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Anjarwalla & Khanna’s ‘top-tier’ practice has ‘extremely strong industry knowledge’ and ‘easily understands the commercial aspects of a transaction’. Clients also praise the firm’s cross-border expertise, derived in part through its membership of the Africa Legal Network. The team represents many leading lenders, acting on major syndicated financings, project financings and receiverships. Recent work includes advising Uganda-based Kakira Sugar on its $16m and UGX31.3bn loan from three lenders for the construction of an ethanol distillery. The ‘proactive’ and ‘highly skilledAkash Devani has ‘an ability to think on his feet’. Cross-border expert Sonal Sejpal and ‘consummate professionalMona Doshi are also highly regarded.

Bowmans has a breadth of practice and a high degree of specialisation that few can match. Expertise includes commercial lending and borrowing, capital markets, structured finance, project and acquisition finance. The team advised a syndicate of banks on a $335m dual tranche term loan facility for CfC Stanbic Bank. Other clients include Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, NIC Bank, Prime Bank and Standard Chartered. Christine Mweti has tremendous transactional and regulatory expertise and Paras Shah shows ‘deep knowledge’ of structured finance. Richard Harney and Cornelius Kigera are also recommended.

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates is ‘one of the premier law firms in the area of banking, finance and capital markets’, successfully leveraging its membership of DLA Piper Africa to advise on several marquee deals, including project finance transactions. It is ‘top tier for complex matters’, with its ‘partners being accessible and a pleasure to deal with’. The practice, which is on the panel of numerous domestic and international banks, has a fine record in syndicated lending, trade finance, corporate finance and project finance. It advised Africa Development Bank on a $148m facility provided to Equity Bank. ‘Amazing lawyerAnne Kinyanjui shows ‘technical expertise, attention to detail and commitment’. James Kamau is the firm’s ‘key rainmaker’, ‘inspiring confidence’ through his ‘depth of understanding of client needs and his ability to bring resources to bear’.

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates provides ‘a very sophisticated service’, with advice delivered by ‘lawyers that are the most efficient and knowledgeable in town’, operating like ‘international counsel based out of Nairobi’. It is noted for project and infrastructure finance, commodities finance, bond issuances and debt recovery work; it has an extensive lender client base. The firm is widely recognised for its work in the aviation industry, including aviation finance, with clients such as Kenya Airways. The ‘responsive and thorough’ Ruth Kirunga is recommended along with Binti Shah, who is ‘commercial and solution-oriented’. Leading tax expert Oliver Fowler is also recommended along with Peter Hime, who has ‘excellent aviation industry knowledge’.

The ‘excellent’ and ‘finance-focusedWalker Kontos Advocates is close to a range of lenders, including banks and development finance institutions (DFIs), and is noted for project finance, syndicated lending, commodities finance and capital markets transactions. It has gained cross-border credibility, expertise and resources through its association with Norton Rose Fulbright. The team advised the lenders, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), on the $55m financing provided to KTDA Power Company in connection with seven hydropower plants. Peter Mwangi and Diana Situma ‘combine an excellent understanding of the law with business sense’. Michael Kontos, Alexandra Kontos and Deepen Shah are also recommended.

Hamilton Harrison & Mathews has an impressive record with local, regional and pan-African banks, as well as DFIs. The practice is increasingly acting for borrowers and is well known for commercial loans, structured deals, trade and commodity finance, as well as compliance and advisory matters. It advised the IFC on a $105m financing of the Co-operative Bank of Kenya. Andrew Mugambi, Sammy Ndolo and Richard Omwela are highly regarded.

Mboya Wangong’u & Waiyaki Advocates has a particularly fine record in capital raisings and REIT listings. Recent work includes advising Fusion Capital on the establishment and listing of its two D-REITs. Godwin Wangong’u and Peter Waiyaki are highly regarded.

Muthaura Mugambi Ayugi & Njonjo Advocates is widely noted for aviation finance transactions, acting for lenders and lessors, as well as corporate loans and real estate finance. Clients include EXIM Bank, Equity Bank Kenya and Barclays Bank of Kenya. The firm handles a wealth of cross-border transactions, including those between Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Suzanne Muthaura and Waringa Njonjo are ‘highly rated’.

Tripleoklaw Advocates is noted for capital markets and restructuring transactions, advising an impressive banking client base, which includes Kenya Commercial Bank, Barclays Bank of Kenya and Transnational Bank Kenya. The firm advised Barclays Bank of Kenya on a $3m loan to Kiptagich Tea Estates. Jinaro Kibet is highly regarded and Tom Onyango has ‘extensive experience’.

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