Sharad Bhansali – Managing Partner, APJ-SLG Law Offices

Sharad Bhansali is an eminent expert on international trade matters with vast experience in trade remedial measures, competition laws, market access and other related issues in India as well as other countries. He is a law graduate from Delhi University and holds a Master degree in Economics from Boston University, USA.He is also an M.B.A. with major in Finance & Marketing from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. Sharad Bhansali is presently the Managing Partner, APJ-SLG Law Offices, a full service commercial practice law firm and advises various corporates, MNCs as well as the Government of India. Prior to his present assignment, Mr. Bhansali worked with the Government of India in various important assignments for twenty years. He is from the 1980 Batch of the Indian Customs & Excise Service. He had the unique distinction of working both as Director (Trade Policy) as well as Director (Anti-dumping) in the Ministry of Commerce. Other assignments included a two year stint as Private Secretary to the Mr. P. Chidambaram, the then Minister of State for Internal Security. Mr. Bhansali has been rated as “an outstanding anti-dumping lawyer” for global practice for the last six consecutive years by eminent legal publishers Chambers & Partners, London. Read More

G.R. Bhatia – Partner – Competition Law Practice, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

Mr. G. R. Bhatia is a Partner and Head of Competition Law Practice Group of Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, a full service law firm. He advises and appears before the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the Competition Appellate Tribunal (CAT) on competition issues. He is Competition Law expert of London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Mr. Bhatia is an Ombudsman in India for competition and anti-corruption laws for Indian jurisdiction of several auto majors of Germany and a Knowledge partner of Japanese MNC for training on competition dimensions to its subsidiary in India. Mr. Bhatia is a Former Additional Director General, CCI and of the erstwhile Monopolies & Restrictive Trade Practices Commission, New Delhi. He underwent extensive training on various dimensions of anti-trust laws with Japanese and Korean Fair Trade Practices Commission. He is a former Registrar of Companies, J & K and Official Liquidator, High Court of Patna. He is also Consulting Editor of Manupatra Competition Law Reports and also a Member of Editorial Board of Chartered Secretary. Government of India nominated him as a Member of Expert Committee to suggest draft of National Competition Policy and the amendments to be made in the Competition Act, 2002. He has been ranked as Lead Anti-trust Counsel in Asia by Chambers & Partners, 2011. Mr. Bhatia has successfully defended recently before the CCI, the exclusive supply arrangement between Steel Authority of Indian and the Indian Railways. Read More

Aditya Bhattacharjea – Professor, Delhi School of Economics

He is Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India teaching postgraduate courses in international trade, industrial organization and Indian economic development. He earlier taught for many years at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and has been a visiting associate professor at Duke University, USA. His research interests include trade policy under imperfect competition, labour market regulation and competition (antitrust) law and policy. His articles have appeared in leading law and economics journals. Professor Bhattacharjea served as a member of the Expert Group on Trade and Competition Policy, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, in 2002-03. From 2005 to 2010, he was a resource person for the Competition Policy and Government Procurement sessions of the annual WTO Regional Trade Policy Courses for the Asia/Pacific region, conducted at Hong Kong University and then at the National University of Singapore. He holds an M.Phil. degree from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. from Boston University. Read More

S. Chakravarthy – Former Spl. Chief Secretary, Govt of AP & Member, MRTP Commission, GoI

Dr. S Chakravarthy is a Civil Servant by profession, having been a Member of the Indian Administrative Service.He is a Masters Degree holder in Mathematics and Statistics having stood First Class First in the University. After joining the Government, he got a Doctorate Degree in Management from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Subsequently he secured a Law Degree from the Delhi University. In addition, he has certificates in Public Administration and Public Enterprises from the University of Manchester, UK and Harvard University, USA. His experience as a Civil Servant in India over 4 decades (1961-2002) has been essentially in the areas of Industries, Commerce, Management of State-Owned Enterprises, Corporate Law Implementation and Competition Law Enforcement. Competition Policy, Industrial Development and Export Promotion have been central to his specialisation. Specifically, this includes formulation and implementation of industrial policies of the Government of India, revival of sick State-Owned Enterprises and adjudicating disputes under corporate and competition laws. Competition Law enforcement and management, International Trade and dealing with WTO issues with a strong emphasis on consumer and public interest have been his focus area in the past decade. Among the top assignments he held were Special Chief Secretary to Government and Member, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission. As Member, Company Law Board and Member, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission, his experience as adjudicating Tribunal is around 10 years. Presently, he is Advisor/Consultant on Competition Policy and Law. He is also a fellow of CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment & Economic Regulation, Jaipur.
*He is also the member of Academic Council, CIRC .
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Manas Chaudhuri – Partner, Competition Law Practice Khaitan and Company

