Kamal Shah

Kamal Shah

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Chambers UK 2012

Kamal is the head of Stephenson Harwood's Africa and India Groups. He specialises in international arbitration, litigation and fraud and asset tracing.

His experience includes the following countries: Bahamas, Bermuda, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Jersey, Kenya, Lesotho, Lichtenstein, Mauritius, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Somalia, Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States of America.

International arbitration, litigation and fraud and asset tracing experience 

Advising the Arab Republic of Egypt in relation to the tracing of US$ billions misappropriated by former officials.

Advising the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in relation to the enforcement in England of a US$150 million plus arbitration award made against it in Nigeria. Several reported judgements of the English Courts.

Advising two companies in relation to the enforcement of a US$80 million ICC Award against the State Electricity Company of Tanzania. Reported Judgment of the English Court.

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

Advising a West African bank in relation to freezing injunctions against an ultra high net worth individual in the context of overdue loans of over US$ 100 million owed to it.

Acting for two shareholders in several LCIA arbitrations arising out of the consortium which won the concession of the privatised Kenya and Uganda Railways. Reported Judgment of the English Court.

Legal 500 and Chambers have said the following about Kamal:

"Kamal Shah has impressive experience of acting for governments and corporate clients in Africa and India." Chambers UK 2012 (International Arbitration) 

"...Kamal Shah is experienced in acting for clients in Africa and India." Legal 500 UK 2011

"Kamal Shah is another highly rated arbitration practitioner. Sources say that 'he is a very dynamic client handler - he wins his clients' faith and trust without any difficulty at all'." Chambers UK 2011 (International Arbitration)

"This group has had much success in Anglophone Africa thanks to its dedicated team of practitioners (...). The lawyers have a genuine interest in guiding their clients through the challenges. Kamal Shah is the main contact partner." Chambers Global 2010 (Corporate / Commercial: Africa)

"Kamal Shah of Stephenson Harwood is unanimously respected for his supportive client care and calm demeanour. He frequently advises parties in Africa and according to one source, 'he works so hard I don't think there is anyone in London who fits more in their day'." Chambers UK 2010 (International Arbitration)

"Kamal Shah exercises 'great judgement, is universally liked, and has almost unique experience in Africa and the Indian sub-continent'." Legal 500 UK 2010 (International Arbitration)

Kamal has been involved in a number of complex and multi-jurisdictional frauds in Africa which has involved tracing assets in those jurisdictions as well as Europe, USA, the Carribean, UAE, Asia and Canada. He has acted for Governments, Government entities, banks, private corporations and high net worth individuals in a range of fraud matters including those relating to projects and infrastructure, banking products and a range of schemes commonly used to defraud individuals and corporations. He is currently advising the Arab Republic of Egypt in relation to the mismanagement of US $ billions by the former Regime, one of the largest international investigations into a former Regime's mismanagement of funds.