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Antitrust and competition in India

AZB & Partners

With bench strength in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, AZB & Partners acts for a roster of prominent clients, such as Google, Uber and Mercedes, in high-profile, cross-border competition matters, with merger control and enforcement work prominent in the group’s workload. The team is led by the trio of Bharat Budholia, who has an impressive track record in handling merger control mandates; Hemangini Dadwal, ‘a thorough and very prompt professional‘; and Ram Kumar Poornachandran, who acts for Indian and international clients in the digital, healthcare, energy and consumer goods sectors. Gaurav Bansal is noted for his strength in handling merger filings, often for clients in the automotive, aviation and telecoms sectors. Samir Gandhi and Nikita Agarwal are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ram Kumar Poornachandran; Bharat Budholia; Hemangini Dadwal

Other key lawyers:

Samir Gandhi; Gaurav Bansal; Nikita Agarwal


‘A wonderful team. Very prompt and understands clients’ needs and requirements well. Gives pragmatic advice in the simplest way possible.’

‘Hemangini Dadwal is fully up-to-date with the latest developments and has a worldwide view.’

‘Very enthusiastic team and most importantly, highly supportive and responsive.’

Key clients

Google LLC

Tata Group


Star India / Disney Broadcasting


Board of Cricket Control in India

Holcim Group

Shell Overseas Investments B.V.

Bain Capital

Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited


Vista Equity Partners and Elliott Investment Management L.P.

Rane Brake Lining

Haldiram Foods


CleanMax Solar

Work highlights

  • Advising Google on abuse of dominance investigations concerning Android TV, Android smartphones and news publishers.
  • Advising Tata Group on the competition law aspects of the merger of Vistara into AIL, the subsequent acquisition of shares in the merged entity and Tata Sons Private Limited, and the acquisition of shares by Singapore Airlines Limited in the merged entity.
  • Representing the Star Group in proceedings before the Supreme Court, Kerala High Court, and the CCI concerning abuse of dominance claims and anti-competitive agreements.

Khaitan & Co LLP

Khaitan & Co LLP stands out for its strength in handling multi-jurisdictional competition law matters, and has a solid track record in acting for private entities, government bodies, leading corporates and large public sector companies. In New Delhi, practice head Manas Kumar Chaudhuri advises on enforcement matters relating to anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance claims, and regularly appears before the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the Supreme Court. Also in New Delhi, Sagardeep Rathi specialises in merger control filings, bid rigging and cartelisation issues. Mumbai-based Anshuman Sakle – who rejoined from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in mid-2022 – assists with merger control cases, abuse of dominance issues, cartel investigations, and the competition law aspects of joint ventures and distribution agreements. Anisha Chand and Pranjal Prateek are key names to note in the Mumbai and New Delhi offices respectively.

Practice head(s):

Manas Kumar Chaudhuri

Other key lawyers:

Anisha Chand; Anshuman Sakle; Sagardeep Rathi; Pranjal Prateek

Key clients

Viterra India Private Limited

Leading Kraft Paper Manufacturers

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

Apollo Tyres Limited

INOX India Private Limited

Axis Bank Limited

Umang Commercial Company Private Limited

JSW Energy Limited

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Oman Investment Corporation

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Led by John Handoll, the team at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co excels in all areas of competition law, including merger control, leniency proceedings, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance claims, and competition compliance matters. Naval Chopra is well versed in advising on complex abuse of dominance claims and merger control proceedings, also key areas of expertise for corporate and competition law expert Shweta Shroff Chopra. Harman Singh Sandhu defends large multi-national clients in high-profile cartel enforcement cases and leniency matters, while Yaman Verma and Rohan Arora are active in abuse of dominance cases. Merger control expert Aparna Mehra is also singled out.

Practice head(s):

John Handoll

Other key lawyers:

Shweta Shroff Chopra; Naval Chopra; Harman Singh Sandhu; Yaman Verma; Rohan Arora; Aparna Mehra


‘The antitrust and competition team comes with expertise, deep knowledge and experience. They are quick to understand the nuances of the industry and are able to give very practical and relevant advice.’

