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Oliver Fowler

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Work +254 20 2841000
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Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Work Department

Corporate Commercial

Position

Partner

Career

Oliver Fowler qualified as a Kenyan Advocate and an English Solicitor. After admission as an English Solicitor, he joined Kaplan & Stratton in 1978 and became a partner in 1981. His work encompasses commercial work, particularly financial, corporate and taxation matters. He has extensive experience in project finance work, capital markets and banking and finance.

Some of the notable transactions he has been involved in include: the reverse take-over of City Trust Limited (now I&M Holdings Limited); advising REA Vipingo Plantations Limited in connection with its contested take-over by REA Trading Limited and sale of Vipingo Estate; the Government sovereign bond issues of 2014 and 2018.

Languages

English

Member

Law Society of England & Wales
Law Society of Kenya

Education

1977 Kenya School of Law Qualifying Examinations
1974 Law Society Qualifying Examinations, England, 2nd Class Honours
1971 - 1973 Bristol University, Bristol, England: LLB


Kenya

Banking and finance and capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

Oliver Fowler - Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Within: Banking and finance and capital markets

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates has a large and multi-skilled team that covers most finance products. It is β€˜above all other firms in Kenya in terms of quality’, according to one client that emphasises its β€˜excellent service’, while another notes its expertise with Asian clients and its β€˜commercially oriented advice’. The team advised Victoria Commercial Bank on a series of capital raising exercises including a rights issue, private placement, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) issue and a bonus issue. Oliver Fowler and Binti Shah are β€˜real stars’ who β€˜understand the commercial aspects’, β€˜offer solutions’ and β€˜know exactly what middle ground would work for both sides of the table’. Ruth Kirunga is an β€˜up and coming star’, β€˜diligent’ and β€˜hardworking’. Mahesh Acharya is recommended for capital markets deals.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Oliver Fowler - Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates’ β€˜prompt’ and β€˜responsive’ team has β€˜excellent knowledge of the subject matter’, deep connections to local corporates and is consistently expanding its international referral base. The group advised Pioneer Foods (South Africa) on its $14m acquisition of a 49% stake in Weetabix East Africa. Senior statesman Oliver Fowler is β€˜outstanding’, with an β€˜encyclopedic knowledge of Kenyan law and good judgement’, and Mahesh Acharya has β€˜extremely well-rounded knowledge of the legal environment’. Amar Grewal-Thethy, Sam Wainaina and Nigel Shaw are also highly reputed.

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