Lila Acharya is an experienced compliance and investigations attorney with a unique skillset developed from her work in private practice, the public sector, and in-house compliance roles in the life sciences and manufacturing sectors. After practicing as a litigator at Ropes & Gray in Boston and as a state prosecutor in Massachusetts, she moved to the UK in 2014. Lila has had a truly international practice for more than five years, working with multinational corporations on compliance challenges across the globe.
As a senior associate at Ropes & Gray LLP in London, she led cross-border investigations for several multinational clients. Her practice has also included conducting pre- and post-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence for private equity clients, conducting anti-corruption risk assessments, and providing compliance advisory services encompassing the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act.
In her roles as an in-house compliance attorney, she has investigated significant matters across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, developed a breadth of policies and procedures, conducted live training of hundreds of employees and third parties, and led the implementation of a third-party due diligence platform. Most recently she was Senior Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC) Compliance Operations Counsel at Rolls-Royce plc, assisting with remediation after the company’s Deferred Prosecution Agreements with the US Department of Justice and UK Serious Fraud Office.
Lila is admitted to the Massachusetts bar and is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. She is an avid runner (frequently joined by her two Labradors), and has completed nine marathons and one ultra-marathon.