FICL - Bio

P.K Malhotra

Former Law Secretary, Govt of India

Mr. P K Malhotra has more than four decades of experience in the field of law and has held many important assignments in the Government of India. He was Secretary, Legal Affairs as well as Legislative Department in the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India; Member, Law Commission of India; Presiding Officer (Offg.) and Member, Securities Appellate Tribunal; Chairman, Adjudicating Authority under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Judicial Member, Income-tax Appellate Tribunal.

He was involved in processing and finalizing many important legislations, including The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, The Companies Act, 2013, The Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988, The Arbitration & Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015, The Commercial Courts Act, 2015, The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, The Information Technology Act, 2000, The Securities Laws (Amendment) Act and many other social & economic legislations. He has handled legal issues on Constitutional Law, Administrative law, Commercial laws, Cyber laws, Alternate Dispute Resolution, including Arbitration and issues relating to telecom sector. He has also worked as Arbitrator in a large number of cases between Govt. Departments and PSUs.

After demitting office as Law Secretary, Mr Malhotra has been practising as an Advocate. He had a brief stint as Secretary-General, International Centre for Alternate Dispute Resolution (ICADR), New Delhi. He is also enrolled as an Arbitrator & Conciliator for some of the Central Public Sector Undertakings, including ONGC, GAIL, NHPC, BHEL, ECIL, SCOPE, ICA, NTPC and Delhi International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). He is handling a number of Arbitration/Conciliation matters, including cases of large PSUs.

He is a Visiting Professor at Sharda University, Greater Noida; KIIT University, Bhubaneswar and SGT University, Gurugram. He is Member of the Advisory Board of the School of Law, Manav Rachna University, Faridabad. He is Public Interest Director on the Board of National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX), Mumbai; Chairman of the ICSI- Institute of Insolvency Professionals, New Delhi; Partner in the Law Firm Shetty, Malhotra & Associates having its presence in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata; Chairman of the Working Group constituted by the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) for implementation of the provisions relating to individual insolvency. He is a member of the Committee against Smuggling & Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy (CASCADE) constituted by FICCI to advise on anti-smuggling & anti-piracy activities. He is a Special Invitee to the Managing Committee Meetings of PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PHDCCI). He is also member of the High Power Committee constituted by the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for Settlement of Cases under Consent Procedure.

Mr Malhotra is a regular participant in various national level seminars and public debates on important legal issues, constituting panel with several legal luminaries and eminent jurists of the country, including the retired judges of Supreme Court and different High Courts. He is also a panelist on national news channels including RSTV, Lok Sabha TV, APN, etc., for discussion on important legal issues having a nationwide impact.

Mr Malhotra is a recipient of:

  1. National Law Day Award by the International Council of Jurists in 2015;
  2. National Law Day Award by the Indian National Bar Association in 2016;
  3. Award for Leadership in ICT and Cyber Security in the Government sector by the CMAI/TEMA/TEPC in 2017;
  4. Award for outstanding contribution to practice of law in Government sector by ICCA, India & the Law Society of England & Wales at the function in House of Lords, London in 2018;
  5. Award for outstanding contribution in ICT sector by the CMAI/TEMA/TEPC in 2019;
  6. Life Time Achievement award by ICCA, India in 2019.