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Australia sees first-ever guilty plea from an individual to criminal-cartel charges

By Laurel Henning
  • 25 Oct 2021 20:00
  • 07 Nov 2021 23:35
Alkaloids of Australia’s former export manager, Christopher Joyce, has become the first-ever individual to plead guilty to criminal-cartel charges under the country’s 2009 criminal-cartel laws.

In a local Sydney court today, Joyce pleaded guilty to three charges and admitted guilt in respect of seven further offences (see here).

The charges to which Joyce

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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent


Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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