The German Competition Authority publishes note on settlements in national antitrust proceedings

The FCO publishes note on settlements in antitrust proceedings in Germany* On December 23, 2103, the Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) published an explanatory note on settlement proceedings in antitrust cases on its website. Since 2007, the FCO has increasingly terminated cases through settlements, so the note came rather late. Unlike the European Commission, the FCO has entered into settlement agreements without a specific regulatory basis and without any official notice. While the FCO created some degree of transparency on its settlement practice in its annual report 2007/2008 and through publishing summaries of individual cases on its website, it did not publish any official guidelines prior to this expanatory note. Those who expect the note to provide an exhaustive and comprehensive

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Silke Heinz, The German Competition Authority publishes note on settlements in national antitrust proceedings, 23 December 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin Mitigation of fines, Art. N° 62389

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