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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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Kenya

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

Bowmans

Bowmans has a depth of resources, expertise and experience in financings and debt capital markets. The team has made considerable progress in fintech, structured finance, commodities finance, financial restructurings and subordinated debt financings for Kenyan banks. Moreover, it advised the government of Kenya on its $2bn sovereign bond listed on the London Stock Exchange. It also assisted Kenya Airways with its balance sheet restructuring, which included $750m of sovereign guarantees from the government of Kenya to the airline's creditors. Paras Shah 'works hard to get the deal across the line'; Kamami Christine Michira is recommended for financial regulatory matters and fintech, along with debt restructuring expert Richard Harney and senior corporate finance specialist Cornelius Kigera. The group was further bolstered by the recent hire of Stephen Matthews, the former head of banking at Allen & Overy LLP's Moscow office.

Leading individuals

Paras Shah - Bowmans

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

Bowmans

Bowmans is at the forefront of cross-border transactions, most notably in the East Africa region. It has also handled a series of significant private equity exits and a number of headline corporate restructurings, including advising Kenya Airways on its debt and equity restructuring. The Nairobi office 'is doing very well from its South Africa connection', has 'fantastic people' and is 'rated highly'. Richard Harney 'works very hard to see the transaction through' and Paras Shah is 'very amiable, very client oriented and practical'. Joyce Karanja-Ng’ang’a is a leader in competition law and Philip Coulson has considerable experience in the space.

Leading individuals

Paras Shah - Bowmans

Richard Harney - Bowmans

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Bowmans

Bowmans is at the forefront of restructuring and insolvency matters, including related contentious proceedings. It has also seen growth in tax cases, trade mark disputes, general commercial litigation and shareholder disputes. Evans Monari is the senior litigator in the team, while Anthony Njogu and Terry Mwango have earned market recognition through a series of headline cases. Njogu was the lead dispute resolution partner in successfully defending Kenya Airways' unprecedented scheme of arrangement restructuring in the Court of Appeal.

Leading individuals

Evans Monari - Bowmans

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Bowmans

Bowmans has a well-developed employment practice that leads the field in transactional-related matters, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), redundancies and restraint of trade issues. It advised NIC Group on the transfer of employees from one entity within the group to another following a reorganisation of the business. The group is praised for its 'speed, pragmatism, ability to think outside the box and proactiveness'. Rainbow Field is the market leader in employee transfers and ESOPs, while Sean Omondi is 'pragmatic, draws on a vast range of experience, thinks outside the box and covers off all angles to protect the client'.

Leading individuals

Rainbow Field - Bowmans

Sean Omondi - Bowmans

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Privatisation and projects
Privatisation and projects - ranked: tier 2

Bowmans

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.

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

Bowmans

Bowmans continues to have a significant market share of major projects and mini-city developments. It is building its presence in new areas such as special economic zones and has leading expertise in construction, and community land and conservation issues. It advised Africa Pearl River on its 60% investment in Africa Economic Zones, which owns 600 acres of land which have special economic zone status. Philip Coulson and Alex Njage have outstanding reputations.

Leading individuals

Alex Njage - Bowmans

Philip Coulson - Bowmans

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