Carlos Mena Labarthe

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez SC (Mexico)
Lawyer (Partner)

Mr. Mena-Labarthe counsels and represents clients in litigation and before government agencies. He represents clients before the competition commission, the telecommunications regulators, the consumer protection agency, as well as the energy, transport and banking regulators in all competition related matters. He also handles other types of government investigations and requests including money laundering, fraud, privacy and data protection issues. Mr. Mena was involved in the construction of the new anti-corruption system and in the training of the new operators of the system. He has ample experience in compliance, defense, in handling highly complex investigations, coordinating matters in various jurisdictions and in their representation before different authorities for government and multi-national law firms, especially in Latin America where he has appeared before various national competition agencies. Prior to joining the Firm in July 2017, he served in the Mexican Federal Competition Commission (COFECE) for ten years, where he was the first Investigative Authority (Chief Prosecutor) in charge of all enforcement efforts for the agency. He also held other senior leadership roles including Chief of Staff for the President and Head of Cartel Investigations. Before being invited to enter into government work, he worked for national and international law firms. In his time at COFECE, he implemented the leniency program, implemented searches and the IT Forensics laboratory, coordinated the first strategic plan and referred the first criminal case for cartel conduct. He was responsible for landmark cases in pharma, financial services, telecommunications, railroads, aviation and marine transport sectors. He was involved in the process for the liberalization of the energy markets and their regulation. He was an international fellow at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission where he worked directly with the Director of the Competition Bureau. Mr. Mena was responsible for representing COFECE before Congress in the discussions that led to the new 2014 law and its implementation, including the creation of regulations and guides such as the exchange of information, conduction of investigations and remedies guidelines. Mr. Mena obtained his law degree (JD), with honors, from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in 2003, he also obtained a Master’s in Business Law from Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid and Universidad Francisco Vitoria in 2004 and a Masters (MSc) in Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005. In the academic sphere, Mr. Mena is Professor at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) since 2007, where he founded the Antitrust and Competition and the Law and Economics of Regulation Certifications. He is also co-author of five books on Antitrust and Competition. Mr. Mena was recognized as “Promising” in Expansion magazine´s “Promising talent in their 30´s” ranking (the leading Business publication in Mexico) in 2011 and has been recognized by Global Competition Review´s “40 Under 40 Leading Competition Lawyers in The World”. His native language is Spanish and is fluent in English and speaks casual French.

Linked authors

United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
University of California (Berkeley)
Paul Weiss (Washington)
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (Washington)
University of Delhi (New Delhi)
University of Hong Kong
New York University
Columbia University (New York)


Carlos Mena Labarthe
Carlos Mena Labarthe 23 October 2015 New York
Carlos Labarthe - Mexican Competition Authority
Carlos Mena Labarthe 29 May 2015 Washington, DC


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