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Kamal Shah

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Commercial litigation.


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.

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 currently the vice president of the LCIA African Users Council and a director of the Business Council for Africa.


Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Stephenson Harwood's India-focused practice group is known for acting on behalf of Indian companies in cross-border disputes. The department counts Bharat Heavy Electricals, ICICI Bank and Reliance Industries among its clients. London-based Kamal Shah heads the team and specialises in international arbitration and commercial litigation. Additions to the team include Singapore-based Parikhit Sarma and Diwakar Agarwal and Sandeep Dhama (both based in Dubai) who joined from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, DLA Piper Middle East LLP and King & Wood Mallesons respectively.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

‚ÄėLeading firm‚Äô Stephenson Harwood¬†provides ‚Äėstrong, thoughtful advice‚Äô in international fraud litigation, and is known for its experience in emerging markets such as Russia, the CIS, Africa and India. The firm is adept at handling injunctions such as freezing orders, search orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, receivership orders and gagging orders. Highlights include acting for a Russian businessman in relation to a $100m freezing order and fraud claims against him following the collapse of his business. Other clients include the former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Natixis and Unitech. ‚ÄėHighly respected adviser and draftsman‚Äô Alan Bercow¬†jointly heads the team with Ros Prince¬†who ‚Äėunderstands all aspects of fraud litigation like the back of her hand, is superb on interim injunction work and has the respect of her clients‚Äô. Also recommended are¬†Priya Grewal,¬†Kamal Shah, who¬†has ‚Äėsuperb strategic skills‚Äô, and John Fordham.

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London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Stephenson Harwood 'performs excellently and its experienced practitioners are able to handle the most difficult and complex disputes efficiently'. The practice has emerging markets expertise and it is complemented by arbitration-focused specialists in the firm's marine and construction disputes teams. International arbitration group head Louis Flannery QC, who took silk in 2018, and Haris Zografakis acted for PDVSA Servicios in a commercially sensitive, high-value dispute concerning an agreement with a contractor for the drilling of oil wells. The 'highly effective' Kamal Shah, who heads the Africa and India groups, 'has become a force to reckon with in international arbitration; Shai Wade, who heads the upstream oil and gas disputes team, is 'an extraordinary lawyer with pure diligence'; counsel Duncan Bagshaw is 'very responsive and engaged throughout'; and Vivek Kapoor is a key senior associate.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

A significant part of Stephenson Harwood's public international law (PIL) practice is focused on international sanctions and international enforcement actions; and it is best known for advising governments or state-owned corporations. The group is also noted for Africa-related matters and has a growing investment treaty and investor-state disputes practice. PIL practice leader Kamal Shah is also head of the Africa and India groups; Sue Millar is also a key contact; and Stephen Ashley, who has particular experience in EU and UK-related sanctions' matters, and Vivek Kapoor are notable senior associates.

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