Primerio (Washington)

Andreas Stargard

Primerio (Washington)

Andreas Stargard is a partner at Primerio, based in Washington. 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.

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Andreas Stargard The Kenyan Competition Authority imposes a record $2.3M fine on 9 steel manufacturing companies for their joint role in a price fixing and output-restriction cartel (Devki Steel Mills / Doshi & Hardware / Corrugated Steel / Jumbo Steel Mills / Accurate Steel Mills / Nail and Steel Products...)


CAK imposes highest-ever cartel fine on 9 steel producers* After about a two-year-long investigation, the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) has determined guilt and imposed record fines on nine steel manufacturing companies for their joint role in a price-fixing and output-restriction (...)

Andreas Stargard The South African Competition Tribunal dismisses a cartel complaint in the power cables market, despite settlements by other respondents (Tulisa Cables / Alvern Cables / South Ocean Electric Wire Company / Abedare Cables)


South Africa: Competition Tribunal dismisses cartel complaint despite settlements by other respondents* On 15 January 2019, the South African Competition Tribunal (“Tribunal”) dismissed the Competition Commission’s (“Commission”) cartel complaint against Tulisa Cables. Tulisa Cables was one (...)

Andreas Stargard The COMESA Competition Commission’s second investigation into restrictive vertical distribution ends with a beverage company avoiding a fine after agreeing to eliminate price maintenance clauses (Coca-Cola)


COMESA’S SECOND RESTRICTIVE TRADE PRACTICES INVESTIGATION ENDS INCONCLUSIVELY* Having now concluded two non-merger cases (the first was an exclusivity issue in football broadcasting and sponsorship agreements, see here), the COMESA Competition Commission’s (“CCC”) second investigation into (...)

Andreas Stargard The High Court of Namibia declares unlawful a dawn raid conducted by the National Competition Authority on the basis that there was no grounds for granting the search warrant (Puma Energy)


NAMIBIA: HIGH COURT DECLARES COMPETITION COMMISSION’S SEARCH AND SEIZURE UNLAWFUL* On 9 November 2018, the High Court in Namibia declared a dawn raid conducted by the Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC) in September 2016 to be unlawful. The NaCC raided the premises of PUMA Energy on the (...)

Andreas Stargard The South African Competition Tribunal dismisses a complaint regarding a "non-compete" settlement agreement coming into force before the Competition Act (Nu Metro / Ster-Kinekor)


SOUTH AFRICAN COMPETITION TRIBUNAL FINDS IN FAVOUR OF STER-KINEKOR IN MARKET ALLOCATION CASE* The South African Competition Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) last week dismissed a complaint referred to it by the Competition Commission (“the Commission”) in 2009 which alleged that two rival cinemas, (...)

Andreas Stargard The Competition Authority of Botswana conditionally approves a merger with public interest conditions in the fast food restaurant market (Bradleymore’s Holdings)


COMPETITION AUTHORITY APPROVES KFC FRANCHISE M&A WITH PUBLIC-INTEREST CONDITIONS* On 7 February 2018 the Competition Authority of Botswana (“The Competition Authority”) approved, with conditions, the acquisition by Bradleymore’s Holdings (Pty) Ltd (“Bradleymore’s”), which is incorporated (...)

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


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 Mauritian Competition Authority recommends the imposition of financial penalties and additional remedies on domestic beer suppliers who entered into a market sharing agreement (Phoenix / Stag)


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)


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 a 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 worldwide (Marine Hose)


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” (...)

Andreas Stargard The COMESA Competition Commission clears three mergers in the pharmaceutical, agricultural and postal sectors (Adcock Ingram / CFR Inversiones ; FedEx / Supaswift ; Agri / AFGRI)


COMESA merger stats: January ’14 outperforms first 6 months of 2013* Three merger notifications in one month set new record for COMESA Competition Commission. After commenting on the rather lackluster statistics of the first 11 months A.D. 2013, we observed that some deal-making parties (...)

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)


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 (...)

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)


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 Australian Western 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


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


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 South African Competition Authority receives a complaint against the dominant incumbent mobile operators concerning discriminatory pricing (Cell C / MTN / Vodacom)


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 (...)

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