‘Harman has been excellent to work with. He is calm under pressure and able to pre-empt client queries very effectively.’

‘The antitrust and competition practice of SAMCO is devoted to understanding the complexities involved in the business and applying solutions that are tailor-made for clients’ needs. They provide practical advice keeping in mind jurisprudential evolution in India and the trends emerging from mature markets such as the US and the EU.’

‘Naval Chopra is known for his practical approach and out-of-the-box thinking. Harman Singh Sandhu provides an optimal mix of strategic and tactical advice, staying focused on the near-term and long-term objectives.’

‘They have excellent subject knowledge, and are client friendly and focused.’

Key clients

Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited

Bangla Entertainment Private Limited

Asian Paints Limited

UBS Group AG And Credit Suisse Group AG

JK Tyre and Industries Limited

WhatsApp LLC and Meta Platforms Inc.

Facebook India Online Services Private Limited

IndiaIdeas.com Limited

Saudi Aramco

Archroma Operations S.à.r.l

Jai Polypan Private Limited

Blackstone Inc.

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company

Oravel Stays Limited

Apollo Global Management Inc.

Hapag-Lloyd AG

Coal India Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a complaint on Google’s billing and payment system, resulting in the CCI making an order against Google.
  • Acted for Sony Pictures Networks (now Culver Max Entertainment) in the notification to and clearance by the CCI, subject to conditions of the amalgamation of Zee Entertainment with Sony.
  • Defended Asian Paints Limited against abuse of dominance allegations; the CCI passed a favourable order dismissing all allegations.


Under the leadership of Mumbai-based Nisha Kaur Uberoi, Trilegal's team of 'really hard working lawyers' handles the whole spectrum of competition law matters, including merger control, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance claims and compliance. Uberoi regularly acts for global companies, and Gautam Chawla and Rudresh Singh excel in representing domestic and international clients in merger control matters, cartel investigations and other contentious matters. Radhika Seth is very experienced in advising on cartelisation and bid rigging matters. Harshita Parmar and Mumbai-based Mathew George are key practitioners. Aside from George, all named practitioners are based in New Delhi.

Practice head(s):

Nisha Kaur Uberoi

Other key lawyers:

Gautam Chawla; Radhika Seth; Rudresh Singh; Harshita Parmar; Mathew George


‘Deep understanding of the client business.’

‘The Trilegal team is exceptional at handling both merger control and behavioral investigations for platforms markets. Their grasp on competition issues of tech platforms are superb and they understand the nuances around our business very well.’

‘Rudresh Singh is simply outstanding. His command over competition law – specially on issues of digital platforms, algorithms, data and competition law – is phenomenal. More importantly, his understanding of the tech complexity of digital platforms is unparalleled in the Indian market. His availability is next to none – always there to handle complex issues.’

Key clients

Prosus N.V. and PayU Payments Private Limited

Manipal Health Enterprises Private Limited

JM Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited

Apple Inc.

Schneider Electric SE

Temasek Holdings Private Limited

Grasim Industries Limited

Arcelor Mittal

Heineken N.V

UltraTech Cement Limited

Zee Entertainment Enterprise Limited

KKR & Co. Inc.

Edelweiss Group


Bandhan Holdings



Zomato Ltd.

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. Japan

ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Keihin Corporation, Japan

Brookfield Asset Management

Naspers Limited

International Spirits and Wines Association of India

Championship Cricket LLC (owned by Avram Glazer)

Ares SSG Capital Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited


Itochu Corporation

Comcast Corporation

Japanese Industrial Partners

Work highlights

  • Representing UltraTech Cement, Binani Cement and Century Cement in the alleged cement cartel case before the Supreme Court of India.
  • Assisted Prosus N.V. and PayU Payments Private Limited with securing unconditional approval from the CCI concerning a $4.7bn proposed acquisition of IndiaIdeas.com Limited.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas' practice stands out as 'very good in antitrust matters'. The team is very experienced in advising on enforcement and merger control matters in the digital, tech and online retail sectors, with an extensive client roster of large Indian and international companies and emerging start-ups. The Mumbai-based duo Cyril Shroff and Avaantika Kakkar co-head the practice; Kakkar has extensive expertise in handling complex merger filings, abuse of dominance issues and cartel investigations, as well as advising on dawn raids, and she is sought after by companies in the pharmaceuticals, tech, financial services, infrastructure and automobile sectors. Vijay Pratap Singh Chauhan acts on major cartel investigations, bid rigging and abuse of dominance cases. Dhruv Rajain brings experience in handling enforcement and compliance matters, in addition to pre-merger filings, and Kirthi Srinivas advises on leniency applications.

Practice head(s):

Cyril Shroff; Avaantika Kakkar

Other key lawyers:

Vijay Pratap Singh Chauhan; Dhruv Rajain; Kirthi Srinivas; Kaustav Kundu


‘The team has exceptional sector knowledge and in depth understanding of different businesses, which uniquely positions them to deliver a more accurate antitrust analysis. They have developed a rapport with the regulators over the course of multiple engagements and the regulators have developed trust in their judgement.’

‘Our transaction was led by Dhruv Rajain and overseen by Avaantika Kakkar. Both were extremely professional, knowledgeable and thorough. Dhruv Rajain stood out for his attention to detail and regular communication about the process / legal nuance and we believe that his contributions were pivotal for the transaction.’

‘Avaantika has enormous experience in this practice.’

‘Avaantika is well known as a leader in this area. Her team is exceptionally good.’

Key clients

Viacom 18 Media Private Limited, Reliance Projects & Property Management Services Limited



Canada Pension Plan Investment Board


Adani Group

Advent International

Baring Private Equity Asia

DSK Legal

The New Delhi-based competition law practice at DSK Legal stands out for its extensive expertise, often advising on merger control, cartelisation issues, bid-rigging, anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance claims, and compliance matters. The department is led by the tetrad of Abdullah Hussain, who has an excellent track record acting for clients in the manufacturing, aviation, pharmaceuticals, shipping and tech sectors; Kanika Chaudhary Nayar, who has extensive expertise in handling cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases, anti-competitive agreements and merger control filings; Kunal Mehra, a key name for assisting prominent corporates with competition compliance work; and Abhishek Singh Baghel, who is sought after by international clients regarding a range of contentious and non-contentious competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Abdullah Hussain; Kanika Chaudhary Nayar; Kunal Mehra; Abhishek Singh Baghel

Other key lawyers:

Danish Khan


‘Ability to understand the business context and background, and connect with the latest developments in the law.’

‘Easy accessibility and availability.’

‘The team is quick and also very flexible on billing.’

‘Abhishek Singh Baghel is a hands-on partner with extensive knowledge and experience in the area. Always love to work with him.’

‘The DSK team is second to none in navigating complex merger approvals in India.’

‘Kanika Chaudhary Nayar and Abdullah Hussain are standout antitrust practitioners at DSK.’

‘The attorneys at DSK are very knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Kanika Chaudhary Nayar and Abdullah Hussain are outstanding lawyers. ’

Key clients

Tamarai Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Minda Corporation

East India Petroleum Private Limited

IDP Education Ltd, Victoria, Australia

Andhra Pradesh Excise Department and the Andhra Pradesh State Beverages Corporation

Bayer AG

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited

Mahyco Seeds

JSW Paints Private Limited

J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited & JCB India Limited

Quality Care India Limited (“CARE”)

National Investment and Infrastructure Fund

OpenX Technologies Inc.

AlpsAlpineCo. Ltd., Japan

IndiaMart Intermesh Limited

Manash Lifestyle Private Limited ‘Purple’

Producers Guild of India

Planet Holding Limited, UK

Taboola India Pvt. Ltd.

Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi

Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Charitable Trust Hospital, Vasant Kunj, Delhi

Work highlights

  • Represented the Andhra Pradesh Excise Department and the Andhra Pradesh State Beverages Corporation before the CCI in an abuse of dominance case filed by the International Spirits and Wines Association of India.
  • Represented GMR before the CCI and subsequently before the Supreme Court, in abuse of dominance proceedings initiated by Air Works relating to the Hyderabad International Airport.
  • Advising East India Petroleum Private Limited on its compensation claim filed against South Asia LPG Private Limited before the NCLAT.

