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Denmark: ”Construction company pays fine in settlement for bid rigging – first case closed in construction industry cartel”

15. juli 2014

On 14 July 2014, the company N.H. Hansen & Søn (a Danish construction company) entered into a settlement with the Danish Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime for infringing section 6 of the Danish Competition Act.

The infringements concerned 14 cases of bid rigging in which the company exchanged information on prices and other terms. In some cases the company entered into agreements with its competitors on the allocation of calculation costs.

The infringements took place in the period from spring 2006 until summer 2009.

N.H. Hansen & Søn accepted to pay a fine of DKK 2.2 million (€ 293.333) and one person from the management accepted to pay a fine of DKK 25.000 (€ 3.333). The case against another employee is still pending.

After carrying out dawn raids in 2010, the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority notified the police about the infringements later in 2010. Shortly after, the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority assisted the police in searches of a number of companies in the construction industry. Police investigation has since led to charges of 33 companies, all of which are suspected of bid rigging. N.H. Hansen & Søn is the first of the 33 charged companies in the construction industry cartel whose case gets settled.

Last updated: 15. juli 2014