Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
Julián Peña, Professor of Competition Law at the University of Buenos Aires, Director of the graduate program on Consumer Protection and Competition Law at the University of Buenos Aires, a partner at law firm Allende Brea and a visiting professor this spring at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, informed me that Pursuant to Decree N° 1310/2008, published last Friday at the Official Journal, Ricardo Napolitani has been appointed the new President of Argentina's National Commission for the Defense of Competition (CNDC), replacing José Sbattella who had been in office since March 2006. Currently the CNDC has three members out of the five established by law. Besides Napolitani, there are two commissioners: Diego Póvolo (whose term expires next February) and Humberto Guardia Mendonca (whose term expires next October), who have been appointed Vice-Presidents by Resolution N° 70/2008 of the Secretary of Domestic Trade, Guillermo Moreno.
With the appointment of Napolitani, all three members of the CNDC are lawyers. This is the fourth CNDC head in a row that has not had an antitrust background.