He advises Indian and overseas clients on Competition Law & Policy and related legal/regulatory issues. He has been engaged, while working as Additional Registrar in Competition Commission of India (CCI), in programmes to create public awareness on competition issues.He was also associated with the drafting of various statutory Regulations under the Competition Act during his stay in the CCI. He has also been a guest faculty representing India in several international Competition Law & Policy workshops at Mauritius, Malawi and Botswana when he shared the podium with other International experts on the subject from Republic of South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Kenya. He has to his credit a B.Sc., MA (History), LL.M, a PG Diploma in International Law, Institutions & Diplomacy and a PG Diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations. Prior to joining the profession as a full time lawyer, Manas has served as a Civil Judge in the West Bengal State Judicial Services during late eighties. He also worked as Legal Adviser Tea Board India and Joint Director (Legal) Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission. While working for the Tea Board India he has assisted the Board and the Government of India in formulating the Geographical Indication Bill with special reference to “Darjeeling” as GI for Darjeeling Tea Read More

Naval Satarawala Chopra – Principal Associate, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co.

Mr. Naval Satarawala Chopra is a senior member of the Competition Law Team at Amarchand & Mangaldas. He has been involved with competition law since its inception in India and was intimately involved in developing the merger control regime. Naval focuses mainly on contentious cases covering the whole range of competition law including abuse of dominance, cartel investigations and mergers. He also regularly appears before the Competition Commission of India and the Competition Appellate Tribunal. Recent cases that Naval has been involved in include, acting for the National Stock Exchange of India in relation to predatory pricing allegations, successfully defending an international airline in a cartel investigation and successfully defending Microsoft on an abuse of dominance claim. He also regularly conducts competition awareness, audit and compliance programs for clients. Naval has also provided training to the Competition Commission on dawn raids. Naval received a special mention in Indian Business Law Journal’s most recent survey of Indian law firms where Amarchand was recognized as the best law firm for competition and antitrust. Quoting a client, the survey stated that clients should “seek out” Naval for his competition law expertise. Naval has also been recognized in the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists 2012. Naval is a regular commentator on competition law issues and has authored articles in national and international publications. He also regularly speaks on competition law at seminars and symposia. Prior to joining Amarchand Mangaldas, Naval was an Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London for over four years. Naval is qualified to practice in New York, England & Wales and India. He holds an LL.B from ILS Law College, Pune and LL.M from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Read More

Simran Dhir – Senior Associate, S & R Associates

She joined S&R Associates in 2011. Her practice focuses on competition law and includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and general corporate matters. From 2007 to 2010, She worked at SJ Berwin LLP in London and Munich, where she was an associate in the firm’s competition law practice and worked on several EU and UK competition law matters. She has published articles in the 2007 Antitrust Year in Review by the ABA Section of International Law’s International Antitrust Law Committee, Competition Law Insight and the India Business Law Journal. S&R Associates is a law firm with offices in Delhi and Mumbai. Its practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, competition law and litigation and arbitration Read More

Samir R Gandhi– Partner, AZB & Partners

He deals with a broad range of competition law and policy issues, as well as international trade and WTO matters. He graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore with honours and received his LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar & Mahindra Trust Fellow. He was a visiting fellow at Columbia Law School and is admitted to practice in India.

Mr. Gandhi advises a number of companies on all areas of competition law and policy and has also acted as counsel to the Competition Commission of India in its major litigation at various courts and tribunals, including the Competition Appellate Tribunal, the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India. He is recommended as leading competition law practitioner in India by Who’s Who Legal and the Practical Law Company. Asia-Counsel has named ELP as ‘Firm of the Year for Anti-Trust and Competition’ in 2009; and ELP’s competition law practice group has been awarded the prestigious Indian Law Firm Award for the year 2010 by the India Business Law Journal.
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Amit Kapur – Partner, J. Sagar Associates

Education: -LL B 1988 Delhi University, B Com (Hons.) 1985 Delhi University

– Project Finance in Asia – New York Institute of Finance, Hong Kong
– International Workshop on Privatisation, Regulatory Reform & Corporate Governance – Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton University

– Indo-UK JETCO, Infrastructure working group
– Supreme Court Bar Association
– Delhi High Court Bar Association
– International Bar Association
– CII National Energy Committee (since 2000 to date)
– CII National Infrastructure & Regulatory Council (since 2005)
– CII National Committee on Civil Aviation (since 2005)
– CII National Committee on Infrastructure Finance(2007-08)

Practice Focus:
Amit’s practice covers Energy (power, oil & gas); Communications (Telecom & Broadcasting); Surface Transport (MRTS & Highways); Municipal Infrastructure; and Social/Developmental projects. He handles varied aspects of legal, regulatory and policy issues in the sectors ranging from:
– Advising clients on the applicable constitutional, legal, policy and regulatory issues; drafting laws, delegated legislation, policies, regulatory instruments and reform/restructuring strategies.
– Transactions including M&A, inbound and outbound investments, commercial arrangements and financing.
– Evolving institutional frameworks, regulatory regimes and policies to facilitate public-private partnerships.
– Evolving strategies and approaches for efficient operations of regulated utilities including aspects of competition; licensing; economic regulation; performance regulation.
– Strategising, handling and arguing various complex precedent
settling disputes including commercial, JVs, regulations and competition issues before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts, Appellate Tribunals, Sector regulators (in competition, power and telecom sphere), arbitral tribunals and expert bodies. Amit advises and represents diverse entities including Governments and governmental entities, Competition and Sector regulators; Indian Corporates in their domestic and outbound businesses; Foreign entities investing in India; Developmental Financial Institutions.

