Avinash Amarnath

Chandhiok & Mahajan (New Delhi)

Avinash is a partner at Chandhiok & Mahajan working with clients on sensitive and complex competition and disputes issues including abuse of dominance, vertical agreements, cartels, Supreme Court litigation, commercial disputes, and insolvency issues. Drawing on a decade of diverse experience at law firms, senior counsel and independent practice, Avinash provides holistic and practical advice to clients that balances business considerations with regulatory constraints. On the competition side, Avinash has successfully defended several leading businesses such as TransUnion CIBIL, Cipla, Great Eastern Energy Corporation Limited and Escorts Limited from abuse of dominance, vertical agreements and cartel allegations. Avinash has represented Fortune 500 clients in cross-border transactions requiring complex remedies. On the disputes side, Avinash is an Advocate-on-Record with the Supreme Court of India.

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2393 Bulletin

Avinash Amarnath The Indian Competition Commission fines airlines for fixing fuel surcharge and shows a change in the evidentiary standard in cartel cases involving price parallelism and circumstantial evidence (Jet Airways / InterGlobe Aviation / Spice Jet)


CCI imposes penalty of USD 38.6 million on airlines for fixing fuel surcharge* Just when one almost thought that the year 2015 would go by without a major cartel fine, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) published a decision on 17 November 2015 imposing penalties of USD 38.6 million (...)

Avinash Amarnath The Indian Competition Commission decides on whether public sector enterprises constitute a single economic entity (National Insurance / New India Assurance / Oriental Insurance / United India Insurance)


Insurance cartel* The CCI recently issued an order imposing a penalty of USD 105.7 million (approx.) on 4 public sector (owned by the Government of India) insurance companies for indulging in bid rigging. The case was initiated by the CCI on its own motion based on an anonymous letter alleging (...)

Avinash Amarnath The Indian Competition Commission imposes penalties on a trade association for collective boycott (Kerala Film Exhibitors’ Association / the Film Distributors Association / Kerala)


Film association case* In another decision, the CCI has imposed penalties on the Kerala Film Exhibitors’ Association (KFEA) and the Film Distributors Association, Kerala (FDAK) for collective boycott. The KFEA is an association of cinema hall owners in the state of Kerala. The FDAK is an (...)

Avinash Amarnath The Indian Competition Authority clears an alleged cartel for lack of evidence and provides guidance on cross-examination issues (Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India)


CCI finds no evidence of a cartel amongst builders but still passes strong observations against exploitative and unfair practices adopted by these builders* The CCI recently closed its investigation into an alleged cartel among builders in India finding insufficient evidence of a cartel (...)

Avinash Amarnath The Indian Competition Commission finds that agreements between pharmaceutical companies and trade associations would not qualify as horizontal nor vertical agreements but could nonetheless be examined under the general prohibition on anti-competitive agreements (Himachal Pradesh Chemist and Druggist Association)


Another chemist and druggist association penalised* In its ninth decision against various chemist and druggist trade associations in India, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) fined the Himachal Pradesh (a state in India) Chemist and Druggist Association 10% of its average turnover for (...)

Avinash Amarnath The Indian Competition Authority imposes penalties on companies for price-fixing through circulation of daily price bulletins amongst themselves and limitation of supply (Indian Sugar Mills)


Guest Post From India: “Of Price Bulletins and Dawn Raids”* Trade associations seem to be the flavor of the day for the CCI these days. Less than 4 days after passing an order fining the Chemists and Druggists Association, Goa, the Competition Commission of India (the “CCI”) has imposed penalties (...)


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