Joao Lacerda is an associate in the Brussels office of White & Case and a member of the firm's EU law practice group. He is currently on secondment to White & Case's London office.
His practice focuses on European competition law, including merger control and antitrust.
His expertise includes working on complex international mergers, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases, and advising on competition law matters related to horizontal and vertical agreements. Joao assists clients in proceedings before the European Commission and EU courts. He has overseen merger notification processes in a number of jurisdictions, often simultaneously.
Prior to joining White & Case, Joao was a public employee at the Brazilian Competition Authority (CADE), where his work covered antitrust investigations and merger control in a broad range of industries, including financial services, automotive and electronic goods. While working for the CADE, Joao acted as delegate of Brazil at the OECD Competition Committee in Paris and undertook training on interrogation techniques applied to antitrust investigations offered by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Joao holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge and an LLB from the University of Brasília, having spent one semester studying law and economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also completed courses on financial markets at Harvard University and on competition law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
"Competition and Intellectual Property: Lessons from the automobile aftermarket in Brazil", 62(4) Antitrust Bulletin (2017) (with Paulo Burnier Silveira)
"Competition and IP Rights in Brazil: The Exercise of Design Patents in the Auto Parts Aftermarket", Kluwer Competition Law Blog. (27 December 2017) (with Paulo Burnier Silveira)
"The use of markers in leniency programs and the creation of a one-stop shop for markers". Revista de Defesa da Concorrência. V. 2, No 2. (2014)