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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
Mexico starts the year with a new president as well as the promise of “radical” changes that includes an end to media censorship.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was
sworn into office in December 2018 and started his six-year term with the country’s first presidential press conference in years.
“We are going to guarantee the right to
information,” he told reporters. Mr López Obrador continued: “We’re at your disposal to answer your questions. There are no limits, no censorship. The media are instruments to keep the people informed.”
Juan Fernando Espinosa, Partner at Acedo Santamarina, commented: “The winning candidate comes from a leftist political party and it is the first time in Mexico’s history that someone with this political leaning holds the presidency.”
The former Mexico City Mayor is the first left-wing politician to lead the country since it became a full democracy. Lawyers say the most crucial
changes for the media industry include defining public policy in the TMT sector.
Juan Fernando Espinosa, Partner at Acedo Santamarina, said: “Some changes in the sector have been announced, such as turning the Ministry of Interior into a telecommunication services provider in order to directly broadcast all public radio and TV stations.”
He added: “While some of these measures might be very significant for the TMT sector. We have to find out if they will be in fact implemented.”
Other significant developments include OTT market expansion with the launch of Fox Sports Premium in Mexico in January 2019.
In related news, the Mexican Chamber of Deputies plans to increase local content with a 30% national productions quota. According to Proceso, left-wing Mexican news magazine, legislators are considering a similar initiation implemented in Europe, which promotes local production.
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.
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 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.
Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes
Deschamps & Asociados
Hogan Lovells BSTL
Santamarina + Steta
Dentons López Velarde
DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano
Jáuregui y Del Valle
Ruiz Moreno & Asociados
Sesma, Sesma & McNeese
Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez
Gonzalez Calvillo Abogados
Robles Miaja Abogados
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