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14 December 2006
In light of the recent amendments to the Federal Law on Economic Competition, Mexico's competition law framework has undergone a process of adjustment that includes the issuance of new regulations to implement the law and amendments to the internal regulations of the Federal Competition Commission. The amendments to the internal regulations were published in the Official Gazette on November 27 2006 and came into effect the following day.
The main purpose of the amendments is to reorganize the commission's internal structure by creating, dividing and reorganizing several general operational and administrative directorates.
The general operational directorates are in charge of the procedures for the investigation and analysis of mergers and acquisitions, absolute monopolistic practices (eg, cartels) and relative monopolistic practices (eg, abuse of dominant position). The amendments provide for the creation of two new directorates. The Litigious Proceedings General Directorate will be in charge of all legal proceedings filed before federal courts (ie, amparo proceedings) and federal administrative courts (ie, annulment claims). The Regulated Markets General Directorate will verify the economic conditions under which concessions and permits issued by the federal public administration are granted or assigned, among other responsibilities.
The amendments also divide the role of the Investigations General Directorate, assigning the investigation of absolute and relative monopolistic practices to two separate directorates.
The general administrative directorates, which are in charge of the organization and coordination of the commission, were reorganized into two new directorates: the General Directorate for Administration and the General Liaison Directorate. These directorates will be coordinated by the newly created Planning, Linkage and International Affairs Unit.
For further information on this topic please contact José Ruíz López or Luis Gerardo García Santos Coy at Creel, Garcia Cuellar y Müggenburg SC by telephone (+52 55 1105 0600) or by fax (+52 55 1105 0690) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
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José Ruiz López
Luis Gerardo Garcia Santos Coy