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ENSafrica
9 Riverside
5th Floor, Riverside Drive
Nairobi
Kenya

Kenya > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

ENSafrica has built a first-rate reputation in Kenya and further afield internationally, with it attracting impressive mandates in the banking and finance sector. The firm is highly regarded for its work on project finance and capital markets transactions in connection with the infrastructure, renewable energy and fintech industries. Binti Shah, who heads up the banking and finance practice, specialises in securitisation and structured finance transactions, while Mahesh Acharya is active in fintech matters. Senior associate Nkatha Omondi is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Binti Shah

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘ENS Africa are a fairly new team however you would not know it. They have the right people with the right expertise and knowledge and are able to keep up with changing times. They have adopted relevant and useful technology in the delivery of their services, which is highly appreciated as it has eased ways of doing business.’

‘Binti and her team remain a market leader, not only by continued demonstration of  expertise but also in the effort demonstrated in structuring and administering complex transactions.’

Key clients

Rubicon Landing LLP

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

Fiserv Inc

Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG)

CDC Group plc

Nederlandse Financierings Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Agence Française De Développement (AFD)

Work highlights

  • Advised AFD on exchanging securities in an existing secured loan to Aga Khan Health Service.
  • Advised on the grant of term loan facilities by Lenders (DEG, FMO and CDC) to Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited for the purpose of on-lending the same to private micro, small and medium-sized companies/enterprises in Kenya.
  • Advised Rubicon Landing LLP, as noteholder representative, with regards to issuance of a KES 500,000,000 loan note programme by Two Rivers Development Limited with Rubicon Landing LLP to raise finance in the retail market.

Kenya > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

ENSafrica is highly regarded for advice on corporate and commercial matters, with its workload including M&A, restructurings, disposals and buyouts. The department’s experience spans several sectors, ranging from tourism and infrastructure to energy and real estate. The firm was involved in the first-ever cross-border buy-back of listed securities in East and Central Africa, where it acted for Nation Media Group. Mahesh Acharya and Amar Grewal-Thethy jointly lead the commercial, corporate and M&A practice. Meshack Mboya is a highly-rated associate.

Practice head(s):

Mahesh Acharya; Amar Grewal-Thety

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Shaw; Meshack Mboya

Testimonials

‘Good communicators. Excellent at explaining the practical application of complex legal issues.’

‘Good practical advice. Amar Grewal-Thethy is a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team is very technically competent, very good in following through with issues and is able to work with clients to close on matters.’

‘Amar Grewal-Thety stands out because of his ability to break down technical matters to a language the client can understand, keeping close to the client and ensuring the client is happy with quality of work in addition to his ability to follow-through on matters to their logical conclusion.’

Key clients

Van Woustraat Limited (VWL)

Safaricom PLC

MFS Africa

Nation Media Group

Victoria Commercial Bank

Eisai Europe

The Oxford University

Financial Sector Deepening Africa Limited

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

Kenya > Privatisation and projects Tier 3

ENSafrica is increasingly active in the privatisation and projects space, advising on a number of project development transactions. The firm is notably involved in renewable energy matters in the hydro, wind and solar sectors. Nigel Shaw, who heads the energy and infrastructure practice, works with project finance expert Binti Shah. Amar Grewal-Thethy is also a key practitioner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Binti Shah; Amar Grewal-Thethy

Testimonials

‘ENS are a fairly new team however you would not know it; they have the right people with the right expertise and knowledge and are able to keep up with changing times. They have adopted relevant and useful technology in the delivery of their services which is highly appreciated as it has eased ways of doing business.’

‘Binti and her team remain a market leader not only by continued demonstration of undisputable expertise but also in the effort demonstrated in structuring and administering complex transactions.’

Key clients

Proparco

World Bank for the benefit of the Government of Kenya (Ministry of Energy)

Work highlights

  • Advised Proparco on the lending of two senior secured loans (divided into two $12.5m tranches) to finance Seed Co Group’s international expansion via a loan to Seed Co Zambia and the development of Seed Co Zimbabwe.
  • Advised World Bank on the legal, regulatory and institutional aspects of the solar and wind energy sector in Kenya in light of a proposed policy shift from a feed-in-tariff model to a renewable energy (solar and wind) auction model in Kenya.

