Ronak Desai is an international investigations, enforcement defense, and compliance lawyer with experience in both the private and public sectors. He also serves as Vice Chair of Steptoe’s India practice.
Ronak advises clients on a broad range of complex investigative, regulatory, litigation, compliance, and public policy matters. He has experience conducting FCPA/anti-corruption, export control, and other types of investigations on behalf of individual and multinational clients around the world. He also assists clients across a diverse range of industries to develop appropriate anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures.
From 2014-2016, Ronak served as investigative counsel to a prominent Select Committee on Capitol Hill. In addition to serving as counsel to the Committee’s public hearings, he led scores of witness interviews of high-level executive branch and UN officials. Prior to this most recent tenure with the US Congress, Ronak practiced law with another prominent international firm.
As Vice Chair of Steptoe’s India practice, Ronak draws upon his deep understanding of the country to help US and other multinational clients navigate the legal and policy challenges arising in the course of their operations pertaining to India. He also counsels Indian companies conducting business abroad.
Ronak is a frequent speaker on anti-corruption, compliance, and regulatory issues involving India. He is also a regular contributor to several prominent publications in both the United States and the Asia-Pacific region.
Bar & Court Admissions:
- District of Columbia
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 2011, magna cum laude; Senior Editor, Harvard Journal of International Law
- M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2011
- B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2006, Phi Beta Kappa, International Studies
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