African M&A and Corporate Lawyer.
Paras is an Unreasonable Mentor. Paras has participated in 5 programs, including mentoring virtually in Fall 2020 Programs, and has advised over 64 Unreasonable companies.
Paras is one of the leading corporate & commercial lawyers in Kenya who has advised on some of the most important transactions in the private and public sectors in recent years. His practice areas include corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, privatisation, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and real estate.
Paras Shah heads the Projects & M&A team of Bowmans – a leading pan African law firm - office in Nairobi. He is an English qualified Solicitor and a Kenyan Advocate – with almost 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Bowmans, he was Partner in Hamilton Harrison and Matthews in Nairobi, and a solicitor in a city law firm in London.
Paras has numerous citations from IFLR 1000 (leader in the field of corporate and commercial work, real estate, finance and privatisation), Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer? and Chambers Global (Tier 1 since 2014). He was also awarded the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award for best corporate counsel in Kenya (2010 and again in 2011). In the leading Chambers Global Rankings - he has obtained a tier 1 rating in both corporate commercial and banking and finance for a number of years. One commenter said, “[h]e's one of the best lawyers I've worked with."
At Bowmans – the leading Pan African Law firm which has more than 400 lawyers,- Paras is one of 12 partners only who are members of the Partnership Board – the top governing organ of the firm.
Paras has also been a non-executive director of NIC Bank and Access Kenya Group, when it was a listed company. He is also a director of several private companies. He also advises several charities.