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Piyush Gupta

Head of Aviation & Competition and India practices Singapore T +65 6505-0160
piyushgupta@incegd.com

Department Aviation & Travel, Corporate & Commercial, Finance, Competition & Anti-trust Qualified India (2003) Education (University) • LLM, The George Washington University Law School • LLB, University of Delhi. • B.Com (H), University of Delhi • PG Diploma in International Trade and Business Laws, Indian Society for International Laws • PG Diploma in Environmental Laws, World Wide Fu Languages English, Hindi

Piyush Gupta

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Piyush Gupta heads the Aviation & Competition and India practices practice in Singapore. Piyush has close to two decades of extensive experience advising on the full range of aviation, corporate finance, corporate regulatory and competition matters, including cartel enforcement, abuse of dominance, merger control and competition audit and compliance across Asia.

Piyush has close to two decades of extensive experience advising on the full range of aviation, corporate finance, corporate regulatory and competition matters, including cartel enforcement, abuse of dominance, merger control and competition audit and compliance across Asia.

His clients include various Indian and multinational entities across sectors such as airlines and airports, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, financial services, telecom, automobiles, glass, FMCG, etc. Piyush has also acted for some of the major clients, including the state-owned oil marketing companies in India in significant cases before the Competition Commission of India as well as advising and representing major international airlines before sectoral regulators.

Piyush has also assisted various multi-national and local companies in setting up competition law compliance and audit structures, as well as advising regularly on dawn raids and whistle-blowing programmes for companies in a wide range of industries.

Prior to joining the firm, Piyush served as Partner and Head of the Competition and Aviation Law Practice Groups at one of India’s leading and largest law firms. He has also worked as in-house counsel with major domestic and international airlines and leading law firms, in Singapore and India.

Piyush has been providing extensive legal advice to international airlines, MROs and OEMs on various aspects of aviation laws (including repossession / insolvency issues and applicability of international conventions). He has also conducted numerous trainings and workshops on various issues including aircraft leasing and financing, competition compliances, emissions trading and alliances, JVs and regulatory hurdles within the aviation industry.

Piyush is a regular speaker at various legal forums in Asia and has contributed several articles on competition law, including the India chapter on anti- competitive agreements, abuse of dominance and merger control in Competition Law in book titled ‘Doing Business in India’.

Legal directory quotes and other accolades

  • Piyush is highly regarded by his peers as well as clients. He has received many recommendations and has been ranked by international publications consistently.
  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2015-2020) - “Recommended Lawyer” for Antitrust / Competition as well as for Aviation laws in India.
  • Asialaw, 2020
  • Listed Piyush as a “distinguished practitioner” for aviation laws in India.
  • Chambers & Partners, 2020
  • Listed Piyush as “prominent figure” in the aviation and aerospace sector in India.
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2016-2017)
  • Listed Piyush as a leading individual and has ranked him as a “market-leading lawyer” in Competition / Antitrust laws in India.

Professional associations & memberships

  • Member of Delhi Bar Association

My matter highlights

Competition / Antitrust & Regulatory:

  • Acted for the Indian state-owned oil companies on the issue of joint / collective buying under the Indian Competition Act.
  • Acted as the India counsel and made submissions before the competition regulator in India in the biggest tech merger deals in the history of the IT industry involving complicated financing and acquisition structuring on a global level.
  • Advised a major pharmaceutical company before the CCI in relation to alleged issues with their distribution arrangements.
  • Advised a major manufacturer of photographic paper to assess whether its distribution agreements are likely to infringe the competition law of India and Bangladesh.
  • Advised a major computer manufacturer on its arrangements with distributors and resellers including legal issues concerning sales at a discount by resellers on e-marketplaces, review of agreements with distributors and resellers, review of notices to distributors and resellers and advice on predatory pricing and minimum resale price maintenance in India.
  • Assisted some of the largest MNCs with their competition law compliance issues, including conducting competition compliance audit and trainings, and drafting competition compliance manual(s).

