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Anti-trust: The perils of public speaking (Apr 2015)

Overview

It is widely understood that secret discussions with competitors about future pricing intentions is a form of price-fixing – hardcore antitrust breach. What is less well known is that public statements about future plans for pricing, production volumes or capacity reductions – e.g. in press releases, interviews, earnings calls and trade conference speeches – can, in certain circumstances, be viewed in the same way.

There have been a number of recent cases, which emphasise the importance for companies to ensure that their media- and investor-relations activities are antitrust–compliant.

Miguel Odriozola, Antitrust Partner in Madrid explains when can unilateral price announcements be in breach of competition law.

Chris Bates describes the broad principles behind the new EU regulations on short selling

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Europe, Merger control, Banks, Healthcare, Life Sciences and Chemicals, Telecoms, Media & Technology (TMT).

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