Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Naresh Thacker is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice at ELP. He is a qualified lawyer with the additional attribute of being a Solicitor (non-practising) in England and Wales.
Naresh has over 18 years of experience in litigation, international arbitration and mediation; particularly in large infrastructure project arbitrations and post M&A arbitrations, corporate litigation, commercial disputes, regulatory and tax disputes and white collar crimes. Over the years he has handled a number international and national arbitration cases as counsel under the Rules of ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL, Swiss Rules and Ad-Hoc proceedings for both domestic as well as multinational clients. He has been part of mediation and conciliatory proceedings at the clients’ behest and has brought them to fruition. Some of his recent matters include advising and representing a client on one of the largest hotel management disputes in the country; and also advising and representing one of the most successful real estate barons in a high profile dispute. Naresh’s experience in tax disputes span issues relating to indirect tax, including Central Excise, Customs, Service Tax and VAT. On the regulatory front he routinely advises and represents clients on foreign exchange related issues and electricity matters. He has successfully represented clients in matters pertaining to economic offences before diverse Tribunals and Courts in India, large number of which have industry wide implications. Such decisions have been widely reported in various legal journals such as ELT, RLT, AIR, TIOL, Taxsutra etc.
Naresh is currently active in a number of professional organisations including The Law Society, UK; London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); International Bar Association (IBA); and the All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP). He has spoken at various seminars on international arbitration and tax laws organised by, amongst others, LCIA, IBA, AIFTP, Corporate Counsels Association of India, Chamber of Tax Consultants etc. Naresh is often quoted by prestigious international journals and his articles continue to appear in trade publications around the world such as International Law Offices, India Business Law Journal, and Global Arbitration Review (GAR). He is also frequently sought out for his comments by leading newspapers such as Economic Times, Business Today, Live Mint and Financial Express. He has authored the India Chapter for The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2016 & 2017 published by GAR; and the International Arbitration 2016 Global Practice Guide published by Chambers & Partners. Naresh has been featured as a leading tax controversy adviser in India in Tax Controversy Leaders (Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Editions); and as an expert in World Tax 2015. Prior to ELP, Naresh practiced as an independent counsel on indirect tax and litigation matters.