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Vidya Rajarao

Vidya Rajarao

Grant Thornton India LLP5th Floor, 65/2, Block ABagmane TridibBengaluruIndia560093

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration Expert Witnesses 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Vidya Rajarao is “a very hands-on expert who leads discussions brilliantly”. She commands over 15 years of experience in forensic accounting matters.


Vidya Rajarao is a partner and heads Grant Thornton’s forensic practice in India. She has acquired substantial investigative, forensic and risk consulting experience in the United States and India, and brings over 20 years of investigations, forensic accounting and risk -consulting experience to her clients.

Vidya has testified as an expert witness in several arbitration proceedings under the auspices of leading arbitration institutions such as the American Arbitration Association (AAA), ICC International Court of Arbitration (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), United Nations Commission on Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Arbitration Rules and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as well as before several ad hoc arbitration proceedings in the United States and India. Her expertise includes determination of damages (i.e., lost profits, restitution, “but-for” damages, etc.) as well as complex valuation of joint venture entities and minority shareholder rights by applying generally accepted valuation methodologies, such as the discounted cash flow and comparable methods.

She has represented clients in varied industry sectors, such as telecoms, airports, sports, tourism, power, oil and gas, infrastructure, software, retail and technology.

Vidya is the vice chair of the Board of Regents of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s largest anti-fraud organisation.

Vidya holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce, she is accredited as a chartered accountant by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), and as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) in the United States.

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