The “excellent” Ram Kumar is identified as "very good in Indian merger control proceedings". He is lauded as "a great lawyer who is respected by clients for always giving clear and practical advice".
Ram Kumar leads the competition practice of TT&A. He has advised Indian and foreign clients on complex matters across various sectors such as pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, energy, media, FMCG, glass and healthcare.
He has successfully advised and represented a number of clients in merger transactions, including: Linde in its merger with Praxair, 21st Century Fox in relation to the sale of its business to Walt Disney Co, Lafarge in its global merger with Holcim and Novartis in its transformational restructuring involving three transactions with GlaxoSmithKline. On the antitrust side, Ram has successfully defended Great Eastern Energy and Saint Gobain in abuse of dominance investigations before the CCI. He has represented Reliance Industries and 21st Century Fox in cartel investigations. He also regularly advises multinational companies on competition compliance issues. Ram is a non-governmental advisor to the CCI.
He received his LLM degree from the National University of Singapore and holds a postgraduate diploma in competition economics from King’s College London.
Ram is consistently rated for his expertise and experience by publications such as Chambers and Partners, Who’s Who Legal as a “Future Leader” 2018 and The Legal 500. He is described as “mature beyond his years and very capable”.