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Denmark: Demolitions companies and management members pay fines in settlement agreements for bid rigging

22. August 2019

Three demolition companies and three management members have entered into settlement agreements with the Danish State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime for infringing section 6 of the Danish Competition Act.

The settlement agreements can be summarized as follows:

  • G. Tscherning A/S has accepted to pay a fine of DKK 5.900.000 (€ 786.667) for exchanging prices with competitors in 12 cases. The cartel agreements took place in the period between April 2012 and August 2013 in connection with bids on demolition work. Furthermore, a member from the management has accepted to pay a fine of DKK 125.000 (€ 16.667) for the personal share in the infringements.
  • Villy C. Petersen Entreprise A/S has accepted to pay a fine of DKK 400.000 (€ 53.333) for exchanging prices with competitors in four cases. The cartel agreements took place in the period between January 2012 and August 2013 in connection with bids on demolition work. Furthermore, two members of management have accepted to pay fines of DKK 125.000 (€ 16.667) each for their share in the infringements.
  • Brandis A/S has accepted to pay a fine of DKK 100.000 (€ 13.333) for exchanging prices with competitors in four cases. The cartel agreements took place in the period between June 2012 and October 2013 in connection with bids on demolition work.

The cases against three other demolition companies and eight management members have already been settled with fines at the courts (cases against two companies and four management members being under appeal).

The cases are part of a group of cases with several demolition companies. In autumn 2015, the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority conducted inspections at a number of companies in the demolition industry. Based on these inspections and further investigation, the Danish Competition Council decided to hand over the case to the State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime in April 2016. The State Prosecutor investigated the cases and initiated the criminal proceedings.