Ariana Issaias

Ariana Issaias

Of Counsel
Nairobi, Kenya: Coulson Harney LLP
T: +254 20 503 1600
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Ariana Issaias is a lawyer in our Nairobi office and a member of the IP & Technology team.

Ariana’s practice areas and experience cover commercial and consumer intellectual property advice, data protection and technology background and regularly advises clients across all of these practice areas.   She has a wealth of experience advising clients on both demand and supply side on a range of commercial agreements including supply of goods/services, e-commerce payment services and platform integration, fintech (including payment services, digital lending, digital banking, cryptoassets and block chain), software licensing and distribution, cloud services, agency and distribution, franchising, licensing, IP exploitation and brand enforcement, and confidentiality.

She assists clients with regulatory and enforcement advice and has worked extensively with clients in business and product transfers and dealing with the applicable registries to record and complete such transfers.  Her specialist knowledge of distribution and licensing frameworks and IP exploitation, both intragroup and external, in technology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, financial services, hospitality, retail, media, agricultural and service sectors is notable.

Ariana is a key member of our Data Protection Taskforce and has been at the fore of the developments of data protection and privacy in Kenya and has considerable experience in advising both local and international clients. She has written and spoken extensively on topical issues around this area for local and international clients.

Ariana holds a LLB 2:1 (Hons) from the Manchester University and LPC Distinction BPP from the School of Law in London. 

Specialist Services

Relevant Experience

  • Jack Ma Foundation in connection with the roll-out of its flagship philanthropic programme in Africa focusing on supporting entrepreneurs across the continent. She has been involved in all aspects of the roll-out including platform documentation, media distribution agreements, partner agreements, sponsor arrangements, intellectual property protection, and data privacy advice;
  • Microsoft (MEA) on cloud security, financial services and data protection regulation;
  • Google on data privacy and financial services regulation;
  • CupClub Limited, a reusable packaging technology platform (SaaS and HaaS) based in the UK, in relation to advice since its pre-seed stage and general legal advice for all commercial, data protection and intellectual property matters for all of CupClub’s operations, including its expansion across England, Canada and the US;
  • Ilara Health, a medical technology company providing AI and tech-powered diagnostic equipment to peri-urban healthcare providers in relation to their data protection and privacy compliance requirements;
  • Oxygen Hub LLC in relation to the roll-out of its transformative medical oxygen infrastructure franchise across SSA.


  • Ariana was recognised as an IP Rising Star in 2021 by IP Stars.

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