Chandhiok & Mahajan

India

Analysis

Overview

Chandhiok & Mahajan is recognised by the market for its competition and antitrust expertise and is growing in prominence in the restructuring and insolvency sphere. The firm is active for its big tech and e-commerce clients, for example representing Google before the competition regulator. Another highlight is the firm’s extensive experience in leniency mandates, powered by its win for a client in the first-ever decision by the Competition Commission of India in relation to leniency where 100% immunity was granted. The firm has numerous seminal antitrust law achievements under its belt. It is at the forefront of competition policy development, with name partner Karan Chandhiok as the co-chair of the Assocham-National Council on Competition Law. Chandhiok and co-founder Pooja Mahajan are key figures.

Client feedback

“They are very proactive in their response and they offer creative advice and solutions. The managing partner Karan and his colleague Avinash Amaranth are easily approachable and have in-depth knowledge of the relevant laws and regulations.” – Competition/antitrust

“The firm brought with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise and were able to deal with every eventuality. They highlighted all key risks for our consideration and proffered sensible suggestions for how to mitigate these. They were also prompt in responding and well prepared for every meeting.” – Corporate and M&A

“It has a professional team, well-researched representation and customer centric approach.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“It is very much approachable. They understand the underlying problem and help us with potential solutions displaying complete ownership of the situation.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“They research well, have ample networks and are highly professional in their dealing with clients.” – Restructuring and insolvency

Arveena Sharma

“She is attentive, conducts well-researched discussions and is good natured.”

Avinash Amarnath

“Avinash is very proactive and solution oriented, with in-depth knowledge of relevant laws.”

Pooja Mahajan

“Knowledgeable and approachable.”

“She is approachable and understands clients’ requirements. She provides quick and acceptable solutions.”

Sujoy Bhatia

“Sujoy brought a wealth of experience and expertise and was very effective in negotiating the transaction documents in a manner which best protected our rights.”

Private equity

Work highlights

Advised SAI Global India Fund I and ON Mauritius on their Series A investment in Crofarm Agriproducts Private.

Acted for Adloid Technologies Private on its Series A1 funding.

Represented Radiohead Brand Private on its pre-Series A fund raise from Roots Ventures, Angel List and other investors. 

 
Dispute resolution

Work highlights 

Representing Hindupur Solar Park Private on its challenge against the decision of the Government of Andhra Pradesh to renegotiate the tariff rates of its power purchase agreements.

Acted for Dewan Housing Finance in a dispute with Yes Bank before the Delhi High Court.

Representing Tower Vision India Private and ATC Telecom Infrastructure Private before the Supreme Court in relation to the non-payment of demand notices by the state of Chhattisgarh.

Key clients

CCI, Honda Motorcycle, Intel Technology India

Restructuring and insolvency

Work highlights 

Advised the consortium of the successful resolution applicant for Jet Airways India.

Representing the RPs of Ricoh India, GB Global, and Dignity Buildcon Projects.  

Acted for the liquidator of Innoventive Industries.

Corporate and M&A

Work highlights 

Advised Indorama on its acquisition of Grasim Fertilizer business for $358 million.

Acted for Clariant Chemicals on setting up a joint venture with India Glycols.

Represented KTC Entities in relation to the sale of an industrial land parcel to Vesuvius.

Key clients

Chiratae Ventures, EM3 Agriservices Private, SIG Global Singapore Fund

Competition/antitrust

Work highlights 

Acting for Google in an anonymous information filed against the GPay app and Google’s Play Store as well as two additional complaints filed regarding the client’s play store. 

Acted for Clariant and Heubach in obtaining CCI’s unconditional approval for the acquisition of Clariant’s pigments business by SKCP and Heubach with Clariant rolling back its interest.

Successfully represented Intel in a crucial CCI investigation alleging its abuse of dominance.

Key clients

FabHotels, JCB, Lighthouse Funds, Panasonic, Trident, UFO Moviez