Economic Laws Practice

Economic Laws Practice has excellent expertise in acting for domestic and international clients in a range of sectors, including tech, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, oil and gas, sports and entertainment, in merger control mandates and enforcement proceedings before the CCI and a range of court levels up to the Supreme Court, which are key areas of strength for managing partner Suhail Nathani and Ravisekhar Nair. Parthasarathi Jha advises tech, pharmaceutical, media and entertainment clients on merger control notifications and competition compliance issues. Abhay Joshi fields extensive experience in handling anti-competitive agreement investigations.

Practice head(s):

Suhail Nathani; Ravisekhar Nair; Parthsarathi Jha; Abhay Joshi


‘The team is very cooperative and transparent in discussing the issues with us as clients. They have very good knowledge and are very punctual.’

‘Parthasarathy Jha is prompt and direct.’

Key clients

National Egg Co-ordination Committee

ETC Agro Processing (India) Private Limited

United Breweries Limite

SKF (India) Limited

Google LLC, Google India Private Limited and Google Ireland Limited

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Geep Industries (India) Private Limited

INOX Leisure Limited

IREL (India) Limited


At JSA Law, the team has ‘up-to-date knowledge on all key competition issues‘. The group handles a wide spectrum of competition law matters, including abuse of dominance claims, cartel investigations, merger filings and contentious antitrust mandates. Practice head Vaibhav Choukse is ‘a strategic advisor‘ with extensive experience in advising on leniency matters and merger control mandates. Ela Bali, who was promoted to partner in April 2023, is ‘insightful with a keen understanding of client needs and gives practical advice‘ on competition compliance issues, dawn raids, and the competition aspects of commercial agreements. Senior associate Aditi Khanna and associate Faiz Siddiqui are singled out for their contributions.

Practice head(s):

Vaibhav Choukse

Other key lawyers:

Ela Bali; Aditi Khanna; Faiz Siddiqui


‘The team is excellent, offering fresh, dynamic and commercial advice.’

‘Vaibhav is insightful with a keen understanding of client needs and gives practical advice, which shows his sensitivity to commercial realities.’

‘There were experienced lawyers at all levels. They really know their stuff, the intricacies of antitrust regulation and how the process actually works. They are also really responsive.’

P&A Law Offices

With an extensive presence across New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, P&A Law Offices is sought after by prominent Indian companies and multinational corporations in the tech, retail, automobile, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, media and entertainment sectors. The competition practice is led by the New Delhi-based tetrad of managing partner Anand Pathak, who provides 'best-in-class, strategic competition law advice'; the 'very well informed and vigorously results-oriented' Shashank Gautam, whose workload includes cartel cases, abuse of dominance and merger control matters; Sreemoyee Deb, who is 'very well connected' and has a solid track record in representing clients in high-profile cases before the CCI and the Competition Appellate Tribunal (CAT); and Anubhuti Mishra, who is well versed in representing e-commerce, steel, manufacturing, automobile and retail companies in competition mandates.

Practice head(s):

Anand Pathak; Shashank Gautam; Sreemoyee Deb; Anubhuti Mishra


‘The team demonstrates strategic thinking.’

‘P&A Law Offices’ team has substantial domestic and international experience, and their responsiveness and creativity allows them to solve complex matters with ease. More importantly, particularly for their competition team, they have extensive knowledge across various jurisdictions and collaborate well with international law firms and clients.’

‘Shashank is a market leader and has an excellent reputation in the competition market. He demonstrates strong knowledge of competition and antitrust issues and is strongly results-oriented. His advice to clients is always practical.’

Anand Pathak never fails to demonstrate his strong subject matter expertise in his competition work. His knowledge and experience is extensive.’

‘Anand Pathak is a very good technical lawyer.’

‘A very sound, competent and hard-working team, who work cohesively.’

‘Anand Pathak is one of the most talented and outstanding lawyers. He is always available to offer guidance and support.’

