Chiraag Shah is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s international arbitration and litigation group in London. Chiraag represents clients in institutional, ad hoc and treaty arbitrations around the world with a focus on arbitrations involving state entities. He also conducts commercial litigation matters before the English courts and advises clients on white collar, fraud and corruption issues. Chiraag is dual qualified (Kenya and England & Wales) and leads the firm’s contentious African practice. He has represented clients in numerous disputes in Africa across a range of sectors.


Thought Leadership


Memorials v pleadings: how to pick the winning approach for your arbitration, Practical Law Arbitration Blog, Co-author Noah Stewart-Ornstein, May 2019

EU member states agree to terminate their intra-EU BITs: is this the end of intra-EU BIT arbitrations and what about Brexit?, Practical Law Arbitration Blog, Co-author Harkian Hothi, Philipp Kurek, February 2019

Implications of economic sanctions on international arbitration, Practical Law Arbitration Blog, Co-author Kartikey Mahajan, July 2018

Great Station Properties v UMS Holding Limited: a continuation of the English courts’ pro arbitration approach, Practical Law Arbitration Blog, Co-author Alexander Rayner, February 2018

Arbitration And InsolvencyStill Two ‘Near Polar Extremes’?, Corporate Disputes Magazine, Co-author Jack Davies, October 2017

Jurisdiction over Counterclaims by Respondent States, Corporate Disputes Magazine, Co-author Philipp Kurek, April 2017

The EU Flexes its Muscles: Update on EU Foreign Investment Disputes, Practical Law Arbitration Blog, Co-author Philipp Kurek, February 2016

Balancing the Scales: Investment Arbitration in the Context of Sovereign Debt Restructurings, Expert Guide, Co-author Philipp Kurek, August 2013

Perspectives International Arbitration and India – Life After Bharat Aluminum? Corporate Disputes, Co-author Aline Mooney, April 2013

Q&A, General Counsel – Arbitration Versus Other Forms of Dispute Resolution, Corporate Disputes, April 2013

Round Table: Fraud & White Collar Crime, Corporate Live Wire Magazine, September 2012

Serious Economic Crime, a boardroom guide to prevention and compliance, Co-author Christopher Colbridge and Harkiran Hothi, November 2011

The Bribery Act 2011: Will It Or Won't It?, Financier Worldwide, Co-author Sarah Klein, March 2011


Recognised by The Legal 500 in its 2019 “Private Practice Powerlist: The leading Africa specialists”

Memberships & Affiliations

Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Member, ICC

Law Society of England & Wales

Law Society of Kenya


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2007, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales
  • 2006, Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • 2002, Admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • 2000, England and Wales, Barrister


  • English
  • Kiswahili
  • Gujarati


  • Kenya School of LawPGDL2001
  • Nottingham Law SchoolBar Vocational Course2000
  • London School of Economics and Political ScienceLL.B., Law1999