El Salvador: Insurers Fined for Anticompetitive Agreements

A ruling was given that there was manipulation and suppression of offers made for the purpose of market-sharing in the AFP’s tender for hiring of Disability Insurance.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

From a statement issued by the Superintendency of Competition (SC):

The Board (CD) of the Superintendency of Competition (SC) has fined the insurance companies Asesuisa Vida, SA, Personal Insurance; Sisa Vida SA Personal Insurance; and AIG Life SA Personal Insurance for violating Art. 25 of the Competition Act (LC), having made an anticompetitive agreement on public procurement procedures called by the Pension Fund Administrators (AFP) Crecer y Confía, for hiring Disability Insurance (SIS) during the period April 2008 to April 2012.

The anti-competitive agreement consisted in manipulation and suppression in market-sharing deals in tenders made by each AFP to hire the SIS, in way that ensured that the tendered policies were awarded to the insurer belonging to the same economic group of the AFP.

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The Costa Rican State insurance company will have to pay $174,000 as a penalty for "improving any offer made by their competition to their customers."

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