WTO/international trade in India

Advaita Legal

With particular strength in the solar power sector, Advaita Legal handles indirect tax, customs, international trade, transfer pricing and related litigation. The practice also represents clients in anti-dumping investigations and safeguard duty impositions. The department is jointly led by litigator A R Madhav Rao and Sudipta Bhattacharjee, whose areas of expertise encompass foreign trade policy, customs and excise. International trade and tax expert Atul Dua left the firm in 2019 to set up an independent practice.

Practice head(s):

Sudipta Bhattacharjee; AR Madhav Rao

Testimonials

‘Sudipta has a very strong grip on the subject matter. He is on top of all the developments in the industry and provides opinions with great conviction and clarity.’

‘The key strength of the team is its knowledge of international trade.’

Key clients

Shapoorji Pallonji Group

Adyah Solar Energy Private Limited

Renew Power Ventures

Aquafil SPA

Cellular Operator Association of India

India Coke and Power Private Limited

Ayana Renewable Power Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Shapoorji Pallonji Group in relation to a writ petition filed in the Madras High Court challenging the preliminary findings of the DG Safeguard recommending a levy of 70% ad-valorem safeguard duty on solar cells and modules imported into India.
  • Assisted Renew Power Ventures and Shapoorji Pallonji Group with the drafting and filing of written submissions opposing the investigation on the imposition of safeguard duty on the import of solar cells and modules, which included an appearance before the DG Safeguard.
  • Acted for Adyah Solar Energy Private Limited in relation to a writ petition filed in the Madras High Court challenging a notification seeking to impose safeguard duty on the import of solar cells and modules into India.
  • Represented Aquafil SPA before the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping in an anti-dumping investigation concerning the import of nylon filament yarn.
  • Represented Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) before the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping in relation to an anti-dumping investigation on SDH transmission equipment.

Economic Laws Practice

Economic Laws Practice has extensive experience acting in investigations defending the interests of several stakeholders from being adversely impacted by anti-dumping, countervailing and subsidy and safeguard duty measures. Export control regulation, sanctions, customs litigation and the establishment and operation of Free Trade Zones are other areas of expertise for the department. The team is jointly headed by Sanjay Notani, whose specialisms include countervailing and safeguard duty proceedings pertaining to inbound and outbound levy of duties, and managing partner Suhail Nathani, who has over 25 years of experience in the field.

Practice head(s):

Suhail Nathani; Sanjay Notani

Other key lawyers:

Ambarish Sathianathan; Parthsarathi Jha

Testimonials

‘ELP has very good in-house trade lawyers who can handle WTO disputes and other trade related issues. They complete their work on time without compromising on quality.’

‘Parthasarathy Jha is a very intelligent lawyer with a good speaking abilities. He has worked very hard for India’s WTO disputes.’

Key clients

National Aluminium Company Limited, India

Vedanta Limited

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Japan

Tosoh Corporation

Mitsui and Co., Ltd.

Qatar Chemicals and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Co. (Muntajat) Q.J.S.C.

Qatar Vinyl Company Ltd. Q.S.C, Qatar

Tricon Overseas Inc.

Hiranyavarnaam Chemicals & Alkalis PTE Ltd.

ATC Tires Pvt. Ltd.

Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.

B.R. Chemicals Co., Ltd.

East West Corporation

Black Rose Industries Ltd

Soda Sanayii A.S

Hindustan Unilever Limited

Sasol Africa (Pty) Ltd

Sasol Middle East FZCO

C. J. Shah and Company

Oerlikon Business Services GmbH

Government of India

Invista Group

Indian Metallurgical Coke Manufacturers’ Association (IMCOM)

