The Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) is a federal independent agency linked to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, which has the mission of ensuring free competition in the market. CADE is the entity responsible, within the Executive Power, not only for investigating and making the final decision regarding competition matters, but also for supporting and disseminating the culture of free competition. In this endeavour, CADE plays three roles: preventive, relating to the analysis and decision-making regarding mergers and acquisitions; suppressive, concerning the investigation and ruling of cartels and other crimes against the economic order; and educative, involving the dissemination of the culture of competition.

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