Harikumar Sukumar Pillay

Harikumar Sukumar Pillay

Associate Principal
Wong & Leow LLC

Biography

Hari is an associate principal in the Competition & Anti-trust Practice Group at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow. His practice covers competition law and regulation-related advisory work in Singapore and the Southeast Asia region. Hari was the Director of the Enforcement Division at the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore ("CCCS"), where he supervised the CCCS’s Intelligence Unit and IT Forensics Taskforce, in 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. Hari led teams involved in defending appeals brought against the CCCS’s decisions before the Competition Appeals Board. Prior to joining the Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, Hari completed stints in private practice and as a Justices' Law Clerk with the Singapore Legal Service.

Practice Focus

Hari 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.

Representative Legal Matters

Prior to joining Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, Hari worked on the following matters:

  • Advising the Malaysia Competition Commission on its proposed legislative amendments to the Malaysia Competition Act 2010, including the introduction of merger control.

  • Assisted clients in relation to a CCCS cartel investigation in the manufacturing sector.

  • Assisted clients in relation to a CCCS inquiry in the medical services sector.

  • Advised clients on the need for merger notification in Singapore and other ASEAN jurisdictions on proposed mergers and joint venture agreements.

  • Coordinated multijurisdictional general regulatory and competition advice for clients in relation to their new distribution arrangement in ASEAN.

  • Advised clients on info-communications, media and licensing-related regulations in Singapore.

  • Provided compliance trainings to clients in the fast moving consumer goods, IT, and hospitality sectors.

  • Led the CCCS team in the appeal brought by SISTIC.com Pte. Ltd. against CCCS’s first and only infringement decision for abuse of market power, successfully defending the appeal.

  • Conducted investigations into global cartel of capacitor manufacturers for price-fixing and information exchange, leading to the highest financial penalty imposed by the CCCS at the time.

  • Conducted investigation into 13 distributors of fresh chicken products for price-fixing and market-sharing, which had the highest financial penalties imposed by the CCCS to date.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Singapore - Member
  • Complaints Committee, Singapore Medical Council - Member

Admissions

  • Singapore (2008)

Education

  • King's College London, UK (PGD in Econs for Competition Law) (2010)
  • Board of Legal Education Singapore (Practitioners’ Course) (2007)
  • National University of Singapore (Diploma in Singapore Law) (2006)
  • University of Leicester (LLB, First Class Honours) (2005)
  • National University of Singapore (B. Engineering) (2002)

Languages

  • English
  • Tamil

Co-author, Toolkit on Enforcement Strategies for ASEAN Competition Authorities, ASEAN Secretariat, February 2020

Co-author, Competition Law Chapter for Commercial Law Module for Part B Examinations, Singapore Institute of Legal Education, May 2019

Co-author, Grab/Uber Merger - Observations from the CCCS's first interim measures direction and merger infringement decisions, Concurrences, September 2019

Co-author, Merger Control 2019: Singapore Chapter, Global Legal Insights, June 2019

Co-author, The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore fines hotels for exchanging commercially sensitive information (Capri/ Village Hotels/ Crowne Plaza), Concurrences, January 2019