Prashant Mara

Managing Partner

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Prashant Mara is a commercial and regulatory lawyer specializing in investigations and dispute resolution. He heads the disputes and business crime team at BTG Legal and has been helping clients manage risk and protect their interests for close to 20 years. His clients are from across a range of sectors including technology, energy, defence, automotive, aviation, industrials, pharma, and chemicals.

Prashant works closely with in-house counsel and business teams to understand risks and plan for dispute resolution that is most efficacious and efficient for his clients. His particular specialization in foreign investment-related disputes, technology (including cybercrime) and engineering disputes, public procurement, and white-collar crime enable him to advise his clients on both civil and criminal defence/prosecution. 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.

Prashant was previously co-head of the India Group at Osborne Clarke in London and Cologne 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.

Representative Investigations Experience 

  • Fortune 50 company: Assisted in Law Enforcement (“LE”) interface and investigations in relation to IP and data issues.

  • Fortune Global 500 company: Advised in a matter involving private bribery connected to procurement.

  • Listed Japanese multinational electronics group: Assistance in internal fraud investigations and export control representations to regulators;

  • CAC 40 French nutrition product company: Regulatory advice and assistance in conducting internal investigations in connection with claims of management discrimination and bias by a former employee.

  • French multinational food-products corporation: Regulatory advice and assistance in conducting an internal investigation in connection with allegations of discrimination and harassment on the basis of regional and religious background of employees by a whistle-blower.   

  • Listed US manufacturer of power transmission belts and fluid power products: Assistance in conducting an internal investigation of procurement fraud by employees of an Indian subsidiary.

  • Listed US digital media company: Assistance in identifying financial misconduct, consequent investigations, reporting to the SEC and prosecution. 

  • US listed Indian IT major: Assistance in various investigations and submissions to the SEC connected to material misconduct issues.

  • FCA registered UK Fund: Assistance in investigating fraud, asset-tracing and instituting proceedings against former asset managers and their affiliates. 

Representative Litigation Experience 

  • Fortune 50 Technology Company: Assisted in LE interface and support connected to multiple criminal investigations and prosecutions.

  • NYSE and Euronext-listed Oil and Gas Major: Lead Counsel in a matter relating to defending a tender win of 300 million USD in the Bombay High Court. 

  • NYSE and Euronext-listed Oil and Gas Major: Lead Counsel in defending a tender win of 150 million USD in the Bombay High Court. 

  • Leading specialty chemicals company: Lead Counsel in prosecuting former agents and defending counter claims in the Delhi High Court.

  • World’s largest producer of printing inks and pigments: Lead counsel in defending competitor litigation against multiple high value tender wins in the High Court of Karnataka.

  • Listed US digital media company: Assistance in identifying data theft, consequent investigations and prosecution.

  • Listed US technology company: Assistance in defending data theft allegations in India, drafting periodic SEC filing reports and representation in various related submissions to regulators and the Courts

  • UK-based switchgear manufacturer: Represented Indian subsidiary in an insolvency and arbitration matter. 

  • German DAX 50 engineering group: Represented  Indian subsidiary in a high-value arbitration. 

  • German market leader in fastening technology: Corporate and pre-dispute advisory assistance involving the termination of its Indian JV on account of a criminal investigation against the JV partner and the corporate insolvency of the JV partner’s family business.

  • Listed US defence contractor and Canadian defence company:  Pre-litigation support in contentious exit from its Indian JV.

  • Leading French software company: Pre-litigation advisory and criminal prosecution management involving IP intelligence solutions.

SECTORS

DEFENCE & AEROSPACE

INDUSTRIALS
RETAIL
TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS

PRACTICE AREAS

BUSINESS CRIME

DISPUTE RESOLUTION
REGULATORY