The summit will take place at Mackenzie University in São Paulo on Thursday 29 November where regional experts will discuss the latest topics in competition law across Brazil and Latin America. The event will be chaired by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer antitrust partner Rafique Bachour.

To register, please click on this link. The event will be hosted by LACCA’s sister publication Global Competition Review in association with Latin Lawyer. Associate sponsors and supporters include Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Von Wobeser y Sierra SC and Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC. The event will close with a drinks reception hosted by Pereira Neto | Macedo Advogados and BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão.

Following welcoming remarks by Mackenzie University’s Vicente Bagnoli, Professor of Competition and Economic Law, and Freshfields’ Bachour, the summit will kick off with a roundtable where regional enforcers share their analysis of developments over the past year and plans for the future. Panellists include commissioners from national competition authorities in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

The second panel will discuss recent trends in merger control within the region – in particular, the growing use of new theories of harm by different Latin American regulators as well as the challenges in designing and negotiating remedies. Speakers will also consider how recent legislative changes are expected to affect cross-border transactions.

With the introduction of new pre-merger control regimes in a number of Latin American countries, both domestic and foreign companies have had to adjust to a new reality where various limitations apply to the interactions between parties whenever a deal is subject to merger control clearance. Speakers in the third panel will offer key insights for merging companies as they plan their future integration, including limitations on what kind of information can be shared between signing and closing, and how to design and implement antitrust protocols.

After a networking lunch and an afternoon welcome from Marcio de Carvalho Silveira Bueno, president of the Brazilian Institute of Competition, Consumption and International Trade Studies, the day’s fourth panel will focus on cartel enforcement and whether the benefits of leniency and immunity programmes for criminal prosecution are as attractive as they used to be, given the growing rate of follow-on litigation taking place across the region. In-house counsel Maria Cecília Andrade from Odebrecht’s antitrust, compliance and governmental affairs department, will be one of the panellists.

The final panel will explore the role of antitrust at its intersection with consumer protection and data protection, which has gained new focus with the rise of competition and consumer protection issues related to big data industries, and the emergence of new data protection rules across multiple jurisdictions. Airbnb’s senior legal counsel for Brazil and Latin America, Maytê Ximenes, will be among the panellists discussing these myriad complex factors and to what extent data may increase barriers to entry and confer market power.

That same week, LACCA members are also invited to attend Latin Lawyer Live Capital Markets on Tuesday 27 November at the Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo Hotel, free of charge. The event will see regional experts discuss the hottest topics and trends affecting the capital markets across the region.  More information about the programme and speakers can be found here.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities please contact the events team at llevents@latinlawyer.com.