Antitrust Antitrust

Clariant battles effort to strip it of EU settlement in ethylene cartel

By Nicholas Hirst and Lewis Crofts
  • 10 Jan 2022 10:05
  • 10 Jan 2022 10:05
Swiss company Clariant’s appeal against an EU cartel settlement has prompted the European Commission to ask judges to increase a 2020 fine by millions of euros, MLex has learned.
EU antitrust enforcers argue that Clariant should lose the benefit of its settlement in the ethylene cartel after the company appealed the

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Nicholas Hirst

Chief Correspondent

Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.

Lewis Crofts


Lewis leads MLex's editorial strategy, content direction, quality and development. He has a reputation for breaking stories and providing analysis on complex legal disputes before regulators and courts around the globe. He has also developed MLex's unrivalled coverage of competition policy, litigation, regulation, Brexit and international investigations.

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