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Carlos Mena

Head Investigator
Comision Federal de Competencia Economica


Carlos Mena-Labarthe is currently the Director of the Division for Cartel and Interstate Commerce Restrictions Investigations at the Federal Competition Commission of Mexico. Carlos was appointed Chief Prosecutor (Autoridad Investigadora) at the Federal Economic Competition Commission of Mexico (COFECE) in October 2014 for a four year term. He has worked at the Mexican competition authority since 2007. He was the head of the Planning, Institutional Relations and International Affairs Unit where he coordinated the efforts to create the first Strategic Plan and the first Annual Plan of the agency, and represented the Commission before Congress for the discussions of a new law in 2014. From 2008 to September 2013, he was the Director General of the Cartel Investigations Division where he also served as director of cartels and interstate commerce from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Mena has extensive experience in the fields of regulation and competition law. Prior to joining the Mexican competition authority he worked for national and international law firms in their competition law practice. He has been an international Fellow of the Federal Trade Commission of the United States of America. He has written for numerous publications and he is the editor and co-author of six books on various topics including competition law, regulation and public policy. Mr. Mena holds a Master’s degree in Business Law with honors from the Attorney Bar Association of Madrid, Spain; a Master’s Degree in Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science with the distinction for the best overall performance; and a degree with first-class honors in Law from ITAM University in Mexico City.

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