Recently the Antitrust Commission in Honduras drafted a Guide of
Reference Document fro the proper definition of Relevant Market
adapted to local law. The document was exposed before many
professionals related to Antitrust and law firm CENTRAL LAW
Honduras has been invited to participate.
In Honduras, Antitrust Law is ruled by Legislative Decree
357-2005 published in La Gaceta Nº 30920 of February 4th 2006
and by internal resolutions of the Antitrust Commission (in
The aim of the Law is to promote and protect the free exercise
of free competition to procure an efficient performance of the
market and consumer welfare.
Economic conglomerates are ruled to avoid abuse from companies
with dominant market position; it prohibits the commitment of
restrictive activities of free competition. Also, the Law eases the
coordination and cooperation between CDPC and the Regulatory
Commissions of Banks, Insurances, Telecommunications and
Guide Document of Reference for the definition of Relevant
The document defines market as a process that helps to evaluate
if the practices/conduct of economic agents damage consumers or the
antitrust process or if economic conglomerates carry the risk of
The document has two main purposes: a) provide a description of
the best international practices used for the value of relevant
market and b) provide the economic agents and their legal counsel a
guide about how the competition authorities analyze the relevant
market to valorize the legality of the practices and /or conduct or
of economic groups in which economic agents are currently involved
or could be involved in the future.
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