The value of collaboration in cartel investigations: Grant Chamberlain


It is critical for agencies, domestically, to work with their international counterparts. There is a great international community that can help you around detection, and then secondly, when you are actually investigating.

We say we are experts in investigating, but someone else has a new way of doing things or a different way of doing things and if that helps to break the case, that would be great.

Essentially the first thing is you are not alone. We run them as investigations teams. We have all been there. We have all shared the pain. We know that.

Number two: I would say you will have to compartmentalise and prioritise quite clearly what you are doing today, what you are doing next month. You can always come back and review it. The evidence may change; people might give you a different story. You may reprioritise.

Essentially, the third critical bit is at the end of an investigation you may have started off with 60 theories of harm you may have got it down to ten, you may have got it down to one. I would love it if it is one but things don't work like that.

The one thing that was really interesting from this workshop is that it made me think if, one day, an agency would be doing both corruption and bid rigging, and public procurement, all together under one roof. Because they seem to be the cousins that always meet.

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