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Cartels

ICN Cartel Working Group

Website of the ICN Cartel Working Group

DG COMP is one of the leading anti-cartel enforcement agencies in the world and an established key player in the activities of the ICN Cartel Working Group.

The mandate of the ICN Cartel Working Group (CWG) is to address the challenges of anti-cartel enforcement, including the prevention, detection, investigation and punishment of cartel conduct, both domestically and internationally, across the entire range of ICN members with differing levels of experience and resources. At the heart of antitrust enforcement is the battle against hard core cartels directed at price fixing, bid rigging, market allocation and output restriction.

The aim of the international cooperation of antitrust agencies and practitioners is to improve anti-cartel enforcement activities and advance education and information sharing worldwide:

  • The CWG participates actively in the ICN Annual Conferences and organises in autumn every year a Cartel Workshop. In these meetings, public enforcers and representatives from non-government organisations exchange views on the most relevant procedural, legal and practical issues.
  • The CWG holds webinars and produces papers in order to develop good practices and to increase the awareness of new and developing competition agencies concerning the significance of the fight against hard core cartels.

The CWG is currently co-chaired by the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission, the French Competition Authority and the Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) Brazil.

  • Subgroup 1: Legal Framework (‘SG1’) is co-chaired by the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) and the Turkish Competition Authority (TCA).
  • Subgroup 2: Enforcement Techniques (‘SG2’) is co-chaired by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) and the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service of Russia (FAS).

ICN Cartel Working Group - Video


2017 work products

2017 ICN Cartel Workshop Canada

Webinars

List of CWG webinars (2013/14-2018/19)


19th September 2018 - Leniency incentives and disincentives

Moderator: Marisa Tierno Centella, DG COMP

  • Survey on Leniency Applications
    Anne Krenzer, Autorité de la concurrence, France en
  • Leniency and Private Enforcement
    Alden Caribé de Sousa, CADE, Brazil en
  • Leniency Incentives & Disincentives in Canada
    Subrata Bhattacharjee, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada en
  • Leniency Incentives & Disincentives in South-East Asia
    Kala Anandarajah, Rajah & Tann LLP, Singapore en
  • Immunity and Leniency Survey 2018
    Johan Ysewyn, Covington & Burling LLP, Brussels en

Comments: Marc Barennes, General Court, Court of Justice of the EU en


15th November 2017 - Parental liability - part two

Moderator: Christina Hummer, Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Hypothetical / case study en

  • Fines, parental liability, multiple infringements, and ne bis in idem
    Rafael Allendesalazar, Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann Abogados en
  • Parental liability & investment firms, a Dutch perspective
    Jolanda Strijker-Reintjes, ACM competition authority of the Netherlands en
  • Hypothetical / case study
    Zoltán Hegymegi Barakonyi, Grant Murray, Baker & McKenzie UK en
  • Parental Liability
    Daniel Douek, PNM Antitrust, Brazil en
20th September 2017 - Parental liability - part one

Moderator: Gorka Navea, European Commission

  • Parental Liability Under the Brazilian Perspective
    Daniel Andreoli, Joyce Honda, Antitrust Section of the Brazilian Bar Association en
  • The Canadian corporate criminal liability regime
    Guy Pinsonnault, Macmillan en
  • The concept of parental liability in EU law
    Timea Palos, European Commission en
16th November 2016 - Cartel leads / informants: experiences, challenges and difficulties

Moderator: Tetsuji Yokote, Japan Fair Trade Commission

  • Cartel Leads/Informants: Experiences, Challenges and Difficulties
    Michael N. Loterstein, Trial Attorney, Chicago Office, US Department of Justice en
  • Webinar intelligence in a multi-task authority
    Stijn van den Broek, head of unit, Autoriteit Consument & Markt, the Netherlands en
  • The Hungarian informant reward programme
    Ádám Remetei-Filep, case handler, Gazdasági Versenyhivatal, Hungary en
  • Dealing with human sources of information in the CMA
    James Allen, investigator, Competition and Markets Authority, United Kingdom en
14th September 2016 - Disclosure / Discovery

Moderator: Kris Dekeyser, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Discovery and Disclosure in the United States
    Jackie Lem, Trial Attorney, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice en
  • Discovery / disclosure issues in EU cartel enforcement
    Jindrich Kloub, Case handler, DG Competition, European Commission en
  • Disclosure in cartel cases in Canada
    Michael Osborne, partner Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP en
  • Discovery in Brazil: the antitrust administrative proceedings
    Amanda Athayde Linhares Martins Chief of Staff of the General Superintendence (Leniency Office), CADE, Brazil en
  • Disclosure/Discovery in Private Actions – Perspectives & Anticipations from Singapore
    Edmund Lam, deputy director (enforcement), Competition Commission Singapore en
27th January 2016 - Promoting compliance programs for cartel deterrence

Moderator: Hiromi Okada, Japan Fair Trade Commission

  • Motivating businesses to comply with competition law
    Judith Frame, Head of compliance, stakeholder & contacts, Competition and Markets Authority, United Kingdom en
  • Building a culture of compliance to deter infringements
    Anne Riley, Chair of the ICC Task Force on Antitrust Compliance and Advocacy, International Chamber of Commerce en
  • Promoting compliance programs for cartel deterrence
    Andrea Marvan Saltiel, Deputy Director General, Research Directorate Absolute Monopolistic Practices, Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission en
  • JFTC's efforts to secure corporate compliance
    Yukinari Sugiyama, Director, General Affairs Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, Japan Fair Trade Commission en
15th December 2015 - Impact of private enforcement on public anti-cartel enforcement – the perspective of NGAs

