Work Area: Competition & Antitrust

Chile deepens probe into telecoms infrastructure deal

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

16 March 2023

Viva Air files for insolvency amid failed Avianca acquisition

Viva Air has blamed Colombia’s aviation regulator for its decision to file for insolvency, claiming the authority took too long to review its proposed acquisition by Avianca after the merging parties argued the failing firm defence.

07 March 2023

Cescon Barrieu hires federal prosecutor as antitrust partner

Brazilian Elite firm Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has recruited a federal prosecutor from the Attorney General’s Office (AGU) as partner, strengthening its competition and antitrust practice.

06 March 2023

Record gun-jumping fine levied against HP in Mexico

Mexico’s competition enforcer has issued its highest-ever gun-jumping penalty, fining HP and Poly US$3.3 million for closing their US$3.3 billion merger despite the agency’s ongoing merger review.

06 March 2023

SMPS hires Basham counsel as partner and antitrust head

Mexican firm SMPS Legal has hired a counsel from Highly Recommended Basham Ringe y Correa as partner and head of its competition and international trade teams.

03 March 2023

Peru sanctions individuals for first time as part of abuse probe

Peru’s antitrust watchdog has imposed a US$15 million abuse of dominance fine on a cement maker, its subsidiary and several executives after they threatened and punished distributors that tried to sell rival products.

01 March 2023

Avianca-Viva merger investigated after deal block overturned

Colombia’s aviation regulator is considering a revised remedy package as part of a newly opened in-depth review into a merger between the country's largest airline and a low-cost rival, after the carriers successfully overturned an earlier prohibition decision.

24 February 2023

Odebrecht subsidiary fined for obstructing cartel probe

Peru’s competition watchdog has ordered a domestic subsidiary of Odebrecht to pay a €1 million (US$1.1 million) fine for withholding information during a major cartel investigation in the construction sector.

22 February 2023

Trench Rossi hires Magalhães e Dias partner as antitrust co-head

Trench Rossi Watanabe has recruited a partner from Magalhães e Dias Advocacia to co-lead its antitrust and international trade practice.

15 February 2023

Ibarra-Rimon launches in Medellín with hire

Colombian firm Ibarra-Rimon has hired the legal head of local fashion retailer Línea Directa to lead its newly-opened Medellín office as partner.

15 February 2023

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