Region: Latin America & Caribbean

COFECE sanctions football clubs in first no-poach probe

Mexico’s antitrust watchdog has fined more than a dozen top-tier football clubs and the country’s soccer federation for imposing salary caps and restricting player movement in the authority’s first-ever no-poach probe.

24 September 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

Alejandra Palacios Prieto: the exit interview

Alejandra Palacios Prieto stepped down as head of Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission last week after eight years at the helm. In a wide ranging interview with GCR, she spoke about controversial proposals by lawmakers to merge the agency into a super regulator, the importance of challenging problematic government regulations, why she thinks revolving door caps are unconstitutional, and the need to reform domestic competition rules to tackle digital market concerns.

15 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

Argentina hits AB Inbev subsidiary with maximum abuse fine

Argentina’s competition enforcer has fined an Anheuser-Busch Inbev subsidiary €1.3 million as part of its first-ever decision to penalise exclusivity provisions created through the use of loyalty discounts.

06 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

Colombian court finds Holcim violated predatory pricing commitments

A Colombian court has ruled that the country's antitrust authority did not violate cement manufacturer Holcim’s right to due process by monitoring its compliance with commitments that ended a predatory pricing investigation.

19 August 2021

Mexico hits drug distributors with highest possible fine

Mexico’s competition enforcer has fined five drug distributors, an industry association and 21 executives the highest possible combined sanction of €38.5 million, while also disqualifying senior company employees for the first time in its history.

17 August 2021

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