By the end of the 20th century, there were very few professionals for monitoring the anti-dumping duties. However, with increasing awareness among the industry with regard to Trade Remedial Measures, few firms exclusively started assisting all segments of industry, including SSI units, Medium Scale units as well as large units. One such firm is TPM, Solicitors & Consultants.
TPM is a team of dedicated and experienced professionals in the field of Chartered/Cost Accountancy, Company law, Engineering, Business Administration and Trade Law, handling all the issues in the areas of anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures. Very large part of the domestic industry is still associated with TPM, while most other law firms/organizations have also built resources to serve the industry in this field. Citing an excerpt from an expert at TPM, “Though a lot is to be done in this field, a lot has been done and now the scenario has changed as these measures have become accessible to even common house hold industries in India. The current interaction with the industries clearly shows that the industry is by now well aware of availability of these trade remedial measures to them”
The Virtuoso behind the Success of TPM
The allure of the success of TPM stems from the inventiveness of its leaders. Holding Masters in Management Studies (MMS) from BITS, Pilani and a member of Institute of Cost Accountants of India, TPM was Founded and Prolonged by Mr. A. K. Gupta. He belongs to the Indian Cost Accounts Service and has served the Govt. of India for more than seven years. In those seven years, he largely served as Assistant Director in Anti-Dumping Division (the present Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties) in the Ministry of Commerce. After quitting the Govt. services in 1999, he started practicing in this field which was later named as ‘TPM Consultants’.
Mr. Gupta was instrumental in forming the current anti-dumping formats, policies, practices and methodologies in India as an investigator during his tenure with the Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India. He holds rich experience of more than 700 trade defence action cases by now, which is perhaps the highest number of cases an individual has handled globally. TPM is the pioneer in anti- dumping as well as anti-subsidy consultancy with regard to investigations conducted by Indian Authority.
Fostering the Industry in the matters of various Trade Policies
For the past 18 years, TPM has supported the industry from the preliminary stages of counseling to the handling of critical cases in the Supreme Court. It has extended its prowess in the areas of Trade protection measures such as anti-dumping, safeguards, and subsidies. With experienced and qualified professionals, including lawyers, Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, MBA and Technocrats, TPM is assisting Indian Producers as well as Foreign Producers and Consumers desiring to protect their legitimate business interests in trade related matters.
TPM has maintained its stance as the numero uno in the matters of trade remedial measures with the largest number of trade remedial measures cases in India. This can be largely credited to the support they put out in filing of application, assistance during investigation by the authorities, appraisal of rights & obligations of the clients, etc.
Garnering Reputation from every strata of the Industry
TPM is renowned for its assistance to Domestic manufacturers seeking imposition of anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard duties against imports of the like products produced by them in India, and in protecting their interests against their exports to other world markets. Their assistance also extends to International producers seeking imposition of duty on imports of their product into their country and to the Exporters and producers facing anti-dumping, anti-subsidy or safeguard investigations by various global authorities.
TPM has also showcased its expertise in assisting industries in finding business solutions to the competition being faced from foreign producers under various domestic and international policies/ agreements.
TPM has also been involved with the Government of India on issues concerning
(a) Framing/amending the law
(b) WTO consultations on rules amendments
(c) Disputes raised by the European Commission in respect to 27 anti-dumping measures invoked by Govt. of India
(d) Anti-subsidy investigations by other countries (TPM is representing Govt. of India in these investigations before the Investigating Authority.)
Success of TPM lies in Client’s Absolute Satisfaction
TPM’s core strength is their dedicated group of professionals under the unparalleled guidance and leadership of Mr. A. K. Gupta. To ensure absolute satisfaction to the clients, the Team at TPM keeps a close connect with the clients in order to address their concerns/ queries within short time; thereby, enabling complete hand holding, from the stage of preliminary analysis to investigation results.
Spreading Opportunity and Expanding Dominance
With the mission to extend its inspiring service across the globe, TPM is offering career opportunity to dynamic professionals who can demonstrate value addition to achieve TPM’s vision. Currently, opportunities are being tendered to fresh graduates from legal and accounting discipline along with internship opportunities to law students and industrial training to CA/ICWA students across the country.
TPM intends to increase its presence in major countries undertaking trade defence actions, including, but not limited, to the USA, Europe and China. TPM has been assisting Indian industries facing investigations in Brazil, China, Europe, Egypt, Indonesia, South Korea, GCC, South Africa and the USA.