Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spanish government takes action against anticompetitive behavior in the Sherry wine industry (Guest article)

By Francisco Marcos, Professor of Law, Center for European Studies Madrid, LL.M. Berkeley Law

The American oak casks used for winemaking in the “Sherry Triangle” (an area in the Spanish province of Cádiz) have recently been the subject of scrutiny by the Spanish Government. According to separate enforcement actions by the Spanish National Competition Commission (hereinafter NCC) in the last three years several anticompetitive arrangements between various producers have dragged down market competition in the Sherry industry (all the decisions by the NCC can be downloaded here).

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Merger review bill discussed in Peru (Guest article)

By Francisco Marcos, Professor of Law, Center for European Studies Madrid, LL.M. Berkeley Law

Peru lacks a general merger control regime (only transactions in the energy sector are subject to control by INDECOPI, in accordance to Ley Nº 26876). That could be one of the reasons why some of Peruvian’s industries and sectors of economic activity show high levels of concentration.