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Global antitrust enforcement 2014 mid-year report


24 June 2014

Antitrust authorities on the offensive  

The mid-year trends in global antitrust enforcement paint a daunting picture for businesses currently caught in the crosshairs of a cartel investigation:

– the insatiable appetite of mature regimes for ever-increasing fines continues unabated, with the U.S., EU, Brazil, South Korea, Japan and Australia on pace to surpass their 2013 fine levels, and overall global cartel enforcement totals on pace to hit record levels for 2014

– there is also little end in sight for the growing number of authorities looking to punish international cartel conduct, with new regimes like China, Singapore and Russia joining the long list of authorities seeking to prosecute cartel conduct occurring beyond their borders

– filling a void left by U.S. and EU authorities bent largely on the pursuit of international cartels, regional enforcers in the U.S. and Europe have grown more aggressive

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