Román González Melo
Román's practice is centered on Antitrust Law and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A). He has developed a unique blend of experience in complex and highly technical domestic and international projects that allows him to provide legal advice on both private and public law matters.
Román's track record includes two of the largest national projects in the communications sector: the first national digital TV broadcasting network, and the landmark multi-party, public-private project for the operation and deployment of a national wholesale services telecommunications network (Red Compartida).
He has participated in M&A transactions in a wide range of markets, including: banking, real estate, food production, retail, telecommunications, home and industrial appliances, electronics and pharmaceuticals.
As an antitrust lawyer, Román has regularly represented and advised national and foreign clients in cross-border merger control proceedings and ground-breaking investigations before the Federal Competition Commission and the Federal Telecommunications Institute. He has also provided antitrust compliance and training advice to boards of directors and senior management of the pharmaceutical and energy industries.
In addition, Román has corporate governance experience in the banking sector. On behalf of White & Case, he has acted as temporary legal counsel and has led comprehensive AML and legal risk audits for Mexican subsidiaries of global banking institutions.
Before joining White & Case, he served as the legal advisor on enforcement and policy matters under the former head of investigations at the Federal Competition Commission.
Antitrust, Telecom & Infrastructure
Román co-designed and led Kansas City Southern de México's successful defense and strategy before the Federal Competition Commission during its antitrust investigation on the competition conditions of the railway services markets (2017). Román represented, prepared all legal submissions, corporate documents and obtained antitrust clearance on behalf of the winning 10-company consortium (Altán Redes) led by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), in Mexico's first landmark international public tender for the operation and deployment of a national wholesale services telecommunications network (Red Compartida) (2016 – 2017). Román participated in the incorporation of Mexican investment vehicles, drafted domestic investment agreements and obtained antitrust clearance in Mexico in connection with BlackRock's and First Reserve's first foreign capital co-investment in midstream assets in Mexico since the 2013 Energy Reform for the construction of the Ramones II international natural gas pipelines, the largest gas transportation system built in 40 years (2015). Román advised, co-drafted all legal submissions and applications and obtained antitrust clearance on behalf of Cadena Tres I, a subsidiary of media conglomerate Grupo Imagen, for the granting of a 20-year concession under the first-ever public tender for a new national digital TV broadcasting network named: "Imagen Televisión" (2014-2015). Román drafted Pfizer (Mexico)'s antitrust compliance guidelines and provided training to its board of directors (2015).
Mergers & Acquisitions
Román has advised on domestic law components, drafted domestic closing agreements and corporate documents, and facilitated antitrust approval in Mexico in connection with the following transactions: Haier Group Corporation's USD$5.4 billion acquisition of General Electric Company's global home appliances business (2016); Grupo Turin's acquisition by Mars, Inc. (2015-2016); Panasonic Corporation's USD$1.5 billion global acquisition of Hussmann (2015); and Tyson Foods' USD$400 million sale of its Mexican production assets to JBS (Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (2015).
Corporate, Banking & Regulatory
Román acted as temporary general counsel and pro-secretary of the Board of BNY Mellon's subsidiary bank in Mexico as part of a 10-month secondment; oversaw the bank's internal legal matters in preparation for its sale and merger with Mexican bank CI Banco, and obtained all regulatory approvals in connection therewith (2013-2014). Román assisted HSBC (Mexico) Trust Division in preparing its most comprehensive legal risk audit to date (AML, commercial law and regulatory). He led and oversaw a team of 16 junior associates during the process (2014-2015).
"Effectiveness of regulations on inter-state commerce restrictions". In Pampillo & Munive (Comps.). "Encyclopedic Work in Homage to the Escuela Libre de Derecho's First Century", Volume on Antitrust Law, pp. 123-214. 1st edition. Porrúa (2012)