Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Competition/Antitrust Department

Brazil
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Overview

Cescon Barrieu is one of the top law firms in number of leniency applications successfully executed with CADE since the creation of the program, in 2003. 

The competition department is handling administrative proceedings for the investigation of all types of anti-competitive practices, including cartels, in a variety of industries.

The firm draws work from all industries but has been particularly busy within the technology, retail, private equity, pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries.

Cescon Barrieu is among the top firms in number of merger filings submitted according to the new Antitrust Law, including both fast-track proceedings and complex cases. It has strong expertise related to gun jumping provisions working closely with the firm's top-ranked M&A department.

The team has been extremely successful in reducing the timeframe for the approval of merger filings, due to its business oriented approach. Approx. 65% of the firm’s merger filings in 2015 were approved faster than CADE’s average time to clear transactions. 

The department has a strong expertise in multijurisdictional merger filings, as part of its close relation with well-established international law firms.

Cescon Barrieu is also consolidating its antitrust judicial practice, with clients hiring the firm to review the administrative decisions issued by CADE and to assess private suits to recover damages caused by cartels.