Extension Lecture Series - Page 8

Event: Extension Lecture Series
Date: March 12, 2016
Speaker: Mr. Rahul Goel, Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Topic: Competition Law Issues in Public Procurement

Mr. Rahul Goel is a Partner at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and based out of New Delhi offices. His practice focuses on Competition/ anti-trust laws.

M. Rahul is a member of Supreme Court Bar Association (India) and was also elected as a fellow of Royal Society of Arts (RSA), UK.

Mr. Rahul completed his Masters of Laws (LL.M) in Information Technology, Media and E- commerce laws (with emphasis on Competition and TMT laws) at University of Essex, United Kingdom. He also worked as a research student at the University of Essex under the guidance of Prof. Steve Anderman (Competition law) and Prof. Rohan Kariyawasam (Telecom law).

Mr. Rahul advises clients on all issues relating to Competition law including behavioural/ enforcement matters (cartels, bid-rigging, anti-competitive agreements, dominance) and merger control provisions. He also advises and assists companies/ stakeholders in Competition law compliance, audit and training. He assists and represents clients before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts (Writ Jurisdiction), Competition Appellate Tribunal and Competition Commission of India. He also advises and assists companies in auditing their existing agreements/ practices and forming compliance programmes/ procedures (including Do’s and Don’ts Policies) in accordance with Competition law.

Subsequent to notification of Competition law in India on May 20, 2009, Mr. Rahul advised Builders Association of India (in August 2009) and successfully represented Builders Association of India (Informant) in the cement cartel matter before the CCI; wherein the CCI imposed highest ever penalty on companies involved in cartel activity.

Mr. Rahul has been continuously working towards developing jurisprudence in Competition law space. He was selected (nominated) as finalist at the Global Competition Review Annual Awards at Washington DC, USA in 2013 for obtaining the landmark order from the CCI in the cement cartel matter. He was again selected (nominated) as finalist at Global Competition Review Annual Awards at Washington DC, USA in 2014 for obtaining landmark judgment on recognition of “Relevant Turnover” in Aluminium Phosphide cartel matter from Competition Appellate Tribunal. Also, Aluminium Phosphide Cartel matter was awarded 'Deal of the Year' by India Business Law Journal (IBLJ) 2013. Rahul is the only Competition law practitioner from India who has been selected among the finalists twice (for two consecutive years) for the prestigious GCR Annual Award.

Mr. Rahul, even prior to notification of merger control provisions (in April 2011) under the Competition Act, has advised companies including Areva T&D on merger control provisions and assisted them in creating “Do’s and Don’ts policy” for competing businesses (for India region) of merged entities. Mr. Rahul has actively worked on the issues concerning European Union’s Framework Directive and Competition laws especially Article 101 and 102 of the European Union Treaty. He is also a resource person for the Competition law programs offered by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Mr. Rahul was also invited to speak on competition law issues at International Competition Law Conference in 2010 and 2012 (at New Delhi) jointly organised by the Competition Appellate Tribunal and Competition Law Bar Association.

Mr. Rahul was recently ranked by Indian Lawyer 250 (a publication of Law Business Research, United Kingdom) among leading Indian lawyers under 45 years (40 under 45). He has been recommended by several legal directories (since 2008/ 2009) including Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Asia Law & Practice as a leading/ recognised practitioner in Technology, Media & Telecommunications sector.

Mr. Rahul takes part in consultation processes with Government of India and related ministries on policy related issues and submits proposal, papers on required changes in the extant policy. Mr. Rahul writes regularly for international and national journals/ publications (including peer- reviewed) on issues relating to Competition law and also contentious issues relating to Competition law v. Telecom law; Competition law v. Intellectual Property Rights; and Competition law v. International Trade laws (anti-dumping). He has also authored authoritative/ peer reviewed papers on Telecom law, IP and Trade law.

Event: Extension Lecture Series
Date: February 27, 2016
Speaker: Mr. M G Ramachandran, Head, Ramachandran & Associates, Delhi
Topic: Infrastructure Laws: An Overview

Mr. M G Ramachandran is graduate of Law (LL.B.-1975) and Commerce (B.Com (Hons) – 1972) from Univeristy of Delhi.

Since 1975, Mr. Ramachandran has been practicing as an independent professional. The areas of work include advising on reform and restructuring of industrial and commercial ventures, regulatory controls and measures, disinvestment, property development matters, drafting legislation, subsidiary rules and regulations, notifications, transfer schemes, policy directives, service rules and conditions, collaborations (technical & financial), agreements, advising on arrangements of incorporated companies and bodies including amalgamations/mergers and reconstruction, public issues including American Depository Receipts for Indian companies, advising on intellectual property rights and appearing before Supreme Court, High Courts and Tribunals.

Since 1994 Mr. Ramachandran has been advising on infrastructure reforms mainly in the power sector and also in Gas Sector, Special Economic Zone and port. He has been actively involved in the transformation of State Sector Utilities such as State Electricity Boards to corporate entities. He has been retained by Multilateral funding agencies such as Asian development Bank (ADB), World Bank and DFID, UK as legal, strategy and policy expert to give advice to various State Governments on long term basis for power sector reforms in India and Bangladesh. ADB has recognized Mr. Ramachandran as International Legal Expert for assisting in power sector reforms and had engaged him as Individual Legal and Regulatory Consultant for power sector reforms in the States of Madhya Pradesh and Assam.

Mr. Ramachandran has been actively involved in advising the Central Government and the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, National Capital Territory of Delhi, Orissa, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka on the entire gambit of power sector reforms. He had assisted the Central Government in formulating the polices for Electricity Laws Amendment in the year 1998 and drafting the Electricity Regulatory Commissions Act, 1998. He has assisted the State Government in the power sector reforms from the stage of conceptualizing reform program, preparation of Reform Legislation, Subsidiary Rules, Regulations and other statutory instruments unbundling of the State Electricity Boards, Constitution of the Regulatory Commission, Preparation of Regulations for the conduct of business of Regulatory Commission, Employees Related matters including their transfer to new entities and assisting in courts in defending the reform program and decisions by the Regulatory Commission. The work involved extensive interaction with various departments of the Central and the State Government, correlating the work of different departments, streamlining the reorganization process understanding the issues of different departments and stake holders and formulating strategies for implementation. He had assisted the State government in taking up the matter with the Central Government for Presidential Assent and interacted extensively with the Central and State Government departments in bringing into operation the State Legislation. He has also assisted the State Governments in dealing with the personnel related transfer including their transfer and --permanent absorption in the reorganized companies.