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Kamal Shah

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

Awards

The Lawyer's Hot 100 list 2014.

The Lawyer's Hot 100 list 2014.

India - Foreign Firms

India - Foreign Firms

Kamal Shah Partner

Contact details

Kamal Shah

Kamal Shah
Partner

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

Kamal is the head of Stephenson Harwood's Africa and India groups. He specialises in complex, cross-border international arbitration, litigation and fraud and asset tracing. He is highly regarded by his peers and clients in his abilities in multi-jurisdictional disputes and is described by The Legal 500 as a “charming practitioner”.
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Kamal's focus is on international arbitration, litigation, fraud and asset tracing in Africa and India, given his extensive experience there.

He acts for governments, government entities, banks, private corporations and high net worth individuals in a range of matters including those relating to projects and infrastructure, joint ventures, banking and finance, shareholder arrangements, energy and a range of schemes commonly used to defraud individuals and corporations.

Kamal is highly ranked in the Legal directories including The Legal 500, Chambers UK and IFLR1000 as well as being listed in the Lawyer’s Hot 100 list of leading lawyers in the UK for 2009 and 2014. Kamal is currently the vice president of the LCIA African Users Council and a director of the Business Council for Africa.

Kamal is highly regarded by legal directories. "Market commentators note his extensive activity in Africa, where he handles arbitration and litigation as well as fraud matters" (Chambers Global 2015, Dispute resolution Africa-wide).

Chambers Global also noted that "with his extensive Kenyan experience particularly notable. Sources commend him for being 'charming, and wonderful at handling clients”.

“Exceptional (...)  a very experienced litigator.”
Chambers Global 2016,  Dispute resolution — Africa-wide

  • International arbitration
  • Commercial litigation
  • Dispute resolution
  • Fraud and asset tracing
  • Banking and financial services litigation

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, enforcement of arbitral award

Advising in relation to the enforcement in England of a US$345 million plus arbitration award made against it in Nigeria. There have been several reported judgements of the English Courts. [2014] EWHC 576 (Comm); [2008] EWCA Civ 1157; [2008] EWHC 797 (Comm); [2005] EWHC 726 (Comm).

Enforcement of ICC award

Advising Dowans Holdings SA and Dowans Tanzania Ltd in relation to the enforcement in England of a US$80 million ICC award against the State Electricity Company of Tanzania, [2011] EWHC 1957 (Comm).

Shareholders of the privatised Kenyan and Ugandan Railways

Acting for two shareholders in several LCIA arbitrations arising out of the consortium which won the concession of the privatised Kenya and Uganda Railways, [2008] EWHC 829 (Comm).

Federal Republic of Nigeria, enforcement of arbitral award

Advised the Federal Republic of Nigeria in respect of the enforcement of a US$20 million arbitral award against it.

Government of India

Advising the government of India in a US$4 billion energy arbitration.

More: International arbitration

High net worth family

Advising members of a wealthy and prominent East African family on a claim brought by another family member for a share of the family's offshore wealth.

Saudi Sheikh

Advising a Saudi Sheikh in relation to a significant fraud amounting to US$16 million carried out against him by a former Prime Minister of an East African country and other individuals.

Shareholder dispute

Advising one of six defendants and a significant shareholder in a dispute in the English courts resulting in a five week trial, [2008] EWHC 1034 (Ch).

Managing international litigation and international advice

Managing and supervising overseas litigation for clients and liaising with local lawyers. Providing litigation advice on a range of international legal issues with regards to international companies, governments and individuals.

More: Commercial litigation

Arab Republic of Egypt

Advising in relation to the tracing assets of up to US$70 billion misappropriated by the Hosni Mubarak Regime. This is reportedly the largest mismanagement case of public funds.

Saudi Sheikh

Advising a Saudi Sheikh in relation to a significant fraud amounting to US$16 million carried out against him by a former Prime Minister of an East African Country and other individuals.

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Advising in relation to a significant fraud in an underlying arbitration, [2014] EWHC 576 (Comm).

Two of the largest commercial banks in Nigeria

Advising in relation to obtaining the worldwide freezing orders, disclosure orders and search orders against Nigerian individuals in support of legal proceedings in Nigeria for default of loans to the banks valued at tens of US$ millions.

More: Dispute resolution

Arab Republic of Egypt

Advising in relation to the tracing assets of up to US$70 billion misappropriated by the Hosni Mubarak regime. This is reportedly the largest mismanagement case of public funds.

