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.

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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.

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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”).

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Chile’s Fiscalía Nacional Económica requests Competition Tribunal to review joint venture between the four major national broadcasters | 09 / 04 / 2014

On April the 8th, 2014, the National Economic Prosecutor (in Spanish, Fiscalía Nacional Económica or FNE) consulted the Competition Tribunal (in Spanish Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia or TDLC) on the accordance with antitrust regulation of the project pursued by the four major national broadcasters (Canal 13 S.A. –Canal 13–, Red Televisiva Megavisión S.A. –Megavisión–, Televisión Nacional de Chile –TVN– y Red de Televisión Chilevisión S.A. –Chilevisión–) to create an Over-the-Top (OTT) video distribution platform. Although the parties state that only Canal 13 and Megavisión will be directly involved in the project’s first stage, the information gathered by the FNE suggests that both TVN and Chilevisión are currently negotiating with the remaining parties and may eventually become part of the OTT platform in the future.

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The World Bank awards the first price of the advocacy contest to the FNE, recognizing their work with Trade Associations | 12 / 03 / 2014

During the last week of February the World Bank announced on its webpage that Chile won the 2013 advocacy contest, an initiative that aimed to award success stories on how to build competition culture by means of advocacy activities.

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TDLC condemns intercity transport companies for collusion | 31 / 01 / 2014

On January 31st, 2014, the Competition Tribunal (TDLC), sentenced  the Empresa de Transportes Rurales Limitada (Tur Bus), Servicios Pullman Bus Costa Central S.A., Transportes Cometa S.A. and Sociedad Transportes y Turismo del Norte Compañía Limitada (Romani) for collusion, following a complaint presented by the FNE in June 2011.

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