In 2017-2018 our experts defended interests of the Client (Group of Companies) - one of the largest contractors in the field of construction, in tender cartel case.
This cartel was the largest in the construction sector identified by the FAS during the entire history of the Federal Antimonopoly Service. The case was initiated and reviewed by the FAS on grounds of violation of Art. 11 of The Competition law.
The total amount of cartel "income" (the initial maximum price of tenders) was about 34,000,000,000 rubles (over $500,000,000).
Accordingly, for a given amount of cartel "income" (the initial maximum price of the tender), the penalty for companies committing an offense (having entered into an anti-competitive agreement at the tender), in accordance with Part 2 of Art. 14.32 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation, may be from 3,000,000,000 to 15,000,000,000 rubles (from $50,000,000 to over $250,000,000) for each of the cartel participants.
The Client (all organizations belonging to a group of companies) were completely exempted from administrative responsibility (penalty) for the cartel.