Key clients

Air Vistara

Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings LLC

Amazon Seller Services Private Limited

Amazon Wholesale India Private Limited

Angul Energy Limited

Carlsberg Asia

Nilesh Patel, Managing Director, Carlsberg India Private Limited

Competition Commission of India

Diageo India

General Motors India Private Limited

GoIbibo India Private Limited

MakeMytrip India Private Limited

Mercedes-Benz India Private Limited

Nissan Motors

Rallis India Limited

Schneider Electric Group

Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited

SPE Films India Private Limited

Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited

Tata Capital Financial Services Limited

Tata Motors Limited

Tata Steel BSL Limited

Tata Steel Europe

Tata Steel Limited

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ) (Ericsson)

TransUnion CIBIL

ITC Limited

Brittania Industries Limited

Air Asia

Jindal Stainless Steel Limited




Work highlights

  • Represented Amazon NV before the CCI in relation to a show cause notice pursuant to a complaint filed by Future Coupons Private Limited.
  • Represented MakeMyTrip Pvt. Ltd in a CCI investigation relating to alleged anti-competitive conduct and abuse of dominance.
  • Representing the managing director of Carlsberg India Private Limited, one of the individuals on whom a penalty was levied in the investigation conducted by the Competition Commission of India against beer manufacturers.

Talwar Thakore & Associates

Talwar Thakore & Associates' practice has solid expertise in handling merger control mandates, often appearing before the CCI. The client roster includes prominent companies in the digital markets and healthcare sectors; in a notable highlight, the firm represented Match in its complaint against Google for anti-competitive conduct in relation to in-app payments. Practice head Sonam Mathur handles the full gamut of competition law issues, including cartel investigations, abuse of dominance allegations, and complex merger control matters. Dinoo Muthappa, who was promoted to the partnership in April 2023, advises domestic and international clients in the financial services, automobiles, consumer goods and media sectors. Managing associate Shubhang Joshi is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Sonam Mathur

Other key lawyers:

Dinoo Muthappa; Shubhang Joshi


‘The team is very energetic and responsive. They constantly keep the client informed and involved.’

‘Very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Match Group

Heraeus Group

Linde plc

HSBC Group

Generali Group






Orix Corporation

American Tower Corporation

The Economist




Work highlights

  • Acting for Match in bringing a claim of alleged anti-competitive conduct against Apple, concerning the policies of the latter’s App Store.
  • Assisted Carrier and Viessmann HoldCo with the competition law aspects of the acquisition of Viessmann Climate Solutions SE and its subsidiaries by Carrier, as well as the acquisition of a minority shareholding in Carrier by Viessmann HoldCo.

Chandhiok & Mahajan, Advocates and Solicitors

Chandhiok & Mahajan, Advocates and Solicitors‘ team has ‘rich experience in competition law‘. The New Delhi-based practice regularly handles merger control issues, leniency matters, cartels and abuse of dominance work, with particular expertise in advising clients in the tech, automobile, media, chemicals and pharmaceutical sectors. Department head Karan Singh Chandhiok has solid experience in acting for high-profile domestic and multinational corporations, such as Google, Intel and Hyundai, in competition matters. Avinash Amarnath is well versed in advising on complex cartel and abuse of dominance investigations and vertical agreements, and Deeksha Manchanda specialises in representing tech, automobile and pharmaceutical clients in a broad range of competition law matters. Lagna Panda is a key name for assisting with enforcement proceedings and internal compliance investigations.

Practice head(s):

Karan Singh Chandhiok

Other key lawyers:

Deeksha Manchanda; Lagna Panda; Avinash Amarnath


‘The competition law team is easy to approach and has in-depth knowledge of Indian and global competition laws.’

‘Karan Chandhiok and Avinash Amarnath have set the bar high in terms of handling antitrust issues.’

Key clients


Intel Corporation


Asianet Digital Network Private Limited


JCB Limited and JCB India Private Limited

UFO Moviez

Hyundai Motor India Limited

Vifor Pharma


Work highlights

  • Defended Google before the CCI in competition litigation relating to its Play Store payments policy and UPI payment app.
  • Representing Intel before the CCI concerning an abuse of dominance allegation filed by an Indian company.
  • Acted for Vifor in an investigation into its licensing practice for one of its drugs, involving allegations of anti-competitive activity and abuse of dominance.