Kenya > Real estate and construction Tier 3

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Credible difference
With over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm and has the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and the African continent.  We are able to leverage our resources to deliver legal solutions that suit your pricing preferences and time frames.

Excellence
ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies such as Chambers Global Guide, The Legal 500 EMEA Guide, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide and International Tax Review’s World Tax Guide, as well as by the African Legal Awards and DealMakers Awards, for achieving consistently high standards when working on the continent.

Novel solutions
We will work to find innovative solutions to ensure you achieve your commercial goals, whether it be successfully executing a strategy, maintaining a competitive edge or defending your position. Our aim is to deliver in the manner that best suits your business requirements, preferences and pricing structures. We can advise you directly, or work closely with your in-house legal teams.

Synergy
With more than 200 years’ experience, ENSafrica has significant expertise across the breadth of commercial areas and covering the African continent. We are committed to creating enduring client relationships, which are founded in a values-driven culture, and to providing you with to-the-point, jargon-free advice. We harness our deep specialist expertise in areas relevant to the project and at the correct level. This enables us to tailor-make solutions for you, with the desired turnaround times and cost efficiencies.

Africa focus
Over many years, ENSafrica has developed a large knowledge base of resources and a deep understanding of local nuances and ways of doing business. We have practical experience working on the ground and direct access to high-end, professional contacts across the continent, assuring you of consistent quality and world-class service. We have practitioners who are qualified to practise English law and French law and we have extensive experience in the legal codes of OHADA used in West and Central Africa.

Offices
ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with offices in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda.  We also have two dedicated pro bono offices in South Africa.

Through our in-country and regional expertise, combined with our network of high quality correspondent firms, we are able to assist you with all your legal and tax requirements, no matter where in Africa you choose to do business.

www.ENSafrica.com
info@ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Ghana
5th Floor Vivo Place, Cantonments City, Rangoon Lane, Accra
tel: +233 30 225 3980
infoACC@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Kenya
15th Floor One Africa Place, Junction of Chiromo and Rhapta Roads, Westlands, Nairobi
tel: +254 205 007 000
infoNBO@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Mauritius
19 Church Street, Port Louis
tel: +230 212 2215
infoMRU@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Namibia
Unit 3 Ground Floor, Sonneneck Building, Moses Garoeb Street, Swakopmund
tel: +264 64 415 380
infoSWP@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

No 4 1st Floor, The Business Park, Sam Nujoma Avenue, Walvis Bay
tel: +264 64 281 100
infoWVB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

Unit 4 LA Chambers, Ausspann Plaza, Dr Agostinho Neto Road, Windhoek
tel: +264 61 379 700
infoWDH@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Rwanda
Kacyiru KG 7th Avenue #35, Blue Star House 1st Floor – Wing B, Kigali
tel: +250 252 551 500
infoKGL@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

​ENSafrica South Africa
​35 Lower Long Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
tel: +27 21 410 2500
infoCPT@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

1 Richefond Circle, Ridgeside Office Park, Umhlanga, Durban
tel: +27 31 536 8600
infoDUR@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

The MARC | Tower 1, 129 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
tel: +27 11 269 7600
infoJNB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

La Gratitude, 97 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
tel: +27 21 808 6620
infoSTB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Uganda
4th Floor, Rwenzori Towers, Plot 6 Nakasero Road, Nakasero, Kampala
tel: +256 31 222 5500
infoKLA@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

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ENSafrica

www.ENSafrica.com

info@ENSafrica.com

Credible difference

With over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm and has the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and the African continent.  We are able to leverage our resources to deliver legal solutions that suit your pricing preferences and timeframes.

Excellence

ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies such as Chambers Global Guide, Legal 500 EMEA Guide, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide and International Tax Review’s World Tax Guide, as well as by the African Legal Awards and DealMakers Awards, for achieving consistently high standards when working on the continent.

Novel solutions

We will work to find innovative solutions to ensure you achieve your commercial goals, whether it be successfully executing a strategy, maintaining a competitive edge or defending your position. Our aim is to deliver in the manner that best suits your business requirements, preferences and pricing structures. We can advise you directly, or work closely with your in-house legal teams.

