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How would you describe the current cartel enforcement landscape and prevailing trends in your jurisdiction? Are any new developments anticipated in the next 12 months, including any proposed legislative reforms?

Answer ... While the Federal Cartel Office has always been quite active in the area of public enforcement, private damages actions have become increasingly frequent only in recent years. Following legislative measures to promote private competition law enforcement, today there is considerable activity in the German market of litigation law firms cooperating with process financiers. Several cases are pending before the German courts which involve numerous damages claims bundled by way of assignment to the claimant.

While a proposal by the government for amendments to the Act against Restraints of Competition is expected in the foreseeable future, no proposals materially affecting the current cartel enforcement landscape are anticipated at this stage.

For more information about this answer please contact: Mathias Stöcker from Shearman & Sterling LLP