Firm Profile > Anjarwalla & Khanna > Nairobi, Kenya
Anjarwalla & Khanna Offices
ALN House, Eldama Ravine Close
Off Eldama Ravine Road
Anjarwalla & Khanna > The Legal 500 Rankings
Anjarwalla & Khanna is a leader in big-ticket syndicated financings, where the firm as gained a market share in a segment typically inhabited by international law firms. It is gaining additional engagements from development finance institutions (DFIs) and foreign banks. The firm has also made an impression in insolvency, restructurings and distressed financings. It advised M-Kopa Kenya on a syndicated loan arranged by Stanbic Bank Kenya and several DFIs. Akash Devani and Sonal Sejpal are outstanding practitioners, while Mona Doshi is a key team member. Anne Muruka is a name to note at senior associate level.
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.
Privatisation and projects Tier 1
Anjarwalla & Khanna 'always delivers an excellent service', is 'by far and away the best' and has gained further market share in power and infrastructure projects, both in project development and project finance. The team has experienced a notable increase in road project engagements, including advising a consortium led by Mota-Engil Africa on the development, construction, operation and maintenance of Lots 15 and 18 in Kenya's road annuity programme. The firm has 'excellent lawyers with a creative approach to solving political or project obstacles', has 'a thorough understanding of the Kenyan PPAs', 'helps international clients understand the local environment' and 'is commercially driven'. Amyn Mussa is 'top notch', has 'long-standing experience with Kenyan IPPs' and 'is well-regarded by the Kenyan authorities'. Aleem Tharani 'has a lot of experience from the UK', is praised for his knowledge of the Kenyan IPP sector and is 'a very capable lawyer'. Karim Lalji is an outstanding senior associate.
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Anjarwalla & Khanna continues to lead in big real estate developments, following its prime roles on the marquee Garden City and Two Rivers developments. It advised Avic International Real Estate Kenya on the development of a mixed-use development comprising of one of the tallest office blocks in Kenya, a modern retail and commercial centre, a five-star hotel and three residential apartment blocks. It also advised Sarit Centre on the expansion of the mall to include more retail and commercial space. The department is praised for 'large-scale developments', 'key value-added services for developments' and 'advises the client not only on the matter at hand but what else might be affected'. Amyn Mussa has outstanding large-scale real estate and projects expertise. Mona Doshi's 'knowledge is a breath of fresh air', she is 'always willing to go the extra mile for her clients' and is praised for her 'approach and professionalism'. Senior associates Adnan Khan, Caroline Karugu and Nicole Gichuhi are other names to note.
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Anjarwalla & Khanna's team is 'very approachable and has a friendly but professional approach', 'is always available' and, according to one client, 'is open and honest and will guide you through the decision-making process'. It is a leader in anti-corruption and white-collar crime investigations, and also represents a multitude of large Kenyan corporates and multinationals in domestic and cross-border litigations and arbitrations. It acted for Heineken in a dispute concerning the termination of distribution agreements, where the distributors had obtained an interim injunction to stop the termination, with the Court of Appeal eventually staying the execution of the injunction orders. Aisha Abdallah has an outstanding reputation. Forensic investigator Willie Oelofse has joined from Deloitte East Africa. Senior associate Mohamed Karega is also highly rated.
Employment Tier 2
Anjarwalla & Khanna has 'a holistic view of the employment relationship' and 'offers pragmatic advice and solutions'. The firm is noted for East Africa regional work, including both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team has experienced an uptick in union and strike-related work and whistleblowing cases. It acted for Alliance One Tobacco Kenya on a large-scale redundancy exercise and in separate employment claims. Rosa Nduati-Mutero, Sonal Sejpal and Aisha Abdallah lead the cross-disciplinary team.
Anjarwalla & Khanna > Firm Profile
Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) is one of the leading corporate law firms in Kenya and is the largest full-service corporate law firm in East Africa with over 100 lawyers. It is bolstered by the firm’s pan-African reach through ALN, a leading alliance of top-tier independent firms in fifteen countries across Africa and in the UAE. A&K provides legal services in Kenya through its two offices; in Nairobi and Mombasa cities. In addition, A&K works closely with ALN Dubai – Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota (AC&H), which provides corporate and commercial legal services out of the Middle East.
A&K has developed specialist expertise in several practice areas, including corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, energy, infrastructure, project finance, real estate, competition, capital markets, banking and finance, intellectual property, tax and dispute resolution. A&K operates Africa-wide, handling deals in several countries across Africa, both in its own capacity and in collaboration with ALN firms across the continent.
