box for Android devices. Senior associate Rodrigo Méndez Solís is also recommended.

Jones Day enhanced its capabilities in the TMT sector with its mid-2015 incorporation of a team from Greenberg Traurig, S.C., including three partners and two associates. With experience across regulatory, M&A and antitrust mandates and contracts and distribution agreements, the new team brought a number of clients with them, notably Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex) and Elephant Talk Communications, a provider of mobile networking software. The highly regarded Luis Rubio Barnetche counts major industrial, mobile telephone and satellite operators in Mexico among his clients, but is mainly known for his work with trade associations and the Mexican government. Octavio Lecona Morales focuses on telecoms matters, corporate law and other regulatory work; and Bertha Ordaz-Avilés handles transactional matters in the telecoms and satellite sectors. The firm assisted Satmex in relation to the amendment of its satellite concessions and a transactional project; and advised Telefónica on swaps of frequency blocks and a spectrum rental deal with competitor AT&T, the first transaction of its kind to be authorised by the IFT.

Focusing on transactional and antitrust work, the 14-strong telecoms group at Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C. remains a constant presence in the telecoms and TV sector, with a client portfolio that includes Eutelsat, Satmex and investment group Temasek Holdings. Another significant client is Grupo Televisa, which the firm advised on the sale of its stake in GSF Telecom Holdings to Grupo Salinas. On the antitrust side, it represented the same client in an investigation initiated by the IFT following a complaint by Maxcom about alleged monopolistic practices. Other headline work included advising Orgtec and its shareholders on a sale of shares to RigNet. Ricardo Maldonado, Patricio Trad, Eugenio Macouzet and Francisco Fuentes Ostos co-lead the department.

The seven-strong TMT practice at White & Case S.C. has been involved in some of the most significant mandates in the telecoms sector, across litigation, regulatory and finance matters. The firm is retained by broadband and telecoms provider Telefónica and recently represented it in multiple contentious matters before the IFT. Its client portfolio also includes Televisa and Eutelsat Americas. The group is led by regulatory specialist and administrative litigator Ismael Reyes Retana, and M&A and finance lawyer Raúl Fernández-Briseño. Senior associate Antonio Cárdenas is experienced in litigation and regulatory matters in the ICT sector.

Mainly handling complex corporate and finance mandates in the telecoms and broadcasting sectors, Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC’s eight-strong practice group also has strong expertise in regulatory matters. It acted for Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca, owned by Grupo Salinas, and its consortium partner Tendai, on their issuance of novel, time-delayed project bonds worth $274m to fund the construction of a nationwide fibre optic network in Peru; and also assisted Eutelsat in corporate, regulatory and transactional matters, including a corporate reorganisation. Other key clients include Telefónica Movistar México and Softlayer Technologies. Michell Nader S and Julián Garza head the department, and Gunter Schwandt is another key partner.

Santamarina y Steta’s ‘efficient’ five-strong TMT group receives a steady flow of work from clients such as General Motors, OnStar, Amazon and Kimberly-Clark. The practice focuses on data protection, privacy, e-commerce and regulatory matters. Department head Jorge León Orantes is ‘very prompt at responding’. Key support comes from Monterrey-based César Cruz, and the team has been boosted by the recent return of the experienced Paola Morales from maternity leave.

Active on projects in the TMT sector, Ibáñez Parkman y Asociados SC has expertise in the areas of satellites, telecoms networks, and data and telephone transmission services. Recent matters saw the team assist OnStar de México with its negotiation of a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services agreement with Telefónica Movistar Mexico. Associate Orlando Cabrera Colorado handles significant infrastructure and administrative matters as well as regulatory and contentious work in the TMT sector; and Clara Luz Álvarez González de Castilla gained notable experience as commissioner of the Federal Commission of Telecommunications (COFETEL).

With very strong sector expertise, Robles Miaja, SC’s founding partner Rafael Robles has been extensively involved in both regulatory and transactional activity in the telecoms industry. The six-strong firm covers corporate, M&A, finance and antitrust matters, as well as contentious work. Telmex has long been one of its key clients.

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