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Manish Bahl

Partner – Competition, Anti-trust and Regulatory Fieldfisher
Office Address Amsteldijk 220 Amsterdam 1079 LK Netherlands Phone: +31 202 252219 Website:


I am an Amsterdam based dual registered lawyer (Netherlands and UK) specializing in core competition/anti-trust, commercial contracting and regulatory matters. Additionally, I am responsible for India related inbound and outbound work. I studied law in Edinburgh, Leiden and London. My legal career began at CMS Cameron McKenna in London in 2002 followed by Clifford Chance in Amsterdam in 2006. Prior to Fieldfisher, I was a partner at Eversheds Sutherland.

My legal interests and focus areas include cartel matters, competition compliance, merger control, , commercial agreements, distribution, agency and franchise agreements, IT contracts, consumer regulatory issues, EU free movement and state aid rules, export control and sanctions, BIT/trade law issues, India in/out transactions and Netherlands SPVs for international projects/investments. I drafted one of the first private law satellite licensing agreements in the Netherlands and in 2016 successfully acted (at first instance) in respect of a standalone competition law claim I have also obtained merger control clearances for various complex transactions notified to the European Commission and the Dutch ACM.

I have extensive experience (both transactional and contentious) in advising businesses on their cross-border contracting, routes to market, supply, pricing, co-operation, outsourcing and acquisition strategies and regulatory requirements.

Dealing with authorities in the Netherlands, UK, India, as well as with the European Commission, and acting for both transacting and opposing parties, I have worked with clients in a wide range of sectors. These include consumer goods/retail/e-commerce, TMT, industrials/chemicals, life sciences/healthcare, energy, and hotels.

I have written various articles and briefings and have co-authored a chapter on Public vs Private Enforcement in The Public Competition Enforcement Review, Edition 8 (2016).

I am individually recommended in Chambers Global 2016 and The Legal 500 2015.

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Amsteldijk 220 Amsterdam 1079 LK Netherlands