Dentons Link Legal

Aviation work forms the backbone of Dentons Link Legal's practice, and the team has a solid track record for representing clients in litigation and investigations before the CCI. The group is also noted for its strength in assisting healthcare, energy, tech and retail sector clients with cartelisation, vertical agreements and compliance matters. The department is led by the triumvirate of Atul Sharma, Anand Srivastava and Abhishek Sharma, who is well known for appearing before the Supreme Court in competition-related disputes. Ketan Mukhija is a key name in the New Delhi office.

Practice head(s):

Atul Sharma; Anand Srivastava; Abhishek Sharma

Other key lawyers:

Ketan Mukhija

Key clients

SpiceJet Limited

CRCC High-Tech Equipment Corporation Limited

BSN Medical India


Metro Cash & Carry India

VPS Healthcare Private Limited

Vikram Solar Limited


Operating out of New Delhi, the competition practice at IndusLaw regularly advises on merger control matters, anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance, dawn raids, leniency proceedings and compliance issues. Under the joint leadership of founding partner Avimukt Dar and Unnati Agrawal, the group has extensive experience defending companies before the Supreme Court, NCLAT, CCI, Director General and multiple High Courts in India. The team has a solid track record in assisting clients from the e-commerce, tech, telecoms, shipping, automobile, manufacturing, retail and consumer goods sectors. Senior associate Yash Lahoty acts on merger control matters and complex antitrust litigation.

Practice head(s):

Avimukt Dar; Unnati Agrawal

Other key lawyers:

Yash Lahoty


‘The competition law team at IndusLaw is highly skilled and knowledgeable. The team provides excellent guidance and representation to clients. Their proactive approach and attention to detail ensure that clients receive the best possible results.’

‘Unnati Agrawal demonstrates a deep understanding of competition law and provides clear, concise and practical guidance on how to deal with the issues at hand. She is dedicated to achieving favorable outcomes and always went above and beyond to ensure that the clients’ interests were protected.’

Key clients

PhonePe Private Limited

Independent Sugar Corporation Ltd.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Oravel Stays Limited

Prosus Ventures B.V.

Sequoia Capital India Investments

UpGrad Education Private Limited

HDFC Bank Limited

Sapphire Foods Limited

Accel Partners

Penetron India Private Limited

Hindustan Unilever Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised PhonePe India Private Limited on the competition law aspects of its group restructuring.
  • Advised Independent Sugar Corporation Ltd on filing a Green Channel notification to the CCI, subsequently securing unconditional approval for the acquisition of Hindusthan National Glass and Industries Limited.
  • Defending Penetron India Private Limited before the NCLAT against alleged violations of Section 3 of the Competition Act, 2002.

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan's practice is well versed in handling a broad range of competition matters, with a focus on anti-competitive agreements, unilateral conduct issues, abuse of dominance, bid rigging, vertical agreements and cartels. The team has solid expertise in representing clients before the CCI, the NCLAT, the High Courts and the Supreme Court, and regularly acts for companies in the automotive, infrastructure, manufacturing, aviation, e-commerce, energy, real estate and healthcare sectors. New Delhi-based Charanya Lakshmikumaran heads up the practice, in which Neelambera Sandeepan is a practitioner to note.

Practice head(s):

Charanya Lakshmikumaran

Other key lawyers:

Neelambera Sandeepan

Key clients

Honda Siel Cars Ltd.

Plasser India Pvt. Ltd

Indian Corrugated Case Manufacturers’ Association

Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers

Central Warehousing Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented FCBM and its members before the CCI regarding a cartelisation matter.
  • Advised CWC on competition law compliance and clearance matters required for the fulfilment of a transaction.

Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India

Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India's competition law practice, led by the highly regarded practitioner G.R. Bhatia, handles a broad spectrum of antitrust and competition law matters. The team has established strength in handling abuse of dominance issues, cartel investigations, merger control and leniency proceedings, often for clients in the manufacturing, food and drink, infrastructure, biotech, pharmaceuticals, automotive and aviation sectors. Managing associate Arjun Nihal Singh is a star name in the department.

