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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

ECJ Decision in LCD Cartel Case Affirms Potential for Higher Fines to be Imposed on Vertically Integrated Companies

Decision allows Commission to consider sales of products incorporating cartelized goods when calculating cartel fines for a vertically integrated group selling the “transformed product” in Europe. On 9 July 2015, the...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

The European Court of Justice Caps Liability for Acquired Companies’ Cartel Infringements

The ruling caps fines on companies with historic cartel exposure that are acquired by large companies and increases predictability of future antitrust exposure stemming from pre-acquisition conduct. On 4 September...more

CJEU Rules Maximum Cartel Fine Applies Only to Infringing Subsidiary Turnover and Reduces Fine by €17 Million

On 4 September 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that the maximum fine of 10 per cent of turnover imposed on the infringing subsidiary of a non-infringing parent company should be calculated on...more

Criminal Antitrust Fines: Trends and Recent Developments

Over the past ten years, criminal antitrust fines have increased dramatically: they totaled only $107 million in fiscal year (“FY”) 2003, but increased to a high of $1.14 billion in FY-2012 and remained relatively steady at...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

U.S. Senators Debate Toughening Cartel Penalties

On November 14, 2013, members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights heard arguments regarding the effectiveness of current cartel prosecution and...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

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

Antimonopoly Law Considerations and Risk Management in Connection with M&A Transactions - Assessing Competition Risks in...

Introduction: Allocation of antitrust risk is an issue that frequently arises between parties in mergers or acquisitions that raise potential antitrust concerns. • Motivations of the buyer and the seller are the...more

German Federal Cartel Office Levies Administrative Fine Due to Incomplete Merger Notification

The German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has imposed an administrative fine for the submission of incomplete information in a merger notification. The missing information concerned details about shareholdings essential for the...more

Chinese Authorities Fine LCD Cartel Members in NDRC’s First Global Cartel Decision

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has fined six liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturers a total of RMB 353 million (USD 56 million) for their participation in a cartel to fix the price of LCD panels...more

New Competition Regulation in the United Arab Emirates - Considerations for Commercial Practices and Transactions

This briefing identifies the types of practices and transactions in which domestic competition law might be relevant to doing business in the United Arab Emirates (the UAE) in light of the new federal competition law set to...more

Record $1.92 Billion in Fines and Penalties Levied against HSBC

HSBC Holdings, London, and two of its U.S. subsidiaries have been ordered to pay a record $1.92 billion in fines and penalties for anti-money laundering (AML) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) violations....more

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