Francis Ben Kaifala Esq., LLM (Lond.), LLB (Hons.) (USL), B.L is the Senior Managing Partner in the Law Firm Kaifala, Conteh & Co., Top Floor, 81 Pademba Road, Freetown. He is a Bilingual Lawyer who writes and speaks French in addition to the English Language and a Former Spokesman/PRO of the Sierra Leone Bar Association. He has vast experience in Corporate/Commercial Legal Practice and Litigation in the Superior Courts of Judicature of Sierra Leone. He is also very active at the Criminal Bar as he has been involved in several High Profile Criminal Cases. His legal, Finance and Economics articles and social Commentaries have appeared in respected National tabloids, magazines and websites, and he has participated in various Legal Researches and publications.
He holds the LLM (Master of Laws) in Law and Economics, jointly awarded by the School of Law and the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary, University of London where his thesis “Default, Ad Hoc Solutions and Proposals for Reform: an Analytical Inquiry into Sovereign Debt Restructuring” was graded “Distinction”. He also holds the LLB (Bachelor of Laws) Degree with Honours from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone awarded in 2006. He was called to the Sierra Leone Bar in 2007 after having successfully passed the Bar Final Examinations as the “Star Pupil” with several academic awards. His Legal practice started with Wright & Co. (Solicitors) - a leading Corporate/Commercial Law Firm in Sierra Leone - where he rose from an Associate to Deputy Head of Chambers until he resigned on the 10th January 2014 and formed his own Law Firm. His areas of expertise include Legal aspects of International Finance, International Economic Law, Private International law, Regulation of Financial Markets, Corporate Finance, Structured and Secured Finance, Banking Law, Central Banking and Regulation, International Financial Law, International Investment Law, International Trade Law, Climate Change and Energy, Term Loans and Syndicated Lending, Sovereign Finance and Public Debt Management, Sovereign Debt Restructuring, Project Finance, the Law of the World Trade Organization, International Financial Institutions (the IMF and World Bank), Arbitration and Mediation in International Trade and Investment Disputes (ICSID, UNCITRAL, etc.), Corporate Insolvency and Reorganization, Derivatives Contracts and Transactions, Competition / Anti-Trust Laws, Islamic Finance Law, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Monetary economics, Political and Constitutional Economics, Economic Analysis of Law, Behavioural Economics and Critical Thinking and Writing for Lawyers.