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Kritika Venugopal

Kritika Venugopal

Senior Associate

Kritika is an International disputes specialist with a focus on investigations and arbitration, and specifically India-related disputes.

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Experience

Kritika has extensive international dispute experience having dual experience in investigations and arbitrations. 

Kritika has worked on arbitrations under the ICC Rules, SIAC Rules, LCIA Rules, BANI Rules and others. Kritika also has extensive experience in corporate crime and investigations and has worked with clients on conducting internal investigations on various issues such as anti-corruption, regulatory issues, fraud, data security and privacy, employment issues, conflicts of interest etc.

Kritika has a wealth of experience in advising on India-related disputes and is part of the global India practice led by Chris Parsons and Nicholas Peacock in London.  Kritika speaks fluent Hindi and also speaks some Tamil, Kannada and Nepali.

She recently spent over a year on a client secondment for a global client's in-house disputes management team. During her secondment, she managed all disputes and corporate investigations arising out of the client's APAC operations.

Kritika is also involved in investment treaty arbitration work in relation to India and other regions in APAC and has extensive experience on advising clients on their BIT and investment treaty options.

Kritika has advised on:

  • a major Japanese company in a dispute against its joint venture partner regarding the payment of the JV partner's contractual contribution towards legal costs and tax deposits in India
  • a US consultancy company on an internal investigation regarding the alleged breach of internal policies by certain employees in India
  • a telecommunications company on a potential dispute under an investment treaty agreement with a South-Asian country
  • a global financial services company on an investigation by regulators into hiring practices adopted by the company globally
  • a major energy company in relation to an ongoing dispute regarding the construction of a research reactor in a South-Asian country
  • a global financial services company on allegations of fraud, disregard of business conduct policies and falsified internal audits in India
  • advising a global asset manager on its investment treaty structuring options in relation to a proposed project in India
  • advising a French transport company on investigations being conducted by regulators in relation to alleged corruption and bribery in government contracts in Indonesia

Background

Kritika trained at Herbert Smith Freehills' London and qualified into the Singapore disputes team commencing March 2012. 
Kritika is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and is also qualified in India. She graduated from NLUJ, India in 2009.