Cristina Massa, partner since 2016, currently leads the firm’s Antitrust and Competition practice group and contribute her experience to other areas, particularly those involving regulated sectors (energy, telecomm).
Ms. Massa has 20 years’ experience in Mexico and abroad, both in the public and private sectors, in areas ranging from corporate transactions and capital markets, to economic and administrative law, including antitrust. She is admitted to practice in Mexico and New York.
Practice Focus and Experience
Cristina Massa has obtained in-depth understanding of competition and antitrust matters affecting private companies after having handled and decided cases as a regulator, participated in the design and implementation of public policies as a public servant, acted as a consultant, and having had direct exposure to domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactional experience.
As head of GC’s Antitrust and Competition Practice, Ms. Massa regularly provides legal counsel and representation to major public and private companies and investment funds participating in the Mexican market. She leads the team that handles merger control procedures, design and implementation of strategy, compliance and training programs for major companies, lobbying, and advice and representation of clients in investigation proceedings (cartel behavior, abuse of dominance and barriers to entry, including applications to the leniency program).
Ms. Massa is also a member of GC’s Energy Practice, where she contributes with her experience in competition issues relating to access to the newly-created oil & gas markets, as a result of the recent Constitutional Energy Reform.
Representative recent legal matters and clients
- Allergan plc, in the US$40.5 billion sale of its generics business, to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.
- IFM Investors in the acquisition of a 24.99% stake in Organización de Proyectos de Infraestructura, a wholly-owned subsidiary of OHL México, for an amount of Pesos $8,777 million (approximately US$600 million). OPI owns Concesionaria Mexiquense, the holder of the Circuito Exterior Mexiquense 110 km toll-road in the State of Mexico
- SixSigma Networks México (KIO Networks) in the US$450 million acquisition of 100% of the capital stock of MetroNet, positioning KIO Networks as the preeminent infrastructure IT service provider in Mexico. First transaction requiring antitrust regulatory approval both from Cofece and Ifetel
- Rotoplas, a major water solutions publicly traded Mexican company, in its US$100 million acquisition of Soluciones y Tratamiento Ecológico, S.A. de C.V., (SYTESA), a water treatment plant business.
- Strategic advice in competition matters for major companies and business organizations including 3M, American Airlines, América Móvil, Amports, CANIPEC, Cementos Chihuahua, Gentera, Global Via, Google, Hidrosina, HBO, Red Bull, Rotoplas y Prysmian
Prior to joining Gonzalez Calvillo as an antitrust specialist, Ms. Massa served until September 2103 as a Commissioner of the Federal Competition Commission, appointed by President Felipe Calderon. Previously, she was a Senior Aide to the President’s Chief of Staff, in charge of preparing and following up the President’s instructions to his staff and Secretaries of State. She formerly served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of the Economy, where she supervised and directed the Secretary’s advisors in matters related to the economic analysis, public policies, public speaking, strategic planning and liaison with the legislative branch. During her stay in the Minister of Economy, she was also the Undersecretary’s Chief of Staff (2007-2008).
In the private sector, Ms. Massa was the founding partner and Director of Massa y Asociados, Consultores, a consulting firm specialized in legal and strategic analysis for the development of economic public policies. Previously, she was an Associate in the Capital Markets Practice Group at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, in their New York and Hong Kong offices, and a legal analyst at Protego (now Evercore Partners).
Ms. Massa has a Law Degree with highest honors (mención honorífica) from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Masters Degree (LL.M) from Harvard Law School, where she attended as a Fulbright Scholar.
Teaching and Speaking
Ms. Massa has regularly taught courses both at undergrad and graduate levels related to her areas of expertise since 2003 at ITAM, CIDE and IPADE.
She participates on a yearly basis since 2013, as a mergers expert speaker in the Competition Seminar organized by the Supreme Court, the Federal Competition Commission (Cofece), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Universidad Panamericana, as well as in Pemex’s Jornadas Juridicas in 2014 and 2015, where she has participated as expert speaker for matters related with competition and antitrust issues in the oil & gas sector.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- - Member of the New York Bar (1st Department)
- - Member of the American Bar Association
- - Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) to Cofece within the International Competition Network (ICN)
- - Member of the 2016 jury for the Competition Journalism Award (Premio Cofece de Periodismo en Competencia Económica)
- - Member of the Advisory Board of the Programa Interdisciplinario de Regulación y Competencia Económica (PIRCE), a competition and regulation think tank
- - Board member of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston.
- - Member of Abogadas MX in 2015, a non-for-profit leadership and professional development organization, created to promote women’s career advancement in the legal profession. Active participation in the Mentoring Program and member of the Liaison with Institutions and Organizations Committee
- - Founder and manager of Mujeres Trabajando, an on-line community of professional women devoted to networking and information sharing, with over 3,500 members to date
“Oportunidades para la preservación y restauración de la competencia: aceptación de compromisos” in La política de competencia en el umbral de la consolidación, edited by the Federal Competition Commission, USAID and Miguel Ángel Porrúa, Mexico, 2013.