Paras Shah > Bowmans > Nairobi, Kenya > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 10643

Work Department

Banking and Finance; Corporate, Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions; Projects & Energy


Paras Shah heads Bowmans’ M&A and Projects Practice in Kenya.

He specialises in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance law, privatisations, M&A, capital markets and real estate law.

He has advised on some of the most important M&A and financing transactions, IPOs and takeovers, listings and PPP transactions in Kenya.

He has a Diploma in Legal Practice (cum laude) from the College of Law, UK, a Diploma in Management from Henley School of Management, UK, and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. He is an English-qualified solicitor and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Lawyer Rankings

Kenya > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Paras ShahBowmans

Bowmans has an outstanding record in bulge-bracket M&A and corporate restructurings. It also stands out for its well-developed competition and tax practices. The firm advised NCBA Bank Kenya on its landmark $4.4bn merger with NIC Group, an illustration of its expertise in the financial services sector. The firm has a large team of senior practitioners that frequently operate in the corporate and M&A space, covering a broad spectrum of industries. Paras Shah is outstanding and leads many of the firm’s headline deals. Managing partner Richard Harney and experienced corporate specialist Philip Coulson provide extensive experience and gravitas, while maintaining relationships with an array of blue-chip clients. Joyce Karanja heads the corporate commercial practice and is a leading figure in competition law. Alex Mathini leads the tax practice. Gaurav Shah is the name to note at associate level.

Kenya > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Paras ShahBowmans

Bowmans is frequently cited as a market leader in banking, finance and capital markets. It has certainly set the pace in capital markets, fintech, structured trade and commodities finance, and project finance, though its extensive and rounded abilities should not be overlooked. The firm represents numerous big-name lenders, corporate borrowers and private equity houses. Banking and finance head Cornelius Kigera is noted for acting for major Kenyan lenders on big-ticket financings. The highly rated Paras Shah is a leader in capital markets issuances, structured lending, and trade and commodities finance. Dominic Indokhomi is another key partner for real estate financings, financial regulatory matters and the broader finance sphere.

Kenya > Privatisation and projects

Bowmans has a fine record in oil and gas projects, including advising Tullow Oil on the development of Kenya’s first midstream oil pipeline from Lokichar to Lamu. It is also active in Kenya’s Roads Annuity Programme, advising on four projects during a 12-month period. Renewable energy and affordable housing projects are additional growth areas for the team. Paras Shah is a versatile transactional lawyer with a background in the oil and gas sector. Aleem Tharani‘s practice spans project development and finance, particularly in relation to energy and road infrastructure projects. Senior associate Edwin Baru is also noted.