The Antitrust Review of the Americas 2012

US Anti-Cartel Enforcement

In last year’s article, we observed that the global economic crisis could result in an increased number of cartel investigations and prosecutions over the next few years. By putting pressure on corporate profits, recessions increase incentives for competitors to collude. The continuing economic slump, coupled with robust enforcement activities aimed at government contractors and foreign cartels, has created an enforcement environment in which risks for companies and executives are higher than ever.

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