Andreas Stargard

Primerio
Co-founding member

A co-founding member of Primerio, Andreas is strategic, business, and legal adviser to both companies and individuals. His focus areas include antitrust & competition advice, FCPA counsel, contract litigation & negotiation, global business disputes, cartel work, white-collar crime, IP and distribution issues. Clients commend him for providing quality work product, client focus, and timely, concrete advice that stays on point. A native of Germany, Andreas is fluent in German, French, and English.

Linked authors

Nortons Incorporated
Paul Hastings (Brussels)
French State Council (Paris)
UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) (London)
General Electric (Brussels)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Sheppard Mullin (San Francisco)
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Paris)

Articles

1729 Bulletin

Andreas Stargard The EU Commission releases its revised de minimis notice explaining that agreements having as their object the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the internal market fall outside the scope of the notice

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: Revised EU de minimis notice retains % thresholds, clarifies per se rule* Nothing new: The newly-revised de minimis notice of the European Commission isn’t that novel The revised Notice (after its 1997 and 2001 predecessors) retains the 10% and 15% (...)

Andreas Stargard The Competition Commission of Mauritius recommends the imposition of financial penalties and additional remedies against a market sharing agreement on the domestic market for beer supply (Phoenix / Stag)

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Beer cartels: first fine sought in mauritius leniency matter* Precedential leniency case yields initial fine The Competition Commission of Mauritius (“the Commission”) has recommended fines of approximately €487,000 and €158,000 be imposed on Phoenix Beverages Ltd (PLB) and Stag Beverages, (...)

Andreas Stargard The South African Independent Communications Authority requests investigation into possible restrictive horizontal practices between two broadcasters (SABC / MultiChoice)

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Television antitrust saga continues, MultiChoice in the cross-hairs again* Interest group seeks antitrust investigation in free-to-air channels According to a press release by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the organisation proposed last on 4 April 2014 a (...)

Andreas Stargard The US DoJ announces its successfully litigated extradition on an antitrust charge against a participant in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by rigging bids, fixing prices and allocating market shares for sales of marine hose sold worldwide (Marine Hose)

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From DOJ: First-Ever Pure Antitrust Extradition* In what may well affect African and other international price-fixers going forward, the spectre of U.S. extradition for criminal antitrust charges has been reinforced by the recent successful DOJ extradition request in the “Marine Hose” cartel. (...)

Andreas Stargard The Kenyan Competition Authority receives a complaint pushing for a full hearing in a case of abuse of dominance where the market rival of the applicant tried to negotiate a settlement (Safaricom)

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Airtel Kenya requests probe of Safaricom for abuse of dominance in mobile money transfer market* Mobile payment wars heating up in Kenya Airtel Networks Kenya Limited (“Airtel”) has joined forces with Kenya-based Equity Bank to launch a similar mobile banking product, M-KESHO in July 2014 to (...)

Andreas Stargard The South African Minister of Economic Development intervenes in favour of allowing the implementation of an acquisition in the agricultural sector (AFGRI / AgriGroupe)

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Worrying trends in South African merger control – Government’s abuse of process continues unabated* Secret deals sideline competition authorities In what can only be described as a significant step backwards in ensuring that the more established of the emerging economies enforce the application (...)

Andreas Stargard, John Oxenham The South African Competition Tribunal approves the merger on the market for canned pilchards on the same conditions initially imposed by the Competition Commission (Oceana Group / Foodcorp)

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Commission’s fisheries merger conditions upheld on review by Tribunal* Competition Tribunal confirms Commission’s ruling on Oceana and Foodcorp merger Johannesburg-listed Ocean Group Limited is the largest fishing company in South Africa, whose fishing activities include inter alia the (...)

Andreas Stargard The Western Australian government signs with COMESA a cooperation agreement in the fields of mineral and petroleum resources comprising six thematic areas among which the competition enforcement is not even mentioned

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COMESA and W. Australia now economically linked via MoU* The Western Australian government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with COMESA. Colin Barnett signed the papers yesterday, January 31, 2014. COMESA dutifully posted a news release on its web site, albeit misspelling the W. (...)

Andreas Stargard The Kenyan Communications Commission launches a strategic plan for the ICT sector and discloses its cooperation project with the Competition Authority aiming at ensuring the transparency of all mobile money transfer platforms

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Mobile Telecom and Payments sector getting boost from state in Kenya* According to a release by the Kenyan Communications Commission (CCK), the CCK is cooperating with the country’s Competition Authority (CAK) to enhance the mobile telecoms sector in Kenya. The CCK is aiming for 90% of all (...)

Andreas Stargard The Competition Commission of South Africa receives a complaint against the dominant incumbent mobile operators concerning discriminatory pricing (Cell C / MTN Vodacom)

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South Africa’s mobile operators under attack for discriminatory “on-net” pricing* Cell C (one of South Africa’s top 3 mobile telecommunications providers) has filed a complaint against competitors MTN and Vodacom with the Competition Commission, according to its press statement dated October 9, (...)

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