Some of the noteworthy assignments handled by Amit include:
– Representing Tata Power company and Reliance ADA Group in the 3 4000MW ultra mega Power Project being implemented at Mundra (>$3.3bn), Sasan(>$4bn) and Krishnapatnam.
– Advising Government of India, Government of Bangladesh and some Indian states in their energy reforms and restructuring, as also PPP in infrastructure development.
– Advising and representing the investors and utilities in Delhi’s power sector distribution.
– Assisting in developing and implementing strategies, transactions (including outbound), laws, policies in his areas of practice for entities like British Gas, British Petroleum, DfID (Government of UK), NTPC Ltd, PPIAF, Power Trading Corporation, Reliance ADA Group, Star TV, Tatas, the World Bank, et al.
– Advising regulatory institutions as an expert like the Competition Commission of India, and state electricity regulatory commissions of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Assam, Uttar Pradesh.

Amit is a regular speaker at international and national conferences and workshops on issues of policy, law, regulation, project finance, reforms and private participation in infrastructure. He has published articles on these subjects in established journals magazines and conferences.
* He is also the member of Managing Committee, CIRC.
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Rajat Kathuria – Director & Chief Executive, ICRIER

Professor Kathuria is currently with International Management Institute (IMI) and External Consultant to ICRIER since July 2010. At IMI he has taught Managerial Economics, International Economics, Macroeconomic Theory and Policy. He is also consulting Editor with Financial Express since April 2011. He has also been a Professor at ICRIER from April 2008 -June 2010 on lien from IMI. He earlier lectured at University of Maryland at University College, 1988 1990.

Besides teaching core economics courses to management students, Professor Kathuria has lectured on the subject of regulation extensively in India and abroad. He has also taught a summer course in Manchester Business School. His research has been presented at various conferences in South Korea, Indonesia, UK, USA and Poland. The results of the impact of mobile phones in India were recently presented to members of the European Parliament in Brussels.

He had been with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in diverse roles as consultant (2001-2006), as an Advisor (Economics) from November 2000- June 2001 and as a Director (Economics), from June 98- October 2000. He has also been a consultant to World Bank, 1991-1993.

He has to his credit a Doctorate in Economics (1994) from University of Maryland, College Park with the thesis on `Investment and Cash Flow: Asymmetric Information or Managerial Discretion?’, a post graduate degree from Delhi School of Economics,1986 and a graduation from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, B.A (Hons.) Economics, 1984.

Professor Kathuria has publications in international and national journals on failure of markets and the attendant need for regulation. Besides, he has hands on experience with telecom regulation in India in an environment changing rapidly towards competition. Political economy played a crucial role in India in the march toward competition in the telecom sector. This aspect formed the basis of a number of research projects and research articles. The need for regulation is a given, but equally if not more important is regulatory design and ‘buy’ in from stakeholders. He has also studied the telecom sector against the background of the Indo EU negotiations for the Trade and Investment Area and has written two research reports in this regard. Most recently, Professor Kathuria has estimated the elasticity of mobile penetration with respect to State Domestic Product across different Indian States. The research points towards substantial impacts and highlights the need to increase penetration in laggard states by inter alia improving the quality of regulation and also physical infrastructure.

His overarching area of interest is regulation and institutions and the way in which political and economic institutions affect sectoral performance.
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Dr. Harpreet Kaur – Professor of Law, National Law University, Delhi

Dr. Harpreet Kaur is Professor of Law at National Law University, Delhi. She has specialized in commercial laws and completed her Doctor of Laws in Corporate Liability. She has more than 13 years of work experience in Teaching and Research.

Her research interests include business laws, labour laws, consumer protection, corporate laws, corporate governance and competition law. She has presented research papers in reputed national and international conferences and participated in Management Development Programmes. She has authored a textbook on Business and Corporate Laws, co-authored 7 textbooks with Dr. Avtar Singh and edited one book on Law of Torts written by Prof. M.N Shukla Read More

Amitabh Kumar – Partner, J. Sagar Associates

He is from Indian Revenue Service Officer and has recently retired as Commissioner of Income Tax. He practices now in areas of Regulatory & Policy, Competition Law & Taxation at J. Sagar Associates, New Delhi. In an illustrious career of 31 years, he has handled diverse assignments in the sphere of Regulation, Public Finance and Policy. He has served as the first Director General of the Competition Commission of India from 2004 to 2009. He was involved in the Policy and Regulatory Framework set up in the initial years of the Competition Authority. He further assisted the Government in drafting the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2007.

