On 15 March 2016, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and the European Commission (Commission) announced their intention to upgrade the current antitrust co-operation agreement between Japan and the European Union. The upgrade will have a number of practical and legal implications for companies involved in international antitrust investigations or considering making leniency applications.

The review is understood to focus primarily on the facilitation of exchanges of information and evidence between the JFTC and the Commission. If the negotiations prove successful, it would be the second time that each of the agencies has entered into a “second generation” co-operation agreement.  The JFTC entered into a second generation co-operation agreement with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in April 2015 and a second generation agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation was signed in May 2013.


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by Martina Maier, Clive Stanbrook, Frank Schoneveld, Wilko van Weert and Philipp Werner

On 14 December 2010, the European Commission published its New Horizontal Guidelines, which provide more detailed information on the assessment of cooperation agreements between actual and potential competitors, in particular concerning information exchange and standardisation, as well as new

McDermott Will & Emery’s International News, Issue 2, 2010, covers a range of legal developments of interest to those operating internationally.  This issue focuses on Antitrust and Competition.

In this issue…