The Administrative Court of Lazio annuls a €140 million fine imposed by the Italian Competition Authority for a cartel in the reinforcing steel bar and electro-welded mesh markets (Reinforcing Steel Bars / Tondini per Cemento Armato)

On 12 June 2018, the Administrative Court of Lazio (“TAR Lazio”) annulled a 140 million EUR fine imposed in 2017 by the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) to some of the main Italian steel companies. Indeed, the ICA – by Decision of 19 July 2017 (the “Decision”) issued in the proceedings I742 Reinforcing Steel Bars (the “Proceedings”) – ascertained the existence of an alleged collusion among Alfa Acciai S.p.A., Feralpi Siderurgica S.p.A., Ferriera Valsabbia S.p.A., Industrie Riunite Odolesi I.R.O. S.p.A., O.R.I. Martin - Acciaieria e Ferriera di Brescia S.p.A., Stefana S.p.A., Riva Acciaio S.p.A., Ferriere Nord S.p.A. and its parent company Fin.Fer. S.p.A. (the “Steel Companies” or the “Parties”), in breach of Article 101 TFEU. The collusion would have consisted of a coordination of the Steel

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Caterina Migani, The Administrative Court of Lazio annuls a €140 million fine imposed by the Italian Competition Authority for a cartel in the reinforcing steel bar and electro-welded mesh markets (Reinforcing Steel Bars / Tondini per Cemento Armato), 12 juin 2018, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 91378

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