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European Competition Law Newsletter – November 2015

A company that helps with or facilitates a cartel is at just as much risk of sanctions and penalties as are the actual cartelists. This was confirmed by the EU’s highest court (the European Court of Justice (ECJ)) on 22...more

Private equity firms: In the line of antitrust fire?

There was a time when private equity firms may have seen themselves as arms-length financial investors but regulators are increasingly holding them responsible for the behaviour of their portfolio companies. A new type...more

CJEU Sends Clear Warning to “Cartel Facilitators”

On 22 October 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) handed down a seminal judgment holding for the first time that companies facilitating the implementation of a cartel can be sanctioned under EU competition law....more

European Competition Law Newsletter – October 2015

On 14 September 2015, an individual (Nigel Snee) was sentenced by a UK court to six months of imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, for committing the criminal “cartel offence”. He was also ordered to do 120 hours of...more

Competition News July-August 2015

French merger control: The Competition Authority agrees to approve the prospective acquirer of assets sold by the purchaser - On May 15, 2015, the Competition Authority authorized, subject to certain conditions, the...more

A New Concept in Cartel Fining: “Direct EEA Sales Through Transformed Products”

On 9 July 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its judgment in InnoLux Corp. v Commission C-231/14P, confirming the existence of a new concept in cartel fining: “direct European Economic Area [EEA]...more

Standing in the antitrust firing line - Regulators investigating antitrust cases are reaching across borders, and fines are on the...

Regulators investigating antitrust cases are working across borders and are getting tougher on transgressors. Corporates at risk need to be more prepared than ever. In 2000, a cartel of companies producing the animal...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – July 2015

On 24 June 2015, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was defeated in its first attempt at convincing a jury to convict individuals for the UK criminal “cartel offence”. The jury was not persuaded that the two...more

European Court of Justice Facilitates follow-on Cartel Damage Claims

On 21 May 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirmed that cartel victims may jointly sue cartelists for damages in an EU Member State where only one of the cartelists is domiciled. This rule applies even if the...more

Antitrust Enforcers Discuss Recent Highlights, Ongoing Cases, Enforcement Priorities and General Trends at the 2015 ABA Section of...

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting concluded earlier this month with the traditional “Enforcers’ Roundtable,” an interview with leading competition authorities about recent highlights,...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – March 2015

A recent European Commission (EC) fining decision against UK-based broker ICAP confirms that companies which merely facilitate a cartel will be tarred with the same brush as those which actually engage in the cartel. The...more

Further encouragement for private enforcement of competition law: European Courts allow greater information about cartel conduct...

The details regarding cartel conduct contained in the decisions of the European Commission and national competition authorities are highly relevant to the follow-on cartel damages litigation that are now so common in Europe....more

EC Competition Law: Latest Developments Provide Ever Greater Opportunities for Private Enforcement

The private enforcement of competition law within the EU continues its inexorable rise and plaintiff opportunities abound. Small and medium size businesses throughout Europe are joining larger companies in initiating...more

A reminder of antitrust risks for private equity firms

In two decisions adopted in November 2014 but only recently published, the Dutch competition authority (ACM) fined three private equity firms for the involvement of one of their former portfolio companies in the so-called...more

Disclosure Of Confidential Version Of European Commission Decision In Follow-On Claim

In relation to a follow-on private damages action arising from an air freight cartel, the High Court recognised that when a European Commission cartel decision is disclosed, the ‘Pergan’ principle gives certain protections to...more

EU’s Top Court Rules Cartel Victims Can Claim Damages From Cartelists Despite No Contractual Link

In a landmark ruling, the EU’s top court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Kone and Others C-557/12 of 5 June 2014, has held that, where a cartel causes competing companies to increase their prices, the members of the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EU Commission Sends Statement of Objections to Three Banks in Cartel Investigation - On May 20, the European Commission announced that it has sent a statement of objections to Credit Agricole, HSBC and JP Morgan for...more

Cartel Fines: Liability of Private Equity Funds

The European Commission has held Goldman Sachs jointly and severally liable for a cartel infringement committed by Prysmian, an Italian cable maker formerly owned by Goldman Sachs’ private equity arm. The decision is a stark...more

European Commission Imposes EUR 1.71 Billion Fine for Participating in Illegal Cartels

On December 4, the European Commission announced that it had fined eight international banks a total of more than 1.7 billion for their participation in illegal cartels in markets for financial derivatives covering the...more

Updated Oral Statement Guidance for Leniency Applicants

On 8 October 2013, the European Commission (Commission) issued updated guidance for companies that make oral statements when cooperating with the Commission in a cartel investigation....more

Can Reverse Payments In Patent Settlements Constitute Criminal Cartel Conduct?

It is a well-established and universally accepted principle of competition law that a payment by one competitor to another competitor not to enter a market is anticompetitive, and in Australia since 2010 a criminal offence....more

New German Cartel Fine Guidelines

The German Federal Cartel Office has just published new Guidelines on the Setting of Fines for antitrust law infringements. With these guidelines, the German Federal Cartel Office departs from the method of setting fines...more

EU Commission published proposals for private antitrust litigation

On 11 June, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its long-awaited package of proposals on private antitrust litigation. The package is divided into three sets: (1) a Draft Directive on actions for damages (2) a...more

Getting the Deal Through – Cartel Regulation 2013: Global Overview and United States

Global Overview: Continued aggressive cartel enforcement in 2012 Authorities around the world continued to vigorously enforce cartel law in 2012. Total fines increased in many jurisdictions, and authorities around the...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - February 2013

In This Issue: - A Modern Look at the Nine ‘No-Nos’ of Patent Licensing Under U.S. Antitrust Law: The First Four ‘No-Nos’ - Supreme Court Grants Cert. in Watson Reverse Payment Settlement Case - 7th Circuit...more

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