Nisha Kaur Uberoi is a Partner of Amarchand Mangaldas and Head of the Competition Law Practice (Mumbai Region) of the Firm. Nisha currently leads a team of twelve lawyers exclusively doing competition law and handles complex competition law matters involving innovative solution oriented structuring, interaction with the regulator and economists and a multidisciplinary approach and advises on the full range of competition matters, including cartel enforcement, abuse of dominance, merger control and competition audit and compliance.
She represents Indian and multinational clients across sectors such as cement, financial services, natural resources, airlines, steel, manufacturing ,FMCG, pharmaceuticals etc. Nisha is also involved in developing strategies to defend clients before the Office of the Director General, the Competition Commission of India (“CCI) and the Competition Appellate Tribunal (“COMPAT”) in relation to enforcement actions, including representing the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Adani Gas Limited, Gujarat Gas Company Limited and The International Air Transport Association.
Nisha graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2002 and did her LL.M. from the National University in Singapore with a focus on Comparative Competition Law and Law and Economics in 2005. Prior to joining the Firm, Nisha worked in a leading UK firm based in Singapore and advised on competition law and mergers and acquisitions. Nisha has been recognised by the International Who’s Who Historical Society Professionals in 2011 – 2012, Asia Law Leading Lawyers 2013, Euromoney B.R.I.C. 2013 – Expert on Competition Law and the 2013 RSG India Report as “ one of the most excellent Competition lawyers in India ” for her work in competition law.
Nisha has co – authored several publications on competition law, including the India chapters on anti competitive agreements, abuse of dominance and merger control in Competition Law in the BRICS Countries published by the International Bar Association and Wolters – Kluwer, 2012 and the India chapter for The Cartels and Leniency Review , 2012. She has also written several articles on competition law in India and her article on Merger Control in India was shortlisted for the 2013 Antitrust Writing Award.
Nisha has obtained a very significant number of merger control clearances in India (over 40 of the 120 odd merger notifications), including Etihad/Jet, Tetra Laval/Alfa Laval, Blackstone/Embassy, Bain Capital/Genpact, KKR/ ATG B.V., Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation/Tata Capital Financial Services Limited, CIE Automotive/Mahindra Systech Companies, Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited/Pantaloon Retail (India) Limited, Mitsui Sumitomo/Max New York Life Insurance,etc.
Nisha has also obtained CCI clearance for India’s first two Form II merger notifications (long form). The first related to the natural gas sector (GDNL/Gujarat Gas) and was cleared by the CCI in 26 days (excluding clock stops). The second related to the alcoholic beverages sector (United Spirits Limited/Diageo) and received the CCI’s unconditional approval within a record period of 19 days (excluding clock stops). Nisha speaks regularly at various fora in India and overseas on competition law.
Nisha is a member of the Permanent Working Group on Non- Cartel Behavioural Issues of the IBA Antitrust Committee and a member of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Merger Control of the IBA Antitrust Committee.