Nandu Machiraju

Nandu Machiraju

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Nandu Machiraju is a partner in Baker McKenzie's North America Antitrust & Competition Practice Group. He has significant industry experience in antitrust matters affecting the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, mining, and technology sectors. Nandu advises clients on a wide range of antitrust matters and has considerable experience counseling clients in government investigations, proposed mergers and acquisitions, conduct matters, compliance, and litigation. Nandu also advises clients on other US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) matters including consumer protection and general FTC adjudicative and rulemaking issues.

Before joining the Firm, Nandu worked as an attorney with the FTC. Most recently, Nandu was an attorney in the Bureau of Competition’s Litigation Group where he served a critical role on merger litigation challenges in the hospital and medical-device industries. Before that, he served as an Attorney Advisor to FTC Chairman Joseph J. Simons where he advised on enforcement, appellate advocacy, and congressional relations as well as matters relating to agency management. In that role, Nandu also led in implementing various policy initiatives including assessing the prospects for competition rulemaking, the creation of a portal for merger-retrospective studies program, the inception of various 6(b) studies, and various other initiatives. Nandu also was an attorney in the Mergers I Division where he worked on mergers involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, retail pharmacies, and cement plants. Before joining the FTC, Nandu was an associate at an international law firm where he practiced antitrust and competition law in that firm’s Washington, D.C. and Brussels offices.

Practice Focus

Nandu advises clients on all aspects of the antitrust regulatory and litigation process. He has investigated and litigated cases in industries ranging from healthcare, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, cement, and mining. He also has developed significant experience in technology markets.

Professional Honors

  • Janet Steiger Team Award, 2008, 2022
  • Rising Star Award, South Asian Bar Association of North America, 2020
  • Award for Meritorious Service, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C. – Immediate Past President


  • District of Columbia~United States (2021)


  • Georgetown University Law Center (JD) (2011)
  • University of Chicago (MPP) (2006)
  • George Washington University School of Business and Public Management (BBA) (2003)


  • English