Kamal Shah

Kamal Shah

T: +44 20 7809 2301 M: +44 7958 272 742 Email Kamal | Vcard Office: London


Winner at the Africa's Strategic Partner of the Year 2017 and 2016 awards

Winner at the Africa's Strategic Partner of the Year 2017 and 2016 awards

Highly commended for our secondment programme

Highly commended for our secondment programme


Our leading Africa practice has been active in Africa for many years. We regularly advise on key mandates of wide economic, political and strategic importance across Africa. We have advised listed and private companies, financial institutions, private clients, family offices, investment companies, private equity houses, governments and state-owned entities on a range of African-related matters.
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Our connection with Africa extends beyond clients; we have formed strong relationships with local law firms, governments and businesses. We visit the continent regularly and many of our team were born and lived there. Our advice is set against a background of in-depth local knowledge.

We are stand-out specialists in arbitration and litigation, asset finance, capital markets, fraud and asset tracing, oil and gas, projects and infrastructure and renewables. We have particular expertise in the aviation, banking, construction, energy, infrastructure, mineral, rail and shipping sectors.

Our Africa practice, headquartered in London, includes members from our international offices in Paris, Dubai, Singapore, Seoul, Beijing and Hong Kong. This allows us to offer a full range of services to our clients.

We have a strong working relationship with leading local law firms in Africa, and well-developed secondment programme which has so far seen 50 secondees from leading African law firms and corporate entities spend time at Stephenson Harwood, along with members of our own team seconded to law firms in Africa.

"provide excellent work all round"
Chambers Global 2017

Misappropriation of assets from the Arab Republic of Egypt

Advising and managing the global tracing and recovery of approximately US$ billions in misappropriated assets by the former regime. Involving allegations of fraud, corruption and money laundering over nine jurisdictions.

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria's state-owned oil company

Advising in allegations of fraud and forgery in the high-value case involving the defence in England of several attempts to enforce a Nigerian arbitration award, now valued at over US$350 million.

Transport for Cape Town, South Africa

Advised the City of Cape Town on the establishment of its new transport authority, Transport for Cape Town. Now advising on the development of TCT's integrated transport strategies.

Large African-based mining and metals company

Defending a US$400 million claim in arbitration proceedings and concurrent English High Court proceedings which resulted in clarifying the High Court's view on seeking interim relief in support of arbitration.

African Government

Advising on previous and future transportation contracts, reviewing contract terms, potential breaches of local procurement rules and potentially set aside contracts because of undue influence/fraud.

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)

Advised on a 23% investment into an AIM-listed company, Ncondezi Energy Limited, an African power development company which is developing a coal mine and associated coal-fired power plant in the Tete region of Mozambique.

Ambience Ventures and Qalaa Holdings, Kenya and Uganda

Advised on the initial acquisition of a majority stake in the national rail operator of Kenya and Uganda, Rift Valley Railways. We subsequently advised on the buy-out of Transcentury, bringing Ambience's overall holding to 85%.

Soma Oil & Gas, Somalia

Advised on its agreement with the government of Somalia to assist in the development of the country’s hydrocarbons sector and its subsequent US$50 million equity investment.

Green Africa Power LLP

We continue to advise this fund established to stimulate private sector investment in renewable energy in sub-Sahara Africa. Providing on-going advice on all corporate and commercial needs and on its investment in African projects.

Shipping company

Advised on the commercial and legal issues of its negotiations in respect of a seven year US$360 million charter, including operation and maintenance.

Kamal Shah

Kamal Shah Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2301
M: +44 7958 272 742 Email Kamal | Vcard Office: London

Latest news & insights

03 Jun 2019

From News

Celebrating success in Kenya

Partners Kamal Shah and Tony Edwards joined the leaders of Kenya's most dynamic growth businesses last week, at a London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) event to raise awa..


18 Apr 2019

From Insights

MAC equipment: cross-border financing and leasing

Following a trip to Africa, Jacqueline Cook looks at the issues involved with moving assets used in the mining, agriculture and construction industries, between countr..


25 Jan 2019

From News

Lawyers named in The Legal 500’s Africa Specialists Powerlist

Stephenson Harwood LLP partner Kamal Shah and of counsel Duncan Bagshaw have been named in The Legal 500's 'Private Practice Powerlist: Africa Specialists'.


16 Jan 2019

From News

Stephenson Harwood supports African investment initiative

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP is supporting an initiative to showcase Africa’s most inspiring small and medium-sized enterprises.


27 Nov 2017

From News

Stephenson Harwood named 'Africa’s Strategic Partner of the Year'

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has won 'Africa's Strategic Partner of the Year' award, for the second year running, at the 2017 Law Digest Awards.


02 Mar 2017

From News

Stephenson Harwood wins at the Supreme Court for Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has secured an important arbitration related decision in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in favour of the Nigerian National Pet..


16 Nov 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood and Essex Court Chambers win 'Africa’s Strategic Partner of the Year 2016'

Stephenson Harwood and Essex Court‎ Chambers have won 'Africa's Strategic Partner of the Year 2016' at the Law Digest Awards.


04 Jul 2016

From News

Kamal Shah, John Miles and Tunde Fagbohunlu co-author ‘Arbitration in Africa: A review of key jurisdictions’

Kamal Shah, John Miles (managing director of JMiles & Co, Nairobi) and Tunde Fagbohunlu SAN (partner, head of litigation, arbitration and ADR Groups, Aluko & Oyebode, ..


09 Apr 2014

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Ambience Ventures on the acquisition of stake in RVR

Stephenson Harwood advised Ambience Ventures Limited on its acquisition of a 34 per cent stake in the national rail operator of Kenya and Uganda, Rift Valley Railways...


16 Mar 2014

From News

Stephenson Harwood wins decade long dispute for NNPC against IPCO Ltd

International law firm Stephenson Harwood has secured judgment in favour of the state owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation after a dispute with IPCO (Nigeria)..


03 Mar 2014

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Soma Oil and Gas on US$50 million Investment

International law firm Stephenson Harwood has advised Soma Oil & Gas Holdings Limited on an equity investment of US$50m from private equity investment company Winter S..


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