Prem Kumar Malhotra was Law Secretary of the Union of India Ministry of Law & Justice. With decades of experience as a senior officer of the Government of India, he has held positions such as Member, Law Commission of India (Ex-Officio) (December, 2012-April, 2016), Presiding Officer and Member, Securities Appellate Tribunal, Mumbai (July, 2010-May, 2013), Chairman, Adjudicating Authority, Prevention of Money Laundering- (Addl. Charge) (February, 2008-April, 2009), Judicial Member, Income-tax Appellate Tribunal (September, 2003-April, 2007), Arbitrator and Appellate Authority under Permanent Machinery of Arbitration of Government of India (PMA) in more than hundred Arbitration matters.
With more than forty years ‘experience in the field of law in various Capacities out of which, he worked in the Ministry of Law & Justice for more than 25 years as an officer of Indian Legal Service and reached the Apex level of Union Law Secretary. Professor Malhotra was responsible for processing and finalizing many important legislations including Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, Constitution Amendments relating to National Judicial Appointment Commission, Companies Act, 2013, Representation of People’s (Amendment) Bill, Commercial Courts Act, 2015,Arbitration & Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015, Insolvency And Bankruptcy Code, 2016, Constitution Amendment relating to GST, Securities Law (Amendment) Act, Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill and many other important legislation. As Secretary in the Legislative Department was dealing with all matters relating to election laws including references received from the Election Commission of India and litigation matters relating to election laws.
He was also involved in various foreign Assignments for the Indian Government, namely as Head of Indian Delegations to Vienna and New York to participate in the meetings of UNCITRAL relating to Arbitration, Conciliation and Mediation; represented India before WTO Dispute Resolution Panel in Geneva in dispute between India-EU; participated in meetings relating to Bilateral Investment Agreements with USA, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Oman and some other countries. He was also involved in the negotiation of Mutual Legal Assistant Treaty in Criminal Matters with Philippines; dealt with Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements with different countries; foreign assignment to Government of Guyana (South America) as Legal Adviser in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for two years.