About us

About BCP Associates

Every company of significant size is subject to laws regarding Employment, Compensation & Benefits, Social Security, Labour Welfare, Environment, Health & Safety, and Working Conditions.

The legal environment becomes more complex as business conditions continue to change and the courts further interpret and apply the law. A company’s management may not be fully aware of the current rules governing their areas of responsibility. Prudent companies get help in identifying risks and avoiding the consequences of non-compliance.

– B C Prabhakar

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WHAT WE DO: BCP Associates is a neutral, objective and independent Legal audit firm specializing in audit techniques aimed at helping companies achieve 100% compliance levels. Started in 1961 by B R Puttnanjappa and carried forward by B C Prabhakar, BCP Associates is the off-shoot of the parent law firm and draws upon its strong legal foundation and expertise. B C Prabhakar the founder and chairman of BCP Associates is also the President of Karnataka Employers’ Association (KEA), the oldest employers association in the state of Karnataka. Through KEA, he has initiated, canvassed and effected multiple reforms at the State and National levels in the areas of Labour and Industrial Laws. As a stalwart of the industry, he has penned multiple national policies related to social security norms and legislations and has been recognised for his contributions to the industry through the Indira Gandhi Priyadrashini award and multiple others.

To guide Corporates in proactively becoming 100% legally compliant establishments with a high focus on Law and Ethics

Leadership Team

B. C. Prabhakar
Chairman

Pooja Prabhakar
Director

S. Venugopal Rao
Advocate & Senior Legal Auditor

Bruce Weitzman
Special Counsel

B. Chandrashekar Shetty
Advocate & Senior Legal Auditor

POSH Team

Rashika Gupta
Senior POSH Consultant

Gowri Chandrasekhar
Senior POSH Consultant

Ambily Martin
Senior POSH Consultant & Advocate

Aparna G.V.
Senior POSH Consultant

Leadership Team

B. C. Prabhakar

Chairman

Mr. B.C. Prabhakar is an eminent and senior Advocate specialized in Labour laws. He has been actively practicing before Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunals and the High Court of Karnataka for over 42 years. He renders Legal Advice in the areas of Labour Laws, Employee Resource Management, Compensation & Benefits, ESOP’s Employment Contracts, Gender Sensitivity Issues, etc. He has expertise in dealing with Trade Unions, Wage negotioations, handling Indutrial Relations scenarios, etc. He is a Senior Management consultant in the areas of Legal Compliance under various Labour & Employment Legislations, Industrial Relations, Dispute Resolutions & Collective Bargaining.

Mr. Prabhakar is the President of Karnataka Employers’ Association, the first and leading Employers’ Association in the State of Karnataka.He has helped KEA earn high repute in Karnataka by representing the interest of Employers and has been a prime mover in providing proactive suggestions to the Central/State Governments in formulating Labour Policies and amendments to the Labour Legislations. He has effectively represented KEA before National and International Fora including ILO (Internations Labour Organization) both in India and abroad. He has the distinction of attending the Indian Labour Conference (ILC) for the past 12 years as advisor. He is the Employer Member of Minimum Wages Central Advisory Board and Board member of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).

Mr. Prabhakar is the Legal Advisor for over 150 reputed corporates including MNCs, Manufacturing comapnies and IT/ITES/BPO companies. He is on the Board of Directors of Wipro Ltd., Automotive Axels Ltd. and 3M India Ltd. as Independent Director. He is a Professional Member of National Insititute of Personnel Management (NIPM), National HRD Network, Bangalore Advocates Association, BCIC and FKCCI.

Mr. Prabhakar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Law from Mysore University.

Pooja Prabhakar

Director

Pooja Prabhakar heads the operations at BCP Associates. Previously, she was based in the United States and held leadership positions at Fortune 100 companies. While at these positions, she developed the vision & strategy for nation-wide launches of new health insurance products, designed and delivered E2E strategic & operational solutions for bringing new products to market; She was a member of the core team that implemented the first Sarbanes-Oxley audit and compliance for the company and in another role, helped lay out the strategic framework for the enterprise e-Discovery initiative. She was also part of the Emerging Leadership program at CIGNA Healthcare.

