Dharshini Prasad

Dharshini Prasad is a member of the International Arbitration Practice where she focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. She has advised States, State entities and corporations on commercial, investment and public 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 particular experience with the energy, mining, private equity and pharmaceutical sectors. Ms. Prasad also sits 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 UN International Law Commission in Geneva on issues of public international law, including the immunity of State officials and the formation and evidence of customary international law.

Apart from her work as counsel, Ms. Prasad sits on the Committee of YSIAC and is an Assistant Editor for the Journal of International Arbitration. She previously served as Executive Secretary for the Commonwealth Secretariat's wide-ranging study on international arbitration across the 53 Commonwealth Member States and has also taught at New York University (Paris) and the London School of Economics, SIAC and Austrian arbitration academies.


    • Representing a leading pharmaceutical company in a US $1.5 billion ICC arbitration involving royalty disputes under a global licensing agreement. 
    • 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 ammonia manufacturers in two parallel ad hoc arbitrations worth more than US $400 million against a Caribbean state-owned entity in relation to breaches of a gas supply agreement. 
    • Represented a South East Asian state-owned entity in related ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations in excess of US $2.8 billion in relation to breaches of production sharing contracts. Also advised the state and state-owned entity on potential investment law claims arising out of the same facts. 
    • 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 a large 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 two parallel ICC arbitrations worth more than US $560 million in relation to breaches of a share purchase agreement for an acquisition in Brazil. 
    • 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. In the 2021 edition, Ms. Prasad is recognized as one of the “Most Highly Regarded” future leaders who "stand out as among the best of their generation.” 
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 (2020) as a “Key Lawyer” of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice in London.
  • Recognized in Euromoney's LMG Rising Stars Expert Guide in 2020 and 2021 in the categories of commercial arbitration and United Kingdom.
  • Recognized in Expert Guides (2020) for commercial arbitration.
  • Sources describe Ms. Prasad as a “very bright and talented advocate” who is “undoubtedly a rising star in arbitration.” According to one client, she 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