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Luthra MA Karan Chandhiok starts up disputes & regulatory boutique

Karan Singh Chandhiok
Karan Singh Chandhiok

Former Luthra & Luthra Delhi managing associate Karan Chandhiok, who left the firm in October 2013, has set up regulatory and dispute resolution practice Chandhiok & Associates in Delhi.

Chandhiok has set the practice up as a sole proprietorship assisted by a team of four lawyers, one of whom is former Luthra competition associate Vikram Sobti, who left the firm in September.

“It was something I wanted to do for a while, to set up something of my own, where I can concentrate on competition and also on the litigation side of things, and expand the competition practice more into a regulatory practice,” commented Chandhiok.

“I wanted to spread my wings into the [domain of] economic regulators,” he said, explaining that work at the start up involved regulators in areas such as electricity, health and petrol among others.

The firm is currently doing competition law, arbitration and corporate law work, and appearing before the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Appellate Tribunal, the high courts and the Supreme Court, he said.

Chandhiok said that the firm has already closed a case involving an abuse of dominance investigation against Hyundai, represented the All India Drugs and Chemists Association, while on the litigation side he has been focussing on compliance work such as preparing mergers and combination filings and advisory work such as on agreement distributorship, mostly for real estate firms.

Chandhiok obtained an LLB from Amity Delhi in 2006 and a BCL from Oxford in 2007 before joining Allen & Overy (A&O) the same year. He left A&O September 2010 to join Luthra in December 2010.

Being the only managing associate level retainer in the competition practice headed by Delhi partner GR Bhatia at Luthra, he said he had started up his firm on 1 November as soon as his notice period and the last major matter he was handling was disposed of.

Luthra & Luthra was not available for comment at the time of going to press.

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