Kunal is an M&A and Competition Partner at Dua Associates with over 15 years of experience as a seasoned M&A lawyer including 5 years of rich experience as a competition/antitrust lawyer with an extensive experience in the areas of mergers and de-mergers including cross border mergers, acquisitions, private equity transactions, general corporate advisory, drafting and negotiating transaction documents including share purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, joint venture agreements, business transfer agreements, etc. Kunal has also advised clients on foreign direct investment structures and entry level strategies as well as several legal and regulatory issues.

Kunal has been instrumental in growing the Competition/Antitrust practice at Dua Associates. Kunal actively advises on competition related matters including merger control filings with the Competition Commission of India (CCI), abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations and also undertakes competition compliance programmes for leading corporates. Kunal acted as the Indian antitrust counsel to The Dow Chemical Company in relation to its USD 130 billion combination with DuPont. The deal was awarded the Matter of the Year globally at the prestigious Global Competition Review Awards 2018. Further, in an abuse of dominance matter against South Asia LPG Co. Pvt. Ltd. (SALPG), Kunal succeeded in securing the highest percentage fine imposed by the CCI in any abuse of dominance matter.

He is very well recognised by his clients for “having keen insight of the law, client responsiveness and above all, problem solving approach with the ability to converge law with business” and “an exceptional ability to provide an accurate forward-looking assessment of the thinking of the regulators, brings a lot of calming influence to the table much beyond his age even inextreme pressure situations”.

Kunal is an avid writer and has published several articles in leading corporate law journals and business newspapers.

Kunal has worked with AZB & Partners and Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co (now Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas) including a secondment to Apollo Global Management in New York.

Kunal holds a Master of Laws in International Business Laws from Queen Mary, University of London where he secured a Merit Class including a Distinction in his dissertation “Analysis of the Power of the Competition Regulators to Unscramble the Eggs.” He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Socio-Legal Sciences from ILS Law College, Pune.


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