Region: Brazil

CADE opens swathe of cartel probes

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has launched four separate cartel investigations this week into suspected anticompetitive conduct in the markets for waste collection and disposal, network cable supply, school transportation services and ethanol trading.

15 December 2021


Featured in GCR 100 2022

Brazil’s talented antitrust bar sits across the table from a new antitrust enforcement chief, after Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo was appointed head of the Administrative Council for Economic Defence in July 2021.

10 December 2021


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10 December 2021

Brazil spikes health insurance deal

Brazil’s competition authority has blocked a tie-up between a pair of health insurance providers, after they breached a remedy order imposed as part of its conditional approval of the transaction in February.

30 November 2021

Concrete makers face multi-billion cartel damages claim in Brazil

The Brazilian public prosecutors' office is seeking €6.4 billion in follow-on damages from six concrete producers after the country’s competition watchdog found they cartelised the cement sector for 20 years.

16 November 2021

UK court rules on jurisdiction in Brazilian orange juice cartel claims

A UK court has said it has no jurisdiction over cartel damages claims brought against a Brazilian orange juice producer by over 1,500 of that country’s farmers and 50 local fruit farms, although it confirmed it can hear the claims against two of the company’s executives.

05 November 2021

Brazil sanctions freight company for rail yard shutdown

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has fined a rail freight logistics company €38 million for abusing its dominance by temporarily closing down a rail yard that was essential for a rival’s sugar export business.

04 November 2021

CADE seeks behavioural remedies in four-to-three telecoms deal

Brazil’s competition authority has asked its decision-making body to conditionally clear the proposed takeover of Oi by three of the country’s biggest mobile network operators.

04 November 2021

CADE hands down more auto parts cartel fines

Brazil’s antitrust enforcer has fined two companies and five of their employees a combined €35 million for cartelising air filters sold in the vehicle aftermarket, while four other companies escaped with cease-and-desist orders.

26 October 2021

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

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