Amitabh was also responsible for drafting nine implementing regulations, besides making a significant contribution to the Competition Advocacy initiative of the authority. He was the Departmental Representative for the Income Tax Department at the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal for six years, where he handled complex Tax cases. He also has consulting experience with the African Development Bank, The World Bank, UNDP and Department for International Development (UK) in strategic policy areas. He has also served on the Board of several public sector undertakings.

Recently, he was member of a committee appointed by the government to recommend a National Competition Policy document and necessary amendments to the Competition Act, 2002. During the last couple of years, working with JSA, he has handled complex cases of abuse & cartels besides merger filings and organizing competition compliance programmes.
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Rajindra Kumar – Deputy Director (Economics), Competition Commission of India

MR. Rajinder Kumar is working as a Deputy Director (Economics) with the Competition Commission of India. He worked as a Lecturer in Economics and taught economics to postgraduate and undergraduate students for 5 years.

He completed his B.A. (Hon. In Economics) and went on to do his M.A. and M.Phil. in Economics also from Panjab University Chandigarh and qualified UGC (NET) and JFR exams in Economics. Before joining CCI he was pursuing PhD as a Junior Research Fellow from the Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics.

He has published several research papers in various journals of national and international repute. Presently, he is a referee for the journal titled, ‘Academic Discourse’.
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Payal Malik – Advisor (Economics) Competition Commission of India

Payal is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Delhi, India and Senior Research Fellow LIRNEasia, a regional information and communication technology (ICT) policy and regulation think tank active across the Asia Pacific, based in Sri Lanka. She heads LIRNEasia’s, India programme. She is also a Senior Consultant, National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi. She is also on the Board of CPRsouth. CPRsouth is a capacity building initiative to develop Asia-Pacific based ICT policy intellectuals. She received her education in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. She also has a degree in Finance from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Her research and professional collaborations have been with OECD, Orbicom, IDEI, University of Toulouse, University Of Québec at Montreal, CEPR, JRC, European Commission, IPTS Seville, ICEGEC, Hungary, Department of Information Technology, TRAI, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Planning Commission of India, Competition Commission of India, CSO, India, WSP-SA, World Bank, Microsoft India, and AFD, Paris.

She has several years of research experience on the issues of competition and regulation in network industries like power, telecommunication and water. In addition, she has done considerable research on the ICT sector and innovation systems. Recently she has been actively engaged in competition policy research.

She has written both for professional journals as well as for the economic press. Currently she is a regular columnist for the Financial Express, India and a referee for the Information Technologies and International Development journal published by University of Southern California.
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Pradeep S Mehta – Secretary General, CUTS International

Pradeep S Mehta (68) is the founder secretary general of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS), one of the largest consumer groups in India. CUTS has now completed 25 glorious years. Mehta studied at The Scindia School, Gwalior (higher secondary), St Xavier’s College at Calcutta University (B.Com) and law at the Rajasthan University, Jaipur. Mehta serves/has served on several policy making bodies of the Government of India, related to trade, environment and consumer affairs, including the National Advisory Committee on International Trade of the Ministry of Commerce and its working groups. He also serves on the Executive Board of the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development, Geneva and chairs the Advisory Board of the South Asia Network on Trade, Economics and Environment, Kathmandu.

Mehta also serves on the advisory boards of Centre Advisory & Review Group of the Research Centre on Regulation and Competition, Institute for Development Policy and Management, Manchester University, UK; Institute for Consumer Antitrust, Loyola College, Chicago, USA and the OECD’s Advisory Committee for Investment in Africa, OECD, Paris.

In the past, he has served on the governing boards of the Life Insurance Corporation of India, Mumbai and the Consumer Coordination Council, New Delhi.

A prolific writer, gifted speaker, skilled trainer and organiser in the social field, Mehta has been named as one of the 30 most famous columnists in India by a leading newspaper in India. Over 700 articles of Mehta have been published in several newspapers and magazines on issues relating to consumerism, competition policy, and trade & economics.

He has written and/or edited several books and monographs such as: Towards a Functional Competition Policy for India; Competition Regimes around the World; WTO and India: An Agenda for Action in Post Doha Scenario; Analyses of the Interaction between Trade and Competition Policy; Multilateralisation of Sovereignty; How to survive as a consumer; Numbers, at what cost. Web Address:
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Santanu Mukherjee – Founder of Ex Lege Chambers, Advocates and Regulatory, Policy Advisors.

Santanu Mukherjee is an Advocate and accredited Mediator based in New Delhi. He the founder of Ex Lege Chambers, Advocates and Regulatory, Policy Advisors, a boutique law chambers, Ex Lege Chambers specializes in ‘Statutory, Regulatory & Policy Practice’; ‘Alternate Dispute Resolution’ and ‘Litigation’. He specializes in IPR, Competition Law, International Trade laws with focus on advanced technology industries and is engaged in legal, policy advisory and dispute resolution.

