Rafael Valdés-Abascal obtained his law degree from the Universidad Panamericana Law School, where he has the chair as competition law professor and has been member of its Academic Council.

He began his practice at Santamarina y Steta SC in the corporate law area. He joined the public sector in 1990 where he held office, among others, as head of the Legal Counseling Office for the chief of staff of the Mexican president. Later, he served as the executive secretary of the Federal Competition Commission (FCC).

In 1996, he left the public sector to found his own law firm (Valdes Abascal y Brito Anderson). Since then, he has undertaken an intensive practice on competition and antitrust counseling and litigation, being involved in several of the most important cases that have taken place since the creation of the FCC. He has rendered services to several important domestic and foreign companies, and has advised several federal government agencies.

He heads the Competition Law Committee of the Corporate Lawyers National Bar Association (ANADE) and has been appointed by the FCC as non-governmental adviser for the International Competition Network.

He is ranked as leading lawyer on competition and antitrust in Mexico by Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers and Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, among other publications.