Talwar, Thakore & Associates (New Delhi)

Sonam Mathur

Talwar, Thakore & Associates (New Delhi)

Sonam Mathur is a partner at TT&A where she leads the competition law practice, based in New Delhi. Sonam has experience handling the full range of competition law matters including investigations of cartels and abuse of dominance, complex merger control having acted for leading corporate clients on global transactions (including in phase II reviews and multi-jurisdiction deals). Sonam also conducts training sessions and advises her clients on day-to-day compliance with the Indian competition law. She completed her Bachelor of Laws degree from National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (India) and a Master of Laws degree from King’s College London (United Kingdom).

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Shubhang Joshi, Sonam Mathur The Indian Competition Authority imposes monetary fines on travel agents for abusing their dominant position in the online hotel bookings market (MMT-Go / OYO)


Introduction On 19 October 2022, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) fined the leading Indian online travel agents (OTAs) MakeMyTrip India Pvt Ltd (MMT) and Ibibo Group Private Limited (Goibibo) (collectively referred to as "MMT-Go") 223,480,000 rupees (approximately $27.09 million) (...)

Sonam Mathur, Shubhang Joshi The Indian Supreme Court dismisses the appeal of two social media giants challenging the Competition Authority’s jurisdiction to investigate their privacy policies (WhatsApp)


On 14 October 2022, the Supreme Court of India dismissed appeals filed by WhatsApp LLC (WhatsApp) and Facebook Inc (now Meta) challenging the jurisdiction of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to investigate WhatsApp’s 2021 Terms of Service and Privacy Policy (the 2021 policy) (Meta (...)

Shubhang Joshi, Sonam Mathur The Indian Competition Authority provisionally approves the merger of two domestic broadcast media giants following voluntary divestments by the merging parties (Zee / Sony Group)


On 4 October 2022, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) conditionally approved the proposed merger of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEE) and Sony Group Corporation (SGC) in India (the proposed transaction). The merger between the two leading players in the broadcasting sector (...)

Sonam Mathur The Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs proposes a significant change in respect of the search and seizure powers granted to the investigating office of Competition Authority


The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India which is the authority responsible for the functioning of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has proposed a bill in the Lower House of Parliament of India on 10 December 2012 to amend the Competition Act, 2002 (Act). This proposal (...)

Sonam Mathur The Indian Competition Authority issues its first decision ruling that the collective decision of banks and housing finance companies to levy prepayment charges did not constitute a cartel (Neeraj Malhotra / Deutsche Post Bank Home Finance)


On 2 December 2010, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) delivered its first decision under the Competition Act, 2002. By a majority of 4:2, the CCI decided that the collective decision of banks/housing finance companies (“HFCs”) to levy prepayment charges did not constitute a cartel. (...)

Sonam Mathur The UK Competition Authority implements a revised approach for company director disqualification orders (OFT guidance document on director disqualification orders in competition cases)


On 29th June 2010, the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) published revised guidance on the issue of Director Disqualification Order (DDO) in competition cases. The legal provisions relating to DDO are contained in the Company Directors Disqualification Act, 1986 as amended by the Enterprise Act, (...)

Sonam Mathur The UK Office of Fair Trading heavily fines price-fixing practices from supermarkets and tobacco firms in a decision which may be its largest ever combined fine (Imperial Tobacco, Gallaher and retailers)


The Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) has recently fined two tobacco companies, namely Imperial Tobacco and Gallaher (now part of Japan Tobacco International), and ten retailers in UK for collusion while determining tobacco retail prices. The actual infringement took place between 2001 and 2003 (...)

Sonam Mathur The England & Wales Court of Appeal rules that damages cannot be recovered through the medium of Sec. 47A simply by identifying findings of fact by a regulator that could have amounted to a competition infringement, i.e., claimant’s right of action exists only if the regulator has actually decided that such conduct would constitute an infringement of competition provision (EW&S Railways / Enron)


In 2006, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) had concluded that English Welsh & Scottish Railway Limited (EW&S) infringed the prohibition contained in the Chapter II prohibition of the Competition Act 1998 and Article 82, EC Treaty . EW&S infringed the said provisions as it (...)


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