Law firm Bowmans Kenya has appointed Paras Shah as its new Managing Director.
Mr Shah will replace Richard Harney effective March 1.
“I am very excited in taking the reins of our Nairobi Office from Richard who has done a phenomenal job in taking a brand new firm of two people in 2008 to one of the leading law firms in Kenya and the region, with over 160 members of staff,” Mr Shah said.
Mr Harney is credited for overseeing the legal firm’s success in the country.
He will be assuming a new role as Kenya’s Senior Partner. Under the new role, he will be involved in “complex client work” as well as leading Bowmans’ efforts across Africa, in building relationships with their offices and other law firms across the continent.
In June 2020, Paras Shah was accused by Kenyan staff of harbouring racist tendencies.
Qualifications & work experience
Paras graduated from Kings College (1995) and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1998 and as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 2001.
Prior to joining Coulson Harney, he was Partner in the Corporate, Commercial and Conveyancing department of Hamilton Harrison and Matthews, and a solicitor in a city law firm in London.
He has also worked as a director for NIC bank (now part of NCBA) and Access Kenya
His specialties include Capital Markets, Finance, Banking, Privatisation, Energy & Infrastructure, M&A and Commercial Law.
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