The Egyptian Competition Authority publishes guidelines for obtaining amnesty or leniency from criminal prosecution for antitrust cartel violations

The Egyptian Competition Authority recently published the first Egyptian guidelines on the process for obtaining amnesty or leniency from criminal prosecution for antitrust cartel violations, signaling the agency's intent to activate this tool in future enforcement activities. The guidelines explain the incentives offered to whistleblowers to report suspected violations, including full amnesty for the first witness to come forward. However, the guidelines leave the door open for some potential risk of criminal liability and follow-on private damages, which counsels prudence. The Egyptian Law on Protection of Competition and Prohibition of Monopolistic Practices ("Competition Law"), enacted in 2005, was amended in 2014 to introduce a right to full amnesty for the first whistleblower

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Mark J. Gidley, Tamer Nagy, Ahmad Ashraf, The Egyptian Competition Authority publishes guidelines for obtaining amnesty or leniency from criminal prosecution for antitrust cartel violations, 28 July 2020, e-Competitions July 2020, Art. N° 96154

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