ECDA – concept & members
In 2017, a cooperation of European law firms was initiated in the area of cartel damages claims,
which led to the foundation of the European Cartel Damage Alliance (ECDA) in August 2019,
a registered Association under German law seated in Berlin.
The cooperation of ECDA members is characterized by great mutual trust and is partly based on a long-standing exchange of experience and numerous joint projects between the participating law firms in the field of energy and antitrust law (see also AEEC).
ECDA serves the exchange of experience between its members and the formation of cross-border communities of parties harmed by a cartel / plaintiffs with the aim of increasing the negotiation mass, synergies in the processing of mandates and cost reduction, in particular in the case of assertion of claims or beneficial terms vis-à-vis the litigation funder.
The antitrust lawyers within the network have several years of experience in the field of enforcement of cartel damages claims, starting with the fire trucks cartel (representation of the municipal side), to the rail cartel (representation of public and private companies), specific energy cartels such as the GIS or the power transformers cartel (representation of network operators and industrial companies) and the trucks cartel (representation of the broad spectrum of truck buyers) and currently the high voltage power cables cartel.
Finally, ECDA members have established a cartel radar system, i.e. they observe European cartel proceedings from the investigations to the final (binding) decision in order to inform potentially harmed parties about current developments in due course.
HORTEN/ECDA - AUTUMN BUSINESS MEETING in Copenhagen
Perspectives on competition damages cases
To register please click here.
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés/ECDA SPRING BUSINESS MEETING in Paris
Information about the Farmed Salmon Cartel case: useful preparation for customers; risks and chances of cartel damages claims
Postponed to a later date.
ECDA/FORIS - 1st Competition Day
New developments in the field of private enforcement of competition law and litigation funding for companies in Europe
In view of the Corona virus situation our ECDA/FORIS 1st Competition Day took place online on 26 August 2021 (see agenda). However, the online format did not hinder our excellent speakers to hold passionate speaches about the future of the private enforcement of competition law. The participants have been welcomed by Prof. Hanns-Ferdinand Müller, CEO of the litigation funder FORIS AG and Andreas Christensen, partner at the Danish ECDA member Horten. His colleague, Marie Lovbjerg, senior attorney at Horten, moderated the followin speaches. Prof. Dr. Maik Wolf conveyed in his keynote speech the message, that the succes of atitrust dammage claims will in the future depend even more than in the past on an effective public enforcement of competition law. Nataliia Ivanytska, lawyer from the French ECDA member De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, Dr. Michał Będkowski-Kozioł from the Polish ECDA member Kochanski & Partners and Dr. Holger Hoch, partner counsel from the German ECDA member BBH presented the challenges of the private enforcement of competition law in their respective countries and talked about the benefits for their clients of their mutual cooperation within the network and with the litigation funder FORIS AG. Last but not least, Frederick Iwans, CEO of the FORIS AG, stressed in his closing presentation why litigation funding in cartel damage cases makes sense and which litigation funding cases and strategies are possible. All presentation files are available here:
We thank all speakers and participants for their interesting contributions and questions and are looking forward to our 2nd ECDA/FORIS Competition Day next year, hopefully in person!
ECDA coordinator: Dr. Anna Lesinska-Adamson
Phone +49(0)30 611 28 40-10
European Cartel Damage Alliance e.V. (ECDA)
10179 Berlin / Germany