Samir R Gandhi heads the competition practice at AZB & Partners and deals with a broad range of competition law and policy issues, as well as international trade and WTO matters.
Samir has worked closely with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) as its counsel at various courts and tribunals, including the Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) and the Supreme Court of India. He has also advised clients, both as complainants and as defendants, in several behavioural cases before the CCI and appellate courts.
Samir’s experience includes defending several companies in complex cartel and dominance cases in sectors such as internet search and advertising, telecommunications, broadcast distribution, automobiles and ports.
AZB & Partners has one of India’s top merger filing practices and Samir has successfully obtained CCI clearances for a number of contentious merger filings since the enforcement of the merger control provisions in India. Samir also routinely advises leading Indian companies, multinational corporations and industry associations on their competition compliance programmes. He has also been involved in formulating competition policy for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
As a member of the antitrust sections of the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Samir frequently publishes and speaks on competition law. He is also part of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s group on competition law.
Samir is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers and Partners (Asia Pacific) and Chambers Global. Samir features on the list of recommended lawyers for competition and antitrust law, by Who’s Who Legal for 2016. Samir is also listed as a leading competition lawyer in India by PLC’s Competition & Leniency Multi-jurisdictional Guide; Asialaw Leading Lawyers and was nominated by Global Competition Review in its list of ‘40 under 40’ leading competition lawyers worldwide.
Samir is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a Commonwealth scholar and Mahindra Trust fellow. He was a visiting fellow at Columbia Law School and is admitted to practise in India.