With 20 years experience, previously he had been Partner at Luthra & Luthra Law Offices and Senior Attorney with Qualcomm managing their IPR, Competition law and public policy issues for South Asia. He had also consulted for the South Centre, Geneva, Switzerland on global IP issues working closely with WIPO & WTO and a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for IP, Munich, Germany. Santanu started as an Advocate at the Calcutta High Court and worked with leading law firms.

Santanu is a law graduate from Calcutta University and holds Masters in International Law and Economics from World Trade Institute, Bern, Switzerland. He had been a visiting lawyer at the Littleton Chambers, Inner Temple Bar, London while being a British Chevening scholar. He interned at the IP Division of the World Trade Organisation, Geneva working on developmental issues. He was twice fellow of Global Salzburg Seminar in Austria.

He is a member of the Calcutta High Court Bar Association, member of International Bar Association (IBA), Licensing Executive Society International (LESI) and IP Chair of Indian National Bar Association (INBA). He sits on IP and International Trade Councils and Committees of different industry chambers and speaks regularly at national and international forums. He also lectures regularly at leading law universities and research institutes.
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Surbhi Mehta – Head-Competition Law & IPR, APJ-SLG Law offices

Surbhi is the key resource coordinating and leading the Competition & IPR law practice of APJ-SLG Law offices. She is currently representing the interests of several entities across the spectrum on various issues of abuse of dominance, cartel investigations and interplay between various sectoral regulators and the Competition Commission of India. Surbhi has acted as Research analyst on Competition Law and Policy for Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, New Delhi where she provided inputs on issues pertaining to interplay of Competition Law with Intellectual Property, WTO regime, inter-regulator co-ordination and International co-operation. She also acted as a Resource Faculty in Training for several entities and has actively been involved in debates and discussions on policy formulations and execution. Surbhi also handles issues pertaining to IP, Competition, IT & E Commerce, Media and entertainment laws and confidentiality issues. She has led key projects of the firm on IP Due Dilligence, licensing, franchising and technology transfer transactions, development and monetizing of IP platform, etc. She is regularly consulted on pre-litigation and litigation strategies including, but not limited to advising on pre-determined alternate modes of dispute resolution, exit strategies in case of deadlock, choice of applicable law and all possible legal solutions to balance the conflicting interests. Surbhi has written several research papers for leading publications on Publicity and Privacy Law, Sports Law, IP Due Diligence, Franchising Law etc. Recently, a paper submitted by her on the issue of ‘Identification and Valuation of IPRs in MSMEs’ was granted an excellence award from Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises .

She has several years of research experience on the issues of competition and regulation in network industries like power, telecommunication and water. In addition, she has done considerable research on the ICT sector and innovation systems. Recently she has been actively engaged in competition policy research.

She has written both for professional journals as well as for the economic press. Currently she is a regular columnist for the Financial Express, India and a referee for the Information Technologies and International Development journal published by University of Southern California.
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Udai S. Mehta – Associate Director, CUTS and Center Coordinator – CCIER

He is Assistant Director & Centre Coordinator – CCIER at CUTS International. Coming from a law background, Udai Singh Mehta did his LLM in International Economic Law from The University of Warwick, UK, while doing his LLB from University of Calcutta. Udai has worked in the area of Competition Policy and Intellectual Property Law. Before joining CUTS, Udai worked for a law firm based in India on Corporate and Intellectual Property Right matters. He is also responsible for monitoring national and international policies on competition and regulatory issues, assisting in organizing and attending project related events and contributing to general fundraising. Read More

Gautam Shahi – Senior Associate, J Sagar Associates

Gautam specialises in Competition law and policy.
He has extensive experience in Competition law litigation in the Competition Commission of India, Competition Appellate Tribunal and Supreme Court of India. He has been involved in formulating strategies, drafting information, appeals, replies, and statement of claims. He has represented clients before the Competition Commission of India, Competition Appellate Tribunal, and Supreme Court of Delhi. He has also assisted in creating Competition Compliance Programmes for various Corporate Houses.

Gautam also advises on M&A transactions from the Competition Law Perspective. He has been involved with combination filings and seeking approval from the Competition Commission of India since the promulgation of Combination Regulations in June 2011.

In addition, Gautam has also appeared before Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in matters involving Competition issues. He was also a part of the team that assisted Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in drafting its Competition Regulations. Gautam drafted the Competition Law Module for PGDBL Course at NUJS, Kolkata. Gautam has also given lectures and presented research papers on issues related to Competition Law in various academic institutions.
Previously Gautam was also involved in Trade Policy work and has worked on reports related to international trade, subsidies, WTO and International bilateral and multilateral agreement.
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Sanjay K. Pandey – Joint Director (Law), Competition Commission of India

Dr. Sanjay K. Pandey, is currently Joint Director (Law) in Competition Commission of India. He is a Doctorate from National Law University Jodhpur and LL.M. from University of Delhi. He has also been an EUVP Scholar -2007 [EC & European Parliament]. He also has to his credit a certificate by the World Bank Institute (WBI), Washington DC in ‘Decentralization and Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations’.
Dr. Pandey also practised as an advocate in various courts in Delhi (1999-2001).

