Avaantika Kakkar

Partner (Head - Competition Law)

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Avaantika is one of the most highly experienced antitrust advisors in India. She advises on complex merger notifications and represents her clients before the Commission, the Appellate Tribunal and Courts.

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Qualifications

  • 2003 BSL, LL.B., Indian Law Society’s Law College, Pune
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Expertise

Practice Areas

  • Competition/Antitrust

Sectors

  • Infrastructure
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Financial Services
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Agriculture

Her practice includes strategic advice for her clients including work on objecting to certain mergers before the CCI.

Her experience in corporate and securities laws, transactional work in M&A, private equity, joint ventures, and structured finance equips her uniquely for strategy on merger regulation. She was among the first Indian lawyers to start practicing Indian Competition law in 2009, when the law came into effect.

On the enforcement side, Avaantika advises on commercial arrangements, vertical restrains including resale price maintenance, and the abuse of dominance. Her team works extensively on internal investigations and compliance. She was involved with filing the first few leniency applications in India and has assisted clients during ‘dawn’ raids by the CCI. Avaantika is a regular speaker at seminars, training institutes, and law schools. She spoke on Global Damages Litigation at the ABA Spring Meeting, 2016; at the USIBC Legal Services West Coast Conference in San Francisco in (2012), she presented developments on anti-corruption laws in India; and was a panellist for the USIBC forum entitled ‘One Year Later: A Look at the Investment Attitudes in India Post-Elections’, Washington DC (2015). She spoke at the Northwestern University School of Law’s Chicago Forum (2013 and 2016) and at the Chatham House Conference on Competition Policy (2019).

She has authored a book titled, ‘A Perspective on Product Liability Law and Consumer Safety’ (2006) (ISBN: 81-8159-054-6). She was appointed on a working group set up by the Competition Law Review Committee (established by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in India to review the competition law regime to promote best practices). She works closely with the regulator as a non-government advisor.

Professional Experience

  • Avaantika was the lead lawyer in the first Phase II merger control case in India (Sun Pharma/Ranbaxy).
  • Led first few cases involving remedies (Hospira/Orchid, ZF Friedrichshafen AG/TRW Automotive) at the CCI
  • She argued mitigated damages for Titan International, Inc. and secured a zero penalty order for Grupo Isolux Corsán for delayed merger filings.

Awards & Recognition

  • ‘Band 1’ Chambers and Partners 2020 & 2021
  • ‘Leading Individuals’ Asia Pacific Legal500, 2020 & 2019
  • ‘Elite Practitioner’ AsiaLaw 2019 – 2021
  • ‘A-List of Top 100’ Practitioners in India IBLJ 2019 & 2020
  • ‘40 Under 40’ The Economic Times 2018

Memberships

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, India

Qualifications

  • 2003 BSL, LL.B., Indian Law Society’s Law College, Pune
expertise

Expertise

Practice Areas

  • Competition/Antitrust

Sectors

  • Infrastructure
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Financial Services
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Agriculture

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