Firm’s Biography

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Appointed by President of INDIA as special Counsel for complex tax matters of Govt. of India
  2. Father of Indian Competition Law
    ~ Global Law Experts, UK
  3. Architect of ‘Merger Review Format for India’
    ~ Legally India
    ~ Business Standard

KK Sharma Law Offices (KK) a strategic consulting group, founded by KK Sharma, former Director General & Head of Antitrust & Combination Divisions, Competition Commission of India and a Commissioner of Income Tax, Government of India, specializing in Competition Law, Economic Laws, International Affairs, Regulatory Risk Management and Public Policy Advisory, worldwide, is run through a network of international partners and affiliates.

The group brings together eminent names to create a multi-lateral consulting platform on Competition Law, Tax, Public Affairs and Policy.

WHAT SETS US APART

We believe that legal services essentially have to be in conjunction with socio-economic and political realities of nations. With this belief, we offer a team with a global vision specializing in Economic Laws, Tax, Enforcement & Investigations and Government Regulations & Public Policy while local in approach factoring ground realities. Our strength lies in our understanding of these realities in both developed and emerging economies.

Though handling wide spectrum of legal issues our understanding of competition law and its evolution across different jurisdictions gives us an insight which is unparalleled, our solutions are based on rigorous economic analysis, socio-political research and global regulatory best practices, making our competition law advisory well rounded. We see ourselves as partners in our clients’ growth. Our outcome driven custom solutions for our partner companies provide them a competitive advantage.

This offers our partner companies a one-stop solution to their legal dilemmas with a well informed, practical and effective guidance with complete litigation support and more so in all issues on Competition Law.

A number of enterprises such as National Fertilizers Ltd. have approached Mr. KK Sharma to be on their panel of Sole Arbitrators; besides a large number of enterprises like ONGC, New India Assurance, Reliance, National Insurance Company etc. have KK as a Firm in need.

EXPERTISE & LITIGATION SUPPORT

  1. ECONOMIC LAWS
    1. Competition Law
    2. Enforcement & Investigation
    3. Taxation
  2. GOVERNANCE, REGULATION & RISK
    1. Corporate Governance
    2. International Anti-Corruption Compliance
    3. CSR & Business Responsibility
    4. Project Development & Finance
  3. PUBLIC AFFAIRS & POLICY
    1. Government Relations & Public Policy
    2. Regulatory Capacity Building including assisting nations in the development of robust regulatory structures

ACCOLADES

  1. KK Sharma was nominated by peers as the leading Antitrust and Competition Law expert in Asia Pacific by Expert Guide Editions of 2014 & 2018
  2. KK Sharma holds the exclusive position of Merger Control Expert in India by Global Legal Experts (GLE) and many other similar positions
  3. Member of Global Competition Law Advisory Board of Bloomberg
  4. One of the handful nominated individuals to the Research Project Partnership (RPP) Platform of Competition Law and Policy Branch (CLB) of UNCTAD

DIVERSE & GLOBAL TALENT POOL

  1. Heads of Competition Agencies
  2. Senior Officials from the United Nations
  3. Various International Multilateral Bodies, such as World Bank
  4. Leading Economists of the world
  5. Globally experienced senior Civil Servants
  6. Seasoned international Professionals & Technocrats
  7. Acclaimed CEOs

DISTINCTIVENESS

  1. Mr. Sharma was not only involved in drafting of competition law and regulation in India but also in making it fully functional by being on the top position of each division.
  2. The procedures, formats, protocols designed by him have stood the test of time as well as peer reviews by other competition agencies and form the backbone of the competition law framework & enforcement in India.
  3. Be it the first few investigation reports or first fines by Antitrust Division or the first Merger Reviews, his stamp is everywhere in the initial footprints of competition law in India.
  4. His unparalleled investigation into cross border money transfers led to the formation of Directorate of International Taxation, by Government of India, contributing approx.20% of Direct Taxes collections of the country today.
  5. For all these reasons, the Firm is the preferred destination for second or third opinion by prominent enterprises which otherwise are consulting other firms, making the Firm, practically, the final word in, at least, the Competition Law.

DOMAINS WHICH KK SPECIALIZES IN

  1. Competition Law
  2. Tax
  3. Enforcement & Investigation
  4. Governance Regulations and Risk
  5. Assisting few countries in the development of robust regulatory structures
  6. Services of litigation support
  7. Legal opinion/advisory on Tax and other Economic Laws

CLIENTS

  • Government of Turkey
  • Belgium Chamber of Commerce
  • Reliance Industries Limited
  • Pharmacy Giants
  • Leading Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs)
  • Port Regulatory Bodies
  • Fortune 500 companies
  • Leading Private Sector Giants
  • Maharatnas (PSUs above $3.5Billion Turnover)

WORKING TOGETHER

We are a global advisory group with alliance partners and associates located around the world. Our current associates network include:

  • Furlan Associados
    Brasilia (Brazil)
  • HVK Financial Advisory & Investment Services
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • MeSh Analytics
    Brussels (Belgium)
  • BANHEM2 CAPS
    Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Singhania & Co.
    India, London, New York

Automobile

Having got one of the global automobiles giants imposed with a fine of Rs. 87 crores amongst other instances, our grip on this sector is complete. KK Sharma Law Offices ('Firm') has dealt with the procurement of services of Car Carrier Trucks by market leader in automobile sector in India and brought the anti-competitive practices to the fore.

Banking And Finance

The very first investigation in the country into competition law violations was made which resulted in a cascading effect of company after company giving up the claims of loan foreclosure charges in home and car loans across the country, amongst others, were under taken.

Bulk Transportation

When the allegations of cartel were brought before the enforcement machinery against the flexible conveyor belt manufacturers they were clear in their mind that only KKSLO can deal it successfully and, accordingly, they availed our services.

Film

The very first successful instance of cartelisation dealt by the competition agency in the case of Ficci Multiplex Association was very successfully dealt with by the competition agency under the overall supervision of Mr. Sharma.

Future Trading of Agriculture Commodities

The very first penalty on the leading stock exchange of the country exceeding Rs.50 Crores was based on the investigation done by the Mr. Sharma. Subsequently, when there were allegations of future trading and guar gum and other similar commodities, for saving the enterprises from huge fines, the Firm was the natural choice for representing these companies.

It may not be that well known no manufactured vehicle can leave the premises of the manufacturer except without being loaded on to the car carrier trucks. When the instances of anti competitive practices came to the fore, the Firm was the first choice to taken services from.