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Harman Singh Sandhu

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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

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Competition Law


Mr. Harman Singh Sandhu is a Partner in the Firm's Competition Law Practice. Harman has considerable experience in advising Indian and foreign companies in relation to a whole range of competition issues (both on the advisory side and in proceedings before the Competition Commission of India (CCI)) in a variety of sectors including telecoms, railways, steel, aviation, banking, natural resources (oil, coal, iron ore, etc.), pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals, paper, construction, cement, tyres and fibres.

Harman has been involved in defending large multinational companies in high profile cartel enforcement cases including leniency matters in India, in the cement and tyre industries amongst various others. Harman advised on the seminal CCI v. SAIL case, the first case under the Competition Act to be decided by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. He has successfully defended Apollo Tyres in the tyre cartelisation case, Tata Chemicals in the soda ash cartelization matter, Visaka Industries in relation to alleged cartelization in the asbestos sheets sector. More recently, he has acted for ACC (now a LafargeHolcim group company) in the cement cartel case, and for ACC and Ambuja Cement in relation to alleged bid rigging conduct.

Harman has also represented clients in abuse of dominance cases. He has acted for Coal India (a state owned enterprise) on an abuse of dominance allegation in relation to the procurement of explosives, and is currently representing Coal India challenging abuse of dominance findings before the Supreme Court of India and the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal. Harman also represents Nissan Motors and has recently obtained a stay from the Supreme Court on the Order passed by the Competition Appellate Tribunal against Nissan and other car manufacturers. He also acted for Vodafone India in the anti-competitive tie-in case involving the sale of Apple iPhones.

Among his recent advisory work, Harman continues to represent the state-owned oil marketing companies on the important litigation regarding regulatory overlaps between the CCI and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board.

On the merger control side, Harman has played an instrumental role in obtaining CCI approval in respect of the merger of Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group. He has advised and secured unconditional clearances for Nippon Steel Corporation in relation to its proposed merger with Sumitomo Metal Industries, Nestlé’s acquisition of Pfizer’s nutrition business, Mitsui’s acquisition of stake in a pharmaceuticals company in India (the first merger control clearance in the pharmaceuticals sector in India), GSK/Novartis in relation to their multi-step transaction involving vaccines, oncology and OTC businesses. He obtained conditional clearance in the Holcim/Lafarge transaction. Harman has represented Allergan in relation to its proposed transaction with Pfizer, Halliburton in relation to its proposed acquisition of Baker Hughes, United Technologies Corporation in its acquisition of the eco-energy business of Wipro, TDK and, and more recently, Baker Hughes in its merger with General Electric, DuPont in its merger with The Dow Chemical Company and FMC in relation to acquisition of DuPont’s divestment assets in India. More recently, Harman has advised on Agrium’s merger with Potash Corporation, merger between Praxair and Linde and transaction between Alstom and Siemens in relation to their mobility business.

Harman has been acknowledged as a leading lawyer in Global Competition Review's Who's Who Legal of Competition Lawyers since 2011. Harman was described as “fabulous, highly intelligent and someone who provides great inputs on all his matters – I have great respect for him” by Chambers Global Guide 2013. Chambers and Partners 2016 stated, “Harman Sandhu is a rising star in the competition practice, who is widely recognized by peers. One interviewee characterizes him as "a great guy - very intelligent and very hard-working." More recently, in 2018, categorizing Harman as a notable practitioner, Chambers and Partners noted that he has a solid reputation and experience in cartelisation and abuse of dominance matters. Interviewees state that he "stands out as one of the most dynamic lawyers," who is "pragmatic, very effective" and "solution-oriented."

Harman has co-authored leading guides on the law of Dominance and Merger Control in India in the Getting the Deal Through series, which are key global reference materials for these areas of law.


Before joining the firm, Harman worked with the Office of Communications (UK) and the Directorate General of Competition in the European Commission - Cartels Division (Belgium), focusing on competition law issues.


English, Hindi


Bar Council of India


Harman holds an LL.B. from M. D. University and completed his LL.M. in Competition Law from King's College London under the supervision of Professor Richard Whish, a world renowned competition law expert.


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