CHSH Dezső & Partners advised Dömper Kft. and Subterra a.s. in an investigation launched by the Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) in a cartel case concerning an alleged infringement of the prohibition of restrictive agreements regarding the construction of the M4 motorway.

The investigation concerned certain practices by the alleged infringers in the construction of the M4 motorway, because the HCA suspected that the tenderers acted in concert during the relevant public procurement procedure in order to restrict competition.

We advised our clients during the investigation in connection with a large number of procedural actions that also required knowledge of construction and public procurement law. The HCA concluded the investigation without any findings. Our clients greatly benefited from the fact that in addition to the assistance of our competition law group, they could also rely on the advice of our highly experienced public procurement experts. It is important to note that the HCA had to accept our clients’ arguments and conceded that its suspicion was completely unfounded.

“We are pleased that we had the opportunity to assist our clients in the construction industry in the M4 cartel case. It is very important for us that we successfully assisted our clients, who won their contracts in a fair competition, in clearing themselves of the charges brought against them” said Tamás Polauf, the leader of CHSH Dezső & Partners’ competition law group. Márton Kocsis, lead competition expert, and Zoltán Kolodzey, associate, also participated in the procedure.

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