Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Standout, substantial practice with experience covering the full spectrum of Indian competition law and fully equipped to assist domestic and international clients involved in the largest of cross-border transactions or the most complex and sensitive of disputes. Particularly noted for its handling of Phase II merger reviews, abuse of dominance issues and leniency applications, and for its good working relationship with the regulatory authorities. Additionally prized for its breadth of geographic coverage and in-depth strength in personnel. Represents high-profile clients from a variety of business spheres, including the automotive, energy, hi-tech and pharmaceutical sectors.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Aparna Mehra as "very experienced on the merger deal approval front," and stress her "great anticipation of events" and "good understanding of the regulations." She is also noted for her assured handling of complex issues.

Harman Sandhu is singled out by one source as a lawyer whose "ability to do substantive analysis while keeping a hand on the pulse of what the regulator is doing" makes him "a safe pair of hands for merger clearance, without a doubt." Another interviewee also emphasises Sandhu's ability to anticipate the regulator's actions, and notes that "his knowledge of competition law is among the best that I have seen."

Naval Chopra , acclaimed by one source as "an extremely intelligent antitrust lawyer," advises across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious competition issues, maintaining a strong focus on abuse of dominance and merger control issues affecting players in the disruptive industry sector. A client says of him: "He came up with a unique strategy, he made sure we were protected and we are now in a much better position than before."

Practice head Pallavi Shroff 's prominence on the Indian contentious legal scene is particularly sharply defined where competition issues are concerned, one interviewee testifying not only to the fact that she is "a very smart lawyer and very knowledgeable on competition law." The same source appreciates "the comfort of knowing that she's always there when needed" in a strategic capacity. Her recent experience includes service on the Competition Law Review Committee established by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Shweta Shroff Chopra has been practising in the Indian competition law space since its inception, focusing closely on merger control and enforcement issues. She is singled out by interviewees as an "extremely smart" and "incredibly responsive" practitioner, one source further emphasising that "she has a great insight into how the CCI investigates cases and is very helpful in strategising how we respond to requests."