Firm Profile > ENSafrica > Nairobi, Kenya

ENSafrica
9 Riverside
5th Floor, Riverside Drive
Nairobi
Kenya

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

ENSafrica's nascent Nairobi office forms part of a growing network of Africa offices launched by the South Africa-headquartered firm. The office's banking and finance team is best known for project finance in the energy and renewables segment, though with additional expertise in trade and commodities finance, asset finance, general banking, capital markets, structured finance and securitisation. Binti Shah is a recognised leader in banking and finance.

Practice head(s):

Binti Shah

Key clients

Agri Commodities and Finance

Minet Kenya Insurance Brokers

Twiga Foods

Stanbic Bank Kenya

Rand Merchant Bank

Societe Generale

Investec Bank

AFD

Frontclear Management

Rand Merchant Bank

SBG Securities

Stanbic Bank Kenya

Proparco

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

ENSafrica has made an immediate impact on the market since launching in September 2019. The Nairobi arm of the South Africa-headquartered firm has a core team of prominent corporate and M&A specialists, notably Mahesh Acharya  and Amar Grewal-Thethy. The group has an impressive client base of well-known corporates and investment funds. The team has a particularly fine record in TMT, financial services and FMCG deals in East Africa and beyond. The firm is also highly rated for capital markets and listed-company transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mahesh Acharya

Other key lawyers:

Amar Grewal-Thethy

Testimonials

The approachability and willingness to explore a variety of options and themes is what sets the team apart from the competition. Striking the balance between reasonability and force as well. I believe there’s greater strength in a lawyer who can sit across from the table from the other party with his/her client and be confident and powerful without being abrasive and obnoxious.

ENS Kenya is a new practice and relatively small. Close involvement of partners. In depth knowledge of specific sectors, can draw expertise on similar experiences. Practical and pragmatic approach. Thorough, consistently professional, clear advice, with particularly efficient response time frames.

Mahesh Acharya has a bright future ahead not only as a leader in his field but also in nurturing relationships that will follow him for years ahead. My primary reason for reaching out to Mahesh is trust, trust in his ability but more so trust in his approach to ensure our best interests are served. Trust is everything.

Amar Grewel-Thethy is a highly consistent professional – thorough and clear. He commits to and meets deadlines, and responds promptly to new assignments, which is invaluable in a corporate context.

Key clients

Accelya (through Kirkland & Ellis, International)

Afrimatic Industries

Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development

Astellas

Eisai Pharmaceuticals

Elewana Afrika

Foray Group

Fox Networks Group

I&M Group

Kisima Farm

Mastercard

Minet Kenya Insurance Brokers

Monitor Holdings (Governors Camps), Wilderness Safaris

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Nampak

Pan African Housing Fund

Pernod Ricard Kenya

Privatisation and projects Tier 3

ENSafrica is making an impression in the energy and infrastructure project space, including solar power and port infrastructure projects. Nigel Shaw is a key figure in the real estate aspects of energy and infrastructure projects. Binti Shah provides further expertise in project finance. The firm is also able to call on the wider-Africa expertise of ENSafrica, including its large leading team in South Africa.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Binti Shah

Key clients

Tropical Power Kenya

Real estate and construction Tier 3

ENSafrica specialises in the real estate aspects of energy and infrastructure projects, including permits and licenses. The firm is also active in M&A and investment-related real estate matters. The relatively compact team is able to draw on the wider Africa expertise and resources of ENSafricaNigel Shaw is an experienced real estate specialist.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Shaw

Testimonials

Speed of response and knowledge of the sector.

Key clients

Tropical Power

Dr Lal Pathlabs

Aga Khan Fund

Tourism Promotion Services Eastern Africa

Afrimatic Industries

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Ranking and Awards Kershnie Kisten rankingandawards@ensafrica.com +27112697816
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mahesh Acharya  photo Mahesh Acharya Executive
 Amar Grewal-Thethy  photo Amar Grewal-Thethy Executive
 Binti Shah  photo Binti Shah Executive
 Nigel Shaw  photo Nigel Shaw Managing Partner
Number of lawyers : 600+
40+

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 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.