Pooja holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Central Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Science & Technology from Bangalore University, India. She is also trained in Six Sigma, Project Management, Quality Assurance & Hoshin Kanri processes and is a ‘Certified Corporate Director’, World Council for Corporate Governance, UK (Institute of Directors).

S. Venugopal Rao

Advocate & Senior Legal Auditor

S Venugopal Rao is experienced in labour law and service matters and is a Senior Legal Auditor at BCP Associates. Having joined the chambers of Mr. B C Prabhakar on March 08, 2012 he is knowledgeable and well versed in multiple employment and law issues with a special focus on handling issues related to the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & redressal), Act 2013.

S Venugopal Rao holds Bachelor’s degree in Science from Karnataka University, Dharwar and Bachelor of Law from Bangalore University. He enrolled as advocate in Karantaka State Bar Council in 1976. He joined the chamber of Sri. Kolachalam Srinivasa Rao a leading advocate on the civil side. After practising for six and half years at Ballari on the civil side, he joined Orient Paper Mills (Pro. Orient Paper & Industries Ltd.) Brajarajnagar in Orissa (of G P Birla Group). He was Manager (Law) and was designated as Manager under the Factories Act in 1995 in the said paper mills. He worked in Orient Paper Mills from May 1982 to December 1999. He joined Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills Rajahmundry (Rajahmahendravaram) as Manager Legal and was elevated as Dy. General Manager (Legal).

As legal head he has handled important cases both in Labour and Civil and has experience in drafting and vetting Contracts, Agreements, Lease Agreement, Conveyance Deeds, , Affidavits and scrutiny of several legal and other documents, Preparing and settling Petitions, Appeals, Plaints, Written Statements, Rejoinders, Affidavits and Written Arguments etc. for submission/pleadings for various legal proceedings.

As Factory Manager in Orient Paper Mills and Legal head in Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills has monitored compliance of provisions of Factories Act and Rules there under with reference to safety, health and welfare. Compliance of various provisions under Pollutions and Environmental laws. He ensured compliance of various statutory provisions particularly Environmental Laws, Factories Act (Safety, Health and Welfare), Explosives Act, etc. as well as Sound knowledge in Environment Management System ISO 14001: 2004, Occupations, Health and Safety Series 18000:1999. A qualified auditor under OSHAS 18000 and has conducting audit of occupational safety and health assessment. As Legal head in APPM he has briefed and appeared along with Senior Advocate before Appellate Authority constituted under Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act. He has participated in the seminar on Hazardous Waste Management and Handling conducted by FICCI and has represented the Paper industry in the committee constituted by AP Government for revision of Factory License Fee. He retired from the services of Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills in 2011.

Bruce Weitzman

Special Counsel

Bruce Weitzman is based in Chicago and serves as Special Counsel to BCP Associates. Among other things, Bruce assists with client-liaison and business development activities in the U.S.

Bruce received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School in 1976. Then he practiced for 22 years as a trial lawyer at McDermott Will & Emery. Then he co-founded Global Prospect Partners, helping U.S. companies wanting to do business in Japan. In 2003, he founded Andworth Chambers LLC, initially as one of the first legal process outsourcing companies in India, and then as a provider of innovative training programs for students and professionals in India. Bruce is also Of Counsel at Global Migration Law Group, advising clients on U.S. immigration matters.

B. Chandrashekar Shetty

Advocate & Senior Legal Auditor

Mr. Chandrashekar Shetty is a Senior Labour Law Compliance Auditor at BCP Associates and has audited multiple client companies across India. Previously he has worked as Deputy Controller, Manager-Industrial Relations and Industrial Relations Officer in KPTCL, Bangalore for more than 30 years. Prior to this, he has dealt with Legal, Personnel and IR matters including Wage Settlements, Grievance Machinery, Manpower Study and Social Security Compliances for about 10 years. He is a Faculty member of Labour Law, HRD Centre, KPTCL Bangalore.

Mr. Shetty holds a B.Com. and L.L.B. degree, Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Diploma in Public Relations from Bangalore University and PG Diploma in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management from Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan. He is enrolled as Advocate in Karnataka Bar Council and is a Govt. Arbitrator of Chit Funds in Karnataka.

