FNE files complaint against four local asphalt companies for a market-sharing agreement | 10 / 07 / 2014
On July 7th, 2014, the National Economic Prosecutor’s Office (FNE) filed a complaint before the Competition Tribunal (TDLC) against “Asfaltos Chilenos S.A.”, “Dynal Industrial”, “ENEX” and “Química Latinoamericana” accusing the four companies of having agreed on a mechanism to allocate contracts for the provision of asphalt-based products used in the construction, replacement and repairing of public and private roads.
FNE initiates a process for policy recommendations aimed at developing a legal framework that will lead to the creation of a secondary market where mobile operators can trade spectrum concessions | 02 / 07 / 2014
The National Economic Prosecutor (Fiscalía Nacional Económica – FNE) has requested the Chilean Competition Tribunal (Tribunal de la Libre Competencia –TDLC) to initiate a process for policy recommendations aimed at developing a legal framework that will lead to the creation of a secondary market where mobile operators can trade spectrum concessions. The procedure requests for the amendment of the General Telecommunications Law (Ley General de Telecomunicaciones – LGT) and the development of regulations by the Chilean Telecom Regulator (Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones – SUBTEL).
Deputy National Prosecutor resigns his position and will be subrogated by the Head of Mergers and Studies Division | 25 / 06 / 2014
After eight years in the Fiscalía Nacional Económica (FNE), the Deputy National Prosecutor (DNP), Jaime Barahona, presented his resignation (to become effective on August the 1st, 2014), to pursue a career in private practice.
Jaime Barahona is a lawyer from Diego Portales University, and has postgraduate studies from Universidad Catolica de Chile and Los Andes University.
The FNE launches Guidelines for the analysis of Vertical Restraints | 05 / 06 / 2014
The Guide aims to provide legal certainty to market agents on the criteria used by the FNE, when analyzing this type of mechanisms and has incorporated comments and suggestions by lawyers, economists as well as by foreign competition agencies.
After two years of preparations, the FNE published today the Guide for the Analysis of Vertical Restraints, available on its website. This document provides details on the analysis that the FNE will follow, when evaluating the mechanisms that regulate the commercial conditions agreed on or imposed to companies located in different stages of the productive chain.
The FNE reaches a reconciliation agreement with CCU and TDLC puts an end to the complaint for brand registration in the brewery industry | 28 / 05 / 2014
The Competition Tribunal (TDLC) approved today the conciliation agreement presented on Monday by the FNE, CCU, Bavaria and Cervecerías Chile that puts an end to the complaint filed by the FNE in October last year against the main brewery of the country.
The FNE accused CCU of registering several brands before the National Intellectual Property Agency (INAPI), blocking competition from other agents in the industry. The brand registries under dispute correspond to brands commercialized abroad by current or potential competitors, generic brands (used to identify varieties) and names of Chilean locations that could allow consumers to identify the origin of the beer.
TDLC approves settlement between FNE and Unilever | 30 / 04 / 2014
In the context of the judicial proceedings initiated by the National Economic Prosecutor’s Office (Fiscalía Nacional Económica – FNE) against Unilever Chile S.A. (“Unilever”) for having abused its dominant position through exclusionary practices in the laundry detergent market, with its brands OMO, Drive and Rinso, the Chilean Competition Tribunal (Tribunal de la Libre Competencia – TDLC) recently approved a settlement between FNE and Unilever (henceforth, “the Agreement”).