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Brussels Regulatory Brief: April

Antitrust and competition - A welcome limitation on the investigatory powers of the Commission when requesting information from companies - On 10 March 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) set aside...more

CJEU Reaffirms Independence of EU and Member States Leniency Programs

The Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) recently issued a seminal preliminary ruling on the relationship between EU leniency programs and the leniency programs of Member States. The CJEU reaffirms that EU and Member State...more

EU Court Affirms Independence of EU and National Leniency Programs

On January 20, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment reaffirming the independence of the cartel immunity and leniency regimes of the EU and member states. The ruling reasserts the obligation of...more

EU and National Leniency Applications Independent Rules ECJ

On the 20 January 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down its ruling on a preliminary reference made by the Italian Council of State on the relationship between EU and national member state leniency applications...more

What Does the Yates Memo Mean for Antitrust Cases?

Just over two months ago, the United States Department of Justice made waves when a memorandum from Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates (the “Yates Memo”) announced an increased focus on individual accountability to...more

The Crown Wraps Up Chocolate Case

Earlier today, the Crown stayed charges against Nestlé Canada Inc. and one of the company’s former executives, in the long-standing prosecution of Canadian chocolate manufacturers under section 45 of the Competition Act. This...more

Parallel Lives: How Brazil and the United States Consider Leniency Agreements and Compliance Programs

In today’s global environment, conduct in one country can potentially violate anti-corruption laws of more than one country. When faced with this possibly debilitating scenario, companies need to understand both the...more

New DOJ Policy Alert: Here's Looking at You, Kid - DOJ Announces Six Specific Steps to Hold Individual "Corporate Wrongdoers"...

Why it matters: On September 9, 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates issued a memo to all DOJ department heads and U.S. Attorneys which detailed the Government's new policy centered on accountability for the...more

Antitrust Division Announces First Guilty Plea in Capacitor Cartel Investigation

The Department of Justice’s far-reaching criminal investigation into the alleged electronic capacitor cartel has borne fruit – NEC Tokin Corporation agreed to plead guilty and pay a $13.8 million criminal fine for conspiring...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 French Competition Authority Updates its Leniency Program

Last month, the French Competition Authority (“the Authority”) updated the “Procedural Notice” for its leniency program. As in the U.S., the French leniency program allows enterprises that report cartel activity and cooperate...more

Cartel Suits Filed Against Capacitor Manufacturers after Reports of Cooperation with Authorities

A pair of putative class actions has been filed in the past two weeks charging Panasonic, Samsung, and other electronics manufacturers with forming a cartel to boost prices in the sagging market for certain electronics...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

Canadian Competition Bureau Updates its Immunity and Leniency Program FAQs

On September 25, 2013, the Canadian Competition Bureau released updated FAQs for its Immunity and Leniency Programs. These two programs, which offer whistleblowers immunity from prosecution and lenient treatment on...more

Criminal Antitrust Enforcement: The Success Of The Leniency Program

With all the attention paid to anti-corruption enforcement and compliance, it always amazes me how successful the Department of Justice criminal antitrust enforcement program has been and will continue to be. Starting in the...more

China’s Renewed Focus on Anti-Corruption Efforts Highlighted by a New Interpretation on Criminal Offense of Paying Bribes

In the three months since the Communist Party of China (the “CPC”) convened its 18th National Congress in November 2012, the CPC’s new leaders, including newly appointed CPC General Secretary and China’s incoming president Xi...more

European Competition Network Revises the Model Leniency Programme

The network of European antitrust regulators, the European Competition Network, has revised its model leniency programme for cartels. Major changes include a broader scope for summary applications when applying for leniency...more

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