M&A Lab

May 22, 2009

FAQs on Indian Competition Law

To facilitate competition in the Indian market, the Indian Government has enacted the new competition law called the Competition Act, 2002 (“Competition Act”) which is meant to replace the extant Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1969 (“MRTP Act”) and provide institutional support to healthy and fair competition. The Competition Act seeks to prohibit anti-competitive agreements including cartels; prohibit abuse of dominant position and regulate combinations (mergers and amalgamations, and acquisitions).

As per the Business Standard news article dated May 21, 2009, the substantive provisions of the Competition Act relating to (i) prohibition of anti competitive agreements and (ii) abuse of dominance have been notified. Further, it is expected that the substantive provisions of the Competition Act with respect to regulations of combinations (mergers, amalgamations and acquisitions) will also be notified soon with the formation of the New Government. In light of the same, it becomes critical to understand the implications that the Competition Act will have on trade and mergers and acquisitions in India.

This M&A Lab captures frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) that both foreign and domestic acquirers may have with respect to Competition Act in India. For the sake of convenience and better understanding, these FAQs are divided into 4 parts – (Part I) Introduction; (Part II) Anti competitive agreements; (Part III) Abuse of dominance and (Part IV) Combinations.

For a detailed analysis of the commercial, legal, regulatory & tax considerations,Initiates file download please click here for the document.

As you would be aware, we have been providing regular information on latest legal developments. M&A Lab is our latest initiative to provide you in depth and knowledge based analysis of latest M&A deals. We will be happy to have your views / comments on our initiative. Please read the disclaimer carefully.

– Ruchi BiyaniAbir RoyNishchal Joshipura & Kartik Ganapathy 
You can direct your queries or comments to Team M&A


The contents of this hotline should not be construed as legal opinion. View detailed disclaimer.

This Hotline provides general information existing at the time of preparation. The Hotline is intended as a news update and Nishith Desai Associates neither assumes nor accepts any responsibility for any loss arising to any person acting or refraining from acting as a result of any material contained in this Hotline. It is recommended that professional advice be taken based on the specific facts and circumstances. This Hotline does not substitute the need to refer to the original pronouncements.

This is not a Spam mail. You have received this mail because you have either requested for it or someone must have suggested your name. Since India has no anti-spamming law, we refer to the US directive, which states that a mail cannot be considered Spam if it contains the sender's contact information, which this mail does. In case this mail doesn't concern you, please unsubscribe from mailing list.




Proud Moments

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific: Tier 1 for Government & Regulatory and Tax
2020, 2019, 2018

Legal500 Asia-Pacific: Tier 1 for Tax, Investment Funds, Labour & Employment and TMT
2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific: Band 1 for Employment, Lifesciences, Tax and TMT
2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

IFLR1000: Tier 1 for Private Equity and Project Development: Telecommunications Networks.
2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014

AsiaLaw Asia-Pacific Guide 2020: Tier 1 (Outstanding) for TMT, Labour & Employment, Private Equity, Regulatory and Tax

FT Innovative Lawyers Asia Pacific 2019 Awards: NDA ranked 2nd in the Most Innovative Law Firm category (Asia-Pacific Headquartered)

RSG-Financial Times: India’s Most Innovative Law Firm
2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

NDA Connect

Connect with us at events, 
conferences and seminars.