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Anjarwalla & Khanna 'always delivers an excellent service', is 'by far and away the best' and has gained further market share in power and infrastructure projects, both in project development and project finance. The team has experienced a notable increase in road project engagements, including advising a consortium led by Mota-Engil Africa on the development, construction, operation and maintenance of Lots 15 and 18 in Kenya's road annuity programme. The firm has 'excellent lawyers with a creative approach to solving political or project obstacles', has 'a thorough understanding of the Kenyan PPAs', 'helps international clients understand the local environment' and 'is commercially driven'. Amyn Mussa is 'top notch', has 'long-standing experience with Kenyan IPPs' and 'is well-regarded by the Kenyan authorities'. Aleem Tharani 'has a lot of experience from the UK', is praised for his knowledge of the Kenyan IPP sector and is 'a very capable lawyer'. Karim Lalji is an outstanding senior associate.

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews¬†is at the forefront of the PPP sector, acting for government and other entities on a number of headline transactions, including road projects. It advised the Kenya Rural Roads Authority and PricewaterhouseCoopers on the PPP project to develop the Ngong-Kiserian‚ÄďIsinya (D523) and Kajiado‚ÄďMashuru-Isara (D524) roads. It is also strong in power projects.¬†Andrew Mugambi¬†is 'really professional', 'a strong lawyer' and 'looks at the project from all angles'. Daniel Muriu Wanjau provides further senior expertise.

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates has demonstrated real commitment to the projects space over the last five years and has earned itself a significant market share of big-ticket engagements, most notably in power and is now 'progessing really well' in PPPs (especially in healthcare and affordable housing). The firm is praised for its 'team work' in working 'cohesively' with the client 'towards a common goal'. The team advises a mix of sponsors, lenders and government bodies, and was engaged by Amref on a proposed primary healthcare project that will be piloted in Makueni County before being scaled up to all 47 counties in Kenya. James Kamau is 'client centric' and has huge gravitas in the market, while Beatrice Nyabira is 'a great negotiator' and another key figure in the team.

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates has earned accolades for its work in renewable energy and road infrastructure projects. It has an especially strong record for sponsors, including Chinese developers, and is building its presence in the PPP environment. It advised Power China International Group on the Lot 32 toll road project, involving the unique transfer of the project from the Kenya Rural Roads Authority to the Kenya National Highways Authority. Seasoned professional Sam Wainaina and Kenneth Kamaitha have significant PPA and transaction document expertise, while Nigel Shaw is recommended for renewable energy projects.

Walker Kontos Advocates has been at the forefront of the renewable energy sector for some time. Active in both the project development and project finance spaces, it has further developed its standing in infrastructure finance, especially roads, and in the burgeoning PPP environment, particularly in accommodations. It advised Stanbic Bank Kenya on the financing of Lots 3 and 32 of Phase 1A of the Kenya Roads Programme. It is also building a presence in off-grid power solutions, including captive solar and wind projects. The firm benefits from its outstanding connections to international lenders, including major development finance institutions, including International Finance Corporation. Michael Kontos has an outstanding reputation, as does Peter M Mwangi, Diana Situma and Rahma Karanja.

Prof. Albert Mumma & Company Advocates  has an excellent record in infrastructure projects. The firm has advised Kenya Railways on a series of projects, including on its operation and maintenance contract with China Road and Bridge Corporation for the operation and management of the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway. Albert Mumma has an outstanding reputation.

Bowmans has gained considerable traction in the upstream and midstream oil and gas sectors. It advised a Kenyan joint venture (led by Tullow Oil) on the upstream and midstream aspects of oil extraction from the Lokichar Basin in Northern Kenya and the proposed development of a crude oil pipeline from Lokichar to Lamu. Paras Shah has an outstanding reputation.

Mboya Wangong'u & Waiyaki Advocates is making significant headway in projects and PPPs, including power and infrastructure developments. It advised KenGen on the proposed development of the 140MW Olkaria Power Plant under the government's PPP programme. Godwin Wangong’u and Peter Waiyaki are the key partners.

MMAN Advocates has made solid inroads into the projects market, with considerable activity in the roads, housing and accommodation sectors. Primarily advising sponsors, the 'fantastic' and 'value-for-money' team has bid for projects as local counsel alongside a number of international law firms. Suzanne Muthaura 'is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable, very thorough and experienced'. She led the team that advised Standard Medical Group on a privately initiated concession transaction to establish a level-five hospital on a build-operate-and-transfer scheme in Homa Bay Town. Waringa Njonjo is also recommended.

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