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Prashant Mara is a litigator specialising in white collar and regulatory defence, internal investigations and complex disputes. His clients are from across a range of regulated sectors including technology, energy, defence, automotive, aviation, pharma, chemicals, and extractive industries.
Prashant works closely with cross border teams of outside and in-house counsel to investigate whistleblower allegations, act as defence counsel in regulatory prosecutions and assist in dispute resolution. He spends significant time providing board-level compliance and crisis response support in ESG related matters, especially to his listed company clients. Working with other teams in the firm, Prashant leads on supply chain audits and putting in place corporate governance structures for his clients. He regularly appears in front of various courts in India and represents his clients in international commercial arbitrations.
Forbes India has recognised Prashant as a leading white collar crimes lawyer in India. India Business Law Journal listed Prashant in their A-list, which lists India's top 100 lawyers. His work has also been recognised by Acritas Stars (Thomson Reuters) and Legal 500.
Prashant is also regularly invited to speak at various national and international events to speak on business crime, ethics and compliance issues. He currently serves as an officer of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the International Bar Association, and as the co-chair of the India chapter of the New York State Bar Association.
Prashant was previously co-head of the India Group at Osborne Clarke in London and Koln 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.
Top 100 Lawyers in India, Forbes India Legal Powerlist 2022
Environmental, Social and Governance
Regulatory, Policy and Advocacy
White Collar Defense and Investigations
Aviation, Aerospace and Defence
Energy, Infrastructure and Natural Resources
Industrials and Manufacturing
Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare and Life Sciences
Retail and Logistics
Technology, Media and Communications
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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 product
Assistance in conducting an internal investigation of procurement fraud by employees of an Indian subsidiary.
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.
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