Manish Bahl, Partner - Competition, Anti-trust and Regulatory

Manish Bahl, Partner - Competition, Anti-trust and Regulatory, Fieldfisher

I am an Amsterdam based dual registered lawyer (Netherlands and UK) specializing in core competition/anti-trust, commercial contracting and regulatory matters. Additionally, I am responsible for India related inbound and outbound work.  I studied law in Edinburgh, Leiden and London.  My legal career began at CMS Cameron McKenna in London in 2002 followed by Clifford Chance in Amsterdam in 2006.  Prior to Fieldfisher, I was a partner at Eversheds Sutherland.

My legal interests and focus areas include cartel matters, competition compliance, merger control, , commercial agreements, distribution, agency and franchise agreements, IT contracts, consumer regulatory issues, EU free movement and state aid rules, export control and sanctions, BIT/trade law issues, India in/out transactions and Netherlands SPVs for international projects/investments.  I drafted one of the first private law satellite licensing agreements in the Netherlands and in 2016 successfully acted (at first instance) in respect of a standalone competition law claim I have also obtained merger control clearances for various complex transactions notified to the European Commission and the Dutch ACM. 

I have extensive experience (both transactional and contentious) in advising businesses on their cross-border contracting, routes to market, supply, pricing, co-operation, outsourcing and acquisition strategies and regulatory requirements.

Dealing with authorities in the Netherlands, UK, India, as well as with the European Commission, and acting for both transacting and opposing parties, I have worked with clients in a wide range of sectors.  These include consumer goods/retail/e-commerce, TMT, industrials/chemicals, life sciences/healthcare, energy, and hotels.

I have written various articles and briefings and have co-authored a chapter on Public vs Private Enforcement in The Public Competition Enforcement Review, Edition 8 (2016). 

I am individually recommended in Chambers Global 2016 and The Legal 500 2015.

"Manish is our trusted advisor, providing on point practical advice based on a sound understanding of the law, exposure risks and the strategic issues involved."

"Manish is very responsive and pro-active and is able to deal with different cultures and backgrounds with great ease. This helps a lot in today’s legal market in the Netherlands."

"I enjoy working with Manish, he is well informed and very personable."

"Manish is the type of lawyer that US clients look for in Europe."

I have lived in seven countries in Europe, North & South America, Africa & Asia.  In addition to English and Dutch, I speak Hindi, Punjabi, French and basic Danish.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, food, wine, running, cricket, history, travelling and spending time with my family.  


The Law Society of England & Wales, Netherlands Bar, Amsterdam Bar, Dutch Competition Law Association, International League of Competition Law, Dutch Association for Distribution, Franchise and Agency Law, International Bar Association, Antitrust Committee IBA, AIJA, AIJA TRADE Commission, Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce & Trade, Dutch American Chamber of Commerce.