Gun jumping risks in the Brazilian upstream oil and gas industry

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The article aims to verify which conducts, in the context of assignment agreements regarding participating interest held in oil and gas exploration and production assets (generally known as a farm-out or farm-in agreement), would engender premature consummation of transactions before the final decision from the antitrust authorities (infraction known as gun jumping) in the new Brazilian premerger control review system. It start by explaining why farm-out agreements are subject to mandatory pre-merger control in Brazil. Subsequently, the article lists and explains the activities that may engender gun jumping before and within the antitrust analysis of a farm-out transaction, such as exchange of information, contractual clauses during the interim period and other activities. It also contains suggestions to reduce gun jumping risks regarding each of such type of activities. © The Authors 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the AIPN. All rights reserved.