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The Mexican media market has had accelerated growth in the OTT and online gaming sectors over the past year, a year that ended with the country’s regulator declaring that Televisa has “substantial power” in the TV market.
According to Dataxis, a global market intelligence firm, the OTT market increased by 66 per cent, reaching 15 million subscribers. Dataxis analysis shows that sustained growth will allow for a subscriber base of 22 million by 2025.
Lawyers say that the pandemic has propelled online gaming into expansion, which the country is ready for. Lawyers add that the legal framework equips the market to deal with the increase in gaming.
The amendment of Mexico’s VAT Law, effective in June, creates a new section aimed at regulating
digital services, including provisions for downloading or accessing games, multimedia content and multiplayer environments.
In November, the Mexican regulator stated that the country’s largest broadcaster, Grupo Televisa, exercised substantial powers in its core cable television business.
The regulator’s resolution could lead to a review into whether or not the company’s dominance requires additional regulatory measures to allow competitors to enter or expand in Mexico.
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. 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.
Core areas of focus at Dentons 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. Under the leadership of Sergio Legorreta, lawyers assist clients with acquisitions, incorporations and the operation of cable television.
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.
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.
Jáuregui y Del Valle’s 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.
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 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.
Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes
Deschamps & Asociados
Santamarina + Steta
DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano
Jáuregui y Del Valle
Ruiz Moreno & Asociados
Sesma, Sesma & McNeese
Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez
Robles Miaja Abogados
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