Competition law enforcement, cartels and dawn raids
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is bringing more aggressive enforcement cases, seeking (and getting) more severe penalties, and working with overseas regulators on global cases, including criminal prosecution for cartels.
As the go-to legal advisers for managing high-profile international and Australian cartel investigations and associated litigation, we have acted on search warrants for suspected cartel conduct, many of the major leniency applications with the ACCC (including the Australian aspects of international cartels) and statutory notices investigating suspected breaches of the competition and consumer laws.
We also act for companies in defence of contested proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia brought by the ACCC seeking civil penalties for cartel conduct. We have significant experience with navigating the complexities of the immunity policies offered by the ACCC and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
We have advising both international and Australian businesses and executives in relation to cartel investigations and prosecutions instigated by regulators, including the ACCC, US Department of Justice and the European Commission.
We draw on our insights and industry knowledge to formulate remedial steps and strategies for engagement with regulators to achieve the optimal outcome.
Relationships that matter
The team's experience spans a range of industries including pharmaceuticals and healthcare, patent settlements, automotive components, marine hose, financial services, shipping, copy paper, power cables, LPG gas, manufacturing, and airfreight.
We are also at the forefront of developments in cartel-related legislation, and are active members of Australian and international bodies such as the International Cartel Task Force Committee.
Clients use Clayton Utz to "guide them in the choices they are required to make, in particular in responding to action by external regulators."