Hari joined OC Queen Street as the head of its Competition and Regulatory Practice from the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) where he was Director of the Enforcement Division.
His practice covers competition law and regulation related advisory work in Singapore and the South East-Asia region. He regularly assists clients with matters relating to cartel investigations, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture agreements, abuse of dominance investigations, competition compliance and audits. He also advises competition authorities on enforcement strategies, competition policy, institutional frameworks and work process reviews, and legislative amendments. Hari’s experience highlights at OC Queen Street LLC include:
- Advising the Malaysia Competition Commission on its proposed legislative amendments to the Malaysia Competition Act.
- Drafting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) Toolkit on Enforcement Strategies for ASEAN competition authorities.
- Performing monitoring trustee services for the Philippine Competition Commission in relation to the Chelsea Logistics Holdings’ acquisition of shares in Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc.
- Assisting clients in relation to a CCCS cartel investigation in the manufacturing sector.
- Assisting clients in relation to a CCCS inquiry in the medical services sector.
- Advising clients on the need for merger notification in Singapore and other ASEAN jurisdictions for proposed mergers and joint venture agreements.
- Coordinating multi-jurisdictional general regulatory and competition advice for clients in relation to their new distribution arrangement in ASEAN.
- Advising clients on info-communications, media and related licensing regulations in Singapore.
- Providing compliance trainings to clients in the fast moving consumer goods, IT services, and hospitality sectors.
As Director of the Enforcement Division at the CCCS, Hari supervised the CCCS’s Intelligence Unit and IT Forensics Taskforce, addition to the supervision of case teams on various investigations, mergers and notifications. He was also responsible for managing leniency applications made to the CCCS, overseeing the secret complainant and reward schemes, planning and executing dawn raids, and recording investigative statements of persons under investigations. He led teams involved in defending appeals brought against the CCCS’s decisions before the Competition Appeals Board. Hari’s experience highlights at the CCCS include:
- Investigation against SISTIC.com Pte. Ltd. – CCCS’s first and only infringement decision for abuse of market power.
- Led the team that successfully defended the appeal brought by SISTIC.com Pte. Ltd.
- Investigation into global cartel of capacitor manufacturers for price-fixing and information exchange, leading to highest ever financial penalty to be imposed by the CCCS.
- Acquisition by Seek Asia Investments Pte. Ltd. of the JobStreet Business – CCCS’s first merger clearance decision involving commitments.
- Investigation into 13 distributors of fresh chicken products for price-fixing and market-sharing. – Highest financial penalties imposed by the CCCS to date.
- Led and supervised teams on the assessment of various alliance and joint venture agreements, including those between Singapore Airlines & Air New Zealand; Singapore Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines; and Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia; and the MOU between various Music Publishers and COMPASS.