POSH Team

Rashika

Senior POSH Consultant

Rashika earned her degree in Law from the prestigious National Law School of India in Bangalore ( NLSIU) from where she graduated in 1994 with a Gold Medal. In her career spanning 23 years she has held senior management positions in large multinational corporations such as IBM ; Cisco , Accenture and Goldman Sachs. She has primarily focused on issues in the corporate, commercial and contract law arena; mergers and acquisition and employment law with a special focus on Women Related issues.

She is the Chairperson of the Gender Sensitivity Committee of the Karnataka Employer’s Association. She been actively involved in conducting training and awareness  programs  for employees and senior management across organizations on the legislation on The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace  to address Harassment of Women at Workplace. She is the External expert on the Internal Complaints Committee for a number of  leading MNCs and has been proactively involved in advicing the management on the issues related to Harassment of Women at Workplace as well as the  best practices to be adopted to redress concerns in the area. She has spearheaded  a number of inquiries into complaints regarding sexual harassment filed by affected women employees and ensured closure per the requirement of  law.

Gowri Chandrasekhar

Senior POSH Consultant

A strong people oriented person, with over 20 years of work experience in the field of Human Resources, Gowri has worked across organisations ranging from the manufacturing sector, consulting firms to educational institutions in India as well as in the US.

As a Gender Sensitivity Specialist at BCP Associates, she brings her rich and varied experience to this role from her current position as a HR Consultant/Counsellor/Gallup Certified Strengths Coach as well as a long time committed volunteer at two NGOs namely - Bangalore Hospice Trust (Karunashraya) and Indian Cancer Society.

She has been responsible for setting up effective complaint mechanisms and training core management members in dealing with issues of Sexual Harassment at the workplace at multiple organisations as well as, investigating and documenting sexual harassment cases.

Gowri holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management & Labour Relations from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from St. Agnes College, Mangalore.

Ambily Martin

Senior POSH Consultant & Advocate

Ambily Martin is a Legal Consultant and practicing Advocate since 1994. Her 10 years of international exposure in Legal, Admin & HR fields makes her a strong contender in her chosen field. She is associated with BCP Associates since 1995. Independently appeared as Counsel in High Court of Karnataka, Civil Courts and Labour Courts in Bangalore. Worked with leading organizations in Kuwait and Dubai in various capacities from 1999 until 2009. Since 1994, she is a member of Bar Council of Karnataka, and a Fellow of International Association of HR Professionals from 2009.

She has attended many National and International Workshops and conducted Inquiries and training programs on Sexual Harassment for senior management, employees and workers in various organisations.  Has been serving as External Member on the Internal Committee of various organizations, she is well experienced in assisting organizations in implementing credible and effective complaint mechanism to deal with issues of Sexual Harassment at workplace.

An active member of Karnataka Employers Association (KEA) she is part of their Gender Sensitivity Sub Committee.

Ambily holds a Bachelor’s degree in LAW from Mangalore University together with a BA in Economics and Political Science. Further she earned a Professional Diploma in Business Management from Academics College of London and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Dubai, UAE. Her substantial experience with multi-cultural, ethnically diversified international community with in-depth knowledge in local demographics and languages formulated herself a good listener and quick decision maker.

Aparna G.V.

Senior POSH Consultant & Advocate

Aparna is a Human Resources professional with 12+ years of experience working in leading organisations. She has rich multi-Industry, multi-company experience in setting up HR practices, management trainee/ new hire orientation programs, soft skill training and implementing Labour Law compliance.

She has been associated with BCP Associates for more than 5 years and was one of the first to start training on the new POSH Act.
She has conducted many complicated Inquiries and 100's of training programs on Sexual Harassment for senior management, employees and ICC committee in various organisations. She Has been serving as External Member on the Internal Committee of various organizations, she is well experienced in assisting organizations in implementing credible and effective complaint mechanism to deal with issues of Sexual Harassment at workplace.
An active member of Karnataka Employers Association (KEA) she is part of their Gender Sensitivity Sub Committee.
She is also a first generation Entrepreneur offering strategic HR services to SME's and a unique Mentoring program for Youngsters.

Aparna holds a MBA from Southern New Hampshire College, USA and a PG Diploma in International Business.

She is a dynamic and proactive professional with high integrity who believes in adding tangible value in all her assignments.