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Here’s how CCI will determine if a business has significant operations in India for M&A approvals

The number of users in India and the amount of data collected will be among the factors used by the CCI to detemine “significant operations.”

The number of users in India and the amount of data collected by the company will be among the main factors used by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to determine if a company has "significant business operations" in India, CCI chairperson Ashok Kumar Gupta said in an interview with Business Standard. Why does this matter? The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which was presented to the Lok Sabha on August 5, seeks to bring a larger number of mergers and acquisitions under CCI's purview. But this only applies to companies with "significant business operations" in India, which is undefined in the Bill. The CCI chief's comments shed light on the possible factors that the antitrust regulator might consider while defining the term. What does the new Bill propose for merger and acquisitions reporting? The Competition Bill seeks to amend section 5 of the Competition Act, 2002,…

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