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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. Kamal 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 highly ranked in the legal directories including The Legal 500 UK, 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. He was named as a leading international arbitration practitioner in "Who's Who Legal: Future Leaders 2017 and 2018" and has been recognised in The Legal 500's Powerlists for arbitration and Africa for 2019. He has also been listed in India Business Law Journal's top 100 international lawyers for India-related matters. In addition to being a LCIA Court Member, Kamal is currently the vice president of the LCIA African Users Council.

He is highly regarded by the 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). Kamal is also commended for being "charming, and wonderful at handling clients” and as having "an uncanny ability to determine what is going to be in the best interest of the client.".


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: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Stephenson Harwood is 'devoted to cases and to its relationships with clients, and the practice has the ability to identify the appropriate work team and resources to dedicate to a case'. Its distinguishing features include arbitration strengths in shipping and construction teams as well as sector strengths in energy, natural resources, aviation, infrastructure, construction, banking and telecoms; the firm also has significant Africa and India practices, and regularly acts in Russia and CIS matters. Louis Flannery QC is international arbitration group head, Kamal Shah runs the Africa and India practices, Shai Wade has particularly strong expertise in oil and gas-sector disputes, and Vivek Kapoor is an experienced senior associate. Former counsel Duncan Bagshaw left for Howard Kennedy LLP.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

Stephenson Harwood combines 'second-to-none' expertise in international sanctions and enforcement issues with its work representing governments and state-owned companies in investment treaty and investor-state disputes. Department head Kamal Shah has strong experience in Africa and India-related arbitration. Sue Millar advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues arising in relation to the various Iranian, Libyan, Syrian and Russian sanctions regimes. Richard Garcia and senior associate Stephen Ashley are 'superb lawyers in the sanctions and public international law sphere'.

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