Vinod Dhall

Senior Adviser
Touchstone Partners

Vinod Dhall was the founding Member and acting Chairman of the Competition Commission of India (CCI). He laid the groundwork for the eventual functioning of the Commission by preparing the draft regulations, framework for competitive analysis, and capacity building; earlier when in government, he was a key player in the enactment of the Competition Act itself.

He is an active and respected expert in competition policy and law, and is sought out for his high-level strategic advice and unique perspective on complex issues, including in mergers, cartels, abuse of dominance matters and compliance. He has advised global and Indian clients in several high-profile cases, both domestic and cross-border.

He is ranked as the only “Senior Statespeople” in Chambers and Partners – Competition & Antitrust (Global & Asia-Pacific) for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

He is highly respected by market sources and clients alike for his comprehensive knowledge, often acting as a senior adviser on complex cartel investigations and remains a central figure in India’s competition law marketplace having been the originator of many of the CCI’s practices, regulations and institutional capacities.

Vinod Dhall’s unique expertise and standing are also well respected amongst competition authorities; the Competition Commission of India engaged with him as an ‘expert of eminence’ for advice in devising a generic divestment order in merger cases. He has also been nominated by the Commission as a Non-Governmental Advisor for the International Competition Network.

His book on Competition Law, one of the first in India, has been commended as “a valuable resource” and “… an invaluable tool for readers who want to get an understanding of competition law issues.”