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Ariana Issaias

Partner | Nairobi

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Overview

Ariana Issaias is a Partner 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.

Experience

Ariana has advised:

  • 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.

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners ranked Ariana in Band 3 for her work in Fintech (Kenya) in 2024.
  • Ariana was recognised as an IP Rising Star in 2021 by IP Stars.

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Qualifications

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

INSIGHTS

Kenya: Understanding the basics: The crossover between data privacy and private security regulations East Africa: IP Quarterly Newsletter – Q3 2023 Kenya: The High Court and the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner issue decisions on complaints and the right to privacy in the use of CCTV cameras Chambers and Partners: Fintech 2023 Guide – Kenyan Chapter Kenya: Office of the Data Protection Commissioner guidelines on using alternative dispute resolution to resolve data protection disputes Kenya: The accelerated evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the legal considerations around its use Kenya: International Data Privacy Day – A Year in Review Kenya: The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner issues decisions in the determination of complaints Kenya: NFTs – the ‘new’ wave of regulation of NFTs, crypto-assets and crypto-currency across the globe Kenya: Data Protection – Let’s Talk Compliance, Enforcement and Penalties Kenya: IP and Tech Digest: The Registration of data controllers and data processors commences Kenya: Data Protection Act – Ready for 14 July 2022? Registration as an ongoing process not an event Kenya: Data Protection in Kenya – impact on due diligence and navigating the compliance risks Chambers and Partners: Fintech 2022 Guide – Kenyan Chapter Kenya: Data Protection: Getting Ready for Registration Kenya: Snapshot: Analysis of the Data Protection Regulations – the next stage in data protection compliance in Kenya Kenya: Publication of the Data Protection Regulations, 2021 Kenya: Data Protection in Kenya: Employment Hospitality Series: Acquisition of Hotel Assets IP and Technology East African Quarterly November 2021 Newsletter Kenya: Data Protection in Kenya: Consumer Protection Application of the Data Protection Act in Kenya: the ‘Huduma Namba Decision’ Lexology: Getting the deal through – Fintech 2022: Kenyan Chapter Kenya: Understanding Non-fungible tokens and related IP considerations East Africa Quarterly and Monthly Newsletter Kenya: Public Participation on the draft Data Protection Regulations Kenyan regulators set their sights on free-and-easy fintech Kenya: Termination of franchise agreements for failure to uphold operational standards permitted Chambers ‘Fintech 2021’ Global Practice Guide Taxation of Intellectual Property in Kenya Kenya: New developments in Data Protection East Africa Quarterly Newsletter Welcoming the appointment of Kenya’s first Data Commissioner COVID-19: NOW OPEN: Managing a workplace during a pandemic – data protection considerations. Kenya’s Senate Introduces the Startup Bill 2020 Developments on the Appointment of the Data Commissioner The Central Bank Of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 Data Protection Update: Recruitment of a Data Commissioner begins COVID-19: Impact on Businesses and Investments in Kenya Data Protection Act: Let’s talk about Consent Kenya Data Protection Act; Did You Know (Part 1) SNAPSHOT: Analysis of the Data Protection Act 2019 Kenya passes its first Data Protection Act The Extra-territorial effect of the EU General Data Protection Regulation: There’s No Getting Away From It Taskforce to finalise Data Protection Bill after reviewing all public comments Parallel imports remain a grey area for IP rights in East Africa Intellectual Property comes to the fore in East Africa
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Overview

Ariana Issaias is a Partner 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.

Experience

Ariana has advised:

  • 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.

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners ranked Ariana in Band 3 for her work in Fintech (Kenya) in 2024.
  • Ariana was recognised as an IP Rising Star in 2021 by IP Stars.

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