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Global antitrust fines figures up again in 2013


08 January 2014

International law firm Allen & Overy reports that, across seven major jurisdictions selected for its Global Cartel Enforcement 2013 Year in Review, cartel fines handed down in 2013 totalled EUR3.1 billion (USD4.2 billion).  

A&O found that fewer new global investigations have emerged this year, however fine levels in the seven selected countries have increased by 10.5% in 2013 compared to the previous year. This is due to substantial settlements imposed against the LIBOR and auto parts cartels

The report foreshadows another significant year for cartel enforcement in 2014, with the financial services sector commanding the spotlight once again. It also predicts mounting challenges for authorities and multinational corporations as they seek to coordinate and fairly resolve matters in the increasingly crowded global cartel enforcement environment.

Commenting on the outcome of the research, antitrust partner John Terzaken said: "Matters such as auto parts and LIBOR highlight the problems posed by the regulatory enforcement thicket that now exists in complex global matters. Multiple agencies in different countries are more frequently pursuing and punishing the same basic conduct, but under different laws. Moving forward, authorities need to find a way to coordinate global enforcement matters, to ensure appropriate deterrence without tipping the balance towards over-punishment. Multinational corporations in turn need to maintain a global perspective on cartel liability."

Jurisdiction                                     2012 Fines in USDm (EURm)*                      2013 Fines in USDm (EURm)*
EU                                     USD2274 (EUR1739)                      USD2500 (EUR1900)
US**                                     USD1140 (EUR856)                      USD1020 (EUR756)
Japan                                     USD235 (EUR180)                      USD218.3 (EUR163)
Brazil                                     USD69 (EUR53)                      USD213 (EUR161)
South Africa                                     USD58 (EUR44)                      USD148.6 (EUR113.2)
Australia                                     USD49 (EUR37)                      USD3.2 (EUR2.4)
Canada                                     USD22 (EUR17)                      USD44 (EUR33.4)
TOTAL                                     USD3800 (EUR2900)

                     USD4200 (EUR3100)


*Statistics from selected jurisdictions provided in this table are approximate and reflect fine levels and exchange rates at the time of writing and may not be exhaustive.

**US statistics cover the US fiscal year, which runs from October 1 to September 30. All other countries’ statistics cover the calendar year.

For further information, please contact Margherita Orlandini on +44 (0)20 3088 4196.

Download Global Cartel Enforcement - 2013 Year in Review.




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