He is a Life Member, Indian Institute of Public Administration (L-11383) and Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi. Dr. Pandey has the academic experience in teaching constitutional law, investment law, corporate law, trade law, patent drafting and litigation to LL.M. students and guiding scholars in preparation of dissertation and advance research. He has served as a Reader (Law) Amity Law School-Delhi (July 2008- May 2010) and as Asst. Professor (Law), National Law University, Jodhpur (2001- 2008 July). He also conducted patent courses for engineers and researchers with D B Consulting, California in 2002, with Brian Pangarle of Lee & Hayes, Spokane in 2004 and with Donald Bollella of D B Consulting in 2005 and IP awareness programmes conducted for Dept. of Sc. and Tech Govt. of Rajasthan. (2004-06).

He has been actively involved in Research & Consultancy for Ministry of Agriculture, Competition Commission of India, IIT Bombay (2002) and National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi. He also worked for industrial consultancy and research centre, – researched on institutional IP Policy and implications. Corporate consultancy and drafting on various matters relating to law and management (2002-till date).

Apart from research and Consultancy, he has also been an Advisor to firms and corporations on IP Policy, Patent filing, Prosecution issues, and Specification drafting.

Dr. Pandey has been an invitee to Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg – German Science Foundation to first Indo-German conference on intellectual property rights May 12-15, 2008 and to BMW foundation Herbert Quandt meeting to foster Indo-German relations in Munich on May 16, 2008. He also visited Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, U.S.A as part of Competition Commission of India delegation in October 24-30, 2010. Recently, he presented a paper in OECD-KPC organised workshop on “legitimate business practices or cartels in disguise,” in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 5-7, 2011.

He has more than a dozen publications in various national and international journals and has authored two books namely, “Economics for Law” and “Legal Instruments and Agricultural Subsidy”. One book on IP valuation and management is under publication.
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Vipul Puri – Deputy Director (Financial Analysis), Economics Division, Competition Commission Of India )

Mr. Vipul Puri is the Deputy Director (Financial Analysis) in the Economics Division, Competition Commission of India. Prior to his joining the CCI, he has worked in BSNL as Deputy Manager (Corporate Accounts) for a period of more than 7 years and was primarily involved in procedures leading to finalization of accounts, audit and analysis of the financial statements.

He completed his Graduation [B Com (H)] from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University and went on to do his Post Graduation [M Com] also from Delhi University. He qualified to be a Chartered Financial Analyst from ICFAI, India.
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Seshan Radha – Professor (Economics), National Law University, Delhi.

Prof. (Dr.) Seshan Radha is a Professor of Economics in the National Law University, Delhi. She is a Visiting Scholar, Yale Law School, Yale University, USA and has held positions as a Professor and Administrator in various educational Institutions. She was formerly Reader, Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai; Founder Director, Lincoln College of Education, Sirhind, Panjab; Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and Professor and Dean, Faculty of Policy Sciences, National Law University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. She has a teaching experience of 30 years in various branches of Economics at the Post Graduate and Research levels. Her Specialization for Ph.D. and thereafter is on Law and Economics- an Interdisciplinary study. She has co-edited books on Welfare Economics and Environmental Economics and has also contributed articles and research papers in many branches of Economics. She has a wide academic experience and has visited USA, Australia, China, Taiwan and the Middle East for academic purposes. Read More

Avinash Sharma – Advocate, Bar Council of Delhi

Enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi, Avinash Sharma practices law and also teaches at graduate/post graduate level at the Indian Law Institute and National Law University Delhi. After obtaining his first law degree from Indraprastha University, New Delhi, he has been involved in various academic/ professional studies in divergent field of law at the Indian Society of Intl. Law, Indian Law Institute, National Law School of India University, The Hague Academy of Intl. Law (The Netherlands), European University Institute (Italy), Xiamen Academy of Intl. Law (China), Intl. Foundation for the Law of Sea (Germany), Bologna University (Italy), Ghent University (Belgium), Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Central European University (Hungary), Harvard Law School (USA) and Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Intl. Law (Germany). His doctoral study is on WTO, TRIPS and Dispute Settlement Mechanisms. His previous assignments include Researcher at the Indian Law Institute; Law Researcher to Justice S N Dhingra at the High Court of Delhi; Law Clerk-cum-Research Assistant to Justice Mukundakam Sharma at the Supreme Court of India; Associate, Dhall Law Chambers (Linklaters LLP’s best friend in Competition Law); and Expert (Law), Competition Commission of India. Recipient of various intl. scholarships, fellowships and state, national and intl. level prizes including All India Runner Up and All India Champion Trophy in two national level law quiz competitions, and winner of an Intl. Moot Court Competition, he has spoken at the National University of Singapore (Singapore), Utrecht University (The Netherlands), Intl. Institute of Social Studies (The Netherlands), University of Intl. Business & Economics (China), Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) and other intl. fora and his work has been published in India, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Canada. Read More

