Prakash H. Mehta
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Prakash H. Mehta has over 20 years of experience working with asset managers, institutional investors and entrepreneurs and manages several of the firm’s key client relationships. He provides strategic, legal, business and operational advice on high-profile, transactional and litigation matters for clients around the world including private equity, hedge and credit fund sponsors; sovereign, endowment and pension investors; investment banks and other financial institutions; and private and public companies. Mr. Mehta serves as a member of the firm’s management committee and the co-leader of the firm’s investment management practice group, spearheading a number of cutting-edge cross-practice group initiatives. He is the leader of the firm’s India practice and was instrumental in the formation of the firm’s Hong Kong and Singapore offices. Mr. Mehta regularly advises some of the most prominent fund sponsors, institutional investors and investment banks on all aspects of their business, from capital raising and fund formation to implementation of their investment and other business strategies through complex transactions and, when problems arise, through regulatory investigations and litigation. He also advises clients on manager-level transactions, including seed arrangements, joint ventures and minority stake sales. Mr. Mehta’s representation of a broad range of asset managers and institutional investors allows him to keep abreast of emerging trends in the alternative investment industry. He has participated in internal investigations on behalf of emerging market companies and has handled numerous matters involving the World Bank’s anticorruption arm, or INT. He also counsels clients about cybersecurity related compliance and risk management. On the deal side, Mr. Mehta provides strategic advice on private equity-style investments (minority and control), exit transactions (strategic sale, recapitalization and IPO) and other M&A transactions (joint ventures, stock and asset sales). He provides ongoing counseling on investor and portfolio company matters and serves as corporate counsel to public and private portfolio companies. Over the last year, Mr. Mehta has spent significant time advising funds on the restructuring of shale-play investments impacted by the volatility in the energy sector, and on debt and equity investments in shipping assets around the world, in addition to advising Asian clients on U.S. inbound investments in a variety of sectors deemed attractive by virtue of the relative strength of the U.S. economy. Mr. Mehta received his J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, and received his B.S.F.S. summa cum laude from Georgetown University.