Dhruv Suri

Dhruv enrolled as an Advocate in 2009 and completed his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York in 2014. Prior to going for his LL.M. in 2013, he was a Senior Associate at PSA and advised large multi-national companies in the aviation & aerospace, retail, healthcare, defence, TMT, education and automotive sectors.

As a  Partner, Dhruv co-heads, Victus, PSA’s practice area focused on advising start-ups, private equity, venture capital and angel investors, as well as leads the Competition Law practice group. He is also an active member of the Corporate/M&A as well as the Dispute Resolution group.

Dhruv’s practice includes representing clients before the Competition Commission of India as well as other judicial and quasi-judicial forums on complex competition law issues. He also reviews contracts and commercial arrangements to assess compliance with competition laws as well as assists clients with the necessary merger control filings. During his LL.M, Dhruv also worked as a Research Assistant on a legal project jointly undertaken by Columbia Law School and Duke University that aims to collect, qualify and analyze the world’s antitrust laws and enforcement trends. More details regarding this project can be found here

As a co-head of Victus, Dhruv takes personal interest in overseeing the start-up, PE &VC space and advises them on a range of practice areas such as corporate, contracts, compliance, M&A, intellectual property, etc.

  • Advised start-ups across sectors on a range of contractual queries.  Drafted various contracts and assisted in procuring business licenses from different authorities
  • Represented startups in the healthcare, fin-tech, food-tech, artificial intelligence/machine learning, digital mapping, hospitality, agro-tech and fashion e-commerce space across multiple rounds of funding from financial and strategic investors, including angels and family offices
  • Advised companies on co-founder disputes and assisted in mediating pre-dispute differences amongst various stakeholders in a company
  • Represented a large US furniture manufacturer in the acquisition of an Indian furniture manufacturing company and  lead the due diligence process under direct supervision of the Partner
  • Advised a European telecom company in seeking permissions and approvals from the Department of  Telecommunication and advised them on Indian foreign exchange regulations and compliances
  • Represented US and European clients in the conducting corporate, commercial, regulatory and intellectual property  due diligence of Indian companies for acquisitions; both asset and stock purchase as well as in structuring entry and  exit options in joint ventures
  • Advised a US social media company on Indian copyright regulations and data protection laws to create an online  platform for artists and bands to partner and compete in musical and lyrical content
  • Advised a large US telecom equipment manufacturer on aspects of Indian custom laws and represented them before  Special Valuation Branches of the Chennai and Bangalore custom authorities
  • Advised a US cosmetics company with labelling laws and represented them before the custom authorities in Delhi with  respect to their Indian imports
  • Represented pharmaceutical companies before the drug pricing regulator on issues of substantial penalty claims for  charging in excess of the drug prices fixed by the regulator
  • Represented and advised large French and German companies in arbitration proceedings in India and thereafter in  defending the arbitral award before different judicial forums
  • Represented a US online retail company in a cyber squatting dispute before the Bombay High Court
  • Represented multiple Indian companies at the district court, consumer forums and high courts in litigations, ranging  from suit for recovery, challenging/defending arbitral awards, specific performance suits, dishonour of negotiable  instruments, etc. and drafted pleadings and conducted arguments
  • Represented large conglomerates before the Competition Commission of India in relation to complaints pertaining to  anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant position
  • “E-Pharmacies: Prescribed to Succeed” for the firm’s August 2017 edition of the newsletter
  • “Are you facing ransomware attack? Here are ways to deal with it” on Yourstory.com in May 2017
  • “Food Sector, be alert” on Yourstory.com in February 2017
  • “Convertible notes: are they finally a reality for Indian startups?” on Yourstory.com in January 2017
  • “Online pharmacies- a long term means to the ultimate goal” on Yourstory.com in July 2016
  • “Is the Startup India Action Plan really that startup-friendly?” on Yourstory.com in January 2016
  • “Do you understand your anti-dilution?” on Yourstory.com in January 2016
  • “Do you understand how your ESOPs work?” on Yourstory.com in September 2015
  • “Intellectual Property- how to protect what you create” on Yourstory.com in May 2015
  • “What is the best legal entity for your business” on Yourstory.com in March 2015
  • “What co-founders need to do to clear the air before collaborating” on Yourstory.com in February 2015
  • Co-authored “Competition Commission Takes Hold of M&A Activity”, for American Bar Association’s India Law News,  March 2012
  • “Resolving disputes in cross-border transactions” published in International Law Office’s corporate/finance segment,  May 2011
  • “Social networking sites and identity thefts” published in the India Business Law Journal, March 2010
  • “Impact of the latest FDI regime on M&A and the Bharti-MTN deal” published in International Law Office’s  corporate/finance segment, July 2009
  • “A tale of lights, camera, taxation” published by taxindiaonline.com, June 2009
  • “Valuation in a global downturn” published in International Law Office’s corporate/finance segment, June 2009
  • Criminal liability of Companies” published in the Corporate Law Advisor (2007) 80 CLA (Mag.) 78