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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.
ACCC proceedings in relation to merger.
ACCC proceedings for misuse of market power and exclusive dealing (first instance).
ACCC proceedings for alleged price fixing (health industry) and DFE proceedings for alleged cartel conduct (transport industry).
ACCC proceedings for contravention of section 50 for the proposed acquisition of Adelaide Brighton (A$867 million).
Advising on product recall and product liability issues.
Informal clearance for acquisition of Weis.
Agreement with Google.
Competition approvals in Australia, Singapore, Japan, China, Taiwan and Vietnam for Jetstar Pan Asia Strategy (A$500 million).
informal clearance for proposed acquisition of Pacific Magazines ($40m).
Informal clearance from ACCC for global search engine deal with Microsoft Corp (US$500 million).
Informal clearance from ACCC for Rio Tinto offer – (iron ore component) (A$66 billion).
informal clearance for proposed acquisition by Nutrien ($450m).
Advising on $700m bid for Downer.
Obtaining ACCC clearance for PepsiCo’s US$3.2 billion acquisition of SodaStream.
Immunity applicant in ACCC cartel proceedings against Colgate, Cussons and Woolworths (A$500 million).
Resolution of ACCC investigation of alleged anti-competitive conduct with other networks and OzTam.
Acting on criminal cartel proceedings
ACCC proceedings in Airlines Terms and Conditions project
Private litigant proceedings for unconscionable conduct.
Advising and acting on all aspects of FMG applications for rail track access under Part IIIA.
Competition advice and strategy.
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.
Advising and implementing product recall.
Listed as a leading lawyer in Competition Law
Listed as a leading lawyer in Regulatory Practice
Ranked as a Band 3 lawyer for Competition and Antitrust
Sar is also noted as "highly intelligent and pragmatic" partner who provides "punchy, matter-of-fact, efficient and clear" advice.
Recommended in Competition and Trade law.
Recognised as one of the world's leading Competition Lawyers
Recommended in Competition and Trade Law.
Winner of Client Choice Award for Competition/Antitrust (Australia) 2017
Who’s Who Legal
Sar is noted as a 'standout performer' in JWS's 'exceptional' team.
Sar is recognised for his 'excellent, commercial approach to problem solving'.
Sar is noted for his ‘great depth of knowledge of the broader matters that drive competition law’.
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."
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."
New competition laws will apply to generators and suppliers of electricity as of 10 June 2020.
A red light from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is not necessarily fatal when it comes to seeking approval for mergers but red light Statement of Issues (SOI) are becoming...
Sar Katdare and Andrew Willekes have prepared an easy to use Q&A on merger control in Australia.