Sar Katdare Partner

Meet Sar

Sar has been advising major multinational and ASX listed companies on cartels, mergers and competition and consumer law matters for 20 years.

Sar is the trusted competition law advisor to many major multinational and ASX listed companies on cartels, mergers and day-to-day competition and consumer law matters.  He is regularly recognised as a leading lawyer in Chambers, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers and Client Choice.

Sar has been involved in landmark cartel cases including acting for an immunity applicant in a criminal cartel proceedings and Unilever  in the laundry detergent cartel.  Sar has successfully advised Bauer Media, Ruralco, Unilever, Qantas, Yahoo! and BHP on obtaining informal clearance for significant transactions.

Over the last 20 years, Sar has been involved in a number of landmark competition cases including ACCC v Baxter Healthcare (misuse of market power), ACCC v AMA/Mayne (price fixing), ACCC v Boral (merger) and Pan Pharmaceuticals (product liability).  He also advised BHP Billiton on access applications by Fortescue Metals Group to its Pilbara iron ore railways.

Experience

Landmark competition cases

Metcash

ACCC proceedings in relation to merger.

Baxter Healthcare

ACCC proceedings for misuse of market power and exclusive dealing (first instance).

Mayne Group

ACCC proceedings for alleged price fixing (health industry) and DFE proceedings for alleged cartel conduct (transport industry).

Boral

ACCC proceedings for contravention of section 50 for the proposed acquisition of Adelaide Brighton (A$867 million).

Pan Pharmaceuticals

Advising on product recall and product liability issues.

Mergers & acquisitions

Unilever

Informal clearance for acquisition of Weis.

Yahoo!7

Agreement with Google.

Qantas

Competition approvals in Australia, Singapore, Japan, China, Taiwan and Vietnam for Jetstar Pan Asia Strategy (A$500 million).

Bauer Media

informal clearance for proposed acquisition of Pacific Magazines ($40m).

Yahoo! Inc

Informal clearance from ACCC for global search engine deal with Microsoft Corp (US$500 million).

BHP Billiton

Informal clearance from ACCC for Rio Tinto offer – (iron ore component) (A$66 billion).

Ruralco

informal clearance for proposed acquisition by Nutrien ($450m).

Perenti

Advising on $700m bid for Downer.

PepsiCo

Obtaining ACCC clearance for PepsiCo’s US$3.2 billion acquisition of SodaStream.

Litigation & investigations

Unilever

Immunity applicant in ACCC cartel proceedings against Colgate, Cussons and Woolworths (A$500 million).

Seven Network

Resolution of ACCC investigation of alleged anti-competitive conduct with other networks and OzTam.

Boral

ACCC proceedings for contravention of section 50 for the proposed acquisition of Adelaide Brighton (A$867 million).

Baxter Healthcare

ACCC proceedings for misuse of market power and exclusive dealing (first instance).

Mayne Group

ACCC proceedings for alleged price fixing (health industry) and DFE proceedings for alleged cartel conduct (transport industry).

Money Remittance

Acting on criminal cartel proceedings

Jetstar

ACCC proceedings in Airlines Terms and Conditions project

Ruralco Holdings

Private litigant proceedings for unconscionable conduct.

Access to infrastructure

BHP Billiton

Advising and acting on all aspects of FMG applications for rail track access under Part IIIA.

Flinders Ports

Competition advice and strategy.

Queensland Competition Authority

Competition advice.

Advisory & compliance

Advisory & compliance

Ongoing advice and compliance work on all aspects of competition and consumer law for 3M, Brickworks, David Jones, Flinders Ports, Smith’s Snackfood and Unilever.

Product liability

Wesfarmers

Advising and implementing product recall.

Bunnings

Advising and implementing product recall.

Pan Pharmaceuticals

Advising on product recall and product liability issues.

Recognition

Listed as a leading lawyer in Competition Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2017 - 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Regulatory Practice
Best Lawyers Australia, 2018 - 2020
Ranked as a Band 3 lawyer for Competition and Antitrust
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018-2020
Sar is also noted as "highly intelligent and pragmatic" partner who provides "punchy, matter-of-fact, efficient and clear" advice.
Chambers Asia-Pacific
Recommended in Competition and Trade law.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2019
Recognised as one of the world's leading Competition Lawyers
Who's Who Legal: Competition 2018 - 2019
Recommended in Competition and Trade Law.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Winner of Client Choice Award for Competition/Antitrust (Australia) 2017
Who’s Who Legal
Future Leaders (Competition) 2017
Sar is noted as a 'standout performer' in JWS's 'exceptional' team.
Asia Pacific Legal 500
Sar is recognised for his 'excellent, commercial approach to problem solving'.
Chambers Asia-Pacific
Sar is noted for his ‘great depth of knowledge of the broader matters that drive competition law’.
Asia Pacific Legal 500
Sar Katdare is praised by clients, one of whom explained: "He has a great depth of knowledge, not only of the law, but also of the broader matters that drive competition laws and how the regulator thinks. He also makes himself available and is quick to respond."
Chambers Asia-Pacific
Sar is cited by referees as a particularly accessible, responsive and pragmatic partner who stands out not only for his "good practical understanding of the laws and of ACCC’s application of them," but also as someone who is "prepared to offer advice that highlights the risks but plots a commercial path through the obstacles."
Chambers Asia-Pacific

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons), Flinders University
  • LLM, Deakin University

International experience - submissions

  • Competition Commission Singapore (CCS)
  • Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM)
  • Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC)
  • New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC)
  • Fair Trade Commission (Taiwan)
  • Vietnam Competition Administration Department (VCAD)

Memberships

  • International Bar Association
  • Law Council of Australia
  • Jury Member, Ad Standards

Insights Read more insight

Shock to electricity regulation: changes to competition laws in the energy market

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ACCC red lights not fatal for mergers

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Practical Law Guide: Merger control in Australia

Sar Katdare and Andrew Willekes have prepared an easy to use Q&A on merger control in Australia.

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