Region: Brazil

Brazil launches mass cartel probe into outsourced services

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has formalised a sprawling investigation into more than 40 companies that allegedly rigged bids related to outsourced public and private services, including paramedic aid and building maintenance.

16 September 2021

JFTC commissioner: regulation of digital platforms could stifle innovation

A commissioner at Japan’s competition authority has said she is worried that plans by competition agencies around the world to impose more regulations on digital platforms could lead to a stifling of innovation.

14 September 2021

CADE calls for remedies in controversial car rental tie-up

Brazil’s competition enforcer has asked its internal tribunal to impose structural and behavioural remedies on a merger between the country's two largest rental car providers to prevent the combined company oversaturating the market.

07 September 2021

Community round-up: Addleshaw Goddard launches French competition practice

Brattle Group and Addleshaw Goddard have bolstered their respective competition teams with lateral hires in Brussels and Paris, while Levy & Salomão has named a new partner in Brasília.

03 September 2021

CADE split on school cartel fines

Brazil's antitrust authority remains divided on how it should calculate fines levied on a school uniform cartel, with lawyers saying the uncertainty makes cases unpredictable and inconsistent.

23 August 2021

Ex-CADE chief investigator leaves VMCA for Mattos Filho

Eduardo Frade, a former general superintendent at Brazil’s antitrust watchdog, has joined Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga as the firm’s sole antitrust partner in the nation’s capital.

09 August 2021

Bolsonaro names Cordeiro as new CADE head

The president of Brazil has tapped the general superintendent of the national antitrust watchdog, Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo, to head the agency after the former chair’s four-year term ended last month.

01 July 2021

Barreto’s tenure as CADE president ends

Alexandre Barreto de Souza’s four-year term as the head of Brazil’s antitrust watchdog ended today, with the government yet to announce a permanent replacement.

21 June 2021

CADE settles another Operation Car Wash probe

Construction company Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia has agreed to pay approximately 11.6 million reais (€1.8 million) to settle a cartel probe conducted by Brazil’s competition authority as part of Operation Car Wash.

28 May 2021

CADE settles auto parts probe despite dissent from commissioners

ZF Friedrichshafen has agreed to pay €3.3 million to settle an investigation by Brazil’s competition authority into an automotive clutch cartel, although two commissioners at the agency voted against the fine for being too lenient.

27 May 2021

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