AZB & Partners has been closely associated with the development and practice of competition law in India and is an acknowledged leader in the field. The firm’s lawyers regularly interact with India’s competition regulator, the Competition Commission of India (the CCI) and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, government of India (the MCA). The firm has participated in the consultation process, leading up to the framing of merger control regulations under the Competition Act 2002 (the Competition Act). The firm’s lawyers regularly advise leading Indian corporates and multinational companies on competition law compliance. They have also acted as the counsel to the CCI in its early litigation to overcome the initial roadblocks to its functioning.
Operating from six offices spread across the National Capital Region (New Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon), Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune, the firm advises companies, industry associations and trade chambers on merger filings and clearances, cartels and other behavioural investigations by the CCI, litigation before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (the NCLAT), various High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. The firm’s competition practice comprises lawyers with specific interest and training in competition law. The firm’s lawyers have been involved in several landmark cases and merger filings before the CCI, including the first cartel case and the first merger filing in India. By drawing on the firm’s deep expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, technology licensing, complex litigation, intellectual property and regulatory matters, our competition lawyers are able to offer a seamless service to safeguard our clients’ commercial interests in the most efficient manner.