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Compliance as an Effective Tool of Competition Enforcement: The French Example

20 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2013  

Bruno Lasserre

Autorité de la Concurrence

Date Written: June 7, 2012

Abstract

The establishment of robust corporate compliance programmes is beneficial to firms individually as well as to the economy as a whole by helping prevent anti-competitive behaviour. Competition authorities worldwide have sought to stimulate such voluntary compliance by issuing detailed guidance but also, under certain circumstances, by incentivizing firms into adopting effective compliance programmes. This contribution considers the different approaches followed by competition authorities, especially with regard to the balance authorities have struck between advocacy and enforcement tools and the way these mutually reinforce each other. Against this backdrop, this contribution further explores the path chosen by the Autorité de la concurrence, built on a reasoned support of compliance as a pillar of enforcement.

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Lasserre, Bruno, Compliance as an Effective Tool of Competition Enforcement: The French Example (June 7, 2012). 19th St.Gallen International Competition Law Forum ICF, June 7th and 8th 2012 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2206326

Bruno Lasserre (Contact Author)

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