James Friedlander

Partner
  • The team is very focused on the needs of the client and treats every client as if they are the most important one
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • A unique team of highly professional lawyers and attorneys
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • Highly skilled, reliable, friendly and always available to react to clients’ queries – the team provides excellent advice and achieves great results
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • This firm stands above the rest as it sees solutions where other lawyers see problems
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • High level of service, excellent client focus, unmatched in terms of industry knowledge
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • A rare mix of high professionalism, intellect and modesty - this can be said about every lawyer at KIAP
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  • The lawyers keep clients up to date on key changes to the law and are on top of risks associated with our business
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  • It is impressive how quickly KIAP manages to get into an issue and turn things around for the client
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • The lawyers keep clients up to date on key changes to the law and are on top of risks associated with our business
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • KIAP is one of the most reliable and transparent firms on the market, which also has valuable professional experience
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  • They are not afraid of unknown issues and keep up with progress in the industry
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  • When you engage KIAP for any matter, you can be sure that the legal opinion, agreement or court documents will be on a par with the standards of a top international law firm for a fair price
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  • KIAP is one of the most reputable Russian law firms on the market
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  • They're very strategic in their planning, they're very clear and open with the client
    Chambers Europe 2020
  • When we need immediate support, it’s good to know that our counsel is always available
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  • They don’t miss a single email and always return every call
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  • Litigation practice represents clients from a variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing and financial services
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  • Leading mid-market contentious practice, representing both international clients and notable local names
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  • They are flexible and everything they provide is highly detailed. We appreciate the commercial approach and personalised attention of KIAP lawyers
    Chambers Europe 2019
  • The team is praised for their ability to resolve complex cases quickly
    Legal 500 EMEA 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 has a very practical and can-do attitude
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • Represents clients from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail and pharmaceuticals
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  • 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
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  • A top choice for mid-market cases, representing both international clients and notable local names
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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.

Education:

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


Projects:

  • 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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