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Anjarwalla & Khanna

ALN HOUSE, ELDAMA RAVINE CLOSE, OFF ELDAMA RAVINE ROAD, WESTLANDS, KENYA
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Mombasa, Nairobi

Kenya

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Anjarwalla & Khanna is a leader in big-ticket syndicated financings, where the firm as gained a market share in a segment typically inhabited by international law firms. It is gaining additional engagements from development finance institutions (DFIs) and foreign banks. The firm has also made an impression in insolvency, restructurings and distressed financings. It advised M-Kopa Kenya on a syndicated loan arranged by Stanbic Bank Kenya and several DFIs. Akash Devani and Sonal Sejpal are outstanding practitioners, while Mona Doshi is a key team member. Anne Muruka is a name to note at senior associate level.

Leading individuals

Akash Devani - Anjarwalla & Khanna

Sonal Sejpal - Anjarwalla & Khanna

Next generation lawyers

Anne Muraka - Anjarwalla & Khanna

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Anjarwalla & Khanna has 'an excellent pan-Africa presence' through its Africa Legal Network and it is frequently engaged in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional deals. It has a strong focus on foreign investors, including private equity houses, and is 'always good, consistent and responsive'. The sizeable team of true M&A specialists also includes individuals with 'well-defined specialisms', including tax and compliance experts. The team provides 'exceptional insights into a complex and fast-moving market', 'puts on a commercial hat first in the transaction' and 'provides a round-the-clock service'. The firm advised a consortium of investors on their equity investment in a 14.3% of stake in Britam Holdings, the Kenyan-listed African insurance and asset management group. Karim Anjarwalla is 'the standout practitioner in the market' and 'always tries to do the best for clients in the transaction'. Roddy McKean is noted for cross-border and regional deals, while Dominic Rebelo has 'a good breadth of knowledge, and is accessible and friendly'. Rosa Nduati-Mutero is praised for her availability at all times and Daniel Ngumy is commended for his tax expertise.

Leading individuals

Karim Anjarwalla - Anjarwalla & Khanna

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Anjarwalla & Khanna's team is 'very approachable and has a friendly but professional approach', 'is always available' and, according to one client, 'is open and honest and will guide you through the decision-making process'. It is a leader in anti-corruption and white-collar crime investigations, and also represents a multitude of large Kenyan corporates and multinationals in domestic and cross-border litigations and arbitrations. It acted for Heineken in a dispute concerning the termination of distribution agreements, where the distributors had obtained an interim injunction to stop the termination, with the Court of Appeal eventually staying the execution of the injunction orders. Aisha Abdallah has an outstanding reputation. Forensic investigator Willie Oelofse has joined from Deloitte East Africa. Senior associate Mohamed Karega is also highly rated.

Next generation lawyers

Mohamed Karega - Anjarwalla & Khanna

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Anjarwalla & Khanna has 'a holistic view of the employment relationship' and 'offers pragmatic advice and solutions'. The firm is noted for East Africa regional work, including both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team has experienced an uptick in union and strike-related work and whistleblowing cases. It acted for Alliance One Tobacco Kenya on a large-scale redundancy exercise and in separate employment claims. Rosa Nduati-Mutero, Sonal Sejpal and Aisha Abdallah lead the cross-disciplinary team.

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Privatisation and projects
Privatisation and projects - ranked: tier 1

Anjarwalla & Khanna

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.

Leading individuals

Amyn Mussa - Anjarwalla & Khanna

Next generation lawyers

Karim Lalji - Anjarwalla & Khanna

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Anjarwalla & Khanna continues to lead in big real estate developments, following its prime roles on the marquee Garden City and Two Rivers developments. It advised Avic International Real Estate Kenya on the development of a mixed-use development comprising of one of the tallest office blocks in Kenya, a modern retail and commercial centre, a five-star hotel and three residential apartment blocks. It also advised Sarit Centre on the expansion of the mall to include more retail and commercial space. The department is praised for 'large-scale developments', 'key value-added services for developments' and 'advises the client not only on the matter at hand but what else might be affected'. Amyn Mussa has outstanding large-scale real estate and projects expertise. Mona Doshi's 'knowledge is a breath of fresh air', she is 'always willing to go the extra mile for her clients' and is praised for her 'approach and professionalism'. Senior associates Adnan Khan, Caroline Karugu and Nicole Gichuhi are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Amyn Mussa - Anjarwalla & Khanna

Next generation lawyers

Adnan Khan - Anjarwalla & Khanna

Caroline Karugu - Anjarwalla & Khanna

Nicole Gichuhi - Anjarwalla & Khanna

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