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Advising in relation to a significant fraud in an underlying arbitration, [2014] EWHC 576 (Comm).

Saudi Sheikh

Advising a Saudi Sheikh in relation to a significant fraud amounting to US$16 million carried out against him by a former Prime Minister of an East African country and other individuals.

Two of the largest commercial banks in Nigeria

Advising in relation to obtaining the worldwide freezing orders, disclosure orders and search orders against Nigerian individuals in support of legal proceedings in Nigeria for default of loans to the banks valued at tens of US$ millions.

More: Fraud and asset tracing

Nigerian banks

Advising several leading Nigerian banks in relation to significant loan defaults by ultra-high net worth individuals; advising on commencing actions in England in support of local Court proceedings in Nigeria.

Leading Nigerian bank

Advising a leading Nigerian Bank to pursue in England and Nigeria the borrower and his companies in relation to a US$100 million loan default.

Indian banks

Advising various banks on a range of issues.

Mauritian banks

Advising various banks on a range of issues.

More: Banking and financial services litigation
  • Government and public sector
  • Energy and natural resources

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Successfully advising the Federal Republic of Nigeria in respect of the enforcement of a US$20 million arbitral award against it.

Government of India

Advising the government of India in a US$4 billion energy arbitration.

Representation of various governments

Represented a number of governments including Nigeria, Egypt, India, Lesotho, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Venezuela, as well as state corporations from Nigeria and China. Advising on a range of issues including international arbitration, litigation in England and abroad, fraud and asset tracing, public international law, legal and judicial review, constitutional and election issues.

More: Government and public sector

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, enforcement of an arbitral award

Advising in relation to the enforcement in England of a US$345 million plus arbitration award made against it in Nigeria. There have been several reported judgements of the English courts, [2014] EWHC 576 (Comm).

Government of India

Advising the government of India in a US$4 billion energy arbitration.

Multi-jurisdictional African gas company

Advising the project company operating a gas pipeline in several African countries on shareholder disputes.

Nigerian energy services company

Advising on of Nigeria's largest domestic energy services company on various disputes.

More: Energy and natural resources
  • Africa
  • India

Arab Republic of Egypt

Advising in relation to the tracing of over US$70 billion in misappropriated assets by the Hosni Mubarak regime. This is reportedly the largest mismanagement case of public funds.

Saudi Sheikh

Advising a Saudi Sheikh in relation to a fraud amounting to US$16 million carried out against him by a former Prime Minister of an African country and other individuals.

Representation of various governments

Represented a number of governments including Nigeria, Egypt, Lesotho, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda as well as state corporations from Nigeria. Advising on a range of issues including; international arbitration, litigation in England and abroad, fraud and asset tracing, public international law, legal and judicial review, constitutional and election issues.

Enforcement of ICC award

Advising Dowans Holdings SA and Dowans Tanzania Ltd in relation to the enforcement of a US$80 million ICC award against the state electricity company of Tanzania. 

East African family

Advising members of a wealthy and prominent East African family on a claim brought by another family member for a share of the family's offshore wealth.

Shareholders of the privatised Kenyan and Ugandan railways

Acting for two shareholders in several LCIA arbitrations arising out of the consortium which won the concession of the privatised Kenya and Uganda railways.

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Advising in relation to the enforcement in England of a US$345 million plus arbitration award made against it in Nigeria. There have been several reported judgements of the English courts.

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Successfully advising the Federal Republic of Nigeria in respect of the enforcement of a US$20 million arbitral award against it.

Nigerian banks

Advising several leading Nigerian banks in relation to loan defaults by ultra-high net worth individuals.

More: Africa

Government of India

Advising the government of India in a US$4 billion energy arbitration.

Indian banks

Advising various banks on dispute resolution provisions; default provisions in load documentation and strategic advice in respect of disputes.

Private Indian companies

Advising private companies on a number of arbitrations under LMAA, UNCITRAL and LCIA rules.

Large South India based group

Advising on a dispute with a large bank in respect of a significant loan default and a subsequent dispute and settlement.

More: India

Awards

The Lawyer's Hot 100 list 2014.

The Lawyer's Hot 100 list 2014.

India - Foreign Firms

India - Foreign Firms

Latest news & insights

04 Jul 2016

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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, ..

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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)..

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