Harkiran Hothi - Partner


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Harkiran Hothi

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Phone: +44 20 7469 2315
Fax: +44 20 7469 2001
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Professional Profile

Harkiran Hothi is a partner in the Firm’s international arbitration and litigation group in London. Harkiran has extensive experience in defending clients in complex cross-border white-collar crime investigations. She regularly advises clients on sensitive matters involving the UK Bribery Act 2010. Harkiran also routinely advises clients on compliance and anti-bribery due diligence and producing and implementing compliance programmes.

In addition, Harkiran has wide-ranging experience in international arbitration. She has represented multinational corporations and government entities in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in a number of venues and under various applicable laws.

Harkiran is responsible for litigation know-how and training within the Firm’s London office.

Representative Matters

Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations

Representing a petrochemicals company in a long running investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into breaches of United Nations sanctions and allegations of overseas corruption.

Representing a petrochemicals company in a long running investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into breaches of United Nations sanctions, breaches of U.S. sanctions and potential breaches of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Representing a pharmaceutical company in a global FCPA investigation initiated by the SEC/DOJ.

Representing a global media business in an internal investigation into possible breaches of duty and fraud by an employee.

Representing a private equity fund in a prosecution brought by the Financial Services Authority.

Representing a professional firm in an SEC investigation into an audit of a major oil and gas company.

Representing a global construction company in a compliance review investigating potential breaches of the FCPA.

Representing a corporate client in an internal investigation regarding potential breaches of public international law.

Advising various clients on anti-bribery and corruption matters in the context of corporate transactions.

International Arbitration

Representing an English manufacturer in proceedings for injunctive relief in an LCIA arbitration and substantive proceedings arising out of pricing mechanism. English law. Venue - London.

Representing a manufacturer of specialty chemicals in various LCIA arbitrations under the laws of Virginia and Switzerland. Disputes arising out of a number of related agreements. Venue - London.

Representing a U.S. automotive company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a Mexican joint venture. Mexican law. Venue - Paris.

Representing a Middle Eastern publicly traded company in an ICC arbitration against a governmental ministry arising out of a customs enhancement programme in Africa. Kenyan law. Venue - London.

Representing a private equity portfolio company in an arbitration under the Rules of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce for breach of warranties and representations under a share purchase agreement. Swiss law. Venue - Zurich.

Representing a private equity fund in an ICC arbitration for claims relating to breaches of a non-compete agreement in connection with an investment in Turkey. English law. Venue - London.

Representing a consortium of investment banks in an LCIA arbitration relating to global risk insurance coverage of the bank’s investment in a power company in Argentina.

Representing several U.S. investment banks in major LCIA arbitration involving utilities companies in Latin America.

Representing a US automotive repair company in an UNCITRAL arbitration against two French and Spanish automotive repair companies. Swiss law. Venue - Geneva.

Representing a multi-national utilities company in an expert determination in Oman.

Commercial Litigation

Representing a leading investment bank in an application for the recognition of a foreign arbitration award in England against a sovereign state.

Representing bondholders in a High Court action opposing a scheme arrangement proposed by a telecommunications company.

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of the Law Society

Member of the LCIA


An End to Wrotham Park Damages?, October-December 2018, Co-author Alexander Tiffany

2017 arbitration year in review, December 20, 2017, Co-authors Chiraag Shah, Noah Stewart-Ornstein

Resisting Enforcement: What a Difference a Day Makes, July 2016, Co-author Laura Evans

Q&A, Drafting Contractual Provisions for Dispute Resolution, April 2013

The impact of the Jackson reforms on cost management and funding arrangements in the context of commercial civil litigation, January 2013, Co-author Rajinder Bassi and Philipp Kurek

The world is their oyster? The globalisation of investigations, 2012, Co-author Chris Colbridge and Rajinder Bassi

New Guidance on the U.K. Bribery Act and Self Reporting Issued by the Serious Fraud Office, October 2012, Co-author Chris Colbridge and Satnam Tumani

Serious Economic Crime, a boardroom guide to prevention and compliance, November 2011, Co-author Chiraag Shah and Chris Colbridge

Prior Experience

Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP, 2002 - 2005
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