The Firm's Competition law vertical provides cutting-edge assistance to its clients in a diverse array of fields that encompass practice areas dealing with anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance, mergers, and acquisitions, dawn raids, leniency, competition compliance etc.
The Firm's Competition law team is led by a former Additional Director General of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) who has extensive experience with applying the enforcement provisions of the Competition Act, 2002 in diverse array of sectors including aviation, drugs and pharmaceuticals, energy and infrastructure, glass, mining, petroleum, publishing, real estate, sugar, software & hardware, media & entertainment etc.
The Firm has leveraged this ability as a specialist practice in matters that particularly involve the intersection of IP laws and Competition law and has now become a pioneer in competition law litigation in relation to Standard-Essential Patents (SEP) applicable to the exploding mobile handset industry in India, an area that has engaged several competition law jurisdictions across the globe.
The Firm' s competition practice has been considerably strengthened with the recent addition of a former Joint Director - Combination Division (Merger control division) of the CCI who apart from being involved with the framing of the Combination Regulations and the Forms, was a key person in the assessment of over 300 combination notifications.
This unique experience at the CCI including aspects such as M&A review and procedure, attributability of assets and turnover, exemptions from M&A filings, intragroup acquisitions or mergers, ultimate parent entity determination, filing threshold, filing fee, period of suspensive regime, issues related to control, joint venture, local nexus, relevant market, horizontal and vertical merger analysis in terms of unilateral and coordinated effects of merger, prima facie concern of appreciable adverse effect on competition (AAEC) in the Phase I review, issue of show cause notice for detailed Phase II investigation, proposing modification/merger remedies, wherever needed, along with their implementation and related communication with parties in the process, belated filings, gun-jumping or penalty for belated filing, etc. brings immense value to the Firm's clients.