GCR 100 2024

AZB & Partners

AZB & Partners

Professional notice


AZB & Partners (AZB) was founded in 2004 with a clear purpose to provide reliable, practical and full–service advice to clients, across all sectors. Having grown steadily since its inception, AZB now has offices across Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune. We have an accomplished and driven team of 450+ lawyers committed to delivering best–in–class legal solutions to help clients achieve their objectives. Our greatest strength is an in–depth understanding of legal, regulatory and commercial environments, in India and elsewhere. 

The AZB Competition/Antitrust team advises clients on matters across the spectrum of competition law, including merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance investigations, leniency applications and other antitrust matters related to commercial agreements. Our 31-member team, spread across our offices in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, enables us to deliver large mandates in a timely and efficient manner. AZB has been closely associated with the development of competition law jurisprudence in India, including in relation to new age and emerging markets, such as online search, new media and digital payments. 

AZB excels in all key areas of competition law, and is well-known for handling highly sophisticated, precedent-setting cases in the tech sector. AZB has been the clear go-to firm for these cases, advising clients such as Google, Meta, Swiggy, WhatsApp, Urban Company, OYO, PayPal, Expedia, Uber and others. 

The Competition team boasts of one of the top merger control practices in India, and has advised on several significant mergers that have been reviewed by the CCI. Our experience includes working on variety of merger control issues, including complex divestiture packages, behavioral remedies and gun-jumping issues in the large global and domestic transactions that are notified to the CCI. Some notable examples include Vistara/Air India, Citi/Axis Bank, HDFC Bank/HDFC Limited, BTS1/Viacom18, Bombardier/Alstom, Disney/21 Century Fox, Google/Bharti Airtel Limited, Shell/Sprng, GSK/Pfizer, Reliance Jio/Facebook and Tata/Air India. 

The team is also known for its substantive experience in handling complex enforcement matters.  We have successfully represented clients including Tata Motors, JTEKT, GSK, TAM, Qube, IATA, Indus Towers, Rane Brake Lining Limited, IndiGo Aviation Ltd,  in cartels, leniency and abuse of dominance cases. The team also provides end–to–end support in all enforcement cases, including with assistance at the time of ‘dawn raids,’ assisting clients in investigations by the Director General, oral and written submissions before the CCI and in appeals before the appellate tribunal and the Supreme Court. We represent Google in its investigations before the Director General’s Office, the Competition Commission of India and the Supreme Court of India.  

AZB Team is led by 5 partners, comprising Ram Kumar Poornachandran, Bharat Budholia, Hemangini Dadwal, Gaurav Bansal and Toshit Shandilya, With the support of 11 senior associates and 15 associates, they service clients across New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.  

As a key stakeholder, the team is actively involved in the policy and legislative initiatives of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and the Competition Commission of India. Some of these policy initiatives include: (a) providing comments on the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022, to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, (b) providing recommendations to the Committee on Digital Competition Law (a committee constituted by the MCA) on the proposed ex-ante framework for regulating digital markets and (c) assisting the Competition Law Review Committee (a committee formed by the Government of India in 2018 to review the Competition Act) in discussions and drafting its report. The Competition team also works with industry bodies such as the Confederation of Indian Industries to help consolidate their concerns and recommend appropriate legislative changes to the Competition Act, 2002 and the associated regulations.


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