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Anjarwalla & Khanna delivers ‘an outstanding service’ that is the ‘equivalent of any Magic Circle law firm’, drawing on ‘sound industry knowledge’ and ‘exceptional analytical skills’. It has an impressive record in energy work and other infrastructure, including roads, ports, pipelines and waste management. The practice advised Electrawinds and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on the development of the 90MW Mpeketoni wind farm. Amyn Mussa is ‘client-oriented’, ‘a fine negotiator and true energy industry expert’. Dominic Rebelo is also recommended and the firm also recently hired former Herbert Smith Freehills LLP lawyer Aleem Tharani, adding to its experience in the power sector, particularly in Kenya and East Africa.

Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is the leader for government-side work and has an unrivalled record in PPP transactions. It advised Gulf Energy, which was awarded the concession under the PPP regime to develop the 960MW coal-fired Lamu power plant project. Andrew Mugambi has an outstanding reputation.

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates is praised for its ‘attention to detail, turnaround times, extensive and conclusive feedback to lenders’, as well as the ‘quality of work and commitment to clients’. It has a flourishing practice as part of DLA Piper Africa, which gives the firm additional expertise, experience and capacity. The firm has an especially strong record in power, particularly for lenders, but also developers. It advised the lenders on the 960MW coal-fired power plant in Lamu County, Kenya. James Kamau and Beatrice Nyabira are highly regarded.

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates is a key player in power projects, including in the renewable energy sector, and advised Azimuth Holdings on solar photovoltaic generation equipment leasing and on a power purchase agreement. Sam Wainaina, Nigel Shaw and Binti Shah are recommended, respectively for power generation matters, geothermal projects and project finance.

Prof. Albert Mumma & Company Advocates is a leader in projects and PPP mandates. It continues to advise Kenya Railways on its KES327bn regional railway project and is assisting the Ministry of Water and Irrigation with a feasibility study concerning proposed water service infrastructure projects under Kenya’s PPP framework. Albert Mumma is highly regarded.

Bowmans is at the forefront of energy and infrastructure, leveraging the extensive expertise of the firm’s Africa network. It has longstanding energy sector expertise and an increased emphasis on infrastructure. It advised the Port of Singapore Authority International on its bid for the phases two and three of the Mombasa second container terminal PPP project. The outstanding Paras Shah, Njau Mukuha and oil, gas and mining expert Rainbow Field are key figures.

Walker Kontos Advocates is strong in renewable energy, where it has ‘a big market share of lender roles’. Its new association with international firm Norton Rose Fulbright adds greater capacity and expertise in key areas such as EPC and PPA contracts. The firm advised the IFC and other lenders on the $55m financing to KTDA Power Company to fund the development and operation of seven small hydropower plants. Michael Kontos is an outstanding practitioner.

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