• Ireland Toughens its Competition Law Enforcement
  • October 3, 2011 | Authors: John Paul Gaffney; Suzanne Rab; Jeffrey S. Spigel; Kevin R. Sullivan
  • Law Firms: King & Spalding LLP - Washington Office ; King & Spalding LLP - London Office ; King & Spalding LLP - Washington Office
  • On September 29, 2011, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, published a new competition bill (The Competition (Amendment) Bill 2011). This bill includes measures aimed to further enhance the Irish Competition Authority’s competition law enforcement powers. Among the key changes are an increase in the criminal sanctions for hardcore anticompetitive practices from five to ten years imprisonment, director disqualification and an increase in the maximum amount of fines.