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Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

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Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi

Avaantika Kakkar

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Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

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Competition Law




Avaantika Kakkar is a Partner with Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas’ Mumbai office and heads the Firm’s Competition law practice.

She advises on complex merger filings with the Competition Commission of India (CCI). She was the lead lawyer in the first Phase II merger control case in India (Sun Pharma/Ranbaxy) and also on the first few cases involving remedies/modifications (Hospira/Orchid, ZF Friedrichshafen AG/TRW Automotive). She represented Titan International, Inc., in its plea for mitigation of damages for a late merger filing. Her experience in corporate and securities laws, mergers & acquisitions, private equity and structured finance equips her uniquely for strategic advice on merger control.

Besides advising on joint ventures, Avaantika represents select clients on the enforcement side before the CCI and the Office of the Director General. She provides strategic support on commercial arrangements and compliance issues and was involved with filing the first few leniency applications before the CCI.

She regularly writes on the subject of competition law, speaks at domestic and international seminars, and also delivers guest lectures to training institutes for company secretaries, chartered accountants and law schools. Avaantika spoke at the ABA Spring Meeting 2016 on Global Damages Litigation. She presented developments on anti-corruption laws in India at the United States -India Business Council (USIBC) Legal Services West Coast Conference in San Francisco in (2012) and was a panellist for the USIBC forum entitled 'One Year Later: A Look at the Investment Attitudes in India Post-Elections', Washington DC (2015). She was speaker at the Northwestern University School of Law's Chicago Forum (2013 and 2016). Avaantika has authored a book titled A Perspective on Product Liability Law and Consumer Safety (2006) (ISBN: 81-8159-054-6).

Avaantika is amongst the World’s Leading Competition Lawyers as per The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, is a ranked lawyer in Chambers & Partners, was recognised as GCR’s Top 100 women in Antitrust, 2016 and is a Leading Lawyer (Asia Law).


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Antitrust and competition

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Avaantika Kakkar - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Within: Antitrust and competition

The competition and antitrust practice at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas utilities its 'deep domain knowledge and understanding of India and overseas case law' to advise on a range of issues from enforcement to merger control matters. A team is representing Schott Glass India in abuse of dominance proceeding before the Supreme Court. The group also advised Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India in allegations of abuse of dominance before the CCI. It continues to act in an appeal led by the BCCI before the NCLAT, challenging the decision. Bharat Budholia led representation of Flipkart in several matters including on investment from Tencent and eBay requiring separate merger control notifications. The 'creative thinker' Avaantika Kakkar joined from Khaitan & Co LLP and heads up the team which also includes Rahul Goel and Anshuman Sakle. Percival Billimoria has left the firm and is now counsel.

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