Nisha Kaur Uberoi is a Partner and the National Head of the Competition Law Practice at Trilegal, leading one of the largest competition law teams in India. She moved to Trilegal in June 2017 to set up the competition law practice at the firm. In this short period, she has led the Trilegal competition practice as a "go to competition practice" on complex matters. The practice, led by Nisha, became the first Indian firm to be recognized as the ‘Regional Firm of the Year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa’ by GCR in 2020.
Nisha has advised on several complex merger control cases and has obtained a significant number of merger control clearances in India (over 250 merger clearances), with expertise in acting on complex long form merger notifications, before the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”).
She has led the only behavioural remedies Phase-II merger approval of Schneider Electric and Temasek's acquisition of INR 14,000 crore (USD 2.1 billion) electric and automation business of L&T. Nisha has advised on several complex merger control cases, including India’s first two Phase-II investigations involving divestitures - the USD 4 billion Sun Pharmaceuticals / Ranbaxy merger and the EUR 41 billion (USD 49 billion) Lafarge / Holcim merger.
Other significant merger reviews include, the USD 50 billion merger between Peugeot S.A. and Fiat Chrysler; the USD 45 billion acquisition of the Nutrition & Biosciences Business of DuPont by IFF Inc.; and an unconditional approval on the USD 22 billion Idea -Vodafone merger in the Phase-I review period.
Nisha also advises on a full range of antitrust matters, including cartel enforcement (across sectors including tyre, cement, auto-parts and shipping liners), abuse of dominance, and leniency applications. She is the lead lawyer on the alleged cement cartel case, representing the LafargeHolcim group companies, which were penalized approximately USD 1.2 billion by the CCI. She recently represented Ola, a radio taxi aggregator, before the Supreme Court and obtained a favourable judgment in relation to the allegations of hub and spoke cartel and algorithmic collusion.
Nisha has been consistently recognized as a market leading practitioner by Who's Who Legal, Chambers (Band 1), GCR, IFLR 1000, RSG India, ALB Asia, and the A-List of India's top 100 lawyers by the India Business Law Journal and Indian Corporate Counsel Association.
Nisha was recognised as 'Dealmaker of the Year' at the 11th Annual Global Competition Review Awards 2021, making her the first Indian lawyer to win this coveted award. Nisha was recognized as the ‘Women Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)’ by Asia Legal Business at the ALB India Law Awards 2020. She was also named the ‘Competition Lawyer of the Year’ at the Legal Era Awards.
Nisha currently serves as India's non-governmental advisor for the International Competition Network. She is a member of the unilateral conduct working group for the International Bar Association (“IBA”), permanent working group of the IBA antitrust committee on non-cartel behavioural issues
She was part of the working group of the competition law review committee set up by the Government of India to recommend changes to the competition law regime in India.
Nisha received her LLB from National Law School of India University, Bangalore and her LLM from National University of Singapore.