Samir R Gandhi
Name: Samir R Gandhi
Firm Name: AZB & Partners
Country: India
Expertise: Competition Law

Telephone: +91 120 417 9999
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Professional Biography:

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 advises on all areas of competition law and policy and has previously served as counsel to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in major litigation, including in CCI v SAIL, the first substantive competition law case decided by the Indian Supreme Court. He advises clients, both as complainants and as defendants, in behavioural cases before the CCI and the appellate courts. He successfully defended Novartis and Bharti Airtel in vertical restraints cases, Google and Mediapro in abuse of dominance cases, and JSW Steel and the Organization for Pharmaceutical Producers in India (OPPI) in cartel cases.

Samir has worked on numerous merger filings and was part of the advisory team to the CCI that helped shape the 2011 merger regulations. The firm has one of the top merger control practices in India and recent work includes acting for the Bharti Group in the acquisition of shares from Walmart in Cedar Support Services; Solvay SA & INEOS AG as counsel on the combination of their chlorvinyls businesses; Kohlberg Kravis in the acquisition of shares in Alliance Tyres; Lafarge India in the acquisition of its shares by Baring Asia; and GE India Technology in the acquisition of its assets by the SABIC Group.

Samir routinely advises companies on their competition compliance programmes and is actively involved in competition policy issues. He has advised the Confederation of Indian Industry on the proposed amendments to the Competition Act before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance. Samir was also involved in formulating a framework competition policy for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

He is a member of the antitrust sections of the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and frequently publishes and speaks about competition law. Samir is listed as a leading competition lawyer in India by Practical Law Company’s Competition & Leniency multi-jurisdictional guide, Chambers & Partners, Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers and Chambers Asia. He was also nominated by Global Competition Review in their list of “40 under 40” leading competition lawyers.

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.

The competition practice at AZB & Partners comprises lawyers and economists and is spread across the National Capital Region, New Delhi (Noida and Gurgaon), Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune. It has been recognised as the Competition Law Firm of the Year, India, at the ACQ Law Awards, 2011, and the Competition Law Firm of the Year in India at the Corporate International Magazine Global Awards, 2010.