German Competition Authority

by Martina Maier and Philipp Werner

Under German law, companies may escape cartel fines by undertaking an internal restructuring.  The German competition authority has indicated a willingness to reallocate such cases to the European Commission, which can impose a fine on the corporate group regardless of any internal restructuring.  Commission officials speaking at a conference

by Philipp Werner and Martina Maier

The German Competition Authority has started a sector inquiry in the food retail sector yesterday and has sent questionnaires to 21 retailers and over 200 producers in the food and beverages industry.

According to the press release (at the moment only available in German at:, the inquiry

by Martina Maier, Philipp Werner, Andrea Hamilton and David Henry

A recent decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union may make it easier for prospective claimants to obtain at least those leniency statements and related materials that are submitted to the national competition authorities of the EU Member States.  Companies

by Martina Maier, Philipp Werner and David Henry

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling of 14 June 2011 followed a case that originated in Germany.  Pfleiderer, a firm in the wood industry, was considering a damages claim against members of a paper cartel.  It sought access to the cartel files held by the