WTO/international trade in India

Dua Associates

Praised as 'one of the best international trade firms in India', Dua Associates acts for Fortune 500 companies on anti-dumping and countervailing duties, offering comprehensive guidance on regulations governing cross-border and multi-jurisdictional trade transactions. With a wealth of experience in managing multi-jurisdictional investigations concerning anti-dumping and other trade-related issues, the practice is led by Shiraz Patodia, based in New Delhi. Supporting the team, Ashish Singh specialises in corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly in the realm of international trade. Meanwhile, Mayank Singhal provides counsel to a diverse clientele including exporters, chambers of associates, importers, and user associations in various trade remedy investigations. Juhi Chawla has experience in appellate and writ proceedings arising from trade investigations, in addition to offering advisory support in commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Shiraz Patodia

Other key lawyers:

Ashish Singh; Mayank Singhal; Juhi Chawla


‘Dua is one of the best international trade firms in India.’ 

‘Dua’s depth of knowledge of antidumping law, their ability to assist in navigating this complex area, and the practical, business-oriented advice they provide has been invaluable to our overall India operations.’

‘The quality of service is compelling.’ 

‘Shiraz Patodia is extremely competent and client-focused. We have also worked extensively with associate Ashish Singh who is very capable.’

‘The antidumping work that Shiraz Patodia and her team have done for us has been uniformly excellent.’ 

Key clients

China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products

Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co., Ltd

Volvo CE India Private Limited

Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd

Wanhua Chemical (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Kempar Energy Pte Ltd

Zhejiang Xintongda Special Steel Manufacturing Co. Ltd

Kodak (China) Graphic Communications Company Limited, Kodak China Investment Co. Ltd. and Kodak India Private Limited

Shinzhen Xinweisai Electronics Co. Ltd. and Yueqing Onbom Electronic Co. Ltd

Sadara Chemical Company, Saudi Arabia

Dow Chemical International Private Limited

China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines and Health Products

Suzhou Tianlu Bio-Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd

Zhongshan Belling Biotechnology Co. Ltd.

China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines

Inner Mongolia Yuan Hong Fine Chemical Co., Ltd

Zhejiang Apeloa Kangyu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd

Zhejiang Medicines and Health Products Import and Export Co., Ltd

Trade Defence Wing – Government of India

Work highlights

  • Represented the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines and Health Products and its members in an anti-dumping investigation concerning exports of ‘Ofloxacin and its intermediates’ from China PR.
  • Represented Henan Ancai Group in anti-dumping investigation sunset review concerning imports of Textured Tempered Glass from China PR.
  • Represented Zhejiang Guobang Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd before the DGTR in anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of ‘ATS-8’ from China PR.

Economic Laws Practice

Economic Laws Practice houses a ‘strong international trade team’ that supports global companies in evaluating and mitigating risks stemming from potential trade remedial proceedings impacting international exports. With the leadership and experience of Suhail Nathani, the firm offers a comprehensive service in the international trade arena. Sanjay Notani, co-heading the practice in Mumbai, has experience in appellate litigation for obtaining trade remedial relief in anti-dumping, countervailing, and safeguard duty proceedings, both inbound and outbound. Parthsarathi Jha advises on trade remedy investigations, market access, national treatment, and disputes across various sectors, including metals, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, and petrochemicals. Ambarish Sathianathan adds expertise in trade-remedial laws and international trade, while principal associates Akshay Jain, Harika Bakaraju and Naghm Ghei contribute their experience in trade-related issues, encompassing remedial investigations, disputes, and safeguard investigations.

Practice head(s):

Suhail Nathani; Sanjay Notani

Other key lawyers:

Parthsarathi Jha; Ambarish Sathianathan; Akshay Jain; Harika Bakaraju; Naghm Ghei


‘Good experience across team members, from senior lawyers to junior lawyers.’

‘Harika Bakaraju has strong technical skills.’ 

‘Practical and solution-oriented.’ 

Key clients

EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC

Nippon Steel Corporation

Qatar Vinyl Company

JFE Steel Corporation

Kobe Steel Ltd

NIPPON STEEL Stainless Steel Corporation

Daido Steel Co. Ltd

Zeon Corporation

Arlanxeo Emulsion Rubber France S.A.S

AGC Inc.

Tosoh Corporation

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd

Aramco chemicals company

Sumitomo Chemical Asia Pte Ltd

Tokyo Zairyo Ltd

Zeon Asia Pte Ltd

JCB India

Piramal Pharma Limited

PT Energi Sejahtera Mas, Indonesia

Hindustan Unilever Limited

Galaxy Surfactants Limited

Thai Fatty Alcohols Co. Ltd., Thailand

SeAH M & S

TechNova India Pvt. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented a producer from Kuwait in Mono Ethylene Glycol, in an anti-dumping investigation.
  • Represented a producer from Japan of Electrogalvanized Steel in an anti-dumping investigation.
  • Represented a producer from Indonesia and Thailand in Saturated Fatty Alcohol in both anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations.

