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February 13, 2023

ABA Antitrust Law Section kicks off global issues series with conference in Brasilia on Feb. 14

CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2023The American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section will convene its first Global Seminar Series event in 2023 in Brasilia on Tuesday, Feb. 14, to discuss leading issues in global competition, consumer protection and privacy.

The half-day in-person event is in conjunction with Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense, or CADE, which serves as an independent agency reporting to the country’s Ministry of Justice. CADE is ultimately responsible for investigating and deciding competition issues, as well as fostering and promoting a culture of competition in Brazil.

2023 Antitrust Global Seminar Series: Brasilia
 Sponsored by the ABA Antitrust Law Section

Tuesday, Feb. 14 (all times Brasilia Standard Time but listed in U.S. Eastern Standard Time)

CADE Auditorium
SEPN 515 Conjunto D Lote 04 - Edifício C
ASINT-International Unit
Brasilia, BR-DF 70770-504

The Global Seminar Series program, which will bring together government officials and private bar experts, will feature three segments of general interest to all competition, consumer protection and privacy practitioners, on leading-edge issues. Each session also will have interactive discussions.

Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo, president of CADE, will deliver opening remarks at 2 p.m. local time. He will be followed by a general discussion from 2:20-2:40 p.m., featuring current and former government officials from Brazil and the United States, as well as private attorneys. They will provide an overview of recent international cooperation and convergence efforts, focusing on the Antitrust Law Section’s engagement in international competition policy through advocacy, comments and programming, and the ABA’s longstanding relationship with CADE and regional bar associations.

The other afternoon sessions are:

  •  “Competition, Consumer Protection and Privacy in Technology Markets” — Technology companies face increasing regulatory scrutiny worldwide. Recent challenges for the technology sector include competition enforcement, consumer protection and data protection issues, which are often interrelated. The panel will address key competition and consumer protection considerations for technology companies as well as the evolving data protection landscape in Brazil.
    2:45-3:45 p.m.            
  •  “Digital Trends and Merger Control” — In response to the digital revolution and the increasing impact technology has on business, competition authorities worldwide are stepping up merger enforcement. They are revising current policies and guidelines, advocating for more aggressive use of existing rules to their full potential effect, and calling for new theories of harm, rules and regulations where they see the need. The panel will look at how CADE is responding to these trends, what do these trends mean for companies engaging in transactions in the digital marketplace and other industries in Brazil, and what are the broader implications of these changes.
    4-5 p.m.

The full agenda, including speakers, is here. For media credentials and registration, please email [email protected] by noon Brasilia Standard Time (10 a.m. EST) on Tuesday, Feb. 14. ABA COVID-19 protocols will be in effect and details will be emailed to registrants.


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