16 October 2018
The Israel Antitrust Authority is Hosting the ICN's International Cartel Workshop
The Israel Antitrust Authority (IAA) is proud to hos this year's annual cartel workshop of the ICN, the International Competition Network. The workshop, which is entitled "How to Crack a Cartel Step by Step", will be attended by representatives of competition agencies from around the world, including the Assistant Attorney-General for the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, and the head of Japan's Competition Authority. In addition, Justice Dr. Ofer Grosskopf of Israel's Supreme Court, and the President of the Antitrust Court (ret.) Judge Nava Benor, will participate.
The conference opens today at the Dan hotel in Tel Aviv and will last for three days. The conference will deal with various aspects of dealing with cartels worldwide, including identifying cartels using technological means, the challenges that the age of big data presents for investigative and enforcement agencies, and ways of creating enforcement mechanisms that serve as an effective deterrent.
The ICN (International Competition Network) brings together 120 competition authorities from 106 countries worldwide.
The organization's work is carried out via working parties, which include members from a variety of countries, which promote various professional projects: policy papers, periodic reports, questionnaires and surveys, workshops and seminars, best practices, and more.
The IAA takes an active role in the various projects and in the deliberations of the working parties in which it is a member; these include the working parties on cartels, mergers, advocacy, and monopolies.
In light of the significant activities in the ICN, and the enforcement actions the IAA has taken in the field of cartels, the organization has selected the IAA to host the 2018 cartel conference.
Adv. Michal Halperin, Director General of the IAA: "The Cartel Workshop taking place in Israel, shows the recognition of Israel as a leading country in cartel enforcement. Since its founding, the IAA has placed the fight against cartels and the elimination of cartels at the top of its list of priorities, and has had significant successes in this field. The punishments that were recently handed down in the water meter tender collusion case and in the tree pruning tender cartel case show, that the courts also see cartel violations as serious ones, which require strict enforcement."
Haim Arbiv, Head of the Investigations Department: Israel is one of the world's leaders in criminal enforcement against cartels. The basis of the enforcement in Israel is the idea that an active approach is necessary to uncover cartels. This idea has led to the creation of a skilled apparatus of intelligence gathering and investigations which carries out the mission. Many countries who have recognized the advantages of the Israeli approach have asked to learn about it, and therefore the Director-General has decided to include practical matters in the conference. Alongside the lectures and deliberations, a workshop on search and seizure and interrogation will be held, in which representatives of foreign investigative agencies will be able to practice, with the aim of providing knowledge and mutual benefit.
Assaf Mozes, Deputy Legal Advisor : Hosting the international cartel workshop in Israel is a mark of honor for the IAA, which is a world-leading agency not just in uncovering and investigating cartels, but also in bringing them to court. The litigation team at the IAA is one of the world's most experienced in matters of submitting indictments and managing legal proceedings on proving cases against cartels. Concurrently, Israeli courts have adopted this strict approach to cartels. Thus, recently the Supreme Court ruled in the water meter cartel case that the cartel violation strikes at "the very life breath of the economy" and therefore long incarcerations should be handed down to those who commit these crimes.