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Top law firmAnjarwalla & Khanna is praised for its ‘speedy’ responses, ‘attention to detail’ and ‘deep knowledge’. The firm is renowned for its understanding of the regulatory environment in East Africa, its substantial resources and its experience in acting for major multinationals as well as private equity houses. It advised Helios Investment Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Telkom Kenya and also assisted the client with its $400m disposal of its stake in Equity Group. Karim Anjarwalla has done ‘an extraordinary job in expanding the size of the firm while maintaining an extremely high standard of practice’. Roddy McKean has decades of ‘invaluable’ experience and is highly regarded for his ‘ability to find solutions to complex problems’. Rosa Nduati-Mutero is ‘professional’, ‘accessible’, collaborative and ‘very knowledgeable’. Dominic Rebelo and Anne Kiunuhe are also recommended.

The ‘proactiveBowmans can ‘strike a balance between commercial and legal issues’, ‘identifying the real risks that it needs to mitigate’. The firm’s highly experienced senior team is ‘commercial’, ‘practical’ and ‘effective’. Being part of South Africa-based Bowmans’ Africa network provides ‘additional capacity’ and a source of referral work. The firm advised Orange on the sale of its 70% stake in Telkom Kenya to Jamhuri Holdings, owned by Helios Investment Partners. Richard Harney, ‘true business partner’ Paras Shah and Philip Coulson are highly regarded figures. Joyce Karanja-Ng’ang’a is recommended for competition law, with Rainbow Field being a key contact for oil and gas transactions.

The ‘excellent’ and ‘efficient’ team at Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is known for its links to government. It advised the government of Kenya as a major shareholder in Telkom Kenya on Orange’s sale of its stake in Telkom to Helios Investment Partners. It also recently acted for Kenya Commercial Bank (now KB Group) on its restructuring and conversion into a non-operating holding company. Andrew Mugambi and Daniel Wanjau Muriu, who provides ‘detailed opinions that address practical considerations’, are the key partners along with ‘rainmakerRichard Omwela, Adil Khawaja and Sammy Ndolo.

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates is increasingly active in corporate and commercial matters, handling deals in the manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, hospitality and telecoms sectors, most notably in a cross-border context. The practice is acting in more and more private equity deals, such as advising ShoreCap II and Progression Eastern African Microfinance Equity Fund on a $12m investment in Jamil Bora Bank. William Maema, James Kamau and David Lekerai are recommended.

The ‘excellentKaplan & Stratton Advocates delivers ‘fast responses and has first-class knowledge not only of Kenyan law but also of Kenyan commercial constraints’. The large team has a substantial market share of major transactions in banking, financial services, energy and infrastructure, with recent deals including advising Diageo on subsidiary East African Breweries’ disposal of Central Glass Industries. The practice is also especially active in capital raisings. Oliver Fowler is ‘first class’, with ‘many years of experience’ and an ‘almost encyclopaedic knowledge of law in the corporate area’. Senior practitioners Sam Wainaina, Nigel Shaw, Mahesh Acharya and capital markets expert Amar Grewal-Thethy are also recommended.

Walker Kontos Advocates frequently acts in banking sector M&A in Kenya and has an impressive record in corporate restructurings. It advised Nairobi-listed I&M Holdings on the proposed acquisition of Giro Commercial Bank, which required approval from the Central Bank of Kenya and other regulators. Michael Kontos, Alexandra Kontos, Deepen Shah and Diana Situma are recommended.

Daly & Inamdar Advocates has an impressive record in cross-border M&A, especially for foreign investors. Agriculture and financial services are key sectors for the practice. Recent work includes advising Aon UK and Aon Kenya on Aon UK’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Aon Kenya from Centum and other minority shareholders. Hamish Keith is a leader in commercial and capital markets transactions. Ashwini Bhandari and Shitul Shah have tremendous deal experience.

Muthaura Mugambi Ayugi & Njonjo Advocates has been active in private equity investments and buyouts, in addition to which it assists a range of multinationals, high-net-worth individuals and family offices with extensive corporate assets. The firm advised the Padia family on the sale of a 47% stake in Highlands Mineral Water to TBL Mirror Fund. Suzanne Muthaura and Waringa Njonjo are excellent practitioners.

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