Privatisation and projects in Kenya

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Anjarwalla & Khanna has an enviable record in energy and infrastructure, covering project development, project finance and M&A. It has extensive experience in renewable energy projects, PPPs and infrastructure projects. Amyn Mussa heads the projects and infrastructure team, which includes senior associate Karim LaljiAleem Tharani joined Bowmans.

Practice head(s):

Amyn Mussa

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge and detailed technical know-how. Essential when looking at project risk in Africa.

Amyn Mussa  is super technical and detailed.

Key clients

Bechtel

Kenya Airways

Berkeley Energy

Quantum Power East Africa

Frontier Energy

ElectraWinds

Globeleq

Work highlights

  • Advising Bechtel on the proposed construction and development of the Nairobi–Mombasa Expressway.
  • Assisted Kenya Airways with the proposed concession of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
  • Acted for Berkeley Energy on its proposed acquisition of seven power generation and development assets from Tozzi Renewable Energy in Madagascar.

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is a key name for PPP and infrastructure projects. The practice frequently handles projects on the side of government and state-entities. It remains heavily involved in Kenya's Roads annuity programme, an initiative to upgrade 10,000km of roads. Andrew Mugambi is highly rated and recognised for his government connections. Daniel Muriu Wanjau is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Mugambi

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Government of Kenya

Kenya National Highways Authority

Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA)

Africa Geothermal International (Kenya)

Work highlights

  • Advised PricewaterhouseCoopers (Japan) and the World Bank Group on a study on the resilience of PPP infrastructure in Kenya.
  • Assisted PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Kenya National Highways Authority with the construction and rehabilitation of a series of roads across 15 counties in Kenya.

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates is a dominant force in power projects and is increasingly sought after for infrastructure and PPP projects. It has close connections to lenders, sponsors and government entities. James Kamau is a leader in the field, while Beatrice Nyabira is also highly rated.

Practice head(s):

Beatrice Nyabira

Key clients

CDC Group

Standard Bank of South Africa

AMREF

Rareh Icon Solar

Witu Power Plant

Radiant Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised CDC Group and Proparco on a 50MW wind power project in Kajiado, Kenya.
  • Assisted Standard Bank of South Africa and Stanbic Bank of Kenya with a 40MW solar photovoltaic power project in Kesses, Kenya.
  • Acted for CDC Group on a 40MW solar project in Malindi, Kilifi County, Kenya.

Walker Kontos Advocates

Walker Kontos Advocates is increasingly handling infrastructure and renewable energy projects and the group remains highly rated for project finance in the energy and infrastructure space, often representing the lenders. Michael Kontos is a key name in the market, while Peter MwangiDiana Situma and Rahma Karanja are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kontos

Key clients

International Finance Corporation

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Consolidated Bank of Kenya

SBM Bank (Mauritius)

Standard Bank Group

Trade Development Bank

Bowmans

Bowmans' practice was strengthened by the arrival Aleem Tharani from Anjarwalla & Khanna. The firm handles upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas projects, and has also seen an uptick in road infrastructure engagements. Paras Shah leads the team, which also includes Njau Mukuha.

Practice head(s):

Paras Shah

Key clients

Tullow Oil

Tatu City

Intex Construction

Renewable Energy Performance Platform

Everstrong Capital

Themis Energy

Voltalia

Qatar Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Advised Tullow Kenya on the upstream and midstream aspects of the oil extraction from the Lokichar Basin in Northern Kenya.
  • Assisted Tatu City Limited with the restructuring of its urban planning framework for the 5,000 acre private city being developed 15km from Nairobi CBD.
  • Acted for Intex Construction on the project agreement, construction and operational phase sub-contracts relating to Kenya’s road annuity programme.

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates has a strong track record in renewable energy and road infrastructure projects. The firm acts for sponsors, lenders and investors, including foreign clients, on road infrastructure and renewable energy project developments, project financings and acquisitions. Kenneth Kamaitha and Sam Wainaina are hugely experienced. Nigel Shaw left to launch NBMA Advocates LLP.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Kamaitha

Testimonials

The firm is an ever present on the largest project financings in the Kenyan market, with very responsive and highly polished partners.

Kenneth Kamaitha is very responsive and attuned to clients’ needs. His advice is always thorough and well written.’

Sam Wainaina is very experienced and user-friendly.

Work highlights

  • Advised Overseas Private Investment Corporation on the 100MW Kipeto wind power project in Kenya.
  • Acted for Sinohydro Corporation as the sponsor on the development of various roads in Kenya.

Prof. Albert Mumma & Company Advocates

Prof. Albert Mumma & Company Advocates has an established record in infrastructure projects, particularly rail infrastructure developments. Albert Mumma is an established figure in the industry.

CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates

CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates handles renewable energy and transport infrastructure projects for private sector sponsors, government entities and lenders. Julius Wako is the lead partner.

Practice head(s):

Julius Wako

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining on the development of midstream and downstream petroleum regulations.
  • Advised Strabag on the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit Highway PPP project.
  • Assisted the lenders with the financing of a 33MW solar power plant in Makindu.

ENSafrica

ENSafrica's newly launched Nairobi projects practice is led by Nigel Shaw, who has considerable experience of the energy and renewables sector. Shaw is especially adept in contract documents and real estate matters, while Binti Shah has extensive project finance experience; the two are former partners of Kaplan & Stratton Advocates.

Mboya Wangong'u & Waiyaki Advocates

Mboya Wangong'u & Waiyaki Advocates has carved out a solid reputation in the infrastructure and power sectors. Godwin Wangong’u and Peter Waiyaki are the key partners.

MMAN Advocates

MMAN Advocates is best known for acting for the sponsors on transport, energy, healthcare and social housing infrastructure, along with additional experience in PPPs. Waringa Njonjo leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Waringa Njonjo

Key clients

Shandong Hi-Speed Nile Investments & Development Co

Snow Cap Enterprise

Work highlights

  • Advised Kenya Electricity Generating Company on the construction of a mixed-use development in Olkaria, Naivasha.
  • Acted for Safaricom Staff Pension Scheme on the construction of a mixed-use development in Mavoko, Machakos.
  • Assisted Snow Cap Enterprise and Positivo BGH with the development and operation of a surface mount technology electronic devices assembly plant.

MMC ASAFO

MMC Africa Law is noted for PPP engagements, most recently advising the Public Private Partnerships Unit of the Kenyan National Treasury on a series of university and hospital PPP developments. Juliet Mazera is the key partner.

Practice head(s):

Esther Njiru-Omulele

Key clients

Project Implementation Unit of the National Treasury

Public Private Partnerships Unit of the National Treasury

Kenya Railways Corporation

The Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development

Privatisation Commission of Kenya

Work highlights

  • Advised the Project Implementation Unit of the Kenyan National Treasury as part of the Ernst & Young-led consortium on a feasibility study for the development, operation and maintenance of a 300-bed private hospital to be undertaken under a PPP model by Kenyatta National Hospital.
  • Advised the Project Implementation Unit of the Kenyan National Treasury as part of the Genesis Analytics-led consortium, on the development, operation and maintenance of 15,000 bed-capacity students’ hostels to be undertaken by Moi University under a PPP model.
  • Assisted Kenya Airports Authority with a privately-initiated investment proposal from Kenya Airways relating to the concession of certain operations and management of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.