NILFAT KASSIM ALI PROFILE

Nilfat is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in International Economic Law from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Moi University, Kenya. She is soon to be a certified Islamic Finance Expert.

Nilfat has both a legal and finance background having worked in the legal sector and advised financial institutions in Kenya on compliance and risk management. She has also published on sustainable development in the African Journal of International Commercial Law.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Director Nilfat is currently (2021) perusing a course at the Academy for International Modern Studies (AIMS) UK Certified Islamic Finance Expert. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Master of Laws (LLM), International Economic Law – November 2018, Courses taken include International Business Transactions I & II, International Banking and Finance, World Trade Organization, International Investment Agreements, Investor-State Dispute Settlement, Energy Law, Transnational Legal Problems.

Kenya School of Law, Kenya Post-graduate/Professional Diploma – November 2015.  Moi University, Kenya Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – Moi University - 2010 – 2014 Second Class, Upper Division, (2:1) Hons. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Secondary & Technical School Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Education (KCSE) – 2004 - 2008 Grade A-2

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: First Community Bank Legal & Islamic Finance Consultant - Structuring and organization of Islamic finance - Consultancy and advisory on sharia compliant project / infrastructure financing - Drafting of sharia compliant financial contracts and financial products - Structuring sharia compliant investments and investment agreements - Consultancy on risk management - Setting up of financial institutions - Review of KYC and AML regulations for compliance .

MMA Advocates, LLP Senior Associate, June 2018 – To date - Client counselling and legal advisory - Alternative Dispute Resolution - Corporate Law - International Investment and trade advisory - Contracts and Commercial Law. Ahmednasir, Abdikadir & Co. Advocates Associate, February 2017 – July 2017, Client counseling and legal advisory. Research and legal drafting. Handled several pro bono cases on domestic violence and children welfare in a divorce set up. Attended court and in-house arbitrations Ahmednasir, Abdikadir & Co. Advocates Intern/Pupil, August 2014 –January 2017. Client counseling and legal advisory. Research and legal drafting. Attended court and in-house arbitrations. Chase Bank Ltd, Kenya Commercial Bank Legal Intern, May 2014 – August 2014. Drafting of legal opinions, Contract review, Perfection of securities. Review of KYC and AML regulations for compliance.

MEWA Youth, Kenya A project of the Muslim Education and Welfare Association for Youth empowerment and Rehabilitation, Volunteer, 2009 – 2010. Mentoring youth, organizing camps for youth empowerment, and coming up with programmes and activities for such camps.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: Law Society of Kenya, Association of Young Arbitrators

PUBLICATIONS: Nilfat Ali, 'Backlash Against ISDS – A Case for A Sustainable Development Approach to Investment Arbitration for Developing Countries' (2019) 1 African Journal of Commercial Law 4