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Interpretation of international arbitration agreements
González & Rioseco Abogados
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Chile
  • December 07 2017

As with any other contract, general rules of interpretation are crucial to ascertain the scope and reach of arbitration agreements. The Supreme Court recently missed the chance to provide a sharper and more sophisticated decision concerning the applicable legal rules of interpretation of arbitration agreements, which is a crucial matter for the uniform enforcement of international commercial arbitration agreements.

New competition control procedure for mergers introduced
González & Rioseco Abogados
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Chile
  • November 09 2017

The latest reform of the Competition Statute introduces a preventive control procedure for merger operations that have effects in Chile. As of June 1 2017 the national economic prosecutor will undertake a control procedure for merger operations before they begin. The amendment aims to provide legal certainty and reduce the length of merger control procedures.

New guidelines on leniency in cartel cases enter into force
González & Rioseco Abogados
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Chile
  • June 08 2017

The National Economic Prosecutor's new Guidelines on Leniency in Cartel Cases recently entered into force. The guidelines aim to strengthen leniency in cartel cases, allow more cases of collusion to be uncovered, enable the collection of evidence that assists in proving collusive conduct and identifying the parties involved, and provide certainty to individuals or companies engaged in collusive conduct that wish to obtain leniency benefits.

Deference to parties' procedural autonomy and due process
González & Rioseco Abogados
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Chile
  • April 20 2017

The autonomy of parties to agree on an arbitral procedure is a basic principle of international commercial arbitration. However, parties occasionally try to deny the recognition of awards issued according to agreed rules, claiming that they are unfair or contrary to due process. A recent Supreme Court case on this matter helps to circumscribe the concept of 'proper notice' and protects parties' procedural autonomy, which will ensure the continuing development of international commercial arbitration.

Competitive edge: changes to antitrust law introduced
González & Rioseco Abogados
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Chile
  • January 26 2017

Changes were recently introduced to Chile's antitrust regulation, including a mandatory M&A review by the National Economic Prosecutor's Office, a ban on interlocking directorates and mandatory notification of cross-ownership between rival firms. These changes will have a significant impact on firms in the short term. The new administrative duties that the act imposes are preventive in character and align Chile's antitrust regulations with international practice.

Arbitration, public policy and procedural law
González & Rioseco Abogados
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Chile
  • November 17 2016

In international commercial arbitration, parties sometimes try to apply domestic civil procedural rules and argue that arbitral awards made in violation of these rules should be vacated for being contrary to public policy. However, a recent court decision shows that public policy cannot be assimilated with every procedural rule and requirement applicable to domestic litigation, and should thus deter future parties from trying to vacate arbitral awards by invoking possible conflict with the Civil Procedure Code.

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