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TV Spectrum to be Auctioned in Mexico

8 junio, 2012

The Federal Telecommunications Commission of Mexico (COFETEL) made a significant decision yesterday (June 6th 2012) by launching the first phase of a public policy program that will lead, eventually, to the licensing of additional radio spectrum for the provision of  TV services in Mexico.  This program is expected to increase the competition in the national broadcasting market, which has been dominated in recent decades for two major operators: Televisa and TV Azteca.

New Venezuelan Competition Law.

1 junio, 2012

Dear readers,

I was browsing Global Competition Review and I found out that Venezuela amended its Competition Law this week. The headline was pretty shocking: “Venezuelan antitrust law to allow expropriations”. Besides excluding the state-owned companies from the antitrust jurisdiction, the new legislation would “serve the transition to socialism”.

Interestingly, yesterday I was re-reading an old Brazilian piece of law which was in force in 1945. Believe it or not, it was the first Brazilian antitrust law: Decree Law N. 7.666, which created the Administrative Commission of Economic Defesa (Comissão Administrativa de Defesa Econômica), the great-father of the recently created CADE (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica”), also listed expropriation as one of the penalties for antitrust violations. By that time, the antitrust law was seen as a nationalist tool to protect national companies against the large international trusts.

In a rather derogative way, Decree Law N. 7.666 was nicknamed “Lei Malaia”, since it was also too harsh against the economic power. Following the fall of the Brazilian Dictator Getúlio Vargas, Decree Law N. 7.666 was revoked just three months it was passed.

The comparison was clear and made me ponder how each country can find different solutions and interpretations as to what is the purpose of antitrust law. Once, a professor of mine said that the “antitrust law was a protection of the capitalism regime against the capitalists”. I believe his overall opinion about the capitalists’ ethics was not so high, but the idea behind the statement continues valid. On the other hand, tt seems that the Venezuelan law made it clear that it is not intended to protect capitalism at all.

SIC publica su primer “Boletín de la Competencia”

31 mayo, 2012

La Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio (SIC) presentó en su página web http://www.sic.gov.co  la primera edición del “Boletín de la Competencia”, una publicación trimestral que pretende informar a funcionarios públicos, abogados, academia y otras autoridades de competencia, las actividades, logros y avances de la SIC en temas de prácticas comerciales restrictivas, integraciones empresariales y abogacía de la competencia.

El Boletín contiene un resumen de las actuaciones administrativas realizadas por la autoridad en el primer trimestre de 2012, tales como la apertura y cierre de investigaciones por prácticas comerciales restrictivas de la competencia en varias industrias, la evaluación de ciertas integraciones empresariales y la elaboración de conceptos sobre futuras regulaciones que pueden afectar la libre competencia en los sectores de transporte, energía y gas. Asimismo, presenta los avances legislativos relevantes en materia de competencia y las actividades realizadas por la entidad en foros internacionales.

La publicación, que promueve la transparencia en el actuar de la SIC, constituye una herramienta muy valiosa para la comunidad jurídica nacional e internacional interesada en el derecho de la competencia.

@felipeserranop

New Brazilian Antitrust Law in force

30 mayo, 2012

Dear readers,

Following a six-month vacatio legis, the new Brazilian Antitrust Law came into force yesterday (May 29th, 2012). In the last 6 months, many rumours spread and a great deal of uncertainty led to a wave in the antitrust filings: the figures are not yet clear, but a high number of transactions was notified in advance in order to avoid the need of a clearance to implement the transactions.

Yesterday, the CADE released the final version of 4 regulations which will shape the new regime. Even though the rules may always be subject to criticism, they are going to be tested in the next months. Unofficially, some Commissioners admit that the regulations may be amended as practice requires.

In the next days, I will be analysing the regulations. My next posts will provide an overview of the main changes in the competition regime.

Competition in the banking markets

16 mayo, 2012

Dear readers,

Many conference are analyzing the new antitrust policy as the day zero for enforcement of the new Brazilian Antitrust Law (May 29th) approaches. On May 17 at 3h30 pm, I will be speaking about the impacts of the new competition law on the financial markets during 9th Seminar of Banking Law, organized by the Brazilian Association of Banks (FEBRABAN). I would like to invite you to join me during this conference. For registration and further information on the program, click here.

Book launch party of “Comments to the New Brazilian Competition Law”

7 mayo, 2012

I would like to invite you to join me in the book launch party of the “Comments to the new Competition Law”, edited by me, Eduardo Caminati and Vicente Bagnoli, in which Law # 12.529/2011 is analysed n detail by a group of experienced Brazilian antitrust practitioners. The party will be at Buffet New Palace, located at Av Brg Faria Lima, 1912 lj 209, Jardim Paulistano, São Paulo, Brazil.

The 32 authors are listed below:

Adriana Franco Giannini
André Marques Gilberto
Aylla Assis
Bruno De Luca Drago
Bruno Peres Carbone
Daniel Oliveira Andreolli
Denis Alves Guimarães
Eduardo Caminati Anders
Eduardo Gaban Molan
Érica Sumie Yamashita
Fabianna Vieira Barbosa Morselli
Fabrício Antonio Cardim de Almeida
Fabricio Cobra Arbex
Gianni Nunes de Araújo
Guilherme Favaro Corvo Ribas
Helena Regina Lobo da Costa
José Carlos Magalhães Teixeira Filho
Joyce Midori Honda
Juliana Oliveira Domingues
Karina Schulte van Berghem Motta
Leopoldo Pagotto
Lilian Barreira
Luciana Martorano
Marcio de Carvalho Silveira Bueno
Marina Pinhão Coelho Araújo
Natalia Oliveira Felix
Pedro S. C. Zanotta
Priscila Broglio Gonçalves
Ricardo Ferreira Pastore
Rodrigo Orlandini
Rodrigo Zingales Oller do Nascimento
Vicente Bagnolli

Seminario “Propiedad Intelectual y Competencia Desleal” – Colombia

25 abril, 2012

El próximo 2 de mayo se llevará a cabo el  Seminario “Propiedad Intelectual y Competencia Desleal”, en el Hotel Casa Medina de Bogotá, de 8 a.m a 12: p.m. El seminario es organizado por la Dirección Nacional de Derechos de Autor, la Embajada de Estados Unidos y Microsoft.

La relación entre propiedad intelectual y competencia tiene particular relevancia para Colombia en estos momentos, pues en el 15 de mayo finalmente entrará en vigencia el Tratado de Libre Comercio con Estados Unidos, que trae varias e importantes disposiciones en materia de propiedad intelectual.

Los principales temas que se desarrollarán en el seminario son los siguientes:

“Relación entre las infracciones a los derechos de Propiedad Intelectual y la Competencia de Desleal”
Pablo Márquez, Superintendente delegado para Competencia

“La Lucha por la Ética en la Competencia”
Roberto Abdenur, Presidente del Instituto Brasilero de Ética en la Competencia (ETCO)

“Infracción a los derechos de Propiedad industrial como acto de competencia desleal”
Alfonso Miranda Londoño, Socio de Esguerra Barrera Arriaga Asesores Jurídicos

“Aspectos Jurisdiccionales”
Adolfo León Varela Sánchez, Delegado para Asuntos Jurisdiccionales de la Superintendencia
de Industria y Comercio

Para inscribirse y ver más información sobre el evento aqui.

Para ver el programa completo haga click aqui.