Co-founder and Advocate
Seetharaman is a co-founder at Sarvada Legal and a specialist in international trade and WTO Laws. His expertise in accounting help clients get the best result in any antidumping, countervailing or safeguard duty investigations. He has a rich experience in export controls, import restrictions, technical barriers to trade, trade in services, inbound and outbound investments, customs valuation, foreign exchange management, competition law, IBC, and commercial dispute resolution. He is also a litigating lawyer who appears regularly before various adjudicating authorities and courts.
He has represented clients globally in over 250 trade remedy investigations spread across 18 jurisdictions seeking either imposition of trade remedy measures or opposing them. His clients include domestic producers, foreign producers, exporters, importers, governments of exporting countries, end users and other interested parties. Combining his legal acumen with a sound knowledge of accounting, he provides the most appropriate solutions to the clients in every trade remedy investigation.
Seetharaman is an expert on issues relating to free trade agreements, including rules of origin and bilateral safeguard measures. He assisted the Government of India in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations.
His expertise include customs law, foreign trade policy, export controls, foreign exchange management, foreign direct investments (both inbound and outbound), commercial laws and technical standards issued by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
Seetharaman is a seasoned litigating lawyer regularly appearing before the adjudicating authorities in various departments of the government of India, tribunals, High Courts and the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. He has represented members of the WTO before its Dispute Settlement Body in several WTO disputes.
He has also helped clients in India get products removed from the list of goods produced using child labour/forced labour maintained by the Bureau of International Labour Affairs (ILAB) of the US Department of Labour.
Before starting his legal practice, Seetharaman served as a civil servant as a member of the prestigious Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) in various capacities such as Deputy Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance and Deputy Secretary in the Union Public Service Commission. Early in his career, he has also worked with Canara Bank.
RELATED PRACTICE AREASInternational Trade Competition Law Tax Dispute Resolution
University of Madras
Indian Institute of Bankers, Mumbai
University of Delhi
English, Tamil, Hindi
- Chairman of the National Council on International Trade, investments and WTO of ASSOCHAM, India
- Nominated to the Vice-Chair of the International Trade Committee of Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) for the term 2021-2023
- Recognised Individual/ Practitioner by Chambers and Partners:
Global Guide 2022
Global Guide 2021
Global Guide 2020
Asia Pacific 2019
Global Guide 2019
- Recognised under "The A list (2020), India's top Lawyers" by India Business Law Journal
- Recognised under "Trade and Customs 2020: Global Leader" by Whos Who Legal
- Recognised under Asia Pacific (India) WTO/International Trade "Hall of Fame" by The Legal 500 in 2020.