Lucia Ojeda Cárdenas has over 20 years of professional experience in competition, the area in which she has practiced in the private and academic sectors. Furthermore, she has a great deal of experience in legal analysis for regulated markets and in assessments concerning investment arbitration.
Lucia Ojeda has been a Partner at SAI Law & Economics since October 2002, where her areas of expertise are competition and regulated markets, mainly in the telecommunications; food; pharmaceutical; auto parts; retail; iron, steel and railroad industries, etc. Between 1998 and September 2002, she worked as an associate at SAI. She served as legal counsel for the Mexican government and technical Secretary of the negotiating team for investment during the NAFTA negotiations. Further, she was legal counsel during negotiations for other trade agreements with Colombia and Venezuela (G3), Costa Rica, and Bolivia. She also participated in Mexico's negotiations to join the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
She served as a professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), the Tecnológico de Monterrey, the Universidad Panamericana (UP) and the Universidad Iberoaméricana, where she has taught competition and investment arbitration courses. Furthermore, since 2010, she has been teaching the competition course at the Centro de Investigación y Docencias Económicas. Her academic experience includes the publication of several articles on competition and Investor-State arbitration matters. Moreover, she constantly publishes opinion pieces on the International Law Office and the American Bar Association’s webpages and printed publications.
She earned her legal degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
Lucia has also been very active in the National Association of Enterprise Lawyers (ANADE) where she was elected Chair of the Competition Committee from 2005 to 2006 and from 2007 to 2008, Chair of Committees from 2009 to 2010, and Second Vicepresident between 2011 and 2012. As Chair of the Competition Committee, she has been in charge of the organization and gave several lectures and update events with governmental and academic institutions such as the Federal Competition Commission, the Project of Facilitation of the Free Trade Agreement between Mexico and the European Union (PROTLCUEM), the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, the Tecnológico de Monterrey and the Universidad Panamericana. Further, she is a member of the Competition Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce, the US Mexico Bar Association and the American Bar Association.