The following Competition guidance note Produced in partnership with Baker & McKenzie Sociedad Civil provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
A conversation with Esteban Rópolo, attorney at Argentine law firm Baker & McKenzie Sociedad Civil on key issues on merger control in Argentina.
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The Defence of Competition Law No. 27,442 (the Law) enacted on 22 May 2018, sets up a new merger control regime in Argentina. Under the Law, the National Antitrust Authority, as a decentralised and self-governing body within the national executive branch, will be the competent authority for competition matters. Such Authority will include by the Antitrust Court, the Secretariat of Anti-competitive Behaviours and the Economic Concentrations Secretariat. Once their members are appointed, these authorities will replace the current functions of the Antitrust Commission and of the Secretary of Commerce. Therefore, when we make reference to the Commission, it must be understood that we are making reference to the antitrust authorities.
The Law introduced major changes to the Argentine merger control system. The main purpose of these changes was to bring Argentina into line with the international experience in antitrust matters.
The Law is regulated by Decree No. 480/2018, and the Commission
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