GCR 100 - 17th Edition

J Sagar Associates

14 February 2017

India

Amitabh Kumar leads the competition team at J SAGAR ASSOCIATES. As director general of the Competition Commission between 2004 and 2009, Kumar was responsible for drafting the authority’s regulations, as well as its early advocacy work. He joined the firm in 2010 and now works alongside two other partners, including Farhad Sorabjee, and a roster of associates. The team has a broad range of ongoing merger control work: they acted for Advent International when it acquired Crompton Greaves, Marriott in its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Symphony Teleca when the company was picked up by Harman International Industries, among a lengthy list of other deals. On the behavioural side, the firm convinced the commission to revisit its assessment of the relevant market in an abuse of dominance probe, which resulted in charges dropped against its client ACI Inc. They successfully represented the Federation of Airlines in relation to cartel allegations, and acted for complainants in relation to the enforcer’s separate investigations into VeriFone India and Monsanto. They also act for two members of an alleged cartel in an ongoing antitrust investigation and a leniency applicant in a separate probe. In addition, the team provides competition advice to a number of high-profile clients, including Volvo, Canon, Hewlett Packard, Ford, Hyundai and Michelin.

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