Sonam Mathur

Sonam Mathur (New Delhi)

Sonam advises on all aspects of Indian competition law. She has extensive experience in complex merger control having acted for leading corporate clients on global transactions (including in phase II review). She has also represented her clients in cartel and misuse of market power investigations before the Competition Commission of India. Sonam also advises on 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).


6913 Bulletin

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 / Deustche 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. In (...)

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 for (...)

Sonam Mathur The UK 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 engaged (...)

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