Por: Nader, Hayaux Goebel
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Antitrust Attorney-Client Privilege Regulations
The Mexican Federal Antitrust Commission (“Commission”) published new regulations regarding attorney-client privilege (“Regulations”) that became effective on September 30th, 2019.
The Regulations are aimed at establishing a process whereby information resulting from legal advice rendered to clients is qualified as protected with attorney-client privilege and therefore not be considered as evidence.
While the process to analyze the protection request is in progress, the Commission shall take the necessary steps to isolate and preserve the information confidential until the corresponding Committee determines whether or not the request to protect the information is granted.
In the event the information is considered by the Committee as protected by attorney-client privilege, then the exclusion process described in the Regulations must be implemented. Otherwise, in the event the Committee considers the attorney-client privilege is not applicable, it will inform the corresponding unit within the Commission so it can dispose of or use such information.
These new Regulations entail a significant challenge to duly protect legal advice provided to clients under attorney-client privilege.
For further information with respect to the regulations, please get in touch with your regular contacts at Nader, Hayaux & Goebel.