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DSK's Balbir Singh quits CCI panel after firm took conflicts-hit with private clients

DSK Legal partner Balbir Singh, who was appointed as one of six law firm lawyers to the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) external panel in September 2012, has resigned from the panel.

Delhi partner Singh said that the panel appointment was ordinarily for three years but that he had decided to step down because of conflict issues in acting for existing clients against the CCI.

He said that while DSK had been appearing for private clients “where the CCI is supporting the private party, but where it is opposing the private party, there was a conflict for us”.

He added that he had appeared for the CCI in around eight to 10 matters over the last one-and-a-half years against a number of law firms, of which several had been reported by Legally India, such as NSE case before the Compat, the DLF penalty, the Jet Etihad deal, and the cement makers investigation.

While the CCI could still call on him to represent it, he was now free to appear anywhere, said Balbir. Other firms that were appointed to the panel in 2012 included Advaya Legal in Mumbai, Canpisce & Co and Verus Advocates in Delhi, and Fox Mandal & Co in Kolkata.

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