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Stephenson Harwood

Work Department

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 recovery. Kamal is highly regarded by his peers and clients in his abilities in multi-jurisdictional disputes. 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.

In addition to being a LCIA Court Member, Kamal is currently the president of the LCIA African Users Council. He is a Member of Invest Africa, the Royal African Society and the Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce. Kamal is a Court Member of Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre and is on the Executive Committee of the Eastern Africa Association. He has also been listed in India Business Law Journal’s top 100 international lawyers for India-related matters for the last four years, along with being recognised as a ‘Leading Cross Border (India Desk) Lawyer’ at the Legal Era’s Global Achievers Awards 2022.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Kamal Shah – Stephenson Harwood

A major player in the international arbitration space‘, Stephenson Harwood offers substantial geographic coverage in Europe, Africa, India, Greater China, Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, along with the US, CIS and Middle East. London and Dubai-based Rovine Chandrasekera is global international arbitration head; and head of the firm’s Africa and India groups Kamal Shah is ‘the doyenne of African and South Asian disputes‘. In May 2022, ‘up-and-comingJide Adesokan was made partner, while former partner Shai Wade departed for RPC.

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

Stephenson Harwood‘s practice acts for state entities and state-owned companies, and houses experts in financial sanctions. Practice head Kamal Shah also leads the Africa and India groups; Ben Sigler is ‘an insightful lawyer‘; and Sue Millar, Richard Garcia and of counsel Stephen Ashley have ‘great knowledge of PIL issues‘.

India > Foreign firms

Stephenson Harwood is ‘a reliable option for many mid-market transactions for both inbound and outbound work’ and has a strong focus on banking and finance matters. Utilising its global network, the firm is able to handle cross-border deals for international and Indian banks, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. London’s Kamal Shah heads the team and is a name to note for international arbitration, litigation, and fraud and asset recovery issues, while Singapore’s George Cyriac handles corporate, private equity and restructuring transactions across Asia. Rustam Shah joined the Dubai office from Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP in February 2022.