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White & Case Successfully Defends the Bid Award for Mexico’s Largest Telecommunications Project

Global law firm White & Case LLP has successfully defended Altán Redes in an amparo trial brought by Rivada Networks and Spectrum Frontier against the bid award that was issued by Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportations (SCT) in 2016 for the US$7 billion Red Compartida project. The Red Compartida project, which aims to introduce competition to Mexico’s telecommunications industry thorough an open access 700MHz network, is the biggest project of its kind in the country’s history.

The proceedings arose when Rivada’s bid for the project was disqualified from proceeding for not presenting the performance bond. The company filed an amparo lawsuit and argued that such documentation was not a substantial part of the technical proposal and that the authorities of the SCT were bound to request a clarification thereof prior to the disqualification.

After nearly four years of trial, the Collegiate Tribunal issued a favorable final judgment whereby it decided to deny the amparo protection requested by Rivada Networks and Spectrum Frontier. The bid award is now irreversible. 

The White & Case team was led by partner Ismael Reyes Retana, local partner Antonio Cárdenas, and associates Fernando García-Gómez and Pablo Vinageras (all in Mexico City). 

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