Kaushal Kumar Sharma – Former Commissioner of Income Tax & Director General, CCI & Founder K K Sharma Law Offices

Mr. Kaushal Kumar Sharma , former Director General & Head of Merger Control in the Competition Commission of India(CCI), has the unique distinction of being involved in drafting the law and regulations on competition law and its actual implementation in India. He established procedures for and completed the very first investigations under the competition law in India, as the first Director General of CCI, after commencement of enforcement of competition law.

After having done B.E. (Mech. Engg.) and M.E.(Mech. Engg.) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, he did LL.B. and M.A (Economics) . He also has a PG Diploma in Economics for Competition Law from King’s College, London. A meritorious student, Mr. Sharma was always amongst the top position holders during his studies.

He is doing Ph. D. in competition law from Bangor University, UK. He is also writing a dissertation for MA in Economics for Competition Law from King’s College, London, under the supervision of internationally acclaimed Competition Law Economist, Dr Mike Walker.

Mr. Sharma, who initiated many path breaking and historical financial investigations and carried them out successfully, has a consistent track record of an outstanding financial investigator. He has done extraordinary work in the area of International Taxation where he brought income of more than INR 50 Billions (or $ 1 Billion) into the tax net by investigating Foreign Lead Managers/ Under-writers of Global Depository Receipt Issues by nearly all Indian Corporates.

Mr. Sharma is one of the 25 members of Research Project Partnership (RPP) platform of UNCTAD. He has been regularly requested to edit the Indian Merger Control chapter of Global Competition Review. He is very passionate about the competition law and its development in India.
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M M Sharma – Head Competition Law & Policy, Vaish Associates

He heads the Competition Law practice in Vaish Associates, Advocates, a Corporate, Tax and Business Advisory Law Firm in New Delhi with branches in Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore. He has over 26 years experience of the field of Law, including 12 years as a government counsel for the NDMC, and over 10 years as a Judge-Advocate in the Armed Forces, i.e. in the INDIAN COAST GUARD, where he, inter-alia, handled issues relating to maritime laws, including the legal issue relating to marine environment, ports, IMO safety regulations on ships, UNCLOS, oil spill management etc. He has worked in Competition Commission of India (CCI) as Additional Registrar for over 2 years where he was actively involved in competition advocacy and closely associated with the drafting of most of the implementing Regulations under the Competition Act, 2002. He has a sound understanding on economic issues involved in competition assessment, including mergers and acquisitions and has to his credit , besides a first class Law degree from University of Delhi, a Post Graduate diploma in “Economics for Competition Law” from Kings College, London .

Before joining Vaish associates he was Head-Legal with Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL) as a full time retainer for a year and handled, inter alia, legal matters on power sector under the Electricity Act, 2003. His articles on competition issues are published in noted journals and financial newspapers such as ECONOMIC TIMES and he is frequently quoted on competition issues in leading financial newspapers. He also edits a bi-monthly newsletter dedicated to competition law, the “Competition Law Bulletin”, published by Vaish Associates, Advocates and is a visiting faculty for competition law, amongst others, at the Indian Law Institute (ILI), New Delhi and at the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. Since joining the Firm, Mr. Sharma has appeared in Courts and before CCI and COMPAT and has represented and advised a number of clients, both Indian and International, on tactical competition issues, ,such as Joint Ventures etc. including leading PSUs and large MNCs. He has assisted CCI and the Government of India in amending the draft Merger Regulations as a part of the “Law Firms Working Group” comprising of all leading Law firms in India by incorporating the Industry’s concerns. He is also the Chairman of the PHD –Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Competition Law Sub-Committee and also a Member of ASSOCHAM’s National Competition Committee
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Vijay Singh – Deputy Director (Law) Competition Commission Of India

Dr. Vijay Kumar Singh is the Deputy Director (Law) at Competition Commission of India. He was the Assistant Professor (Law) at University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) and a Lecturer (Law) at Hidayatullah National Law University. He has also been a Lawyer at the Office of Adv. Subodh Dharmadhikari and a Law Clerk at High Court of Judicature at Bombay, Nagpur Bench.

He completed his LL.B. from and went on to do his LL.M. (Business Laws) in International Trade Law, International Economic Law, Competition Law and Corporate Laws from Post Graduate Department of Law (PGDT), Nagpur University.
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S. Sundar – Distinguished Fellow, The Energy and Resource Institute

Mr. S. Sundar*, Secretary to the Government of India’s Ministry of Surface Transport (1996/97) is a Distinguished Fellow at TERI and Professor, TERI School of Advanced Studies. As a member of the Indian Administrative Service, Mr. Sundar has held several important positions in the Government of India.