Practice head(s):

G.R. Bhatia

Other key lawyers:

Arjun Nihal Singh

Key clients

Dalmia Cement

NYK Line

Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association

Gujarat Paper Mills Association

Avery Dennison (India) Private Limited

Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Co. Pvt. Ltd.

Biocon Biologics Limited

Food Corporation of India

Hindware Sanitaryware Limited

Jet Airways

Jaiprakash Associates Limited

Yahoo India Private Limited

TR Capital

Work highlights

  • Defended Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association and its office-bearer before the NCLAT.
  • Defended Gujarat Paper Mills Association and 30 kraft paper manufacturers before the CCI.
  • Represented Global Infrastructure Partners before the CCI in a gun-jumping case.

S&R Associates

S&R Associates‘ New Delhi-based practice handles merger control, abuse of dominance claims and cartel investigations for its roster of domestic and international clients. The group is sought after by companies in the telecoms, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and travel sectors, among other areas. Simran Dhir heads up the department and regularly advises on the competition law aspects of domestic and cross-border transactions, often engaging with the CCI. Counsel Akshat Kulshrestha is very experienced in handling leniency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Simran Dhir

Other key lawyers:

Akshat Kulshrestha


‘The team has shown resilience, patience and never takes their eye off the ball in complicated merger discussions with the authorities. They will support you 100%.’

‘Knowledgeable, prompt, detailed, comprehensive.’

‘The team provides detailed and comprehensive advice.’

Key clients

Aéroports de Paris S.A.

ArcelorMittal S.A.

Embassy Property Developments Private Limited / Embassy Office Parks REIT

Firmenich International SA

Vodafone Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Aéroports de Paris S.A. in obtaining the CCI’s approval for the merger of GMR Airports Infrastructure Limited with GMR Airports Limited.
  • Advised Firmenich, Koninklijke DSM and Danube AG on obtaining approval for the merger between DSM and Firmenich to form DSM-Firmenich AG.

Samvad Partners

New Delhi-based Arjun Krishnan heads up the practice at Samvad Partners, and leverages his extensive expertise in competition law and litigation to act for clients before the CCI, the NCLAT, the High Courts and the Supreme Court. Key sector strengths for the team include manufacturing, tech, aviation, automobile and construction. In Mumbai, Vineetha MG is sought after by domestic and multinational entities regarding merger control regulations and advising on abuse of dominance cases.

Practice head(s):

Arjun Krishnan

Other key lawyers:

Vineetha MG; Kavita Jitani; Ankur Singh

Key clients

Competition Commission of India

Work highlights

  • Handled a number of appeals before the NCLAT to uphold liability on a cartel of cylinder manufacturers.
  • Advised a prominent contract manufacturing company on obtaining competition law approvals for an investment of $75m by a global investment fund.
  • Represented the CCI before the Bombay High Court concerning a challenge to its investigation into allegations of anti-competitive conduct by debenture trustees.

Saraf and Partners

With established strength in handling merger control matters before the CCI, Saraf and Partners‘ broad competition law expertise also includes matters involving cartels, abuse of dominance allegations, leniency applications and compliance work. The team's client base includes manufacturing, financial services, automotive, retail, telecoma, e-commerce, aviation and healthcare companies. Firm founder Mohit Saraf and Akshayy Nanda co-head the practice from New Delhi, drawing on decades of combined experience in the field to assist with a range of competition law matters. Neha Mishra, who joined from Gaggar & Partners in June 2022, often represents clients before the CCI, the High Courts and the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Mohit Saraf; Akshayy Nanda

Other key lawyers:

Neha Mishra

Key clients


Bank of Baroda

AGI Greenpac Limited

Competition Commission of India

Batra Hospital and Medical Research Centre

Play Games 24×7

Info Edge India Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Viatris on obtaining approval from the CCI regarding the sale of its global biosimilars business to Biocon Biologics Limited for $3.3bn.
  • Represented AGI Greenpac Limited before the CCI in relation to the acquisition of a 100% stake in Hindusthan National Glass & Industries Limited.
  • Represented the Bank of Baroda before the CCI in relation to the acquisition of a 21% stake in India First Life Insurance Company Limited.