A&K has won several awards in 2018, including Best Legal Advisor by EAVCA, Best Legal Transaction Advisor by Think Business Investment Awards, Kenya Law firm of the Year by Chambers and Partners and M&A Team of the Year by Legal Week at the Africa Legal Awards, where the firm has also won African Law firm of the Year-Large practice award four times since the awards were launched in 2013, as well as the Law Firm innovation Award in 2017. A&K is ranked first in Kenya by various legal directories, including Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500.
A&K is the founder and key driver of ALN. ALN has a presence in Francophone, Anglophone, Lusophone and Arabic speaking Africa: Algeria, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The firms are recognised as leading firms in their markets and many have advised on ground breaking, first-of-a-kind deals.
|Managing Partner||Karim Anjarwallafirstname.lastname@example.org||+254 20 364 0000|
|Mr Abbas A. Esmail||View Profile|
|Ms Edel A. Ouma||View Profile|
|Ms Aisha Abdallah||View Profile|
|Mr Karim S. Anjarwalla||View Profile|
|Mr Atiq Anjarwalla||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Baptist Blanc||View Profile|
|Ms Luisa Cetina||View Profile|
|Mr Akash Devani||View Profile|
|Ms Mona Doshi||View Profile|
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|Ms Agnes Nicole Gichuhi||View Profile|
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|Ms Tabitha Joy Raore||View Profile|
|Ms Wangui Kanairu||View Profile|
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|Ms Caroline Karugu||View Profile|
|Ms Vivian Kerage||View Profile|
|Mr Adnan Khan||View Profile|
|Ms Anne Kiunuhe||View Profile|
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|Ms Faith Macharia||View Profile|
|Mr Roddy McKean||View Profile|
|Mr Ondati P Mogaka||View Profile|
|Ms Sanelisiwe Mpofana||View Profile|
|Ms Leah Muchiri||View Profile|
|James Njenga Mungai||View Profile|
|Ms Anne Lovenia Muruka||View Profile|
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|Ms Marjorie Ndanu Kivuva||View Profile|
|Ms Rosa Nduati-Mutero||View Profile|
|Mr Daniel Ngumy||View Profile|
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|Mr Shem Otanga||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 101
LanguagesEnglish French Gujarati Kiswahili Urdu Japanese
MembershipsALN Employment Law Alliance East Africa Venture Capital Association L2B Aviation Kenya Property Developers Association Loan Market Association Kenya Chambers of Mines International Trade Association British Chamber of Commerce Kenya African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
OtherTanzania : A&K Tanzania United Arab Emirates : Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota
Diversity at Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) is part of the fabric of the firm, starting from a leadership team which is genuinely open-minded, visionary and a visible ambassador for an open-minded, progressive and inclusive outlook on life. With a focus on talent, merit and culture-fit, our firms inclusive nature is embedded in our recruitment, promotion and client engagement decisions, and applies to gender, race, tribe, religion, socio-economic background and political affiliation. In terms of gender parity, 51% of our staff is female, as is 46% of the partnership. A&Ks staff includes British, French, American, Colombian, Nigerian, Japanese, Indian, South African, and Kenyan nationalities.
Diversity of viewpoints has made A&K particularly strong and has allowed us to aim high, grow fast, and as a result, serve a large and diverse client base. Keen on fostering diversity beyond the confines of the firm, A&K hosts the Leading Women Series a series of exclusive networking soirees for leading women in Kenya where like-minded women share their views, learn from others personal lessons and evaluate the status of gender equality on the continent.
In totality, our diverse exposure facilitates innovation and impacts how we view the firms progression, our service to clients and our contribution to the African continent.
A&Ks CSR committee leads and coordinates the firms initiatives in community service, enabling us to widen access to Justice, finance and education. The firms involvement in community work is pegged on five pillars, including education, health, children, the elderly and the environment. Through these pillars, A&K supports various charitable organisations dedicated to enriching the lives of the underprivileged and disadvantaged communities.
A&K believes it has a responsibility to give back to the community and help those who have no access to legal services. Our pro bono practice allows our lawyers to fulfil their professional and ethical responsibility and make those services available and accessible to those who would otherwise be deprived of legal representation.
Our pro bono legal services focus on charitable, religious, civic, community, non-profit and educational matters affecting members with limited resources. A&Ks Pro Bono policy encourages its professional staff to each spend at least 25 hours a year providing pro bono services. Accordingly, A&K is a member of Trustlaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation pro bono referral organization and an active participant in the New York Bar Associations Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice.