Salomón Zonana Blanga | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Salomón Zonana Blanga
Salomón Zonana Blanga

Salomón Zonana Blanga

Associate, Mexico City

T +52 55 5540 9695

E szonana@whitecase.com

Overview

Salomon Zonana's practice has focused mainly on administrative law, commercial litigation and constitutional litigation including, among other areas, consultation and litigation in public procurement, antitrust, regulatory and telecommunications law. He also has experience in corporate, financial and banking law. He joined the Firm in 2009.

In this experience, he has served as attorney in some of the main litigations in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors in Mexico, including trials before the Mexican Supreme Court and Federal Courts that concluded with the issue of relevant judicial criteria for the Mexican legal system, the foremost being: i) The incapacity of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation to set interconnection rates between telecommunications providers; ii) the unconstitutionality of a State Law for improperly breaching the authority of the Federal Government; iii) Bringing and conducting various amparo proceedings against extension for certain licensees of radio spectrum frequencies including the 2.5GHz band  (2013 to 2016); iv) Third-party involvement in the action brought against the legal disposition of the "zero completion" interconnection  rate for the telecommunications provider with market predominance (2015 to date), among others.

He has also participated actively in defending one of the main Mexico´s highway concessionary companies against various acts of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation issued to its detriment, in which favorable judgments have ultimately been obtained.

Salomon's experience also includes proceedings before the Federal Consumer Protection Agency, regarding the broadcast of deceitful advertisements.

Among the litigation experience in various matters of economic competition in other than the telecommunications and broadcasting sector, Salomon has led the representation of various Economic Agents in defending their interests in the following sectors: i) poultry industry, ii) aeronautical and iv) finance.

In his Counsel experience Salomon has participated in advising various companies of fixed, cellular telephony, Internet access, radio broadcasting, media, new technologies, OTT services and satellites (mainly DTH) in regulatory compliance in matters of economic competition, telecommunications and radio broadcasting for their operations in Mexico.

Mr. Zonana has also participated in many pro bono matters, such as aiding the Mexican Jewish Community Department of Settlements and Intermediation to bring resolution in different conflicts engaged by companies administrated by members of such community.

Bars and Courts

  • Authorized to practice law in Mexico

Education

  • Attorney at Law (Abogado), Universidad Anáhuac México Norte, México

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Experience

Amparo trials against the determination of interconnection rates

One of the world's biggest concessionaires of mobile telecommunications services against several resolutions of the Federal Telecommunications Commission, ruling on interconnection rates with other providers of telecommunications services.

Representation of a concessionaire of railway services in Mexico

Salomon has represents a concessionaire of rail services in Mexico against several acts of the Ministry of Communications and Transport, its main competitors and debtors.

Representation of a participant in the poultry industry against of acts of the Federal Antitrust Commission

One of the main participants in the poultry industry against a ruling of the Federal Antitrust Commission deciding on the imposition of a major fine (about US$1.5 million) for the alleged use of a horizontal agreement with its competitors to fix the price of poultry by-products to final consumers.

Representation in a case regarding the exploitation of the radio spectrum

One of the main participants in the telecommunications sector against the granting of concession titles to exploit and operate the 2.5 GHz frequency band, which is one of the most widely used radio spectrum frequency bands to provide Fourth Generation Services such as Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) Mobile technology.

Advise in the regulation of the Internet

Salomon gave advice to one of the main companies that control and manages the Internet addresses, regarding the authority of the Telecommunications Federal Institute to regulate Internet.

Advise in public procurement cases

A fire extinguisher equipment company in the consultation of public bidding matters before the Mexican Petroleum Company.

Representation of the Mexican Banking Savings Protection Institute, regarding its obligations after the financial restructuration of one of Mexico's most important Banks

The Mexican Banking Savings Protection Institute against a lawsuit filed by a Mexican company demanding the delivery of shares of one of Mexico's biggest banks.