Anand Pathak is a partner in P&A Law Offices in New Delhi. He has extensive experience in advising clients on Indian and European competition laws, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure projects and technology collaborations. Prior to joining P&A Law Offices, he practised law in Brussels, Cleveland and Palo Alto.
Anand attended all of the EU Council negotiation meetings leading to the adoption of the EU Merger Control Regulation (Regulation 4064/89). He has represented clients in complex EC Commission investigations of abuse of dominance, cartels and mergers, and regularly represents clients before the Competition Commission of India, the Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal, the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. He also represents Indian and multinational companies in cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures.
Anand’s recent representation of clients before the Competition Commission of India, the Competition Appellate Tribunal, the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India under the Indian Competition Act, 2002, includes MCX-SX, Apple Inc, Springer India, DLF Ltd, Sony Pictures, Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, GM India, Amazon Inc, Ericsson, Bull Machines and Super Cassettes India Limited. He has also represented Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited in a competition law investigation in the EU (currently on appeal before the EU General Court).
Anand was presented with the National Law Day Award 2005 by the Prime Minister of India for his unique contribution in the field of corporate law and for bringing foreign investment into India. He has received several awards for M&A and competition law, including “Best M&A Lawyer in India” in 2008; “India M&A Legal Counsel of the Year” in 2009; “India M&A Lawyer of the Year” in 2011 and 2012; “Competition Lawyer of the Year” in 2011; and “India Competition Lawyer of the Year” in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He is a frequent speaker on EU and Indian competition laws and is the author of several articles, including “The EC Commission’s Approach to Joint Ventures: A Policy of Contradictions” in European Competition Law Review 171 (1991); “EC Merger Regulation Enforcement During 1992” in European Law Review CC 132 (1993); “Market Definitions, Compatibility with the Common Market and Appeals from Commission Decisions under the Merger Regulation During 1993”, in European Law Review CC 166 (1994); “India’s New Competition Act: A Muddled Beginning” in the 2008 IFLR Guide to Competition and Antitrust, p44; and the India chapter in The Dominance and Monopolies Review, edited by Maurits Dolmans, p139.
Anand graduated from the University of Cambridge, England (LLB) and Yale University (LLM and MA in International and Development Economics). He was a stagiaire to both Sir Gordon Slynn, advocate general at the EU Court of Justice, Luxembourg (1985), and to the legal service of the EU Commission, Brussels (1989–1990). He was the chairman of the task force on competition law of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and was a member of the government of India appointed committee on national competition policy. He is currently vice chair of the IPBA on Indian Competition Law.
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