Chiraag Shah - Partner


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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.

Representative Matters

International Arbitration

  • Representing a Middle Eastern entity in a SIAC Arbitration relating to a joint venture project involving a telecoms investment in Myanmar. Singapore law applied, Venue - Singapore.

  • Representing an Israeli listed company in an ICDR Arbitration against a global distributor of medical devices regarding the distribution of high dependency units in the US. Delaware law applied, Venue - London.

  • Representing a Hong Kong based investment and brokerage firm in an ICC arbitration relating to post acquisition indemnity claims arising out of the acquisition of a brokerage business. Hong Kong law applied, Venue - Amsterdam.

  • Representing an Indonesian power company in connection with a SIAC arbitration relating to a joint venture agreement with a foreign investor including related regulatory proceedings in Singapore. Singapore law applied, Venue - Singapore.

  • Advising a consortium of bondholders in relation to investor-state claims arising out of the nationalisation of a European bank.

  • Advising an Asian consortium in relation to investment claims and boundary disputes arising out of an infrastructure project in South America.

  • Advising a North American Pension Fund in relation to ICC and HKIAC arbitration proceedings against Chinese entities regarding breaches of a shareholders agreement.

  • Representing a Chinese investor in ICSID arbitration proceedings against a European state relating to the expropriation /nationalisation of assets during the economic crisis.

  • Representing a Middle-Eastern company in an ICSID investment treaty arbitration against an Asian state relating to treaty breaches and the expropriation of investments.

  • Representing a global railcar leasing company in Bermuda Form arbitration proceedings regarding insurance claims in relation to a rail accident in Europe. New York law applied, Venue – London.

  • Advising a Middle-Eastern state entity in relation to a dispute arising from the termination of a management contract - ICC Arbitration and Qatari law applied.

  • Advising a leading aerospace manufacturer in ad-hoc and potential investment treaty arbitration proceedings against an associate member state of the European Union.

  • Representing one of the world's largest electronics companies in ICC and Ad-Hoc arbitration proceedings against a German entity (including related litigation in French and German courts). German law applied, Venue – Vienna.

  • Representing a leading aerospace manufacturer in UNCITRAL arbitration against Russian and Ukrainian Parties including related litigation in the Russian and US courts. Swedish law applied, Venue – Stockholm.

  • Representing a European Real Estate Company in international arbitration proceedings (ICC and LCIA) involving a multitude of claims and cross claims of several billion Euro arising out of transactions in a number of jurisdictions worldwide. English, Austrian and other laws applied. Seats London and Paris.

  • Representing an American firm in an ICC arbitration against a Middle Eastern company relating to the construction of a high profile tower block in Dubai. English/Dubai law applied, Venue – London.

  • Representing a German construction company in multiple ICC arbitration proceedings against a multinational French corporation arising out of the acquisition of an international roofing business. French and German law applied, Venues – Paris and Frankfurt.

  • Representing a global logistics company in an ICC arbitration against Swiss entities regarding breaches of warranty under a Share Purchase Agreement. Swiss law applied. Venue – Paris.

  • Representing a Middle Eastern publicly traded company (Claimant) in an ICC arbitration against a governmental ministry arising out of a customs enhancement programme in Africa. Venue – London.

  • Representing a private equity portfolio company in an arbitration under the Rules of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce for breach of warranties and representations under a share purchase agreement. Venue – Zurich.

  • Representing an international manufacturer in an on-line arbitration concerning the registration of domain names in bad faith by a competitor.

  • Representing an international power generating company in an Ad-Hoc construction arbitration. Venue – Nairobi.

Commercial Litigation

  • Representing a multinational packaging company in a dispute with a European distributor and agent.

  • The Boeing Company on its claims against partners Energia and Yuzhnoye arising out of the failed Sea Launch joint venture. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted a summary judgment which is likely to exceed $500 million.

  • Advising an international aerospace company on the enforcement of a court judgment against Russian and Ukrainian state owned entities.

  • Representing a North American Pension Fund in relation to a fraud perpetrated by a joint venture partner and subsequent freezing injunction applications before the Hong Kong and Cayman courts.

  • Representing a Middle Eastern publicly traded company (Claimant) in enforcement actions in the English court including the obtaining of freezing orders against a Sovereign State.

  • Representing a private equity firm in relation to shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice claims regarding a portfolio investment.

  • Representing a UK company in follow on claims brought in the High Court by a class of Builders Merchants arising from a finding by the EU Commission of anti-competitive behaviour in relation to the sale of Copper Fittings.

  • Advising an AIM listed company in relation to proceedings arising from a mining investment in West Africa.

  • Advising a private equity firm on shareholder disputes arising from its investment in a commodity and metal trading company including claims for unfair prejudice.

  • Representing a Middle Eastern investor in largest case by quantum in the Chancery Division of the High Court in 2008/9 as well as subsequent appellate proceedings in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court involving disputes arising out of what was the largest LBO in Europe at the time.

  • Representing a private equity firm in High Court proceedings brought by a competitor regarding allegations of conspiracy to defraud and breach of confidence.

  • Advising and successfully representing an African government in respect of a large claim for damages and compensation arising out of a number of purportedly fraudulent transactions including the reversal of agreements entered into by a previous regime.

  • Representing a European real estate company in a claim exceeding $3 billion which arises out of the unlawful acts of former directors who conspired to defraud the company.

  • Negotiating a compensation and exit strategy for a multinational banking group after its bid for the acquisition of a local bank in an African state was rejected by the shareholders.

  • Advising on a settlement between an international multinational and a local manufacturer in respect of a multimillion dollar dispute relating to royalty payments and design and patent infringement issues.

White Collar Investigations and Defence

  • Advising a Swiss bank in relation to regulatory proceedings before the US authorities.

  • Advising a significant Middle Eastern entity in relation to fraudulent transactions perpetrated through impersonation and forged financial documentation.

  • Representing a Middle Eastern Oil and Gas services company in relation to allegations of tax evasion, fraud and breach of sanctions.

  • Representing an international cricketer in an investigation by the ICC into corruption and match fixing.

  • Representing a multinational banking corporation in relation to investigations by an African state into improper practices and fraudulent transactions at its local subsidiary.

  • Advising an international hotel chain in relation to an internal investigation and subsequent criminal prosecution regarding an accounting fraud perpetrated by senior employees.

  • Advising clients on the implications of the UK Bribery Act and other anti-corruption legislation.

Memberships & Affiliations

Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Member, ICC

Law Society of England & Wales

Law Society of Kenya


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, November 2011 Co-author Christopher Colbridge and Harkiran Hothi

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

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