Region: Latin America & Caribbean

Expelled Indecopi head blames political interference

Peru’s government has ousted the head of the country’s antitrust watchdog for failing to meet the role's minimum qualification requirements in a move that the former chair blasted as an act of political persecution.

23 March 2023

Mexico appoints new head

Andrea Marván Saltiel, a commissioner at Mexico’s antitrust enforcer, has become the agency’s new president after government hold-ups left it with an interim chief for 18 months.

21 March 2023

France sends SO to alleged air transport cartel

France’s Competition Authority has sent a statement of objections to three companies over allegations they entered into a “non-aggression pact” and undermined competition for certain flights to and from the Caribbean.

21 March 2023

Mexico probes mobile telecoms market in two separate studies

Mexico’s telecommunications regulator has opened two market studies to assess how access to radio spectrum and the availability of distribution channels affects competition in the mobile telecoms sector.

17 March 2023

Chile deepens probe into telecoms infrastructure deal

Chile’s antitrust watchdog has launched an in-depth investigation into the $358 million acquisition of Entel’s fibre optic business by a joint venture partly owned by Telefónica over concerns the deal could foreclose competitors.

15 March 2023

Firms recruit partners in France and Brazil

Cescon Barrieu has nabbed a former Brazilian prosecutor from the national attorney general's office, while Racine has poached from Jouvensal Fabre in Paris.

15 March 2023

Ecuador upholds Odebrecht fine

Ecuador’s competition watchdog has confirmed antitrust fines of $58 million against Odebrecht and a state-owned electricity distributor after the former bribed government officials to ensure it won tenders for construction and repair work.

14 March 2023

Argentina’s top court confirms agency loss in first-ever excessive pricing case

The Supreme Court of Argentina’s refusal to review a lower court’s annulment of the country’s first-ever excessive pricing penalty is a “lost opportunity” to establish exploitative conduct as a national antitrust infringement, local lawyers have said.

13 March 2023

Chile seeks fine against immunity applicant for compliance programme failure

Chile’s antitrust watchdog has urged the country’s specialist competition tribunal to fine a drugmaker €1.3 million for breaching the terms of its compliance programme commitment after blowing the whistle on a 14-year bid-rigging scheme.

13 March 2023

Juice producers face €2.3 billion cartel damages claim in Brazil

Brazil’s public prosecutor has launched a €2.3 billion civil damages claim against members of an orange juice price-fixing conspiracy, just three months after an appellate court rejected a similar claim as time-barred.

09 March 2023

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