2017 Global Cartel Enforcement Report

January 2018

Consistent with recent years, global enforcement authorities remained extremely active in 2017, opening many new investigations and advancing others. Despite this activity, fines were significantly lower than in recent years.

Fines totaled $4.2 billion in 2017, about half the $7.8 billion in 2016.

Emerging trends highlighted in the report include:

  • A significant uptick in enforcement directed toward domestic cartels and individual criminal prosecutions
  • Continued scrutiny of the auto parts, financial services, and shipping industries
  • A prioritization by more countries of anti-cartel enforcement, particularly in Asia
  • The expansion of global authorities’ extraterritorial jurisdiction

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