The federal government plans to create new corporate penalties and abandon the discretionary principle which has thus far applied in corporate prosecutions. Further, the upper limit of penalties will be significantly increased. At the same time, the government aims to establish legal requirements for internal investigations that provide an incentive for investigation support.
The acquisition of a real estate portfolio, a single real property or a joint development project can give rise to notification obligations under national merger control rules if the relevant turnover thresholds are met. In 2006 the Federal Cartel Office clarified the conditions under which marginal real estate acquisitions may be exempt from the general pre-merger notification obligation.