Mr Harman Singh Sandhu > Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co > New Delhi, India > Lawyer Profile

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
AMARCHAND TOWERS
216 OKHLA INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, PHASE 3
NEW DELHI 110 020
India

Work Department

Competition Law

Position

Mr. Harman Singh Sandhu is a Partner in the Firm’s Competition Law Practice, involved with competition law since its inception in India. 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)), the National Law Appellate Tribunal, the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India). His experience spans a variety of sectors including telecoms, railways, steel, aviation, banking, natural resources (oil, coal, iron ore, etc.), petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals, paper, construction, cement, tyres, mineral processing equipment and fibres.

 His prominent clients include Ballarpur Industries, Trident Industries, ACC Limited, Ambuja Cements, Nutrien Inc, Linde AG., DuPont, Coal India Limited, Bayer/Monsanto, Baring Private Equity Asia, Alstom and Oravel Stays (OYO).

 

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. 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 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.” In 2018, Chambers and Partners recognized Harman as a notable practitioner, 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.” For 2019, Chambers and Partners noted that market sources are “very impressed with his capabilitiesand he “comes up with the best advice” for industry-specific and multi-jurisdictional issues, and “stands out for his assured handling of the competition aspects of large, cross-border transactions.” In 2021, Chambers and Partners recognized Harman as an exceptionally smart lawyer and great strategist” and he has been ranked as a ‘Global Leader‘ and ‘Global Elite Thought Leader’ in the Who’s Who Legal Rankings for Competition Law in 2021.  

 

Career

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.

Languages

English, Hindi

Memberships

Bar Council of India

Education

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.

Lawyer Rankings

India > Antitrust and competition

(Leading individuals)

Harman Singh SandhuShardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

The leading competition group at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co continues to be engaged in ‘cutting-edge work’, housing a team of experts with an impressive client roster including Facebook and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. John Handoll oversees the team, which handles merger control work, investigations and cartel proceedings before the CCI and the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT). Senior partner Shweta Shroff Chopra is the key contact for merger control and cartel cases, whilst enforcement matters are dealt with by Naval Chopra and Manika Brar. Harman Singh Sandhu, who has been engaged in various international transactions, advises on obtaining clearance for multi-jurisdictional mergers. Managing partner and dispute resolution head Pallavi Shroff remains a key practitioner in the team, as does Yamam Verma.