Norway

The year 2010 was marked by a surge in activity under the leniency programme with the highest number of leniency applications since the programme’s inception in 2004. At the same time, there were no new prohibition decisions in the fields of mergers, restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance from the Norwegian competition authority (NCA) in 2010. The lack of decisions can partly be attributed to a decline in merger and acquisition activity in the wake of the financial crisis, but there are indications of an increase in merger activity in the first months of 2011.