Region: India

Opening of Indian legal market expected to have limited impact on antitrust bar

The Bar Council of India’s momentous decision allowing foreign firms to enter the market will have a limited impact on antitrust practices as existing restrictions stopping overseas lawyers from appearing before the Competition Commission of India will still apply, practitioners say.

16 March 2023

India: CCI increases enforcement activity and scrutiny of merger control

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As the pandemic ebbs, the Competition Commission of India is back to aggressively tackling anticompetitive activity, sharpening its focus on enforcement and merger control. At the same time, the potential approval of the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2022 promises even further reform.

10 March 2023

India: Competition Bill 2022 signals potential changes to merger control regime

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The Competition Commission of India continues to regulate combinations that cause or are likely to cause an appreciable adverse effect on competition, with potential reform thanks to the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2022 looming.

10 March 2023

India: CCI looks to build a culture of compliance through rigorous cartel regulation

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The Competition Commission of India is prioritising a reduction in cartel conduct – especially among larger companies – through upticks in enforcement, advocacy and the use of its investigative arm.

10 March 2023

CCI forced by court to reconsider jurisdiction in bank cartel probe

A court in Mumbai has ordered the Competition Commission of India to determine whether it has jurisdiction to proceed with a cartel probe into three major banks and an industry association.

22 February 2023

Indian Supreme Court allows beer cartel appeal

India’s top court has allowed Heineken’s local subsidiary to challenge its €85 million penalty for participating in an alleged beer cartel, holding that companies can still lodge appeals even if they file for leniency.

17 February 2023

Indian trade groups accuse Samsung of anticompetitive conduct

A pair of influential trade groups have urged the Competition Commission of India to investigate Samsung over alleged exclusive offers on its own platform that are impossible for smaller retailers to match.

08 February 2023

India forms expert committee to assess standalone digital competition law

The Indian government has tapped the head of the country's competition authority and four prominent antitrust lawyers to join a committee examining the need for new regulation governing digital markets.

07 February 2023

Complainant accuses Google of failing to comply with CCI remedies

A complainant in the Competition Commission of India’s probe into Google’s Play Store billing practices has accused the technology company of failing to adhere to a suite of remedies the agency imposed in two separate infringement decisions.

06 February 2023

CCI hits merger review standstill over unprecedented lack of commissioners​​​​​

India’s government is considering allowing the national competition authority to issue merger clearances despite a lack of quorum on its decision-making board, which has forced the agency to suspend all deal approvals since October.

31 January 2023

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