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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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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.

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.

Daly & Inamdar Advocates has a fine history in domestic and cross-border M&A, including the Kenya component of global transactions. It is especially strong in financial services and telecoms deals, advising the likes of Old Mutual, Britam and Safaricom. Ashwini Bhandari, Shitul Shah and Hamish Keith are key partners.

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews' more formalised association with global firm Dentons makes it a credible name for global and cross-border transactions. The Nairobi firm has worked on a series of big-ticket M&A deals, private equity investments and corporate restructurings. It advised Distell Group on the restructuring of its multi-tiered ownership structure and assisted Sealed Air Corporation with the Kenyan law aspects of its sale of Diversey Care to Bain Capital. Other work included advising Vodacom Group on the Kenyan law aspects of its acquisition of an 87.5% stake in Vodafone Kenya from Vodafone International. Andrew Mugambi is 'easy to work with and a big picture guy'. Richard Omwela and Daniel Muriu Wanjau are also key names.

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates remains active in domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. The firm's membership of DLA Piper Africa Group means it is especially well-equipped for cross-border deals in Africa. It advised Ramco Plexus on its acquisition of Pressmaster Africa and acted for Metropolitan Hospitals on the sale of a majority share in the business to Abraaj, the private equity house now in liquidation. James Kamau 'works very hard to keep transactions alive' and David Lekerai is an emerging talent. William Maema is another key member of the team.

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates fields a large team that has a sizeable market share of domestic and cross-border transactions, primarily involving East Africa. The firm has a strong record in financial services, telecoms, downstream oil and gas, and secondary deals in the energy sector. It has worked on a series of listed-company deals, involving corporate expansions into wider East Africa. It advised REA Vipingo Plantations on its takeover by REA Trading and the sale of Vipingo Estate to Centum. Oliver Fowler 'is the go to guy in the market', 'knows his stuff and is easy to deal with'. Amar Grewal-Thethy is emerging as one of the top names in the market, especially for listed company deals. Mahesh Acharya is also a rising star.

Walker Kontos Advocates has an outstanding record in strategic and private equity M&A. The firm has an especially impressive history in financial institutions transactions and deals in other highly regulated sectors. It advised SBM Bank (Kenya) on its acquisition of certain assets and liabilities from Chase Bank (Kenya), this was the first receivership transaction to occur under the Kenya Deposit Insurance Act. The firm is also making an impression in renewable energy sector investments and in distressed M&A. Michael Kontos is a market leader in big-ticket M&A, while Deepen Shah and Peter M Mwangi provide further senior expertise.

Mboya Wangong'u & Waiyaki Advocates has remained active in M&A and private equity investments. It advised Stanlib Fahari I-REIT on its acquisition of an interest in a limited liability partnership and acted for a major financial services provider on the establishment of a private equity firm. Godwin Wangong’u and Peter Waiyaki are key partners.

MMAN Advocates has extensive experience in M&A and private equity investments in Kenya and is building its reputation in Kenya competition issues linked to global and multi-jurisdictional transactions. It is also active in the domestic corporate restructuring field. It advised Carlyle and AkzoNobel on the Kenyan antitrust aspects of Caryle and GIC's acquisition of AkzoNobel's specialty chemicals business. It also advised G4S on the disposal of its shareholding in G4S Secure Data Solutions Kenya. Waringa Njonjo and Suzanne Muthaura are the key partners.

TripleOKlaw Advocates is further cementing its standing in corporate and private equity transactions. The firm works with a number of private equity and foreign investors, notably in the real estate and agricultural sectors. It is also noted for its TMT sector expertise. Founding partner Jinaro Kibet leads the department, which includes TMT expert Catherine Mulika.

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