Corporate and commercial | 01 April 2013

Companies that have been involved in an illegal cartel affecting trade in the EU may significantly reduce their exposure to sanctions if they decide to co-operate with the European Commission (the Commission) under its Leniency Notice.1 The first company to co-operate and to satisfy the formal requirements is granted total immunity from fines, while companies that co-operate subsequently may be granted a reduction in the amount of the fine, up to 50%. Given these potential benefits, the leniency program is a powerful tool in encouraging companies to provide the Commission with insider information on cartels. 
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Corporate and commercial | 01 March 2013

The UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) has now published the UK government’s response to a consultation regarding private actions for damages arising from infringements of UK competition law. In this publication, Private Actions in Competition Law: a Consultation on Options for Reform: Government Response1, the government has made a number of proposals that will – if enacted – have a significant impact on the way private enforcement of competition law is litigated in the UK. [Continue Reading]

Dispute resolution | 26 February 2013

The last six months of 2012 saw a number of interesting European competition law developments. In this article we summarise those which appear to us to stand out as raising issues of substance or procedure that will affect the application of competition law in the future. In summarising these key developments, we distinguish between developments in relation to 
non-cartel cases, cartel enforcement and merger control respectively.
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Corporate & Commercial | 01 December 2012

In a recent speech on EU merger control, the European commissioner for competition, Joaquin Almunia, identified two areas where he considered changes were required to the current EU merger control regime. First he highlighted his intention to streamline the merger review system to enable the EU Commission to focus on those cases that:
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Corporate and commercial | 01 November 2012

Customers may often demand that suppliers’ charge prices that are the same as, or lower than, those charged to other customers. For some time, it has been assumed that these arrangements reduce supply chain costs and therefore benefit competition and consumers.

However, this may not always be the case, according to a report (the Report) issued 
in September by the UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT)1 into a broad category of 
‘price relationship agreements’ (PRAs). 
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