Our team specialises in navigating the intricacies of competition law, also known as antitrust law, to ensure fair competition, prevent anti-competitive practices, and protect consumer interests in India. Competition law in India is governed by the Competition Act, 2002, with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) as the regulatory authority. The Act aims to curb practices that hinder competition, such as cartels and abuse of dominant positions. It applies across all sectors of the economy, including goods, services, and digital markets.

We understand the nuances of competition law and its implications for businesses. Our team provides comprehensive guidance to clients on various aspects of competition law, including:

1. Anti-Competitive Agreements: 

Anti-competitive agreements are a critical aspect of competition law governed by the Competition Act. These agreements, also known as cartels, are arrangements between businesses that aim to manipulate market conditions, reduce competition, and harm consumer interests. 

Such agreements can involve price-fixing, bid-rigging, market-sharing, or output limitation. These practices undermine the fundamental principles of fair competition, stifle innovation, and limit consumer choices.

Under the Competition Act, anti-competitive agreements are expressly prohibited. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is vested with the authority to investigate and act against such agreements. It can impose significant penalties on the parties involved in anti-competitive agreements to deter such practices and ensure a level playing field for businesses.

We provide legal counsel to businesses to operate within the boundaries of fair competition by facilitating internal audits and assessing the possible evidence of breach. 

2. Abuse of Dominant Position: 

Abuse of a dominant position refers to misuse of a company’s influence to harm competition or consumers. It can include tactics like charging very low or very high prices, tying products together, refusing to deal with others, or imposing unfair terms. 

Such behaviour is prohibited under the Competition Act to ensure fairness and competition in the market. The Competition Commission of India can investigate and penalise companies that engage in such abusive practices.

We advise companies to understand whether they are in a dominant position and whether they have abused their position. We also assist the victims of abuse of dominant position to file a complaint and represent them before CCI.

3. Merger Control: 

Merger control under the Competition Act involves regulating and reviewing mergers and acquisitions to prevent anti-competitive outcomes. When two or more companies merge, it can impact competition in the market. The Competition Commission of India assesses whether a merger is likely to lessen competition substantially. If so, it can impose conditions or even prohibit the merger. We assist businesses in mergers to prevent monopolistic or unfair market conditions and avoid liabilities, promoting a competitive environment that benefits consumers and the economy.

4. Competition Compliance Programs: 

We assist businesses to adopt Competition Compliance Programs, which are proactive strategies to follow competition laws. These programs include creating rules, training employees, assessing risks, monitoring activities, and responding to potential issues. They help companies avoid anti-competitive behaviour, legal trouble, and harm to their reputation, ensuring fair competition and adherence to regulations.

5. Cartel Investigations:

Cartel investigations under the Competition Act involve probing into agreements among competitors to manipulate the market. Cartels aim to control prices, limit production, allocate markets, or rig bids, leading to unfair practices and harming consumers. Regulatory authorities investigate and penalise such activities to ensure fair competition. They gather evidence, analyse market dynamics, and take legal action against entities involved in cartel behaviour, fostering a competitive and transparent business environment.


Competition Law ensures fair competition, prevents anti-competitive practices, and safeguards consumer interests. It regulates issues like cartels, abuse of dominant position, and anti-competitive agreements.

Cartel Investigations involve probing anti-competitive practices like price-fixing, output restriction, and market allocation among competitors. We guide clients through investigations and represent them before relevant authorities.

We assist companies with significant market power to ensure compliance with competition law and prevent actions that harm competition or consumers. Our guidance helps clients navigate complex regulations and maintain fair practices.

Anti-competitive agreements include clauses that harm competition. We review agreements to identify such horizontal or vertical clauses, ensuring compliance with competition law principles.

The Green Channel is a mechanism introduced by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to expedite the approval process for certain mergers and acquisitions that are unlikely to cause any competition concerns. Under the Green Channel, eligible combinations can be notified to the CCI without waiting for its prior approval. The CCI assesses the combination and grants approval if it finds no competition issues. This allows for a quicker and more efficient clearance process.

Combinations involving only parties engaged in specific sectors or activities, as the CCI specifies, are eligible for the Green Channel. These sectors are typically those with low competition concerns.

The Green Channel helps in faster clearance of mergers and acquisitions that will not likely harm competition. It reduces the time and resources required for obtaining approval from the CCI.

If the CCI finds no competition concerns, it communicates its decision to the parties within 30 days of receiving the notice. It allows the parties to proceed with the combination without waiting for formal approval.

Yes, the CCI has the power to review combinations even after the Green Channel approval if it later discovers competition concerns. However, this is done through a separate process.

Suppose a combination does not meet the eligibility criteria for the Green Channel. In that case, it will have to go through the regular approval process, which involves a detailed assessment by the CCI.

We assess potential mergers and acquisitions to determine their impact on competition. We help clients obtain necessary approvals from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and ensure compliance with competition regulations.

Competition Compliance Programs help businesses understand and adhere to competition law principles, prevent anti-competitive behaviour, and mitigate the risk of penalties. We assist in establishing effective compliance programs.

Our Competition Law services benefit businesses of all sizes, from startups to established corporations operating across various sectors. We tailor our advice to suit each client’s unique needs.

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