Paulo Casagrande

Paulo Casagrande is the leader of Antitrust and Competition practice group at Trench Rossi Watanabe in São Paulo and has 20 years of professional experience, both in the private and the public sectors. He was the first ever head of the bid rigging unit at the Secretariat of Economic Law of the Brazilian Ministry of Justice (SDE), the agency then in charge of investigating cartels before the reorganization of the Brazilian Competition Defense System in 2012. During his stint at the government, he conducted several investigations together with other enforcement agencies (such as the Federal Police), and also represented the Secretariat at the meetings of the Competition Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the National Strategy to Fight Corruption and Money Laundering (ENCCLA).

1. Summary of the proposed bill Brazil’s House of Representatives currently discusses Bill No. 11,275/2018, introducing new rules for private cartel damage claims. The proposal aims to update the Brazilian Antitrust Law by encouraging follow-on cartel damage claims in a way that does not jeopardize incentives for settlements and leniency applications with the Brazilian antitrust authority (CADE). The main changes proposed are the following: Double damages liability for cartel participants, except for companies that apply…