18 January 2024

Cartels Workshop - An Advanced Seminar on Substantive and Procedural EU Developments


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Thursday 18 January 2024 from 12:00 to 15:30 CET

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Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)

Rue de Loxum 25

1000 Brussels Belgium
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Maria JASPERS | Director - Cartels, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)



The panel will discuss recent EU and key national developments and priorities for the next year from the perspective of the EU Courts, the European Commission, and the NCAs. The panel will address key substantive issues such as parental liability, calculation of fines in purchasing cartel cases, and leniency reductions resulting from non-cooperation, based on recent cases and decisions such as the ethylene purchasing cartel, the styrene monomer case and the metal cans cartel. The panel will also discuss the boundaries between permissible cooperation and cartel-like conduct (in light of the EC’s 2023 Horizontal Guidelines, e.g. in sustainability agreements).

Jorge FERREIRA | Head of the Anti-Cartel Unit, Portuguese Competition Authority, Lisbon (bio)
Fabrice LARGE | Head of Investigations, French Competition Authority, Paris*
Paola NEBBIA | Legal Secretary, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg (bio)
Gregor LANGUS | Vice President, Cornerstone Research, Brussels (bio)
Brigitta RENNER-LOQUENZ | Head of unit, Cartels III, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)

Moderator: Kyriakos FOUNTOUKAKOS | Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Brussels (bio)

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The panel will discuss key procedural developments during the last 12 months. With the pandemic finally being overcome, there is a clear uptick in regulators’ enforcement activities. This raises interesting questions regarding leniency programs, settlement procedure for cartel, investigative powers but also cooperation between regulators.

Juliette ENSER | Senior Director, Cartels, UK Competition and Markets Authority, London (bio)
Tim LAMB | Head of EMEA Competition & Regulatory, META, London*
Christopher MAYOCK | Deputy Head of Unit in the Cartel Directorate, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)
Eliza PETRITSI | Director, Deutsche Bank, London (bio)
Christian RAEPPLE | Senior Director Competition & Antitrust Law, Lufthansa, Frankfurt*

Moderator: Marcel NUYS | Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Düsseldorf (bio)

*To be confirmed

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Hotchpotch I - Substantive Issues

1. European Commission, The EU Commission fines a defence company €1.2M for participating in a cartel concerning the sale of military hand grenades (Diehl / RUAG), 21 September 2023

2. Latvian Competition Authority, The OECD adopts certain recommendations in order to promote fair competition in procurement by reducing the risk of matched bids, facilitating the detection of cartels and promoting the enforcement of anti-cartel legislations in public procurement, 12 September 2023

3. UK Competition Authority, The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds that 5 banks broke competition law by exchanging information on their trading strategies on UK bonds (Citi / Deutsche Bank / HSBC / Morgan Stanley / Royal Bank of Canada), 24 May 2023

4. European Commission, The EU Commission confirms unannounced inspections of some businesses in the fashion sector over concerns that the companies concerned may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices, 18 April 2023

5. European Commission, The EU Commission confirms it undertook dawn raids in the fragrance sector with assistance from the UK Competition Authority, US DoJ and the Swiss Competition Authority, 7 March 2023

6. Annabelle Lepièce, The Belgian Competition Authority adopts a new decision to fine a skincare company for imposing minimum prices and active and passive sales restrictions (Caudalie), 18 January 2023

Hotchpotch II - Procedural Issues

1. New EU horizontal agreements block exemption and Guidelines took effect generally from 1 January 2023. These included, for the first time, specific EU guidance on sustainability agreements, as well as detailed guidance on issues including information exchanges, R&D agreements and joint purchasing arrangements, 10 May 2023

2. Axel de Poncins, Théo Mayer, The EU Court of Justice clarifies the binding effect of national competition authorities’ findings and the burden of proof in private damages claims (Repsol), 20 April 2023

3. Austrian Competition Authority, The Austrian Competition Authority gains new powers to monitor interchange fees, carry out investigations, and impose administrative penalties following the National Council’s adoption of the Interchange Fee Implementation Act, 5 April 2023

4. Marc Barennes, Private action: The Court of Justice of the European Union clarifies the scope of the right to full compensation and the recourse to judicial assessment of damages provided for by the "Damages" Directive (Tráficos Manuel Ferrer), 16 February 2023

5. Charlotte De Meeûs, Julie Geerts, The EU Court of Justice rules that national courts may order the disclosure of evidence in damages proceedings stayed pending a Commission investigation (RegioJet), 12 January 2023

6. Wouter Wils, Regulation 1/2003: An Assessment After Twenty Years, November 2022

7. European Commission, The EU Commission provides guidance on its leniency policy and practice, 25 October 2022

8. The correlation between damages claims and leniency applications (September 2022)


Enforcers: Autorité de la concurrence, Bangladesh Competition Commission, Bundeskartellamt, California Department of Justice, CARICOM Competition Commission (Suriname), Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (Mexico), Competition and Markets Authority, Competition Council (Latvia), Hanseatisches Oberlandesgericht, Hong Kong Competition Commission, Italian Competition Authority, OECD, The General Authority for Competition (Saudi Arabia), US Federal Trade Commission, World Bank, etc ...

Corporations: Air Liquide, Bayer AG, Bloomberg News, British American Tobacco, Credit Agricole CIB, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Federation of German Industries, Fiduciary Automation, Fujitsu, Heathrow Airport, ING Belgium, Kreab, Lagardère, Les Echos-Le Parisien, Mars, Metro, MSC Mediterranean, Nestlé, Novartis, Pfizer, Shell, Siemens Energy, Thalès, TK Elevator, Vodafone, Woodside Energy, etc ...

Lawyers: Allen & Overy, Arnold & Porter, Ashurst, Baker Botts, Baker McKenzie, Barnert Egermann, BDGS, Bird & Bird, Bredin Prat, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Cleary Gottlieb, Clifford Chance, CMS, Covington & Burling, Crowell & Moring, Dechert, Deloitte, Dentons, Distefano Law, Eisenberger & Herzog, EY Law, Fidal, Gibson Dunn, Gleiss Lutz, Havel & Partners, Herbert Smith Freehills, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Kim & Chang, KPMG, Latham & Watkins, Latham Watkins, Linklaters, McDermott Will & Emery, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Racine, Reed Smith, Sheppard Mullin, Skadden, Sorainen, Steptoe & Johnson, Stibbe, Van Bael & Bellis, Vogel & Vogel, White & Case, etc ...

Academics: Cardiff University, Charles University, College of Europe, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Helsinki University, Hertie School, Kagawa University, King’s College London, Ludwig Maximilian University, Maastricht University, Monash Law School, Moscow State University, Queen Mary University of London, Stockholm University, Tokai University, Trinity College, Université de Lyon III, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, University College London, University of Amsterdam, University of Bologna, University of Constantine 1, University of East Anglia, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Glasgow, University of Indonesia, University of Montpellier, University of Nantes, University of Orleans, University of Reading, University of Rennes I, University of the West Indies, University of Toulouse 1 Capitole, University of Vienne, University of Zagreb, etc ...


This fifth edition of the Cartels Workshop will take place in Brussels on Thursday 18 January 2024. The seminar is organised by Concurrences in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills. By registering for this conference, you are submitting your information to the conference organizers, who will use it to communicate with you regarding this event and their other services. This conference will be recorded. The official hashtag of this event on our social media is #Cartels. Use it to get updated and add your inputs to the discussions.


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Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)

Rue de Loxum 25

1000 Brussels Belgium