Dharshini Prasad


Dharshini Prasad

Senior Associate

Dharshini Prasad is a member of the International Arbitration Practice, where she focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. She has advised Governments, Government entities and corporations on commercial, investment and international law issues and has represented clients in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under various arbitral rules (including the ICC, SIAC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules). She has worked on disputes in civil and common law jurisdictions in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas and has particular experience with the energy, mining, private equity, ammonia and pharmaceutical sectors. Ms. Prasad has also sat as arbitrator.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Prasad worked at a leading law firm in Singapore where her practice focused on international arbitration and litigation. She also worked at the United Nations International Law Commission in Geneva on issues of public international law, including the immunity of State officials and the scope and application of most-favoured nation clauses. 

Apart from her work as counsel, Ms. Prasad contributes to industry publications and is an assistant editor for the Journal of International Arbitration. She also speaks on issues of international arbitration and has taught at New York University (Paris) and at the Austrian, SIAC and London School of Economics arbitration academies.

Professional Activities 

Ms. Prasad has been appointed as a committee member of Young SIAC and as the Executive Secretary to the Commonwealth’s wide-ranging study on International Commercial Arbitration across the 53 Commonwealth Member States. She is a member of the SIAC Users Council, Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group, the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum and Arbitral Women.


    • Representing a large insurance company in an ICC arbitration worth nearly US $1 billion in relation to breaches of a share purchase agreement for an acquisition in Korea. 
    • Representing a global pharmaceutical company in a US $500 million ICC arbitration involving a licensing agreement. 
    • Advising a state-owned entity on potential contractual and investment law claims by international oil companies under multiple production sharing contracts in Southeast Asia. The amounts in dispute exceed US $2.8 billion.
    • Represented a Middle Eastern regional government in a US $38 billion LCIA arbitration in relation to a claims arising out of the development of a gas field and the construction of an LPG plant. 
    • Represented an automobile manufacturer in a US $2 billion ICC arbitration in relation to breaches of a joint venture agreement. 
    • Represented a global private equity firm in a US $560 million ICC arbitration in relation to breaches of a share purchase agreement for an acquisition in Brazil. 
    • Represented an ammonia producer in a US $120 million UNCITRAL arbitration against a state-owned entity in relation to breaches of a gas supply agreement in the Caribbean. 
    • Represented a Brazilian bioethanol producer in a US $90 million ICC arbitration in relation to breaches of a suite of technology licensing, engineering and equipment supply agreements. 


  • Recognized as a “Future Leader” in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration since 2019.
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 as a “Key Lawyer” of the firm’s International Arbitration Group in London in 2020.
  • Recognized for commercial arbitration in Expert Guides in 2020.
  • According to clients, Ms. Prasad is “destined for great things” and is a "strategic thinker" whose advice “positioned our team for success on a large matter.”

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  • Education

    • LLM, International Legal Studies, New York University School of Law, 2015

    • LLB, National University of Singapore, 2012

      with Honors
  • Admissions

    • England and Wales, Solicitor

    • New York

    • Singapore

  • Languages

    • Hindi

    • Tamil

    • Telugu