Mr. KK Sharma, the first Director General (DG) of functional Competition Commission of India (CCI) & its first Head of Merger Control and Antitrust Divisions, is often called ‘Father of Indian Competition Law ’ because of his unique distinction of drafting competition law and regulations for India and overseeing enforcement of this law thereafter. Mr. Sharma not only had investigated landmark cases of competition law violations, in wide sectors, and brought them to fruition but , later on, moving over to the bar, also successfully defended big corporate clients against hefty penalties. Having been the ‘Architect of Indian Merger Review Format’ and steered the very first merger reviews of the competition agency, Mr Sharma has a comprehensive experience, of nearly three decades, in various Government departments , public bodies, including direct tax administration, the CCI and the private sector. A regular invited speaker at international conferences on competition law and other issues, he has been an active member of International Competition Network (ICN) Merger Working Group, Mr Sharma travels around the globe. Mr. Sharma , an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) and National Law School University (NLSU) Bangalore, a qualified lawyer and an economics masters is trained in Competition Law Economics from King’s College, London. He has two books on Indian Competition Law- one by Lexis Nexis and the other by Thomson Reuters - to his credit. Prior to having been involved, in a significant manner in the establishment of competition law in India, Mr. Sharma had a scintillating career of more than two decades in the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) of India. During his career in IRS, he initiated many path breaking investigations including an investigation, into cross border money transfers, leading to the collection of more than USD One Billion into the tax net and formation of a new ‘Directorate of International Taxation’. Presently, this new ‘Directorate of International Taxation’ contributes to nearly 20% of the direct tax revenues of Government of India. President of India has appointed him a ‘Special Counsel’ for arguing complex tax matters of Government of India before higher judicial authorities. The procedures, formats, protocols designed by him – either in the IRS, as a Tax Administrator, or Competition Commission of India- survive to this day and form the backbone of the competition law framework & enforcement in India. Be it the first few investigation reports or first penalties orders by Antitrust Division or the merger approvals, his stamp is everywhere in the initial footprints of competition law enforcement in India. The firm, established by him, has the distinction of succeeding in almost impossible cases where others had given up hopes or had no clue how to proceed. Amongst other cases, a potential penalty of USD 430 million was reduced to a penalty of USD 96 million and eventually reduced to a miniscule USD 0.28 million and to the extent that the Client did not even consider it fit to contest the minimalistic reduced penalty. He is widely consulted by different open knowledge global platforms, on law and consulting, such as Global Legal Group(GLG) , Global Legal Experts (GLE) etc. and features, in numerous listings , as a leading global authority on competition law.