The Australian Federal Court imposes a fines of $1,05m for for engaging in ‘gun jumping’ cartel conduct in a asset sale agreement in the clinical market (Cryosite / Cell Care)

On 13 February 2019 the Federal Court ordered Cryosite Limited to pay $1.05 million in penalties for engaging in ‘gun jumping’ cartel conduct in its asset sale agreement with Cell Care Australia. The modest fine reflected the (relatively small) scale of the business concerned and their cooperation with the ACCC’s investigation. The maximum penalty is up to 10% of annual turnover. We would expect very substantial penalties in the event large firms engaged in similar practices. ‘Gun jumping’ occurs when the merger or acquisition parties combine or coordinate their conduct prior to completion of the transaction and in particular prior to obtaining merger control clearance from the relevant competition authorities. Such behaviour may amount to a cartel (or, following its introduction in

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  • Jones Day (Melbourne)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Sydney)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Sydney)

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Matthew Bull, Liza Carver, Patrick Gay, The Australian Federal Court imposes a fines of $1,05m for for engaging in ‘gun jumping’ cartel conduct in a asset sale agreement in the clinical market (Cryosite / Cell Care), 13 février 2019, e-Competitions February 2019, Art. N° 93543

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