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co. is noted for its capability in remedy and anti-dumping disputes for both domestic and multinational clients. Leading the practice in New Delhi is Reena Asthana Kahir, who handles high-profile cases involving anti-dumping, countervailing, and safeguard duty laws in India, along with international trade remedial investigations. Gagan Verma advises domestic and international corporations, including Fortune 500 companies, on their India market entry strategies, with recent expansion into international trade remedy laws. Supporting the team, senior associate Shreya Dahiya collaborates closely with Kahir on various international trade matters, including applications for anti-dumping and safeguard duties, as well as preparing exporter questionnaire responses for key clients.

Practice head(s):

Reena Asthana Khair

Other key lawyers:

Gagan Verma; Shreya Dahiya; Vrinda Bagaria; Subham Jaiswal


‘Reena Asthana Khair is an expert on international trade remedy laws.’

‘Kochhar & Co. is a flexible law firm which is always ready to provide tailor-made solutions to its clients in terms of business solutions to complex legal problems.’

‘Reena Asthana Khair commands immense respect amongst the professionals in the international trade sphere.’

Key clients

Jubilant Ingrevia

Real Strips

Reliance Industries Ltd.

Xinyi Energy Smart (Malaysia)

Gujarat Fluorochemicals Ltd.

Indian Jute Mills Association

Granges Aluminium (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Granges Aluminium (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Aurobindo Pharma

Indorama India Private Limited

Chemical and Petrochemical Manufacturer Association

Work highlights

  • Represented Jubilant Ingrevia Limited, in a ground-breaking decision, before the CESTAT and High Court of Delhi against the Central Government’s refusal to impose Anti-dumping Duty.
  • Represented Xinyi Energy Smart (Malaysia) SDN BHD before the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal in a landmark judgment.
  • Representing Real Strips before the Supreme Court in the appeal filed by the Union of India against the decision of the Gujarat High Court, setting aside the Notifications withdrawing countervailing Duty on imports of Hot Rolled and Cold Rolled Stainless Steel Flat Products.

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

The Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan team specialises in trade investigations, including anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, and safeguard inquiries across various sectors like steel, copper, aluminium, and technology. Heading the practice is V. Lakshmikumaran, who is renowned for his expertise in international taxation, transfer pricing, and foreign trade policy. Devinder Bagia takes the lead in managing high-profile cases, successfully representing foreign clients from jurisdictions including Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, the EU, and the US. Moreover, supporting the team, associate partner Ankur Sharma specialises in WTO and trade remedy laws, deftly drafting submissions from investigation to appellate stages; while associate partner Pareesha Gupta brings expertise to trade remedial investigations, handling matters both domestically and cross-border.

Practice head(s):

V. Lakshmikumaran

Other key lawyers:

Devinder Bagia; Ankur Sharma; Pareesha; Aayush Rastogi; Gopakrushna Das; Baratwaj Viswanathan; Jayant Raghu Ra; Arpit Mehra

Key clients

Bergwerff Organic India Private Limited

Jiangsu Wujin Stainless Steel Pipe Group Co., Ltd.

KL-Kepong Oleomos Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia; |FPG Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd., Malaysia & Procter and Gamble International Operations SA Singapore

The Royal Thai Government

Ministry of Commerce, Government of India

Hyosung Group

Mahle Anand Thermal Systems Private Limited

Technova Imaging Systems (P) Ltd.

DSM Nutritional Products Limited, Switzerland

Schenectady International Group

Directorate General of Trade Remedies, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India.

Bahru Stainless SDN BHD



Synchem International Co., Ltd.

DSK Legal

DSK Legal is noted for its expertise in international trade laws, market access, customs challenges, and associated matters. The team offers support to major Indian and foreign manufacturers, exporters, sovereign governments, and industry clients in navigating the intricacies of global trade. Leading this practice from New Delhi is Ashish Chandra, a specialist in WTO dispute resolution, trade remedies, foreign trade policy, and ESG matters. Chandra represents clients in both domestic and multi-jurisdictional trade remedial investigations. Other key contacts in the group include senior associates Anupal Dasgupta, Shrinkhla Gupta, and associate Anushka Agarwal.

Practice head(s):

Ashish Chandra

Other key lawyers:

Anupal Dasgupta; Shrinkhla Gupta; Anushka Agarwal


‘The team responds to customer needs promptly and proactively alert you to relevant developments.’

Key clients

Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Government of the Republic of Korea

POSCO group, Korea RP

DCM Corp., Korea RP

Shin and Kim LLC, Korea RP

Mahindra Susten Pvt. Ltd.

Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA)

LS Metal Vina LLC, Vietnam

Sumitomo Electric Industries Limited, Japan (SEI)

Topline Commodities Pvt. Ltd.

APM Terminals

Elohim And Kenneth Ventures Pvt. Ltd.