Synergy

With more than 200 years’ experience, ENSafrica has significant expertise across the breadth of commercial areas and covering the African continent. We are committed to creating enduring client relationships, which are founded in a values-driven culture, and to providing you with to-the-point, jargon-free advice. We harness our deep specialist expertise in areas relevant to the project and at the correct level. This enables us to tailor-make solutions for you, with the desired turnaround times and cost efficiencies.

Africa focus

Over many years, ENSafrica has developed a large knowledge base of resources and a deep understanding of local nuances and ways of doing business. We have practical experience working on the ground and direct access to high-end, professional contacts across the continent, assuring you of consistent quality and world-class service. We have practitioners who are qualified to practise English law and French law and we have extensive experience in the legal codes of OHADA used in West and Central Africa.

 

Our practice areas

  • Africa Regulatory and Business Intelligence
  • Agribusiness
  • Asia-Africa Trade
  • Aviation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)
  • Competition / Antitrust
  • Corporate Commercial
  • Data Privacy and Protection
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fiduciary
  • Fintech
  • Forensics
  • Immigration
  • India-Africa Trade
  • Infrastructure
  • Insolvency, Restructuring and Business Rescue
  • Insurance
  • IntelligENS (AI)
  • International Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Mining
  • Mine and Occupational Health and Safety (MOHS)
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Private Clients
  • Private Equity
  • Pro Bono and Corporate Social Investment
  • Project Development and Project Finance
  • Real Estate / Property
  • Retirement Funds
  • Shipping, Ports and Logistics
  • Tax
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)

Offices

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with offices in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda.  We also have two dedicated pro bono offices in South Africa.

Through our in-country and regional expertise, combined with our network of high quality correspondent firms, we are able to assist you with all your legal and tax requirements, no matter where in Africa you choose to do business.

ENSafrica | Ghana
5th Floor Vivo Place, Cantonments City, Rangoon Lane, Accra
tel: +233 30 225 3980
infoACC@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Kenya
15th Floor One Africa Place, Junction of Chiromo and Rhapta Roads, Westlands, Nairobi
tel: +254 205 007 000
infoNBO@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Mauritius
19 Church Street, Port Louis
tel: +230 212 2215
infoMRU@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Namibia
Unit 3 Ground Floor, Sonneneck Building, Moses Garoeb Street, Swakopmund
tel: +264 64 415 380
infoSWP@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

No 4 1st Floor, The Business Park, Sam Nujoma Avenue, Walvis Bay
tel: +264 64 281 100
infoWVB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

Unit 4 LA Chambers, Ausspann Plaza, Dr Agostinho Neto Road, Windhoek
tel: +264 61 379 700
infoWDH@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Rwanda
Kacyiru KG 7th Avenue #35, Blue Star House 1st Floor – Wing B, Kigali
tel: +250 252 551 500
infoKGL@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

​ENSafrica South Africa
​35 Lower Long Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
tel: +27 21 410 2500
infoCPT@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

1 Richefond Circle, Ridgeside Office Park, Umhlanga, Durban
tel: +27 31 536 8600
infoDUR@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

The MARC | Tower 1, 129 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
tel: +27 11 269 7600
infoJNB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

La Gratitude, 97 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
tel: +27 21 808 6620
infoSTB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Uganda
4th Floor, Rwenzori Towers, Plot 6 Nakasero Road, Nakasero, Kampala
tel: +256 31 222 5500
infoKLA@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with offices in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. With more than 600 specialist practitioners, we have deep expertise and the capacity to solve all your legal, tax, forensics and IP requirements, and help you navigate regulatory hurdles, no matter where in Africa you do business.

We are entrusted by major local and international clients to handle and co-ordinate even their most complex and sensitive requirements quickly, efficiently and with excellence. As a result, our consistently high standards have been recognised by prestigious international ranking agencies.

Because we have had many years of practical experience working on the ground throughout Africa, we have developed a proven track record and a solid understanding of local cultural, commercial and geopolitical contexts, as well as long-standing partnerships with trusted firms with whom we work.

