Up to speed: avoiding anti-competitive information exchange — January 2014

This article sets out how you can ensure your company avoids falling foul of the competition rules on exchanging information in its dealings with competitors and other market players.

Cartels set up between rival companies in order to share markets or fix prices often involve the exchange of commercially sensitive information and have always been clearly problematic.

But what we have recently witnessed is a tide of cases examining discrete exchanges of information. Competition authorities have been taking a hard stance, especially where the information exchanged is particularly sensitive…

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