Local lawyers have said antitrust enforcement in Argentina remains stagnant despite the competition authority appointing two new commissioners to resume its decision-making quorum for the first time in months.
Two partners have left Stocche Forbes Advogados and Pereira Neto | Macedo Advogados to set up a firm focused on white-collar crime and antitrust law in São Paulo.
Premier firm with new global platform
Chile’s antitrust watchdog has launched an in-depth investigation into EssilorLuxottica’s proposed €7.1 billion (US$7.7 billion) acquisition of global eyecare retailer GrandVision.
Key partners: Paulo Casagrande, who accumulates knowhow and market respect, joined the firm in late 2019 from Stocche Forbes Advogados and now heads the antitrust practice. Tulio Coelho assists the team as of counsel after becoming chairman of the special commission for the Defence of Competition of the Federal Council of the Brazilian Bar Association. Former Baker McKenzie global head of antitrust Francisco Todorov left the firm in 2019. Partner Adriana Gianni followed Todorov to Tauil & Chequer Advogados.
International name with deep local roots
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados has helped Japanese manufacturer Daio Paper and Japanese trading company Marubeni obtain antitrust clearance for their joint acquisition of Brazilian paper producer Santher.
Ecuador’s antitrust authority has adopted a fast-track merger notification procedure in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated the country’s economy.
Top-tier corporate powerhouse
Key partners: Joyce Honda, who has developed her career at this firm and focuses exclusively on CADE matters, and Ricardo Gaillard, who has experience working for a global firm. Both jointly lead the practice.