Topic: Leniency

ECN+ has brought influx of leniency applications in Italy, official says

Italy’s Competition Authority has witnessed a surge in leniency applications following the transposition of the ECN+ directive, which is likely due to the introduction of criminal immunity, a commissioner at the agency has said.

22 September 2022

Hong Kong revises leniency policy in bid to stimulate applications

Hong Kong’s antitrust watchdog has opened up the possibility of leniency for individuals who first report a cartel or provide “substantial assistance” in an ongoing case, even if a company has already secured leniency in the same matter.

08 September 2022

Germany’s highest court ends damages claim against enforcer

Germany's highest court has refused to hear agricultural trading company BayWa’s €73 million damages claim against the national competition authority for purportedly breaching its rights by allowing its rivals to avoid cartel fines through leniency.

11 July 2022

German policy adviser supports break-up orders absent antitrust infringement

Germany’s Monopolies Commission has supported proposals to empower the country’s competition authority to break up companies without first finding an infringement of competition law.

05 July 2022

Finnish Supreme Court upholds insulation cartel fines

Finland’s Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the national competition enforcer’s decision to fine two insulation manufacturers for colluding to fix the prices of expanded polystyrene insulation used in buildings.

05 July 2022

CMA official says application numbers not only way to measure success of leniency programme

A senior official at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said the number of leniency applications submitted to an agency is not the only way to measure the success of an enforcer’s leniency programme.

29 June 2022

An interview with Benoît Cœuré

Lawmakers confirmed Benoît Cœuré as the new head of France’s Competition Authority in January, following the sudden and unexpected departure of his predecessor, Isabelle de Silva. In an interview with GCR, Cœuré spoke about accusations of political interference, the need to build bridges with sector regulators and the importance of merger control in preventing excessive market power in digital markets.

24 June 2022

UK sportswear retailers confess to fixing football kit prices

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has accused Rangers Football Club and two sportswear retailers of colluding to fix the prices of Rangers-branded clothing at the expense of football fans.

07 June 2022

Brazil issues multiple cartel fines

The Brazilian antitrust watchdog has doled out cartel penalties totalling €17 million as part of two separate investigations that found companies rigged bids in the markets for polyethylene pipes and medical supplies.

28 April 2022

Peru fines supermarkets for fixing turkey prices over Christmas

Peru’s competition authority has fined four supermarkets and a poultry supplier a combined €4.25 million, after they colluded to fix the price of whole turkeys sold over the Christmas period for seven years.

27 April 2022

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