John Handoll is the National Practice Head, Competition Law with the Firm, where he also works as the Senior Advisor, European and Competition Law.
John is a specialist competition and regulatory lawyer with extensive experience of over 40 years. Since arriving in India in 2012, John has developed expertise in a wide range of Indian competition matters. Bringing his European and international experience to bear, he has worked with Indian lawyer members of the New Delhi competition team in relation to several matters before the Competition Commission of India, the Competition Appellate Tribunal/National Company Law Appellate Tribunal and the Indian courts. This has included working on merger notifications (including multi-jurisdictional filings), antitrust (including cartel investigations and leniency applications), and alleged abuse of dominance. John has also advised numerous Indian and multinational companies on compliance programmes and on preparing for dawn raids.
Over his career, John has worked for a wide range of domestic and international clients in a wide spectrum of economic activity. As well as India, he has worked in many European jurisdictions – notably the UK, Belgium, and Ireland. In addition to day-to-day practice in a range of national and EU areas, John has also published and lectured widely in EU law. He has also previously acted as non-governmental adviser in the International Competition Network, working in the areas of mergers, cartels, and unilateral behaviour.
Widely acclaimed as a top practitioner of European and Competition Law by several international media and legal publications, John is also the author of two full length volumes: Capital, Payments and Money Laundering in the European Union (Richmond Law & Tax, 2006) and Free Movement of Persons in the EU (Wiley Chancery, 1995).
John has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a Global Elite Thought Leader – Competition in 2023. He also writes on competition law and frequently lectures to professional and student audiences in India.
English Bar, 1981
Solicitor (England & Wales), 1991
Solicitor (Ireland), 1997
LL,B Degree (Hons.), Manchester University, Diploma in European Integration, Amsterdam University
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