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 multinational corporations on commercial, investment and international law issues, and has represented clients in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations (under the ICC, SIAC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules) in civil and common law jurisdictions in Asia, Europe and the Americas. She has experience with disputes in a number of industries, including oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, automotive, pharmaceuticals, private equity and technology licensing. 

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 is the executive secretary to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s study on the challenges and solutions to accessing international arbitration across the 53 Commonwealth Member States. She 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 a member of the SIAC Users Council. She is also a member of 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 2019 and 2020. Clients describe her as a "strategic thinker" and as "destined for great things."

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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