Moderator: Assimakis Komninos, White & Case

  • The Interplay between public and private anti-cartel enforcement in Canada
    Linda Plumpton, Partner, Tory’s LLP en
  • The interaction between public and private antitrust enforcement in Russian Federation
    Denis Gavrilov – Ph.D., Counsel, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners en
  • Imbalance between private and public enforcement in Colombia
    Alfonso Miranda Londoño, Partner Esguerra and Gabriel Ibarra, Partner, Ibarra en
  • Calculated risk between the leniency benefits and class actions in Colombia
    Gabriel Ibarra Pardo Esguerra and Gabriel Ibarra, Partner, Ibarra en
  • Impact of private enforcement on public anti-cartel enforcement – the perspective of NGAs
    Christina Hummer, Partner SCWP Schindhelm, Austria en
17th November 2015 - The interplay between private enforcement and leniency policy

Moderator: Kris Dekeyser, DG Competition, European Commission

  • The interplay between private enforcement and leniency policy
    Kate Patchen, Assistant Chief, San Francisco Office, US Department of Justice en
  • The interplay between private enforcement and leniency program in Japan
    Ryohei Takai, Chief of the Leniency Program Unit, Japan Fair Trade Commission en
  • The interplay between private enforcement and leniency policy
    Christoph Schirra, Bundeskartellamt, Germany en
  • The interplay between private enforcement and leniency policy
    Jolling de Pree, Chairman of the Dutch Competition Law Association and Partner of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Dutch Competition Law Association en
15th September 2015 - The interplay of public and private enforcement in terms of cartel sanctioning and deterrence

Moderator: Antonio Capobianco, OECD

  • The interaction between public and private enforcement of EU competition rules
    Helena Penovski, Case Handler, DG Competition, European Commission en
  • Interplay of public and private enforcement – cartel sanctioning and deterrence
    Marc Braithwaite, Assistant Director, Competition & Markets Policy, Competition and Markets Authority, United Kingdom en
  • Interplay of public and private enforcement – cartel sanctioning and deterrence
    Kaori Yamada, Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer en
  • Interplay of Public and Private Enforcement – Cartel Sanctioning and Deterrence – U.S. Legal System
    Mark Krotoski, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius en
  • Interplay between the level of cartel fines and remedies awarded in the context of private enforcement in Russia
    Tatiana Vyazmina, Deputy head of the 4th division of the Anticartel Department, FAS Russia en
10th February 2015 - Different types of sanctions and of sanctioning methods used for deterring international cartels

Moderator: Kris Dekeyser, DG Competition, European Commission

  • European Commission's fining policy
    Dominik Piotrowski, Case-handler, Cartels Directorate, DG Competition en
  • Non-Discretionary Administrative Sanctions under the AMA in Japan
    Takujiro Kono, Senior Investigator, Investigation Bureau, Japan Fair Trade Commission en
  • Sanctioning Antitrust Infringements in Germany – Administrative & Criminal Sanctions for Individuals and Companies
    Peter Stauber, Lawyer, Noerr LLP en
  • The Economic Perspective on Different Sanctioning Methods – Achieving Deterrence & Maximising Consumer Welfare
    Yannis Katsoulacos, Professor and Head of Department, Athens University of Economics and Business en
14th October 2014 - Ex-officio cartel investigations

Moderator: Kris Dekeyser, DG Competition, European Commission

  • CCS’s cartel detection framework and other ex-officio enforcement initiatives
    Harikumar Sukumar Pillay, Deputy Director (Enforcement) Legal & Enforcement, Competition Commission of Singapore en
  • Alternative methods of cartel detection in Canada
    Kristen Pinhey, Competition Law Officer, Criminal Matters Branch, Competition Bureau of Canada en
  • Powers of the Authority to investigate
    Jorge Andrés Pérez Orduz, Advisor, Superintendence of Industry and Commerce of Colombia en
  • The strength of weak signals: ex-officio cartel investigations in the banking sector in Italy
    Rosella Creatini, Deputy Head of the Banking Unit; Renato Ferrandi, International Affairs, Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato en
21st January 2014 - Atypical cartels

Moderators: Juan Pablo Herrera Saavedra, Superintendence of Industry and Commerce – Colombia and Andreas Keidel, European Commission

  • When to seek leniency in “atypical cartel” cases?
    Marc Hansen, Solicitor/Attorney at law at Latham & Watkins LLP en
  • Atypical Cartels: The Use of Shadow Companies in Bid-Rigging Schemes
    Kristen Pinhey, Competition Law Officer at the Competition Bureau of Canada en
  • Atypical Cartels: ‘Hub and Spoke’ Infringements
    Andrew Groves, Sarah Naylor and Neil Maxey from the OFT en

Contact

For questions on the ICN Cartel Working Group, please send your e-mail to COMP-ICN-CARTELS@ec.europa.eu