Mattos Filho’s antitrust team possesses a solid track record in investigations initiated by the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) involving monopolistic activities and anticompetitive behavior. This practice also provides counseling to clients on M&A transactions in collaboration with the Corporate/M&A practice.

Throughout 2014, Mattos Filho has been engaged in a significant number of corporate transactions requiring CADE´s approval in various sectors, including construction, pharmaceuticals, automotive, education and technology. One of the highlights of this practice last year was the merger of educational groups Kroton and Anhanguera, which created the 17th largest listed company on BM&FBovespa, and became one of the world’s largest educational conglomerates with more than one million students.

Another significant event for the Antitrust practice was the arrival of a new partner, Carlos Emmanuel Joppert Ragazzo, in the first week of 2015. Ragazzo served as a Commissioner of CADE from 2008 to 2012 and as General Superintendent until May 2014. He is based in our Rio de Janeiro office.