Suhail Nathani is the managing partner of ELP, and heads the international trade and customs practice of the firm.
With over 24 years of experience, Suhail has been involved in advising and representing several clients on trade remedial measures. He has appeared before the anti-dumping and safeguard authorities, the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. He has to his credit favourable results in some of the most contentious and high-profile cases in the country. He was also the lead counsel to the government of India at the World Trade Organization panel and Appellate Body in Geneva; and has handled the first safeguard case in India. He has also advised Indian clients in trade disputes internationally – most recently in the US, Brazil and Australia.
On the trade advisory front, Suhail has advised on aspects of GATT, GATS and free trade agreements, including rules of origin, non-tariff barriers, trade remedial measures and market access. He has been widely published and is a frequent speaker at various conferences. He co-authored a chapter in WTO at 10, a compilation of articles on the first 10 years of the WTO, published by the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies.
Suhail has been recognised among the top 30 international trade practitioners in the world by Best of the Best Expert Guides 2016. He has been ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2012–2016) for his expertise in for his expertise in competition/antitrust, Corporate/M&A and international trade, and has been recommended as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific for the past seven years. He has been recognised for his expertise in Who’s Who Legal (2013 to 2015); and has also been identified as a leading lawyer by Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2014 and 2015). He has also featured as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2015 and 2016). He was on the jury for the 2016 BW Businessworld/PwC I-bank awards.
Suhail also heads the competition law and policy, corporate and commercial, private equity and venture capital, and capital markets and securities laws practices of the firm. He was recently appointed as a member of IBA's India contact group and is also a part of the host committee organising the fifth Asia Pacific Regional Forum Biennial Conference for the IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum. He is an honorary adjunct professor at Jindal Global Law School in India, and also serves as an independent director on three listed companies in India, including a scheduled bank. He also sits on the board of a privately held, “strategically important” NBFC.
Suhail earned his master’s degree at Cambridge University, UK, and has also received an LLM from Duke University, US. Apart from India, he is also admitted to the State Bar of New York. Prior to ELP, he was the general counsel in a start-up FCC licensed telecommunications carrier in Washington, DC that went public.
IFLR1000 (2014) described Suhail as “extremely responsive” and “very realistic”. It quoted a client saying, “Suhail is particularly good at advising us both on the likelihood of securing our rights, and the best, most practical methods for doing so. He is both an excellent lawyer and an excellent counsellor.”
The 2015 RSG India Report described Suhail as “an exceptional lawyer and adviser” who has a “broad understanding of Indian business and the challenges faced by investing in the country.”
WWL says: “One of India’s preeminent trade advocates.”
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