Talwar Thakore & Associates (TTA) represented Swiggy, a food ordering and delivery platform that has raised US$1.6 billion since it was set up in 2014, when the Competition Commission of India (CCI) recently dismissed allegations against it of abuse of dominance.
The CCI’s 19 June order followed a complaint that alleged prices on Swiggy were higher than those charged by restaurants to walk-in customers. TTA said this was the first complaint against an e-commerce company to be dismissed this year.
TTA’s team comprised partner Ram Kumar Poornachandran and associate Ankita Gulati. Swiggy’s internal legal team included GC Panduranga Acharya, general manager, legal, Marisha Shukla, and legal counsel Subhiksha Muralidhar.
“In the current regulatory climate, which regards large e-commerce players with suspicion, it was of utmost importance to emphasize/clarify that Swiggy is a facilitative platform and does not interfere in pricing of food items,” Poornachandran told India Business Law Journal. He described the CCI’s order as well-reasoned.