Region: Brazil

DLA Piper snaps up Brazilian partner for New York office

DLA Piper has poached long-time Mattos Filho partner Amadeu Ribeiro to join its competition practice in New York.

26 September 2023

Boehringer Ingelheim first to break ranks in Brazilian cartel probe

Drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim has struck a settlement deal with Brazil’s competition watchdog, agreeing to pay a €4.35 million fine to end a probe into its role in a nearly three-decade-long conspiracy.

14 September 2023

CADE imposes interim measures on private hospital association

An association of large hospitals in Brazil and its members cannot collectively negotiate prices for services and commercial conditions with health insurers, the country’s competition watchdog has said.

13 September 2023

CADE imposes interim measures on state-owned bank

State-owned Brazilian bank Caixa Econômica Federal cannot ban lottery operators from using online intermediation platforms while being probed for abuse of dominance, Brazil’s competition watchdog has said.

17 August 2023

Brazil conditionally blesses LPG consortium

Several of Brazil’s largest liquefied petroleum gas distributors have won approval to share their bottling infrastructures after agreeing to a package of structural and behavioural remedies.

17 August 2023

Availability of preliminary injunctions makes Brazil an attractive litigation venue for SEP owners

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Brazil has become a prominent venue for SEP litigation, mainly due to the early remedies that courts provide,  particularly in Rio de Janeiro. As a result, there is an increasing number of declaratory judgment suits being filed by implementers aiming to secure other venues. However, this tactic is not deterring patent assertion.

09 August 2023

CADE punishes fuel price-fixing cartel

Brazil’s competition enforcer has fined five companies and two directors more than €10.2 million for fixing prices in the fuel market and imposed a penalty barring the individuals from holding senior positions in the sector for the next five years.

04 August 2023

CADE raids four cities over alleged orthopaedic equipment cartel

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has conducted 24 dawn raids across four cities following concerns that a wide-ranging cartel operating in the orthopaedic sector may have used lawsuits to force the government to pay for patient care, and then colluded to drive up the price of their products.

27 July 2023

Brazilian investigators seek behavioural fix for bus services joint venture

Investigators at Brazil’s competition authority have recommended that behavioural remedies be imposed on a joint venture between two of the country’s largest bus operators because of concerns about horizontal overlaps.

05 July 2023

CADE clears Nestlé purchase following decades-long legal battle

Brazil’s competition authority has conditionally approved Nestlé’s €223 million acquisition of chocolate company Garoto, more than two decades since the companies first closed the tie-up and 19 years since it originally decided to block the deal.

08 June 2023

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