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Newest retired Competition Commission chairman Ashok Chawla joins Cyril advisory board

Ashok Chawla
Ashok Chawla
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) appointed former Competition Commission of India (CCI) chairman Ashok Chawla as its strategic advisory board member, effective 15 January 2016. He will also assist CAM with advocacy and policy advice.

Chawla retired from the CCI on Thursday, after a 43-year career as a civil servant from the Indian Administrative Service batch of 1973. He was the CEO of various Gujarat state-owned companies, was the economic counsellor in the Indian embassy in the US, was a member of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, was the permanent secretary in various Indian ministries including finance, economic affairs and civil aviation, was on the board of the Reserve Bank of India and alternate governor at the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, according to CAM’s press release.

Chawla has also held the role of chairman and managing director at Indian Petrochemicals and directorship at ONGC, added the release.

CAM managing partner Cyril Shroff commented in the release: “We are delighted to have Mr Chawla being part of our strategy advisory board. Given his rich and diversified experience, including various leadership positions, his guidance to the firm, would add immense value and depth to the firm.”

Chawla said: “It’s my pleasure to be part of the distinguished advisory board of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and I look forward to be contributing to the firm’s growth.”

CAM’s advisory board, formed on 9 August 2015, includes Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh, Kotak Mahindra managing director Uday Kotak, Boston Consultancy Group (BCG) Asia Pacific chairman Dr Janmejaya Sinha, and former Amarchand Mangaldas partner Professor Umakanth Varottil.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) – the other split-half of Amarchand Mangaldas – has traditionally had a strong competition practice. SAM senior partner Pallavi Shroff was the erstwhile Amarchand Mangaldas’ national head for the competition practice. Ireland and US-qualified competition expert Paku Khan used to be a director in erstwhile Amarchand Delhi’s competition practice.

CAM’s competition practice is headed by partner Nisha Kaur Uberoi.

CAM suffered mid-level attrition to the extent of nine lawyers towards the end of 2015.

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