María-Fernanda Viecens is an expert in competition policy, regulation, and the digital economy. Professor Viecens has analyzed issues of collusion, abuse of dominance, and competition dynamics in multiple industries, with a focus on telecommunications and digital payments. In addition, she has conducted research on two-sided platforms and online markets, including the impact of broadband and internet services on economic and infrastructure development.
Professor Viecens is the former commissioner of Argentina’s Comisión Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia (CNDC). In that role, she was involved in numerous competition matters, including high-profile mergers, across a range of industries. In addition, she has consulted to the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).
For more than a decade, Professor Viecens conducted research at the University of San Andrés’ Centro Technología y Sociedad (CETyS), which examines the development of digital processes and policies affecting the public sphere. She has also been a researcher at the Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada (FEDEA) in Madrid, and at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) in Argentina.
Professor Viecens’s work at CETyS and CONICET covered topics related to telecommunications, digital regulation and competition, and FinTech, among others.
An award-winning author, Professor Viecens has published her research in leading journals, such as the Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, Development Policy Review, the Review of Network Economics, and Telecommunications Policy. She co-edits the Latin America column at Competition Policy International (CPI). Professor Viecens also regularly presents on competition and policy topics at conferences in Latin America and the United States.
Professor Viecens teaches postgraduate courses on competition policy, market power, digital markets, and FinTech at the University of San Andrés and the Torcuato Di Tella Institute in Buenos Aires.