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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 currently acting for an immunity applicant in a criminal cartel investigation and various individuals in a second criminal cartel investigation. He acts for Unilever as immunity applicant in the ACCC cartel prosecution of Colgate-Palmolive, PZ Cussons and Woolworths and is advising Qantas and Jetstar in relation to the ACCC’s Airlines Terms and Conditions Project. Sar obtained ACCC informal clearance for Unilever’s acquisition of Weis and successfully assisted Qantas across a number of jurisdictions in relation to its Jetstar Pan Asia Strategy and its proposed alliance with Emirates. He acted for Yahoo! in obtaining informal clearance for its global search deal with Microsoft and assisted BHP Billiton in its proposed takeover of Rio Tinto in 2008 (iron ore).
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.
Sar is one of Australia’s leading competition and consumer law advisors in the FMCG sector. In 2017, he won the Client Choice Award for best competition/antitrust lawyer in Australia. He is consistently ranked in international directories as one of Australia’s leading competition lawyers for his “great depth of knowledge of the broader matters that drive competition law”, his "technical and oratorical skills, client service and commercial acumen" and his “invaluable solution-focused approach and calm assurance” (Chambers 2012-2019; Legal 500 2012-2019; Best Lawyers Australia 2016-2019). Sar was also recognised as one of the world's leading competition lawyers in the global publication of Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2018 and 2019.
In 2017 Sar published “Recent Trends in Complex ACCC Merger Review Cases”, a first-of-its-kind report of ACCC merger decisions including statistical analyses of prospects of clearance, remedies and timing of decisions.
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).
Competition approvals in Australia, Singapore, EU, US and New Zealand for global partnership with Emirates (A$2-3 billion).
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).
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.
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.
Ranked as a leading lawyer in Competition & 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
Winner of Client Choice Award for Competition/Antitrust (Australia) 2017
Who’s Who Legal
Ranked as a leading Competition lawyer
Recommended in Competition and Trade Law.
Listed as a leading lawyer in Competition Law and Regulatory Practice
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."
We are pleased to share with you the third edition of our report on recent trends
in complex merger review cases by the Australian Competition & Consumer
On 26 February 2019, Rod Sims announced the ACCC’s compliance and enforcement policy for 2019. A summary of the key areas of focus are set out below.
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