Mr. Sundar has also served on the board of directors of several companies and was Chairman of the Gujarat State Textiles Corporation and the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation. His special expertise and experience are in transport policy, project formulation, appraisal and management, international contract negotiations, investment promotion, financing arrangements, and infrastructure development and financing.

Mr. Sundar has a Master’s degree in Economics from University of Madras, India.
* He is also the member of Managing Committee, CIRC.
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Amit Tayal – Deputy Director (Law), Advocacy Division, Competition Commission of India

Mr. Amit Tayal is Deputy Director (Law) in the Advocacy Division, Competition Commission of India. Prior to his joining the Advocacy Division of CCI, he has worked in Anti-Trust Division of CCI for more than three years and dealt with the cases of anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant position. Before joining CCI, he has worked as an Advocate for a period of almost 5 years and was primarily involved in the cases of Civil as well Criminal nature and cases related to Banking, Insurance, Consumer, MRTP, Matrimonial, Arbitration etc. He completed his Graduation [BA] from Vaish College, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, and went on to do his Law Graduation [LLB] also from Maharshi Dayanand University; thereafter he completed his Masters in Law from Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. Read More

Dr. Ritu Gupta – Associate Professor, National Law University, Delhi.

Dr. Ritu Gupta is an Associate Professor of law at National Law University Delhi. Prior to joining here, she has taught at University School of Law and Legal Studies (USLLS), Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), Dwarka, New Delhi and Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS), Pitampura, New Delhi for about 14 years of. Her areas of specialization are Commercial and Corporate Laws specially Banking Laws, Competition Law, Contract and Property Laws etc. She has authored two books; one on ‘Sexual Harassment at Work Place’ and another ‘Law of Contract’ both published by Lexis Nexis. Recently she has been conferred ‘REX Karamveer Global Fellowship and Karamveer Chakra Award’ in March 2015 for her outstanding contribution to women empowerment. She had earlier been selected for the award of doctoral fellowship by Indian Council for Social Sciences and Research (ICSSR), New Delhi and declared ‘Ms. Super Brain Super Personality’, by Competition Success Review in a National level Competition in 1998. She has presented papers, chaired sessions in various National/International Conferences/Seminars and has contributed articles on various legal issues in peer reviewed journals. Read More

Mr. Yogesh Pai – Assistant Professor, National Law University, Delhi.

Yogesh specializes in intellectual property law and has interdisciplinary research interests in technology, economics and policy. His teaching and general research involves intellectual property law, competition law and international trade law. Before joining NLU, Delhi, Yogesh was coordinator of the Ministry of Human Resource Development Chair on IPR at NLU, Jodhpur. He was also the faculty-in-charge of ‘Trade Law and Development’ rated among the top 10 journals in the international trade worldwide. His international work experience (between 2007 and 2008) involved working with the South Centre, Geneva, as an intern and later as a consultant to its Innovation and Access to Knowledge Programme. He has previously worked with Centad, New Delhi, and also taught as a guest faculty at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi.

In 2013, Yogesh was nominated as a legal member in a committee constituted by the Ministry of Health, Government of India, for invoking provisions of compulsory licensing under the Patents Act, 1970, in the context of affordable healthcare. Yogesh was also the member of an expert committee constituted by the Ministry of Commerce to study the need for utility models in India (2013). Yogesh is currently pursing Ph.D. in law (part-time), where he is studying regulation of standards-essential patents. Yogesh is also interested in reforms in Indian legal education.
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Dr. Arul George Scaria – Assistant Professor , National Law University, Delhi.

Dr Arul George Scaria is an Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC). He is also an Affiliate Faculty of the CopyrightX program, which is a course offered each year from January to May under the auspices of the Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. His key areas of interest and specialisation are Intellectual Property and Competition Law.Arul has two single authored books to his credit. His first book Ambush Marketing: Game within a Game was published by the Oxford University Press in 2008. His new book, Piracy in the Indian Film Industry: Copyright and Cultural Consonance wasbrought by the Cambridge University Press in 2014. He has also contributed to different international journals by drawing from his research. Arul has made presentations in different international forums like the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the European Commission (EC), apart from speaking at different international conferences. He was also a member of the advisory committee constituted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), India, in 2014 for addressing the copyright license issues for the open e-textbooks project of NCERT. Read More

Harman Singh Sandhu – Principal Associate, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co.

Jaivir Singh – Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Shweta Shroff Chopra – Partner, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co.

Madhav K, Dar – Anti-trust Economist & Independent Economic Consultant

Geeta Gouri -Member, Competition Commission of India

Renuka Jain Gupta -Sr. CIT, Indian Revenue Services

Saket Sharma -Senior Fellow, CIRC

R.V. Anuradha -Partner, Clarus Law Associates