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Cartel sanctions: A time for convergence?

Today there are more than one-hundred countries with competition law regimes; almost all of them proscribe cartels. The increasing number of agencies has presented increased opportunities for inter-agency cooperation, but the increasing number of enforcement participants has also created ground for conflict. The author addresses the question if, with the advent of transnational enforcement, it is time for the competition enforcement community to consider norms.

Globalization has been the most salient feature of competition law enforcement for the past two decades. Today there are more than one-hundred countries with competition law regimes almost all of which proscribe cartels. Unquestionably some of these enforcement agencies do little more than attend international conferences, but many have active enforcement agendas. The increase in the number of agencies has presented increased opportunities for inter-agency cooperation. (Few programs on competition law do not have a session devoted to international agency cooperation.) But the increase in the number of enforcement participants has also created opportunities for conflict. A great many cartels are transnational. Reflecting this fact, a large proportion of cartel investigations are

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  • Brunswick Group (Washington D.C.)

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Terry Calvani, Cartel sanctions: A time for convergence?, December 2011, Concurrences N° 4-2011, Art. N° 38775, www.concurrences.com

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