Aparna Mehra 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 GE/Alstom, PVR/DT Cinemas, Zuari Fertilizers and Chemicals/Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers (which involved competing bids by prospective buyers), Capgemini / iGate, Bharti/Walmart, GE/Thermo Fisher, INEOS/Solvay, and Intel/Motorola.
In 2017/18, she has been leading the charge on several complex long form notifications for Videocon d2H/Dish TV, HP/Samsung, both of which received early clearance, and Monsanto/Bayer, which has recently been cleared subject to a set of complex remedies.
In addition, Aparna also represented Avago Technologies in securing a reduced penalty for a failure to make a timely notification for the acquisition of Broadcom Corporation, in India and ChrysCapital for investment in Mankind Pharmaceuticals. Towards the end of 2017, Aparna has been involved in the first few insolvency related mergers, under India's recent Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
She is well regarded for her strong command of the CCI merger process, her practical, well-considered advice and her tenacity in securing the best result for her clients.
Aparna has also played an important role in the finalisation of the Indian merger control regime in April-May 2011, working closely with the Government of India and the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in relation to the draft Combination Regulations and associated exemption measures. She is also involved in the revision of the merger review process in light of the new insolvency law.
Aparna has been recognised for her professional achievements in the International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists in 2017 and 2018, based on international peer review.
Aparna has been recognised by Who's Who Legal Future Leaders as 'Most Highly Regarded Partner' for 2018 (Asia Pacific). According to interviewees, who praise her work on merger control cases state that Aparna "has done some exceptional work in the competition space". She is particularly well regarded for her "handson approach and clarity of thought".
Aparna has been recognized in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 for her 'industry knowledge and solution-oriented approach'.
Aparna has co-authored several competition law publications, including the India chapter of the Private Equity Antitrust Handbook published by the American Bar Association. She has also co-authored "Navigating through Indian Merger Control, Trends and Challenges" published in USIBC Legal and the India Chapter of the Antitrust Chronicle – Antitrust Developments in Asia Pacific which is published by Competition Policy International. She also assists in teaching a diploma course in competition law at ILS Law College, Pune.