Partner of Demarest’s Competition and Compliance areas, Bruno de Luca Drago holds a PhD in Commercial Law with an emphasis on Competition Law from USP, and a master’s degree in Competition Law from King’s College of London. He was previously an associate of Howrey LLP, handling competition matters at the Brussels office (2005/2006) and Washington D.C. (2007). Bruno concentrates his practice in providing advisory services in the competition area in cases involving cartel conduct and abuse of dominant position, leniency negotiations and cease and desist negotiations, merger and acquisition transaction submissions and associative agreements, competition compliance and consultation involving complex competition issues. Bruno also has significant experience in implementing Integrity Programs focused on anti-corruption laws and conducting internal investigations. Clients include companies in the following industries: technology (such as Dell, VMWare, Qualcomm and Garmin), chemicals (such as AkzoNobel, Clariant, Rhodia, Katrium and QuantiQ), automotive (such as Meritore Sabó), banking (such as ABBC and Banco Inter) and agribusiness (such as Caramuru, Mitsui, CMAA, CECAFÉ), among others.
— Advised the Brazilian Association of Banks (ABBC) and its associates in the creation of CERTA – Securities and Assets Registration Center S.A., to develop and perform registrations of securities and other financial assets not considered securities.
— Advised Azul Linhas Aéreas in the creation of a new company, together with the Brazilian Post and Telegraph Company (ECT), for the express delivery of packages in Brazil, combined with Azul’s air cargo business.
— Advised Clariant AG and Huntsman Corporation regarding the alleged merger of their global business.
— Advised Comgás (Cosan Group) in the Gemini case, which involves investigation of anticompetitive conduct consistent with the practice of cross subsidies by Petrobras and White Martins in the liquefied natural gas supply market.
— Advising a major financial institution in the Brazilian arm of a global investigation initiated to ascertain alleged manipulation in the offshore and onshore foreign exchange market.
— PhD in Commercial Law, with emphasis in Competition Law, from the University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil (2014)
— Master’s Degree in Competition Law from King’s College of London, University of London, London, England (2005)
— Specialization in Financial Administration from the University of São Paulo (USP), School of Administration and Economies/School of Administration (FIA/FEA), São Paulo, Brazil (2002)
— Bachelor of Laws from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), São Paulo, Brazil (2001)
— Director of Economic Litigation at the Brazilian Institute for Competition, Consumer and International Trade Studies (IBRAC)
— Member of the Leadership Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA)
— Member of the Commission for Studies on Competition and Economic Regulation (CECORE)
— Coordinator of the book “A Livre Concorrência e os Tribunais Brasileiros”, author of the chapter “Panorama e Desafios: análise qualitativa e quantitativa das ações no Judiciário”, Editora Singular, 2018.
— Author of the article “defesa da concorrência nos Tribunais”, in Estadão, August 16, 2018.
— Co-author of the session “Does CADE accept the Failing Firm Defense?”, in “Merger Control in Brazil”, Editora Singular, 2018.
— Author of the chapter “O Cade e a Represessão Às Condutas Unilaterais”, in the book “5 anos da Lei de Defesa da Concorrência: Gênese, jurisprudência e Desafios para o Futuro”, Editora Singular, 2017.
— Author of the article “Programas de Leniência: A palavra de ordem é coordenação”, in Estadão, November 17, 2015.
— Co-author of the article “Clarifying Gun Jumping Through Guidelines: The Brazilian Experience”, in Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, 2015.
— Author of the chapter “Standard Essential Patents, Frand Commitments and Antitrust Law from a Brazilian Perspective”, in the book “Overview of Competition in Brazil”, Editora Singular, 2015.
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