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Bowmans

5TH FLOOR, ICEA LION CENTRE, WEST WING, RIVERSIDE PARK, CHIROMO ROAD, PO BOX 10643, NAIROBI 00100, KENYA
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Work +254 20 289 9000
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www.bowmanslaw.com
Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Kampala, Nairobi, Westville

Kenya

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

Bowmans

Bowmans has experienced an increase in instructions pertaining to syndicated lending to government and state entities, while large corporate loans and debt restructuring continue to be a core part of the practice. The firm remains a market leader in debt capital markets (DCM) issuances; recently, it advised the mandated lead arrangers on an $800m medium-term loan facility to the government of the Republic of Kenya. Paras Shah is a renowned figure in the market, while department head Kamami Christine Michira has β€˜strong capital markets capabilities’ and β€˜insights around how to interpret various regulations’. Cornelius Kigera is a banking sector veteran and Richard Harney is recommended for debt restructuring.

Leading individuals

Paras Shah - Bowmans

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

Bowmans

Bowmans recently saw an uptick in private equity deals, restructuring, competition and tax work. It is one of few firms to specialise in corporate restructuring, competition and tax matters; Joyce Karanja-Ng’ang’a leads the competition practice and Alex Mathini heads the tax group. The β€˜experienced, knowledgeable and professional’ team recently advised Kenya Airways on its debt and equity restructuring. Richard Harney is β€˜excellent’ and β€˜commercially very effective’,Paras Shah is a β€˜strong negotiator and provides practical solutions’, while Philip Coulson, oil and gas specialist Rainbow Field and telecoms expert Angela Waki are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Paras Shah - Bowmans

Richard Harney - Bowmans

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Bowmans

Bowmans β€˜provides solution-driven advice, is highly responsive’ and at the forefront of contentious restructuring, insolvency and receivership matters; the team recently acted for the directors and certain shareholders of Imperial Bank in connection with disputes arising from the bank’s receivership. It also impresses in arbitration, including international and domestic proceedings, and remains a market leader in IP litigation. Anthony Njogu is praised for his β€˜professional and engaging manner’ and β€˜clear and well thought out advice’. Evans Monari is noted for commercial and public sector expertise and Sean Omondi for employment disputes, and Terry Mwango is a β€˜very strong litigator’ who delivers β€˜sensible advice that resonates with global companies’.

Leading individuals

Evans Monari - Bowmans

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Bowmans

Bowmans is strong in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters: the group is especially active in corporate restructurings, redundancy processes, general advisory work, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), outsourcings, high-level contract terminations and enforcement of restrictive covenants. Rainbow Field is recommended for employee transfers in M&A transactions, Angela Waki is noted for outsourcing and joint employment contracts and Sean Omondi for employment disputes. George King, formerly an associate, left the firm.

Leading individuals

Sean Omondi - Bowmans

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

Bowmans

Bowmans is best known for road and rail projects. The Nairobi office has leveraged the expertise of colleagues in South Africa and now receives numerous referrals from overseas law firms and engagements from development finance institutions, Chinese developers and local contractors. On the power side, the firm assisted Xago Africa with the development of a 40MW solar plant in Siaya Kenya. Njau Mukuha, Paras Shah and Rainbow Field are key members of the team.

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

Bowmans

Bowmans continues to be noted for city and mixed-use developments with the β€˜very responsive’ team praised for its β€˜excellent knowledge of the market’. The department advised Mara Delta Property Holdings on its acquisition and lease back of a modern pharmaceuticals warehouse on Mombasa Road from Imperial Health Sciences Kenya. The firm has outstanding real estate and construction credentials with Alex Njage who is β€˜resourceful’ and β€˜very keyed into the client’s expectations’. Philip Coulson is a hugely experienced practitioner.

Leading individuals

Alex Njage - Bowmans

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