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Tailored content and “substantial growth in content capacity” contribute to considerable market growth, say lawyers.
Growth is driven by the launch of local, and international, digital video services. A report by IHS Markit, released in December 2016, shows market growth of an estimated 39 per cent in services including subscription VOD and transactional VOD.
Sergio Legorreta, partner at Baker McKenzie, commented: “Content is ramping up and clients are creating more and more content tailored to the Mexican audience.”
Highlighting other trends, Mr Legorreta said: “The FM landscape is also changing and will change in the next few years. I suspect we will see a lot of consolidation.”
He continued: “There are a lot of stations that are small and don’t have the ability to expand so it is foreseeable to have consolidation in the market in the form of M&As in the coming year.”
Other significant developments include Mexico’s announcement of a joint bid with Canada and the US to host the 2026 World Cup.
The tournament will be the first after the expansion of teams from 32 to 48 and the first to be shared by three hosts.
Other developments include the telecoms regulator’s launch of a tender for 148 television channels concessions, a move expected to drive competition and provide greater coverage options.
The Federal Telecommunications Institute will announce winning bidders by December 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes
Hogan Lovells BSTL
Santamarina y Steta
Dentons López Velarde
Deschamps & Asociados
Gonzalez Calvillo Abogados
Jáuregui y Del Valle
Sesma, Sesma & McNeese
DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano
Robles Miaja Abogados
Ruiz Moreno & Asociados
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