Kiran S. Desai: Lawyer with Mayer Brown International LLP

Kiran S. Desai

Phone+32 2 502 5517

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Practice Areas

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Chemicals
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Institutions M&A
  • Energy
  • Sectors
  • Power
  • Renewable Energy
  • Services
  • Energy Regulation and Government Affairs
  • India
  • International Trade
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Pro Bono
Contact InfoTelephone: +32 2 502 5517
Fax: +32 2 502 5421
EducationKeele University (B.Sc., Ecomonics and Law, with honors, honours subjects Computer Science and Latin, 1987)
Admitted1989, England and Wales; 2002, Brussels, Belgium


Elected member of the Brussels Competition Committee of the Law Society of England & Wales (2012 to date)

Elected member of the EU Committee of the Law Society of England & Wales (2004 to 2012)

Director of the Board, American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (2007-2009)

LanguagesEnglish; French

responsive, knowledgeable, friendly and practical

Legal 500 Europe 2011

Kiran S. Desai is a partner in the Brussels office of Mayer Brown's Antitrust & Competition practice. He has extensive experience in the areas of national and international competition law, as well as a broad experience in EU constitutional and administrative law, EU regulatory law, EU trade law and EU policy. Kiran's work involves counselling, transactional matters and litigation before national and the EU courts. He has a particular interest in the developing competition law regime in India, having spoken on competition law in India on several occasions.

In recent years his work has focused on competition and regulatory laws as they relate to network industries, local markets, government investigations, and in particular in relation to the automotive and food sectors. He has a strong interest in the interplay between competition law and economics. Kiran is a long standing promoter of compliance programmes within corporations; he writes and speaks on the subject, and is an advocate for the use of technology and educational software to communicate compliance within a company.

Kiran is a member of Mayer Brown's Chemicals; Energy; and Life Sciences industry groups. He is a co-leader of Mayer Brown's India Practice Group, a member of Mayer Brown's Ethics & Loss Prevention Committee and a member of its Pro Bono EU Committee.


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New Rules for Licence and other Technology Transfer Agreements in the EU
Kiran S. Desai,Nathalie Jalabert Doury,Robert Klotz,Jens Peter Schmidt,Ulrich Worm, April 2, 2014
The European Commission has just published the definitive text of the new rules on the interface between technology transfer agreements and antitrust law. This article looks at the main changes made by the new law which are likely to have a particular impact on the life sciences industry.

Merlie Calvert,Kiran S. Desai,Julian Ellison,Gillian Sproul, April 2, 2014
A reformed UK competition regime comes into force on 1 April.

Countdown to 1 April: UK Merger Regime Changes
Merlie Calvert,Kiran S. Desai,Julian Ellison,Gillian Sproul, March 6, 2014
Important changes to the UK merger regime from 1 April 2014 will affect the planning and implementation of UK M&A transactions.

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Avenue des Arts 52

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