May 25, 2017

Mexican minister of economy to highlight ABA Antitrust in the Americas conference in Mexico City

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 — Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Mexico’s Minister of Economy, will be the keynote speaker at the American Bar Association’s fourth biennial Antitrust in the Americas conference June 1-2 in Mexico City, Mexico.  The conference is co-sponsored by the Colegio de Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados and Brazil’s IBRAC.

Guajardo has overseen sweeping reforms to Mexico’s competition law and agencies that formed a capstone of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s economic reforms.  As minister of economy, he will be a key figure in any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Participants will include Alejandra Palacios, president of Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE); Esteban Greco, chairman of Argentina’s National Commission for the Defense of Competition; Felipe Irarrazabal, national economic prosecutor of Chile; Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo, commissioner of Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE); Brent Snyder, deputy assistant attorney general, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice; and Abbott Lipsky, acting director, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition.

ABA Antitrust in the Americas
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law

Thursday-Friday, June 1-2

Four Seasons Mexico
Paseo de la Reforma #500, Colonia Juarez
Mexico City, Mexico

The conference will include interactive discussions with experts from throughout the region on cutting-edge topics, including:

  • Insights on cartel enforcement, bid rigging and lenience programs from cartel enforcers throughout the region;
  • Merger enforcement developments, including the use of economics to guide enforcers’ decisions;
  • The use of tools to address barriers in markets that do not necessarily have roots in traditional anticompetitive conduct;
  • Antitrust enforcement in the telecommunications sector; and
  • The views of both judges and enforcement officials from throughout the hemisphere.

Other conference speakers will include former FTC chairman and current corporate general counsel Deborah Platt Majoras; Judge Diane Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago; Maria Elena Estavillo Flores, commissioner, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), Mexico City; Jean Claude Tron Petit, magistrate, Fourth Administrative Court of the First Circuit, Mexico City; and Carlos Mena Labarthe, chief prosecutor, Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica, Mexico City.

A complete program and updated list of speakers can be found online.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Robert Robinson at 202-662-1097 or

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