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Trilegal comp head Rahul Singh leaves to Oxford PhD, will practice ‘part-time’; Tambe takes over

Singh: Competing at Oxford
Singh: Competing at Oxford

Trilegal competition head Rahul Singh has left to Oxford University for a PhD in competition law and will continue to work part time as of counsel with the firm, as Mumbai corporate partner Amit Tambe takes over as head of the practice.

Singh is researching the “Emerging Jurisprudence of Indian Competition Law” at Balliol College, Oxford, where he is a Commonwealth Scholar. He was not reachable for comment at the time of going to press.

Delhi partner Anand Prasad said that Singh would work with the firm “a few hours every day” and would rejoin when he completes the PhD. “London is only four-and-a-half hours behind us and we’re working beyond nine to five anyway” he said.

Trilegal had created a pure-play competition practice in November 2010 after hiring Singh, who had taught competition law at NLSIU Bangalore until then. He had been competition law assistant professor at NLSIU since 2005 after completing his LLB from the law school and his LLM from Harvard University. He was also associate director at the Bar Council of India’s (BCI) directorate of legal education immediately before joining Trilegal.

Tambe was one of the firm’s first two non-founding equity partners, elevated into the 13-year lockstep in August 2011. He graduated from GLC Mumbai and joined Trilegal from Desai & Diwanji in 2004.

Prasad said: “[Tambe] stepped in a couple of months back to help with the transition. He used to do a fair amount of competition in the past, in M&A deals. We needed someone good, and that was hard to find in the market. Competition itself as a practice is new and not too many good professionals are there in the market. There are largely people who have retired from the competition commission and there is no abundance of competition experts. [We preferred to have someone internally] because we wanted to bring a certain quality, somebody who sort of was familiar with competition work and was interested also.”

He said that Trilegal’s competition practice had two or three retainers in Mumbai and three or four in Delhi, and that the team would remain unchanged. The news was first reported by Bar & Bench.

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