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Private enforcement is a growing trend in competition law, while it is also anticipated that there will be an increase in public procurement cartel cases in Portugal, according to SRS partner Gonçalo Anastácio.
AdC has been ‘extremely aggressive’ with regard to anti-trust enforcement in recent years due, in part, to a determined board that is targeting small businesses as well as large companies
The transposition of the EU Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions has triggered an increase in competition-related litigation, says Roberto Vallina, partner at Roca Junyent.
Competition enforcement in Spain has weakened due to uncertainty surrounding the country’s competition authority, though it has increased significantly in Portugal – meanwhile, the EU directive on antitrust damages will make clients less likely to apply for leniency
The consequences of infringing competition law are becoming more serious, while there is increasing awareness of the possibility of claiming damages for such infringements
Actions for damages related to cartels are a major concern for clients as competition authorities step up the fight against such infringements, says Carlos Vérgez, head of competition at Broseta in Madrid.
Law firms find it difficult to provide conclusive advice to clients due to the many ‘grey areas’ in competition law – however, such rules ensure companies are held to account and stop market abuse
The fines and penalties imposed on companies, their management and their directors for anticompetitive practices are expected to increase so it is vital that companies ensure they are not breaching competition laws, says Ángel Valdés, partner at Lupicinio International Law Firm in Barcelona.