WTO/international trade in India

Economic Laws Practice

At Economic Laws Practice, the group has a strong track record of acting on international trade law matters for Fortune 500 clients and global businesses. The team is jointly overseen by managing partner Suhail Nathani and Sanjay Notani, who remains the name to note for litigation concerning trade remedial measures. As a whole, the team has a strong litigation offering, appearing in disputes before the World Trade Organisation and every level of the judiciary, including the Supreme Court; it also represents clients in investigations. On the export and sanctions side, the group advises on compliance procedures and works with regulatory agencies. Ambarish Sathianathan represents clients in anti-dumping and safeguards investigations and has cross-border experience across the Asia Pacific region.

Practice head(s):

Suhail Nathani ;Sanjay Notani

Testimonials

‘Practical and commercially minded. Understand the client’s requirements.’

‘Sanjay Notani is practical and keeps complicated concepts simple.’

‘A very knowledgeable team working on a wide array of trade matters, both outbound and inbound.’

Sanjay Notani is great at listening to what the client needs and delivering effectively based on those needs. Parthsarathi Jha is very responsive and has notable skills.’

‘The trade team at ELP is a full-service team with significant expertise in Indian trade remedy proceedings. They are result-oriented and understand the challenges industries are confronted with.’

‘Sanjay Notani and Ambarish Sathianathan are particularly recommended. They both have an excellent understanding of trade law, provide practical solutions for clients and are very responsive.’

Key clients

Zeon Corporation

Tata Chemicals Limited

Hindustan Unilever Limited

Arlanxeo Emulsion Rubber France S.A.S.

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) Q.P.J.S.C.

Aramco Chemicals Corporation

Government of India

OQ Chemicals Holding GmbH

Mondi Paper Sales GmbH/Mondi Syktyvkar JSC

Confederation of European Paper Industries

Nippon Steel Stainless Steel Corporation

JFE Steel Corporation

Outokumpu oy

EQUATE Group

Advisory & Compliance (Non-Tariff Barriers, Export Control and Customs related assignments) Octasic Inc

Baker & McKenzie ( Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) – Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Wipro-GE Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.

Reed Smith

VYNOVA Belgium N.V.

Sahara International Petrochemical Company

Armand Products Company

Jiangsu Sanmu Group Co., Ltd

Muntajat India Private Limited/Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat) Q.P.J.S.C.

Saudi Acrylic Monomer Company Limited ( SAMCO )

Formosa Plastics Corporation

Tianjin Dagu Chemical Co., Ltd.

Sasol Middle East FZCO

Hanwha Chemical Corporation

Hindalco Industries Limited

Technova Imaging Systems (P) Ltd

Mowry & Grimson, PLLC

TMI Associates Japan

Nishimura & Asahi

SCG Performance Chemicals Co., Ltd.

Hanwha Chemical Corporation

Tianjin Dagu Chemical Co.,Ltd.

Work highlights

    L&L Partners Law Offices

    L&L Partners Law Offices focuses on complex international trade matters, including big-ticket arbitration proceedings and compliance issues. Practice head H.S. Chandhoke has longstanding experience in traditional litigation as well as in ad-hoc and commercial arbitrations; he also advises clients on international investment treaties and agreements. Another key team member is seasoned litigator Ashish Chandra, who represents clients in trade remedies investigations in India and internationally.

    Practice head(s):

    H.S. Chandhoke

    Other key lawyers:

    Ashish Chandra

    Work highlights

      Advaita Legal

      New Delhi-based Advaita Legal has experience acting in anti-dumping investigations and advising on the imposition of safeguards duties, particularly for clients operating across the solar power sector. The practice is overseen by Sudipa Bhattacharjee and also advises on customs matters, foreign trade policy, and taxation issues.

      Practice head(s):

      Sudipa Bhattacharjee

      Dua Associates

      Dua Associates fields a team of international trade experts who have a strong track record of advising on trade remedies investigations including anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard duty matters. The Delhi-based practice counts several Fortune 500 companies as key clients. Practice head Shiraz Patodia remains a key member of the team and advises various domestic and foreign clients on international trade disputes. Ashish Singh also has expertise in trade remedy investigations, as does principal associate Mayank Singhal.

      Practice head(s):

      Shiraz Patodia

      Other key lawyers:

      Ashish Singh ;Mayank Singhal

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is extremely capable and well versed in the anti-dumping field, which is invaluable as this area of law can be both complex and jurisdiction specific.’

      ‘Shiraz Patodia is our primary anti-dumping lawyer in India. She is an expert in the field and has provided us with practical, business-focused advice and has been instrumental in obtaining excellent results for us over a number of anti-dumping cases.’

      Key clients

      Kodak Group Companies

      Sadara Chemical Company

      Zhejiang Jiuli Hi-Tech Metals Co. Ltd

      Eastman Chemicals, USA

      The Dow Chemical Company Group

      Royal Thailand Government

      Agro Fiber Co., Ltd

      Wisewoods Co. Ltd

      Green Fiber Co., Ltd

      Kruger Inc Canada

      UACJ Foil Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.,

      Varopakorn Public Co., Ltd.

      Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

      Alconix Logistics (Thailand) Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Acted for companies from the Kruger Inc group – namely Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd, Kruger Trois-Rivieres L.P. and Kruger Brompton L.P. – in one of the most contentious anti-dumping investigations before the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), covering imports of newsprint into India.
      • Represented the Sadara Chemical Company and three Dow Chemical group companies in an anti-dumping investigation concerning the import of flexible slab stock polyol into India.
      • Represented the Royal Thai Government, Wisewoods Co. Ltd, Green Fiber Co., Ltd and Agro Fiber Co. Ltd in a countervailing duty/anti-subsidy investigation initiated by the DGTR concerning imports of fibreboards originating in or exported from Thailand.

      Kochhar & Co.

      Widely regarded as a market leader, Reena Khair has bolstered the practice at Kochhar & Co. since her arrival in July 2020 from her own practice to lead the international trade group housed in Delhi. The team has extensive litigation expertise and is frequently instructed by domestic and international companies with subsidiaries in India in disputes over anti-dumping and countervailing duties and investigations. Gagan Verma is also a key contact, advising on corporate issues stemming from international trade remedy laws.

      Practice head(s):

      Reena Khair

      Other key lawyers:

      Gagan Varma

      Key clients

      Gränges Aluminium (Shanghai)

      MG Polyplast Industries

      Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals

      Vedanta

      Stainless Steel Pipes and Tubes Manufacturer

      Jindal Poly Films

      AIA Engineering

      Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals

      Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association

      SI Group

      Work highlights

      • Representing Granges Shanghai, a Swedish company based in China, in an ongoing anti-dumping investigation, wherein extensive submissions have been made on the comparability of the London Metal Exchange with the Shanghai Metal Exchange, to establish that Granges is operating in market economy conditions.
      • Successfully represented SI Group and obtained an order for the imposition/continuation of anti-dumping duties.
      • Successfully defended the duty on the import of melamine from China PR, on behalf of Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemical Ltd.

      Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

      Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan has over two decades of experience in trade remedy matters. Domestic clients and foreign manufacturers, often in the steel, petrochemicals and infrastructure industries, make up the key client roster, including Thailand-based Fine Metal Technologies. Managing partner V Lakshmikumaran heads the practice and advises on international taxation, customs matters and foreign trade policy, as well as trade remedy laws, whilst Chennai-based R Parthasarathy is a key name for trade litigation. The group also handles anti-dumping investigations and enjoys a steady stream of mandates from governmental entities.

      Practice head(s):

      V Lakshmikumaran

      Other key lawyers:

      Parthasarathy R

      Key clients

      Kumho Petrochemical Co. Ltd., South Korea

      Fine Metal Technologies Public Company Limited, Thailand

      Marubeni Thailand Co., Ltd., Thailand

      Furukawa Sangyo Kaisha (Thailand) Ltd., Thailand

      Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene Company, Saudi Arabia

      Joint Stock Company Solikamskbumprom, Russia

      BorsodChem Zrt, Hungary

      Covestro Deutschland AG, Germany

      Jushi Egypt For Fiberglass Industry S.A.E., Egypt

      Zhongce Rubber (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Thailand

      Work highlights

      • Advising Kumho Petrochemical Co. Ltd. in relation to a countervailing duty investigation on imports of styrene butadiene rubber by India.
      • Advising Indorama Polyester Industries Public Company Limited in relation to a sunset review of anti-dumping duty on imports of fully drawn yarn from China and Thailand.
      • Advising Columbus Stainless Pty Ltd. and Acerinox Europa SA in relation to a sunset review of anti-dumping duty on imports of cold-rolled flat products of stainless steel with a width from 600mm to 1250mm and above 1250mm for non-bona fide usage.

      Sarvada Legal

      At Sarvada Legal, the international trade practice group is jointly managed by S Seetharaman and Atul Sharma, and advises clients including governmental agencies on trade policy negotiations and customs matters, in addition to handling contentious matters. The team regularly acts for clients in the IT, software, and steel industries.

      Practice head(s):

      S Seetharaman ; Atul Sharma

      International Trade Law Consultants

      International Trade Law Consultants has experience advising on a variety of non-contentious international trade matters, including commercial agreements, anti-dumping duties, customs matters, and shipping law.

      Work highlights

        SNG & PARTNERS

        SNG & PARTNERS‘ international trade and investment practice has experience spanning over two decades, and is headed by Ajay Monga in New Delhi. The team acts for multinational corporations and large financial institutions, with extensive expertise in domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration concerning international trade contracts. In Mumbai, principal associate Parikshit Desai is a core member of the team.

        Practice head(s):

        Ajay Monga

        Other key lawyers:

        Parikshit Desai

        Key clients

        United Bank Limited, Dubai

        Work highlights

          TPM Solicitors & Consultants

          TPM Solicitors & Consultants’ international trade and WTO law group has considerable experience in trade remedies matters and acts for domestic companies in the chemical, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, and machinery sectors. The team is led by A K Gupta and also includes Namrita Raghuwanshi and Divya Nair who have experience in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, and safeguards investigations, and Nihit Gupta who is recommended for advising on free trade agreements, foreign trade policies, and customs issues. Rajesh Sharma is a further name to note for contentious matters.

          Practice head(s):

          A K Gupta