Aviation:

  • Represented a major aircraft manufacturer on various aspects of Indian aviation laws including repossession / insolvency issues and applicability of international conventions.
  • Advised a large aircraft manufacturer on various contracts with the Government of India for supply of both defence and civilian aircraft to the latter, specifically in relation to advising on supply contracts and tender documents, providing regulatory advice on defence procurement guidelines, public tender regulations and anti-corruption laws.
  • Represented a consortium of large international airlines across various forums in relation to regulatory compliance and disputes.
  • Provided comprehensive legal advice to an international low cost airline in connection with the proposed setting up of a company in India.
  • Advised an international scheduled air carrier in overhauling their entire website in India to make it compliant with the revised rules and regulations of the Indian aviation regulator.

My recent publications

News / Incisive Law featured on the September issue of Asian Legal Business

18-09-2020 / Aviation & Travel

We are pleased to have been featured in the September issue of the Asian Legal Business Magazine.

Incisive Law featured on the September issue of Asian Legal Business

Insights / Price Transparency – Consumer Protection v Antitrust Infringement

11-09-2020 /

On 7 September 2020, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (‘CCCS’) issued its guidelines on price transparency (‘Guidelines’).

Price Transparency – Consumer Protection v Antitrust Infringement

Insights / Counter-Drone Tech and the Challenges Thereof

27-08-2020 / Aviation & Travel

Drone detection technologies have been a blind spot for most governments across the world, and it gains significance in the current times considering that drones are now being used for commercial purposes.

Counter-Drone Tech and the Challenges Thereof

Insights / Drones – A New Frontier

13-08-2020 / Aviation & Travel

Unmanned Aircraft Systems / Vehicles (UAS UAV - or Drones, as they are commonly known) refer primarily to an unmanned aircraft which is guided by a remote control.

Drones – A New Frontier

Insights / Competition Commission of India Taking Strides Towards Penalising Individuals

05-08-2020 /

In a recent development within the competition law circles in India, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (‘CBDT’) has authorized the Indian tax authorities to share ‘relevant’ information with the Competition.

Competition Commission of India Taking Strides Towards Penalising Individuals

Insights / India Enacts New Consumer Protection Legislation

21-07-2020 /

India has enacted a new consumer protection law replacing the more than three decades old Consumer Protection Act, 1986. The New Consumer Protection Act, 2019 (‘Act’) came into force on 20 July 2020.

 India Enacts New Consumer Protection Legislation

Insights / Competition Commission of India Exempts Cartel Behaviour

16-07-2020 /

Vide its order dated 10 July 2020 (‘Order’), the Competition Commission of India (‘CCI’) found that ten (10) enterprises had indulged in cartelisation during the period 2009 to 2017.

Competition Commission of India Exempts Cartel Behaviour

News / India passes the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code - Amendment Ordinance

09-06-2020 /

Last week, the Indian government amended the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (“IBC”) by passing the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Ordinance 2020 (“Ordinance”)[2]. The Ordinance was passed on and came into effect on 5 June 2020. The basic tenet of the Ordinance is to suspend fresh bankruptcy proceedings against persons impacted because of COVID-19 for at least six months, up to a maximum of one year.

India passes the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code - Amendment Ordinance

News / Fixing of domestic airfares by Indian government: a mode to be replicated by other countries?

04-06-2020 / Aviation & Travel

Setting aside our aspersions on the manner in which domestic air travel was recommenced in India – by way of a tweet by the aviation minister catching the airlines unawares - the government’s decision to “control” the ticket prices, at least in the short term (3 months), is, I feel, a masterstroke.

Fixing of domestic airfares by Indian government: a mode to be replicated by other countries?

News / Competition Commission of India seeks public consultation over non-compete restrictions under merger filings

04-06-2020 /

The Competition Commission of India (“CCI”) is seeking public consultation over its plans to omit the requirement for companies to provide information regarding non-compete restrictions under the regulation for combinations[1] (“Public Consultation”). The premise for issuing the Public Consultation is that ‘prescribing a general set of standards for assessment of non-compete restrictions may not be appropriate in modern business environments.’

Competition Commission of India seeks public consultation over non-compete restrictions under merger filings