Rafael Fuentes Cataño


Rafael Fuentes Cataño



Rafael is counsel at the firm and has broad experience in regulatory consulting, strategic legal protection, and litigation, including constitutional litigation as well as advisory in highly regulated sectors such as banking and highway infrastructure. He regularly represents and counsels leading financial institutions –private banks and development banks, telecom, and infrastructure companies, among others, across a myriad of regulatory matters.

Rafael’s solid experience in constitutional and administrative litigation includes working both for the private sector before administrative authorities, as well as the public sector, allowing him to provide comprehensive advice in his areas of practice. He also has expertise with cases before the Mexican Supreme Court that have resulted in ground-breaking constitutional and regulatory judicial precedents. This includes representing a financial institution regarding the validity of the parametric model used to analyze the solvency and viability of payments of its borrowers, for which a favorable ruling was obtained impacting the financial system. Similarly, Rafael was part of the team obtaining a favorable ruling for a telecom concessionaire, sorting out the unconstitutionality of Mexico’s Telecommunications Law that established disproportionate fines based in gross incomes. He also advised COFECE, Mexico’s Federal Antitrust regulator as autonomous constitutional body in the filing of a Constitutional Controversy Remedy (Controversia Constitucional) challenging the law setting out irrational limitations to the remunerations for the public servants below the wage of the Mexican President.


  • Specialized Secretary in Criminal Matters of the First Chamber, Mexican Supreme Court of Justice, Professional Internship, Mexico City, Mexico (2011-2013)

Areas of Practice

Awards & Recognitions

  • TMT recommended, The Legal 500


  • Master’s degree in Economic Law, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico (2018)
  • Law degree (J.D. equivalent), Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, Mexico (2013)


  • Rafael has also taught Human Rights and Administrative Law at Universidad La Salle and lectured in relation to Sanctioning Procedures at ITESM in Mexico City.

Publications & Collaborations

  • National Banking and Securities Commission (Mexico), Regulators 2022, published by Latin Lawyer Read more
  • Anti-Corruption Guide 2021, Mexico Chapter, published by Chambers and Partners Read more
  • National Banking and Securities Commission Regulation, Latin Lawyer Regulators Series 2020, published by Latin lawyer
  • Anti-Corruption Guide 2019, Mexico Chapter, published by Chambers and Partners Read more
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