Nisha Kaur Uberoi has joined Trilegal as a partner and head of its competition law practice.
She will be based in Mumbai and lead team members across all of the firm’s offices to build a national competition practice.
Uberoi moved to Trilegal with her team of five lawyers from AZB & Partners, a firm she joined last August as co-head of its competition practice. Uberoi began her career at Amarchand Mangaldas before moving to Singapore to work with Rajah & Tann and Ashurst. She then returned to Amarchand and became part of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas after Amarchand was dissolved.
Speaking to India Business Law Journal about her decision to leave after a relatively short stint at AZB, Uberoi said: “Honestly, Trilegal has never had a competition practice. It was the only firm among the top five which had this gap. I started Amarchand Bombay’s competition practice from scratch – I was their first hire in December 2010. So the whole challenge and opportunity appeals to me. In a regulatory practice, you tend to have already taken certain views and there can be divergent views. This was a much ‘cleaner’ option.”
Discussing her experiences with Indian and international firms, Uberoi said that practising in India is much more stimulating, “particularly for a regulatory practice like competition, which is evolving”. She added: “Every few weeks there’s something which changes in our field, so we’re witnessing it grow and that challenge is very exciting. Foreign firms are obviously much better placed with institutional processes, though Indian firms are also institutionalizing a lot and it’s an interesting time to be in India.”
Uberoi is a graduate of the National Law School of India University and joins three of her classmates at Trilegal – corporate partners Nishant Parikh and Harsh Pais, and Bhakta Patnaik, head of the capital markets practice. The firm’s founders are also graduates of the same law school.
Sridhar Gorthi, one of Trilegal’s senior partners and a member of its board, said that “building a strong competition practice is a strategic priority for the firm” and that Trilegal was “thrilled to have her on board”.