The large competition team at TRILEGAL is made up of practice head Nisha Kaur Uberoi, fellow partner Soumya Hariharan, five counsel and 27 associates. It advised Schneider and Temasek on the acquisition of the electrical and automation business of Larsen & Toubro. Following a Phase II investigation, the Competition Commission approved the deal with no divestitures and minimal behavioural remedies. The firm acted for Singapore wealth fund Tata Sons and SSG Capital Management on the competition law aspects of their $1.15 billion investment in GMR Airports.
Trilegal successfully defended Ola against accusations of abuse of dominance, in the first Indian case alleging predatory pricing on multi-sided platforms. The authority accepted the firm’s argument that the ride-hailing company faced sufficient competitive constraints so as not to be considered dominant in all of the relevant markets. The case is now before the appellate tribunal. The firm successfully represented International Spirits and Wines Association of India in a complaint against the Uttarakhand Agricultural and Marketing Board – a governmental body – and two affiliates regarding an abuse of dominance in the procurement and distribution of alcohol by state-owned companies.
Trilegal is one of India’s leading full-service law firms with approximately 400 lawyers and over 50 partners.
Trilegal’s competition practice headed by Nisha Kaur Uberoi comprises more than 25 dedicated competition lawyers with multi-jurisdictional competition law experience. The team has strong domain expertise in successfully navigating the rapidly evolving competition law landscape in India.
The team works on a full spectrum of competition law matters, involving innovative solution-oriented structuring, and undertakes a multidisciplinary approach in advising on a range of competition matters, including enforcement (cartels and abuse of dominance), merger control and competition law audits and compliance. We have strong domain expertise across a range of industries, such as cement, automobile and ancillary parts, retail, financial services, telecommunications, e-commerce, ride-hailing, natural resources and food and beverages. The firm and its lawyers have been consistently ranked and recognised by leading legal publications.
The team is best known for its experience in:
Defending clients before the Competition Commission of India, and the appellate forums, against cartel and abuse of dominance allegations concerning complex economic assessment and antitrust theories of harm; and
Complex merger control cases, with a focus on strategic transactions including Phase II investigations.
The national practice head, Nisha Kaur Uberoi, currently serves as India’s non-governmental adviser for the International Competition Network and also serves in the leadership team of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section (2019–2020). She has also been a member of the Unilateral Conduct and Behavioural Issues Working Group for the International Bar Association since 2017 and currently serves as a member of the editorial board of Global Competition Review.
Nisha is internationally recognised as one of India’s leading competition lawyers, including being recognised by Chambers (Band 1), Who’s Who Legal: Competition, IFLR1000, Asialaw Leading Lawyers and Euromoney’s Women in Business Law. Nisha has also featured in Asian Legal Business’ inaugural Asia 40 under 40 and GCR 100 Women in Antitrust, as well in the A-list of India’s top 100 lawyers by India Business Law Journal and Indian Corporate Counsel Association. Prior to joining Trilegal, Nisha co-headed the competition practice at AZB & Partners and headed the competition law practice at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas – which she set up.
The IBLJ Law Firm Awards 2018 recognizes Nisha as "The star among very accomplished antitrust lawyers in India" and "the one lawyer you want to have on your team when dealing with a challenging transaction or competition law case. She has one of the biggest and best teams of competition lawyers in India".
Chambers 2019 guide - Notable practitioners:
Practice head Nisha Uberoi commands "a healthy respect" among her peers, while clients pay her extensive tribute for her "solid command of subject matter," "absolute knowledge of the regulatory scene" and "fine eye for detail and execution." Such qualities, applied in high-profile contentious and transactional assignments, combine to make her "one of the most prominent names at the competition law Bar".