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Regulation of broadcast services, including the OTT market, foreign ownership and data protection are key areas of focus that are expected to drive industry activity in Mexico this year.


While the free-to-air and pay-TV markets remain robust, digital platforms are creating opportunities for production, distribution and consumption while Mexico’s young population drives a mobile and digital-focussed economy.

 

Netflix maintains a leading presence in the OTT space while Televisa’s Blim is increasing its

market share.


Juan Fernando, Acedo Santamarina, commented: “OTT services are essentially what is always in discussion as they are not regulated in the same way and these types of services are increasing.”


Lawyers say the regulation of OTT services, essentially the regulation of the internet, means a review of net neutrality, freedom of expression and consumer rights.


At the start of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allowed the increased foreign ownership of Spanish-language broadcaster Univision by TV powerhouse Grupo Televisa.

In a ruling issued in January last year, the FCC approved a joint petition filed by both companies in July 2016 to increase Televisa’s stake in Univision from a 14.4 per cent voting interest and 10 per cent equity to a 40 per cent voting share and 49 per cent equity.


The FCC’s declaratory ruling was based on grounds that the “increased level of foreign investment in Univision will facilitate investment from new sources of capital in Univision that would not otherwise be available and encourage reciprocity by foreign governments”.


In a Public Interest Analysis report, the FCC’s Media Bureau Chief, Bill Lake, stated: ‘The Petitioners have also shown how grant of the application will further Univision’s service to the Hispanic community and other minority communities and advance its empowerment initiatives….Therefore, we find that grant of the petition for declaratory ruling will serve the

public interest.’

TIER 1

Baker McKenzie handles a multitude of complex media cases. Since becoming operational in Mexico in 1961 the firm has become a “legal powerhouse” say peers. Managed by Sergio Legorreta, the team advises on a range of transactions with cross-border elements. In highlighted work lawyers assisted Amazon with the provisions of its digital and media content in Mexico, including ebooks and films. In other work the team advised Grupo Imagen on the restructure of its television series production agreements and joint ventures with leading production studios in Mexico.


The media team at BGBG Abogados has extensive experience negotiating corporate agreements and advising on television content. The firm assists with the preparation and participation in national and international public bids and government contracts related to telecommunications and broadcasting. Lawyers also advise on satellite systems, radio and government relations.


Sports and entertainment specialist Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes acts for athletes and artists from multiple media sectors, assisting with transactions, privacy and intellectual property matters. The team also handles contract negotiations, advises on tax, sports arbitration and disciplinary proceedings.  


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Acedo Santamarina is traditionally known for its media and technology focus and broader emphasis on data privacy and corporate transactions. Since its establishment in 2009, the firm has built a leading practice specialised in the communication industry. Founding partner Andrés Acedo M. regularly advises authorities including Federal Telecommunications Institute and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation on related projects.


Hogan Lovells enhances local and global coverage through its collaboration with full-service firm Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa, increasing its capacity across Latin America. The firm’s international experience in media sector cases ranges from print and broadcast to film and computer games. The team also advises rights holders from sporting institutions and distributors to exhibitors.


TIER 3

Core areas of focus at Denton López Velarde include regulation, corporate law and litigation disputes. The firm’s experience includes structuring and negotiating the use of frequency bands and telecommunication networks. Lawyers assist clients with acquisitions, incorporations and the operation of cable television.


Jáuregui y Del Valles media focus is on sports, entertainment and gaming. Representing domestic and international clients, the firm assists publically-owned companies on various matters including public bid processes and negotiations of procurement. The practice has a broad client base that includes Televisión Azteca, DirecTV International and Disney.


Sesma, Sesma & McNeese represents leading private companies in the radio and television sectors. The team’s focus areas include information technology, data protection and strategies. Co-founding partner Carlos M. Sesma co-manages the practice which regularly advises on foreign investment, telecommunications, international commerce and broadcasting.


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With a primary focus on intellectual property, Galicia Abogados work involves negotiation of franchise agreements, license transfer and the use and promotion of intellectual property. Other core areas of advice include regulation of information, data protection and intellectual property litigation.


Gonzalez Calvillo Abogados has a combined focus on media, telecommunication and intellectual property. Lawyers advise on mobile and satellite-based services, cable television and radio. The team assists with mergers and acquisitions, private equity and debt offerings, and obtaining permits. Acting for international clients, the firm’s litigators assist with administrative and civil suits connected with intellectual property rights.


Greenberg Traurig’s multidisciplinary approach broadens the scope of its sector coverage. In the area of broadcasting, the team advises on sector-specific tax regulation, competition law and foreign investment. Practitioners have in-depth experience assisting with multiple commercial cases and operating projects. Lawyers also negotiate technical supply and content provision agreements for pay television distribution.


Robles Miaja Abogados is a small but sophisticated practice with a TMT, e-commerce and antitrust focus. Founding partner Rafael Robles Miaja leads the team providing advice on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and constitutional litigation. Lawyers work with local and overseas clients on complex cross-border cases.


TIER 1

Baker McKenzie

BGBG Abogados

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes


TIER 2

Acedo Santamarina

Deschamps & Asociados

Hogan Lovells BSTL

Santamarina + Steta


TIER 3

Dentons López Velarde

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano

Jáuregui y Del Valle

Ruiz Moreno & Asociados  

Sesma, Sesma & McNeese

Solcargo


TIER 4

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez  

Galicia Abogados

Gonzalez Calvillo Abogados

Greenberg Traurig

Robles Miaja Abogados

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