With more than 20 years of experience, Bertha Ordaz focuses her practice on telecommunications and antitrust matters, including regulatory, licensing, and transactional work. She is well-versed in the areas of M&A, joint ventures, corporate and financial restructuring, and contracts. Her transactional and regulatory experience include industries such as satellite (featuring also satellite procurement), pay TV, wireless telephony, e-commerce, aviation, and apparel, among others.
Bertha provides legal advice on antitrust matters, involving compliance projects, as well as merger clearance procedures and investigations before the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission and the Federal Institute of Telecommunications.
Bertha advised RPC Group in its €650 million ($715.8 million) acquisition of GCS Group, Eutelsat Americas in its sale of Alterna'TV to CANAL+ Group (through its subsidiary, THEMA), and also provided antitrust advice to INVEX Infraestructura in the acquisition of 100 percent of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Trafigura Mexico Holding B.V. She recently advised an international leading swim wear company in an operating restructuring in Mexico.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Bertha advised Satmex in its sale to Eutelsat; Avianca in the acquisition of a Mexican cargo airline; Satmex/Eutelsat in the sale of its major subsidiary featuring satellite broadband internet services; and Telefonica, S.A. in the acquisition of Pegaso Telecomunicaciones and four cellular companies in northern Mexico.
Bertha has been a speaker in government agencies, judicial bodies, industry organizations, and universities. She is a board member of Abogadas MX and Special Olympics Mexico. She sits on the Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement Committee of the Firm and is a member of the IBA.
Level 3 obtains antitrust clearance for $34 billion merger with CenturyLink
Jones Day represented Level 3 Communications, Inc. in its proposed $34 billion merger with CenturyLink, Inc.
INVEX Infraestructura acquires Trafigura Mexico Holding B.V.
Jones Day is advising INVEX Infraestructura 4, S.A.P.I. de C.V. in the acquisition of 100 percent of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Trafigura Mexico Holding B.V., which in turn owns 99.99 percent of the issued and outstanding capital stock of PPM Energy, S.A.P.I. de C.V.
Eutelsat Americas sells Alterna'TV
Jones Day advised Eutelsat Americas, one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites, in its sale of Alterna’TV, a Miami-based content distribution platform that provides principally Latin American channels to cable and Internet TV operators in the United States, to CANAL+ Group (through its subsidiary, THEMA).
RPC Group acquires Global Closure Systems for €650 million (US$715.8 million)
Jones Day advised RPC Group PLC in its €650 million ($715.8 million) acquisition of GCS Group, a leading global manufacturer and provider of closures and dispensing systems.
The following represents examples of experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented Satmex in the negotiation of the satellite construction agreement for the procurement of its Satmex 8 satellite.
Represented the largest Mexican satellite operator in the sale of its satellite services provider subsidiary.
Represented the second largest mobile services provider in Mexico in: several antitrust cases and merger clearance and investigations, including a successful investigation against the leading mobile telephony services incumbent in Mexico concerning mobile content exclusivity; the restructure and posterior prepayment of $323 million credit facilities; a major investment arbitration case regarding telecommunications; tender offers of electromagnetic spectrum in multiple MHz bands; and the tender offer to grant the use and exploitation of a portion of CFEs (carbon fiber electrodes) dark fiber optic network.
Advised a multinational company in the retail market in Mexico on an anticorruption compliance project with a global reach.
Advised a multinational company in the telecommunications equipment industry in Mexico on an anticorruption compliance project.
Represented Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex) in all Mexican-related corporate and regulatory matters (including antitrust) concerning a $445 million corporate and financial restructuring.
Represented a U.S.-based mining group in the execution of exploration agreements with acquisition options with one of the major Mexican mining groups.
Represented one of the leading corn wheat producers in Mexico in an antitrust case alleging monopolistic practices.
- February 2017Antitrust Alert: Mexico Brings First Criminal Antitrust Actions for Bid Rigging
- September 2016How to Survive Dawn Raids and Search Warrants in Antitrust/Competition Investigations
- July 2016Mexico Enacts New Anti-Corruption Laws
- June 2015Promulgation of the Reforms Creating Mexico's National Anticorruption System
- Australian National University (M.B.A. 2005); New York University (LL.M. 2000); Universidad Iberoamericana (Graduate Diploma in Contract Law 1997); Universidad de las Américas Puebla (Law Degree summa cum laude 1996)
- Legal Advisor, Presidency of the Republic of Mexico (December 1996-June 1999); Intern, United States Congress, Congressional Fellowship Program, Washington, D.C. (Summer 1995)
Only Mexican listed in "Women in Investigation Survey," Global Investigation Review (2015)
Recipient of multiple "winning team" awards from such publications as The American Lawyer, Chambers Latin America, and Acquisition International
Recommended by Chambers Latin America in both the competition/antitrust and in the telecommunications, media & technology practice areas
- Spanish (native) and English