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Harikumar Pillay

Harikumar Pillay

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow8 Marina Boulevard#05-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1SingaporeSingapore018981

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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

Harikumar Pillay garners plaudits for his ability to “quickly frame legal issues on the spot and able to find solutions to difficult problems”, thanks to his “very sharp critical thinking”. 


Peers and clients say:

"Mr Pillay has an impressively engaging mind, and is very responsive to queries."

"He has a strong sense of justice and fairness."

"Hari brings responsiveness, clarity in analysis, and creative problem-solving to briefs."

"Mr Pillay has extensive knowledge of how competition regulators operate, which enables businesses to better understand enforcement objectives."

"He is extremely practical in his approach and has the ability to address issues efficiently and well."

"His points are very insightful and objective, and he is very calm and  collected."


Hari is principal of the antitrust and competition team at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow.

Hari has more than 14 years' experience in private practice and the public sector. Prior to joining private practice in 2018, Hari helmed the enforcement division at the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS), where for nearly 10 years he worked on and supervised seminal enforcement cases involving cartel conduct; abuse of market power; and M&A. He also led teams in defending appeals brought against the CCCS’s decisions before the Competition Appeals Board.

His practice covers competition/antitrust law and policy work, and regulation-related advisory work in Singapore and ASEAN. Hari has assisted a client in an investigation by the CCCS into the online food delivery sector; coordinated multijurisdictional competition and regulatory advice for clients in relation to their distribution arrangements in the ASEAN markets; acted for a client in relation to a CCCS cartel investigation in the manufacturing sector; assisted an association in relation to a CCCS inquiry into the healthcare sector; and advised clients on the need for merger notification in Singapore and other ASEAN jurisdictions.

Hari further advises competition authorities on enforcement strategies, competition policies, institutional frameworks and work process reviews, and legislative amendments. He recently concluded the ASEAN toolkit on enforcement strategies aimed at providing guidance to the 10 ASEAN competition authorities (particularly, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam) on priority-setting and identifying specific and realistic entry-points for competition law enforcement. He is also the competition policy consultant to the Malaysia Competition Commission for its ongoing legislative amendments exercise, including the introduction of merger control.

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