Violations of antitrust law may entail serious consequences for the affected company and its management.
Anticompetitive behavior may, amongst other things, result in high fines and claims for indemnity.
In particular, European and German antitrust law prohibits agreements between companies that effect or even intend the limitation or circumvention of competition.
In this regard, anticompetitive arrangements are made between
- competitors (horizontal) or
- companies and their customers / contractors (vertical).
The mere verbal exchange of information may be interpreted as coordination of behavior.