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Prakash Mehta

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Prakash Mehta is the co-leader of the firm’s investment funds and private equity practices and a member of the firm’s management committee.

Mr. Mehta regularly represents a broad range of investment management clients and advises on complex corporate transactions. He represents private equity and hedge fund sponsors; investment banks; and institutional investors, including endowments, multilateral organizations and multinational groups.

Mr. Mehta regularly advises some of the more prominent private investment fund sponsors and investment banks on all aspects of their business, from capital raising and fund formation to implementation of their business models via complex transactions. Mr. Mehta also advises clients on manager-level transactions such as seed investments in fund managers, the creation of asset managers through joint ventures, and spin-outs of existing asset management teams (including proprietary trading desks). Mr. Mehta’s representation of a broad range of asset managers and institutional investors allows him to keep abreast of emerging trends in the private equity, hedge fund and real estate industries. This knowledge and experience is particularly valuable as convergence across asset classes continues to play out in the marketplace.

Mr. Mehta’s practice includes advising clients on investment and financing transactions, with particular emphasis on complex international transactions. Mr. Mehta evaluates, structures and negotiates private equity-style investments (minority and control), exit transactions (strategic sale, recapitalization, 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.

Mr. Mehta has been recognized for his accomplishments in the investment management industry. Mr. Mehta is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and is on the advisory board of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association. He has also been ranked by The National Law Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, as well as by Institutional Investor as one of 10 Rising Stars of Private Equity and M&A Law. In addition, he is a regular panelist at the Emerging Market Private Equity Forum and has participated as a speaker at the United Nations High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development.

Mr. Mehta received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1994 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as associate editor of The Georgetown Law Journal. He received his B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in 1991 from Georgetown University. Mr. Mehta also maintains an office in Washington D.C. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

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