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Kenya

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

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates provides ‘a very sophisticated service’, with advice delivered by ‘lawyers that are the most efficient and knowledgeable in town’, operating like ‘international counsel based out of Nairobi’. It is noted for project and infrastructure finance, commodities finance, bond issuances and debt recovery work; it has an extensive lender client base. The firm is widely recognised for its work in the aviation industry, including aviation finance, with clients such as Kenya Airways. The ‘responsive and thorough’ Ruth Kirunga is recommended along with Binti Shah, who is ‘commercial and solution-oriented’. Leading tax expert Oliver Fowler is also recommended along with Peter Hime, who has ‘excellent aviation industry knowledge’.

Leading individuals

Binti Shah - Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Oliver Fowler - Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

The ‘excellentKaplan & Stratton Advocates delivers ‘fast responses and has first-class knowledge not only of Kenyan law but also of Kenyan commercial constraints’. The large team has a substantial market share of major transactions in banking, financial services, energy and infrastructure, with recent deals including advising Diageo on subsidiary East African Breweries’ disposal of Central Glass Industries. The practice is also especially active in capital raisings. Oliver Fowler is ‘first class’, with ‘many years of experience’ and an ‘almost encyclopaedic knowledge of law in the corporate area’. Senior practitioners Sam Wainaina, Nigel Shaw, Mahesh Acharya and capital markets expert Amar Grewal-Thethy are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Oliver Fowler - Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates’ responsive team has ‘industry knowledge’ and particular expertise in disputes over EPC contracts. Other growing areas of work are tax and employment litigation, in addition to which the firm is at the forefront of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It represented African Development Bank in a Court of Appeal case that clarified the issue of immunity of international organisations. The sizeable team includes outstanding litigator and advocate Fred Ojiambo; commercial and employment disputes experts Esther Kinyenje and Cosima Wetende; head of tax disputes Nazima Malik; Peter Gachuhi, who is a ‘well-connected’ expert in commercial litigation and arbitration; and James Muthui, who is ‘very involved’ in cases, especially intellectual property disputes.

Leading individuals

Fred Ojiambo - Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Peter Gachuhi - Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Kaplan & Stratton AdvocatesCosima Wetende and Esther Kinyenje handle employment disputes and have a strong record in cases involving foreign multinationals. Clients include Prudential.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

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.

Leading individuals

Sam Wainaina - Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

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

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates has a substantial market share of major conveyancing and development mandates, where it advises lenders, developers and corporates such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Serena Hotels and Kenya Airways. It assisted AAR Healthcare with the acquisition of two properties on Kiambu Road for a hospital project. Rachel Mbai and Nigel Shaw are recommended.

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