Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Aparna Mehra is a senior lawyer with rich and multi-faceted experience across various areas of corporate and commercial laws, and is highly reputed for her special expertise in competition law. She joined the firm in June 2014 and was promoted to partnership in the Competition Law Practice in June 2015.
Aparna is a merger control specialist and has been involved in a large number of high profile merger control matters including Sony/Zee (largest deal in the media and entertainment sector in India, which was granted a Phase I approval subject to certain modifications, recognized as deal of the year 2022 by the Indian Business Law Journal).
Aparna led the competition aspect of the insolvency and acquisition of Monnet Ispat & Energy Limited by a consortium comprising of AION and JSW Steel Limited. In May 2019, the deal won the Innovation in Legal Expertise Award of the Year at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific, 2019.
Aparna has a strong reputation for responsiveness, solution-orientedness, and an innate understanding of how the regulator thinks. She is well regarded for her strong command over nuances of the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) merger process and her practical, well-considered advice. Aparna has also played an important role in the finalisation of the Indian merger control regime in 2011, working closely with the Government of India and the CCI in relation to the draft Combination Regulations and associated exemption measures. She was involved in the revision of the merger review process in light of insolvency law. Aparna has also been leading in the organisation of advocacy roadshows across India. Aparna assisted the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Regulatory Affairs Committee in making representations to the CCI in relation to proposed amendments to the Combination Regulations, which could impact the private equity industry.