Fernando is the Head Partner of the Competition & Antitrust practice and is also a Partner of the Corporate, M&A practice of Von Wobeser y Sierra. He has almost 20 years of experience and has been involved in the most important M&A deals in Mexico offering advice on both the antitrust and the corporate aspects of such transactions. Fernando has played an active and important role representing clients in sophisticated and complex merger reviews as well as in investigations and litigations before the Federal Economic Competition Commission and the Mexican Courts. He has advised international Fortune 500 companies with a strong presence in both the United States and Latin America. Additionally, he has been involved in the majority of the cartel cases being conducted by the Mexican Antirust Commission. Furthermore, he has acted as one of the few experts called by the commission to review and draft the new regulatory provisions published as a consequence of the entrance in force of the new Antitrust Law. On the cartel investigations side, he has acted as counsel in various industries and he has been actively involved in the most notable premerger filing cases. In regards to corporate matters, he has also been a main figure in some of the largest M&A´s and divestitures taking place in Mexico.
Advised in the acquisition of SAB Miller by Anheuser-Busch InBev. USD +$100 billion.
Advised Anheuser Busch InBev in its acquisition of the rest of Mexican Brewer, Grupo Modelo for USD $20.1 billion.
Advised Volaris, one of the main Mexican airlines and a key player in an investigation for "Essential Inputs" in the market allocation of slots in the Mexico City airport.
Advised in the divestiture of SAB Miller brands by Anheuser-Busch InBev in favor of Coors. USD $12 billion.
Advised Coty in the acquisition of the hair care, fragrance and cosmetics portfolio of Procter & Gamble. USD $12 billion.
Advised Palladium Equity Partners, LLC in its acquisition of Q'Max Solutions, Inc. USD $500 million.
Advised Aspen & Nestlé´s (previously owned by Pfizer) infant milk formula business in Mexico by Aspen Global Inc. and its Mexican subsidiaries. USD $150 million.
Advised in a cartel investigation against the sugar industry as lead counsel of all defendants. This high profile case relates to a price fixing investigation against the sugar industry. USD billions.
Advised Mars in the acquisition of Chocolates Turin. Turin controls approximately 5% of the Mexican chocolate market, which is worth more than USD $1.1 billion.
Advised Infra in its investigation for alleged abuse of dominance. USD millions.
- American (US)
Education & Experience
Law Degree (J.D. equivalent), cum laude, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City.
Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.), Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago.
Affiliations & Academic Activities
Vice President, Antitrust & Competition Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce.
Member of the American Bar Association.
Member of the International Bar Association.
Member of the Mexican Bar Association.
Professor, Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms, Universidad Iberoamericana.
Key speaker in the First Workshop on Competition and Antitrust offered in conjunction with the International Chamber of Commerce in Mexico (ICC México), The Competition and Antitrust Commission and the Head of Continuing Education, Universidad Iberoamericana, 2012.
Chambers & Partners Global, Chambers & Partners Latin America, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, Latin American Corporate Counsel Corporation, Who´s Who Legal, Best Lawyers, Global Competition Review 40 Under 40 and Global Competition Review 100 among others.
Spanish and English.