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André Pretorius

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André is a competition lawyer and helps clients across all competition disciplines and sectors.

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Experience

André works with clients on their most exciting transactional opportunities and their most challenging investigations, whether before the UK competition authorities or the European Union institutions. 

He is an exceptionally versatile competition and regulatory lawyer, helping clients on the full range of competition work – transactional, investigations, advisory and disputes.  His extensive experience has seen him work with clients on high profile transactions and investigatory matters as well as complex matters that have not reached the public domain. 

André helps clients in a range of sectors, including consumer goods, financial services and the industrial sector.  

He is a trusted adviser to many of his longstanding clients and he has an acute ability to understand his clients' commercial needs and motivations.  He is a competition lawyer who can relate with equal ease to business executives and other competition specialists – leading to a business-oriented client service.

André helps clients manage competition law risks and engage with (and sometimes challenge) regulators in a wide range of sectors.  In recent years he has built up significant expertise in financial services, the consumer goods sector and the innovative economy.  He also helps clients in the regulated sectors, including telecommunications and post.  Internationally, André's adaptability has seen him work effectively with clients in relation to India, South Africa and other developing jurisdictions.  

André's experience includes advising:

  • Uber Technologies as a third party in respect of the merger between two Sheffield taxi companies
  • United Spirits on the divestment of the Whyte & Mackay whisky business to Emperador pursuant to undertakings-in-lieu given to the CMA by Diageo after the latter's investment in United Spirits
  • Virgin Trains on its successful bid for the Intercity East Coast rail franchise, including notification to the CMA and securing the acceptance of behavioural undertakings in lieu of reference
  • Tata Motors on the merger control and antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Jaguar LandRover from Ford including securing Phase I clearance under the EU MR
  • Reckitt Benckiser on day to day Article 101 and Article 102 competition law issues relating to joint R&D collaboration and innovation projects, distribution arrangements and joint procurement initiatives
  • Premiership Rugby on a potential complaint from a member club, London Welsh, on competition law issues related to the distribution of central revenues