Prashant Mara

Managing Partner

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Prashant Mara is a commercial and regulatory lawyer specializing in investigation support and dispute management. His clients are mainly in the technology, defence and industrials sectors. He manages disputes (commercial) and prosecution defence (regulatory) for his clients in India. His work is primarily in the areas of foreign investment, public procurement, anti-bribery and cybercrime.
 

Prashant was previously co-head of the India Group at Osborne Clarke and prior to that ran the India desk of a Franco-American firm in Paris. He started his career as in-house counsel in Infosys and managed their European legal operations. Prashant is qualified to practice in India and read law at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

 

Over the last decade, he has worked closely with in house teams of his clients as a trusted advisor. This enables him and his team to assist the client keeping in mind the strategic rationale – which makes the transaction interesting and the execution, effective. Further, he spends a lot of his time providing board level compliance and crisis response advice including dispute management and acting as the interface between his clients and the regulator.

Experience

 

  • Prosecution assistance and defence for a European bank (in relation to use of smart cards and KYC) in Chennai;

  • Defending a European importer of furniture in PMLA defence in India;

  • Investigations of potential PMLA non-compliances and prosecution defence for a leading US based news agency;

  • Investigations and PMLA prosecution defence for an Indian online crowd funding platform;

  • Investigations and prosecution defence for a west coast communications and payments platform;

  • Defending a Dubai based family fund in a PMLA prosecution in Mumbai;

  • Defending a UK based family fund in a PMLA prosecution in Mumbai;

  • Investigation assistance and prosecution defence for various European and US clients in anti-bribery and corruption matters;

  • Investigations and prosecutions of financial frauds on behalf of European and US clients;

  • Investigation support and prosecution defence in various environment pollution matters for manufacturing and pharma companies.

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