For more information, visit www.ENSafrica.com or contact one of our offices:

ENSafrica | Ghana
5th Floor Vivo Place, Cantonments City, Rangoon Lane, Accra
tel: +233 30 225 3980
infoACC@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Kenya
15th Floor, One Africa Place, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi
tel: +254 205 007 000
infoNBO@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Mauritius
18 Edith Cavell Street, Port Louis
tel: +230 212 2215
infoMRU@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Namibia
Shop 2 Ground Floor, Altstadthof, corner Libertina Amathila Avenue and Bismarck Street, Swakopmund
tel: +264 64 415 380
infoSWP@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

No 4 1st Floor, The Business Park, Sam Nujoma Avenue, Walvis Bay
tel: +264 64 281 100
infoWVB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

Unit 4 LA Chambers, Ausspann Plaza, Dr Agostinho Neto Road, Windhoek
tel: +264 61 379 700
infoWDH@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Rwanda
Kacyiru, KG 7th Avenue #35, Blue Star House, 1st Floor – Wing B, Kigali
tel: +250 252 551 500
infoKGL@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

​ENSafrica South Africa
​35 Lower Long Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
tel: +27 21 410 2500
infoCPT@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

1 Richefond Circle, Ridgeside Office Park, Umhlanga, Durban
tel: +27 31 536 8600
infoDUR@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

The MARC | Tower 1, 129 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
tel: +27 11 269 7600
infoJNB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

La Gratitude, 97 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
tel: +27 21 808 6620
infoSTB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Uganda
4th Floor, Rwenzori Towers, Plot 6 Nakasero Road, Nakasero, Kampala
tel: +256 31 222 5500
infoKLA@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com


ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 specialist practitioners, giving us the capacity to deliver on our clients’ business requirements in all major industries across the African continent.  

While Africa provides great potential for growth, businesses often face unpredictable regional challenges and conflicting regulatory requirements. It is therefore useful to have a partner who has African know-how and multijurisdictional capabilities. 

Over many years, ENSafrica has accumulated practical experience working on the ground throughout Africa, and has a solid understanding of local markets, cultures, nuances and ways of doing business.  

Our cross-border, continent-wide expertise in law, tax, regulatory, forensics and IP is augmented by our longstanding partnerships with high-end, professional correspondent firms, who have been selected for their deep in-country know-how. This enables our clients to receive advice from the most qualified legal advisors in each jurisdiction, and assures them of consistent quality and world-class service across the African continent.   

Operating independently allows us to offer advice that is always in the best interests of our clients. 

ENSafrica has practitioners who are qualified and registered to practise English law and French law, and we have extensive experience in the legal codes of OHADA used in West and Central Africa. We are also able to transact in a variety of foreign languages such as Cantonese, Mandarin and Portuguese. 


Diversity at ENSafrica

Recognising Diversity is one of ENSafrica’s four core values. We believe that excellence and the ability to provide novel solutions for our clients are strongly ameliorated by the coming together of practitioners with diverse backgrounds, skillsets and perspectives.

ENSafrica demonstrably embraces our unique differences which extend across genders, life choices, locations, culture, race and more. Our people are given equal opportunities and special allowances are proactively made for unique circumstances and for those who were previously marginalised or suffered discrimination.

Pro bono and corporate social investment

We are deeply aware of the socio-economic context in which we operate. We are committed to offering access to justice, free of charge, to qualifying disadvantaged individuals through our two pro bono offices in Alexandra (Johannesburg) and Mitchells Plain (Cape Town). These offices, which were the first of their kind in South Africa, provide free, high-quality legal services to the community from within the community. All ENSafrica practitioners in South Africa, regardless of rank, render at least 32 hours of pro bono service per year to this initiative, which is 50% more than is required by the Legal Practice Council. We also provide commissioners for the small claims courts that are run in our pro bono offices. We also recently launched a pro bono offering in Windhoek, Namibia.

In addition, through all our offices, we provide free legal services (pro amico) to a variety of causes and projects, and we donate funding and resources to a number of interest groups and organisations.

B-BBEE in South Africa

As an African law firm, we are committed to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) in South Africa. B-BBEE is a constitutionally mandated objective of the South African Government which seeks to address the legacy of apartheid through legislation and policy aimed at increasing the participation of black people in the economy.

It consists of measures and initiatives aimed at increasing levels of equity ownership by black people in businesses operating in South Africa, increasing the number of black people who participate in management roles in businesses, improving the skills of black employees, assisting black owned SMMEs, procuring goods and services from businesses that are good contributors to B-BBEE, and corporate social investment.