The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) adopt new leniency procedure in cartel investigations

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This Commentary analyzes China's leniency program for cartel investigations, in the wake of adoption of new rules by the National Development and Reform Commission ("NDRC") and the State Administration of Industry and Commerce ("SAIC"), China's two non-merger antitrust enforcement agencies. [1] The importance of these new rules cannot be overstated. The adoption of leniency programs in other jurisdictions has led to significant increases in cartel enforcement. China is not expected to be different, even if its leniency program still contains (too) many gray areas. Other than one tying case, all published enforcement so far by NDRC appears to have involved cartels. Companies implicated in worldwide cartels and seeking leniency in other jurisdictions now will have to consider whether

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Peter J. Wang, Sébastien J. Evrard, Yizhe Zhang, The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) adopt new leniency procedure in cartel investigations, 31 décembre 2010, e-Competitions January 2011, Art. N° 45121

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