Rahul Rai is a partner in the competition team at AZB & Partners and has practiced competition law for close to 9 years. He is based in the Mumbai office of AZB & Partners.
Rahul has worked with the CCI on its advocacy initiatives and was part of the working group responsible for formulating the CCI’s merger control regulations. He has also represented the CCI in its major litigation at various courts and tribunals, including the COMPAT, the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India.

Rahul has been involved in formulating competition policy for sovereign governments and was part of the team engaged to review and re‐draft competition law for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Rahul has advised clients, both as complainants as well as defendants, in several behavioural cases and merger filings before the CCI. He has represented private companies from a wide range of sectors, including airlines, telecommunications, media and entertainment, internet and internet-enabled services, pharmaceuticals, automobile, cement, steel and tyres in proceedings before the CCI.


Rahul has regularly written on trade and competition law related issues for leading Indian business dailies and periodicals. He has also been invited to give lectures on trade and competition law, including at National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Rahul earned his BA LLB with honours at NUJS in India in 2007. He completed his LLM in international economic law, business and policy from Stanford Law School in 2012. Rahul has served on the editorial board of Stanford Journal of International Law.