Adani Power Maharashtra Limited and Adani Power Rajasthan Limited

Amazon

Huntsman International (India) Private Limited

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI);  the Sappi Europe Group (which included 7 producers and 1 exporter); PG Paper Company Ltd and All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) before the Directorate General of Trade Remedies in an anti-dumping investigation on imports of coated paper from the EU, China and USA; the firm successfully argued against the levy of duties.
  • Represented two independent importers (opposing levy of duty) of saturated fatty alcohols from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Saudi Arabia; and a producer from Thailand at the DGTR to prove that there was no dumping, injury and causal link.
  • Acted for Sudamericada De Fibras S.A., Peru in an anti-dumping investigation on imports of acrylic fibre and requested the authority to consider recommending ‘no duty’ in its final findings.
  • Represented the exporter (Qatar and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat) / Qatari Private Joint Stock Company (Muntajat Q.P.J.S.C) who was opposing levy of duty) of linear alkyl benzene at the DGTR to ensure that its name had been updated in the customs records and the client did not face any hurdles regarding its customs’ liabilities.
  • Assisting the government of India in a complaint filed against the United States concerning certain subsidies in the renewable energy sector before the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), World Trade Organisation.

L&L Partners Law Offices

WTO jurisprudence and trade remedial law are core areas of activity for L&L Partners Law Offices, which fields a team of specialist lawyers experienced across WTO policy advisory, dispute settlement and trade remedies. The practice group has a strong track record acting for large companies from a range of sectors in anti-dumping investigations. Expert trade litigator H.S. Chandhoke frequently handles safeguard and countervailing duties-related disputes; while Saurabh Tiwari advises on WTO-covered agreements and subsidy regimes. Another key practitioner is Ashish Chandra, who specialises in the WTO regulatory domain, trade remedies and foreign trade policy issues.

Practice head(s):

H.S. Chandhoke; Saurabh Tiwari

Other key lawyers:

Ashish Chandra

Testimonials

‘Luthra & Luthra has an excellent WTO practice, which combines knowledge of substantive WTO law with an excellent understanding of how the Indian Government works. It has a real dedication to excellence.’

‘Ashish Chandra is very knowledgeable about WTO law and is always available to discuss matters.’

Work highlights

  • Retained by the government of India to assist with the compliance of the rulings and recommendations of the Dispute Settlement Body in WTO dispute DS430, concerning India’s requirements with respect to import of poultry and poultry products into India.
  • Representing Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association in an anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of Styrene Butadiene Rubber of 1500 series and 1700 series, originating in or exported from the European Union, Korea RP and Thailand.
  • Representing Hyosung Vietnam Co., Ltd. before the Supreme Court in an appeal challenging the final findings issued by the Directorate General of Trade Remedies in an anti-dumping investigation against the import of elastomeric filament yarn from the China PR, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.
  • Representing the Indian Paint Association before the Directorate General of Trade Remedies in an anti-dumping sunset review investigation against imports of phthalic anhydride from Korea RP, Chinese Taipei and Israel.
  • Acting for REC Solar Pte Ltd. before the Directorate General of Trade Remedies in a safeguard investigation concerning imports of solar cells.

Dua Associates

Dua Associates provides support on anti-dumping matters and WTO issues. Shiraz Patodia heads the international trade and customs practice group and regularly leads advice to the government of India on WTO matters. Other key members of the team include Ashish Singh and managing associate Mayank Singhal.

Practice head(s):

Shiraz Patodia

Other key lawyers:

Ashish Singh; Mayank Singhal

TPM Solicitors & Consultants

TPM Solicitors & Consultants has particular expertise in trade remedy measures, including anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard duty investigations. The team is well equipped to assist Indian manufacturers seeking the imposition of anti-dumping duties against cheap imports, but also has a proven track record of successfully acting for domestic companies in related investigations in multiple jurisdictions. Namrita Raghuwanshi has extensive experience handling matters related to trade remedial law and international trade, while Divya Nair specialises in WTO issues and litigation.

Practice head(s):

A K Gupta

Other key lawyers:

Namrita Raghuwanshi; Aastha Gupta; Divya Nair

Testimonials

‘TPM has a very good analytical and logical approach leading to high success rate.’

‘The team is dedicated and highly knowledgeable.’

International Trade Law Consultants

International Trade Law Consultants handles injunctions, international trade agreements, investments, customs and excise matters, anti-dumping, and import and export issues.