James Friedlander

  • A top choice for mid-market cases, representing both international clients and notable local names
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • KIAP areas of expertise include financial liability and insurance disputes as well as debt recovery claims. Acts on contractual disputes and assists with local enforcement proceedings
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • Represents clients from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail and pharmaceuticals
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • The team has a very practical and can-do attitude
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • KIAP team provides comprehensive legal advice that combines a strong breadth of resources with deep knowledge of the client’s business
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • The team is praised for their ability to resolve complex cases quickly
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • They are flexible and everything they provide is highly detailed. We appreciate the commercial approach and personalised attention of KIAP lawyers
    Chambers Europe 2019
Mr. Friedlander is a Partner and Head of Investment practice. James is an American lawyer with over 45 years of international experience advising on major investment projects and financial transactions throughout the world. Comes highly recommended by the international legal directory Best Lawyers 2020. He worked at the World Bank, the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Citibank, NMBZ Holdings, Franconia Minerals Corp, International Eye Foundation and has advised corporations and governments on direct foreign investment and collaboration with local partners in emerging markets.


  • Harvard Law School — J.D. (1966)
  • University of Wisconsin — B.A. (1963)


  • Advising the World Bank and participating in its mission to Accra, Ghana for the purpose of reviewing the investment climate, the Government's investment policies and the legal, regulatory, administrative and institutional barriers to foreign investment.
  • Legal support of LUKOIL’s investment projects in Russia and Africa.
  • Advising Nord Anglia on a joint venture in Russia.
  • Advising Mitsui on investment projects in Russia pursuant to the Kyoto Protocol.
  • Advising Sante Fe Mining on an investment in a gold mining project in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Legal support of SIDANCO’s joint ventures and financings in Russia.
  • Investment climate advisory services as a consultant for the World Bank/IFC for over 32 years to 26 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central/Eastern Europe, including the drafting of investment laws and regulations.
  • Supporting ALICO in the implementation of investment projects in Kenya in real estate and the industrial sectors.
  • Providing consultations for Arkel International on sugar projects in Kenya.
  • Advising BHP on the acquisition of a exploration license for nickel in Tanzania.
  • Legal support of opening of Citibank’s branches in Africa.
  • Supporting investment projects of Core Carbon Group under joint implementation pursuant to the Kyoto Protocol.
  • Advising Gecamines on joint venture negotiations in mining projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; advising on asset-based financing for cobalt exports.
  • Advising IFC on investment projects in several African countries.
  • Advising Jeep on a joint venture for the assembly of Jeep vehicles in Kenya.
  • Providing legal support of investment projects for the Mt. Kenya Safari Club in Kenya and financial restructuring.
  • Advising the National Bank of Liberia on investments in the mining, financial and agricultural sectors.
  • Advising Stanbic Bank on acquisition of nine banks in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Supporting USAID in investment climate projects in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Legal support of World Bank’s projects in several countries in Africa, Nepal, Guyana and Indonesia; review of public procurement laws and practices in 5 African countries.

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