Goals & Objectives
- To organizing and participating in conferences which touch on the legal and economic issues between India and Kenya. (Given the rise in investment by Indian companies in Kenya and Africa generally, we propose exploring the idea of a joint conference to be held in Kenya sometime in 2015. We will be in contact separately regarding the conference.)
- To assisting INBA members and associates with Kenya and East Africa related issues and connecting members with key individuals in Kenya and Africa.
- To assist and encourage investments between India and Kenya and strengthen the legal and economic relations between the two countries.
Mr. John Miles, Chair, Kenya Chapter
John Miles is the Director of JMiles & Co., a legal services entity that provides specialised services in the fields of international arbitration, investigation and legal consulting based in Nairobi.
Over the period of 23 years when he was based in London as a partner in one of the large international law firms, John advised on a wide breadth of energy, natural resources, trade and dispute resolution matters with particular focus on Africa. During this period he also ran offices in Beijing and Cairo. Johnhas varied experience advising investors, multilateral finance institutions, government and global multinationals. He represented the Ethiopian Government in the first COMESA case against Eritrea.
Between 2006 and 2010 John was Director and General Counsel of Artemis Resources, an ASX listed junior mining company. Between 2006 and 2013 John was the Chairman of ALN. He oversaw the development and expansion of ALN’s pan-African strategy establishing offices in 13 countries.
As an arbitration specialist, John has appeared before ICC tribunals in London and Paris, LCIA, LMAA and GAFTA. In the last two years he has lectured on dispute resolution in energy, trade and natural resources in UK, Mozambique, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Mauritius.
He has represented a number of governments including Brunei, Tanzania, Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan and Uganda and State corporations from India and China in both arbitration and litigation. He worked as part of a World Bank team making a diagnostic review of the legal systems in Lesotho. In 2005/6 he was engaged jointly by the Qatari government and private interests as an Expert to determine fair electricity pricing in Qatar.
Recently, John was accepted as the sole Kenyan-based lawyer for ‘FraudNet’ after completing a rigourous selection process. This prestigious membership highlights John’s role as a leader in fraud related work and his experience on the African Continent.
John is also on the panel of International arbitrators for the Centre for Arbitration, conciliation and Mediation (CACM) in Maputo, Mozambique. For more information, please visit the following website: www.jmilesarbitration.com
Ms. Sonal Sejpal, Executive Committee Member, Kenya Chapter
Sonal Sejpal is a Director with Anjarwalla & Khanna, the founding member of ALN – the leading independent African alliance of top tier law firms. Prior to joining Anjarwalla & Khanna, Sonal was a partner at Franks Charlesly & Co. in London. She is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales with significant experience in oil and gas, aviation finance, mergers and acquisitions, energy, project finance, employment, banking and general corporate matters. Sonal heads up ALN’s Natural Resources Group and works out of the ALN member firms in both Kenya (Anjarwalla & Khanna) and Tanzania (ATZ Law Chambers). She has represented clients such as Apache, Africa Oil Logistics, Tullow, ENRC, Midway Resources, Dominion, Ophir and the Kenya Oil & Gas Association (KOGA).
Sonal is ranked as a “Leading Lawyer” in Kenya in Chambers Global, IFLR 1000, Legal 500 and PLC Which Lawyer? Having contributed the chapters relating to the law in Kenya for the International Employment Labour Law published by Littler Mendelson and Aircraft Finance: Registration Security and Enforcement and Aircraft Liens & Detention Rights published by Sweet & Maxwell, she also authored the Kenya country overview for the Chambers Global Legal directory. She is a member of the Board and the Middle East and Africa Regional Chair for the Employment Law Alliance, a comprehensive global network of more than 135 employment, labour and immigration law firms. In addition, Sonal is a regular speaker at various conferences in Africa and abroad covering the extractive industries, mergers and acquisitions, employment law issues, banking and finance matters and the legal regime in East Africa.
areas of expertise
Aviation, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, M&A, Employment Law, Energy and Natural Resources, Projects, Privatization and Infrastructure