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Anjarwalla & Khanna > The Legal 500 Rankings
Sonal Sejpal; Akash Devani
Other key lawyers:
Mona Doshi; Amyn Mussa; Anne Muruka
National Government of Kenya
KCB Bank Kenya
Diamond Trust Bank Kenya
Standard Chartered Bank (Dubai)
Standard Chartered Bank Kenya
Bank of Africa Kenya
Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund
Colchis Capital Management
United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
AfricInvest Capital Partners
Stanbic Bank Kenya
Janus Continental Group
Anjarwalla & Khanna has an unrivalled position in domestic and cross-border strategic M&A and private equity transactions. It continues to impress in telecoms and financial institutions sector transactions and was the lead Africa counsel to Airtel Africa on its listing on the London Stock Exchange. It is also noted for its roles in cross-border distressed M&A and private equity continues to be an important element of the practice. Department head and Africa specialist Roddy McKean is an established leader in cross-border deals and managing partner Karim Anjarwalla has an outstanding reputation in Kenya and internationally. Rosa Nduati-Mutero and Dominic Rebelo are also highly reputed, while Daniel Ngumy leads the tax department.
Other key lawyers:
Karim Anjarwalla; Rosa Nduati-Mutero; Dominic Rebelo; Daniel Ngumy; Anne Kiunuhe; Kenneth Njuguna; Wangui Kaniaru; Roddy McKean
‘Extremely thorough in ensuring regulatory and legal requirements are followed through in the transaction process.‘
‘The A&K team have been outstanding – very responsive and always willing to take the time to explain processes to us. The level of detail and support has been excellent.‘
‘Kenneth Njuguna has been a stellar business adviser. He does not hesitate to resolve any identified issues in a timely manner. His commitment to customer satisfaction is noteworthy.‘
‘Wangui Kaniaru is sound in all areas of the law that are relevant in M&A, able and willing to source specialist knowledge when necessary, very good responsiveness/availability and diligent but at the same time practical and efficient.‘
‘Anne Kiunuhe is an outstanding lawyer. Her technical knowledge is second to none and she has really gone the extra mile to make sure that we have been able to meet the tight deadlines whilst producing work of exceptionally high quality.‘
Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands)
Huaxin Cement Company
Equity Group Holdings
The Rise Fund
AfricInvest Capital Partners
IPS Cable Systems
Riara Group of Schools
Energy Access Ventures
Abyssinia Iron and Steel
Employment Tier 1
Anjarwalla & Khanna has expanded its client base of major multinational, regional and Kenyan corporates. The practice has an even balance of transactional, advisory and dispute-related matters. The firm has defended a number of significant Kenyan corporates against high-value employee and executive claims. It has also demonstrated its expertise in redundancy exercises and reorganisation programmes. The firm remains active in transaction-related matters, notably M&A deals and private equity investments. Rosa Nduati-Mutero is a leading employment specialist, while Faith Macharia is an up-and-coming name in employment disputes. Aisha Abdallah and Sonal Sejpal are also key members of the team.
Sonal Sejpal; Rosa Nduati-Mutero
Other key lawyers:
Faith Macharia; Aisha Abdallah
‘They are highly reliable and their advice is sound. They have an Africa network that sufficiently covers our East African business.’
‘I worked with Rosa Nduati Mutero and she is a professional with deep expertise in her area of practice.’
OLA Energy Kenya
African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)
Aga Khan Health Service, Kenya
Helios Investment Partners (Helios) and Telkom Kenya
International Center For Tropical Agriculture
Forum for Africa Women Educationists
Planned Parenthood Federation
WPP Scan Group
Privatisation and projects Tier 1
Anjarwalla & Khanna has a well-established projects, energy and infrastructure practice. While being a dominant force in large-scale domestic projects, it is increasingly active in energy and renewables projects outside of Kenya, including Uganda. The core team has attracted big-ticket engagements from a raft of sponsors, developers and lenders. It has represented many of Kenya's largest power producers over the last decade and has played a key role in a number of headline public-private partnerships (PPPs). A leading figure in the market, Amyn Mussa heads the projects and infrastructure department. Senior associate Karim Lalji provides additional support.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are very knowledgeable; very quick to respond.’
‘Good contextual knowledge from the partners who know the political temperature of our external stakeholders and are able to tailor their advice to take into account the political context.’
‘We receive detailed memoranda of advice and the team tend to be practical in their advice.’
‘Amyn Mussa and Karim Lalji are fantastic in power and mergers and acquisitions.’
‘We rely heavily on partner Amyn Mussa to be involved in the work and his visibility and engagement is high.’
Kenya Airways (KQ)
Quantum Power East Africa
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Anjarwalla & Khanna is best-known for large-scale developments and high-value conveyancing. It continues to advise on a high market share of the biggest office, retail, mixed-use and residential developments in the country. The firm represents some of the biggest developers and investors in the market. Co-head of the real estate and construction department Amyn Mussa has advised on many of the largest developments in the jurisdiction. Mona Doshi co-heads the department from Mombasa, where she is also noted for high-value developments and investments. Adnan Khan was promoted to partner in 2020. Senior associates Agnes Nicole Gichuhi and Caroline Karugu and associate Robert Kaniu Gitonga are other names to note.
Amyn Mussa; Mona Doshi
Other key lawyers:
Adnan Khan; Agnes Nicole Gichuhi; Caroline Karugu; Robert Kaniu Gitonga
‘The team is very professional, proficient and they have a great depth of experience. They are committed to supporting their clients even in difficult circumstances, be it when we have had to deal with defaulting tenants or even more recently, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.’
‘They are proactive and they demonstrated this in the manner and efficiency with which they anticipated our needs at the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak and put together a very cohesive and resourceful Covid-19 Hub.‘
‘Their strength is that they are good listeners, accessible and approachable. They have the capability to innovate and come up with legal solutions to legal issues whether existing or emerging like the Covid-19 pandemic.‘
‘Amyn Mussa is very pragmatic and offers top-notch practical legal advice. He is adept at finding solutions and has helped us navigate our way around some of our most complex legal and lease structuring issues.‘
‘Senior associate Agnes Nicole Gichuhi is sharp, responsive and pleasant to work with. She has a good grasp of our business and gives sound advice with our commercial and legal interests in mind.‘
‘Associate Robert Gitonga is knowledgeable, competent, and obliging. He puts effort to ensure that our leases and other documents are done in good time.’
Paramount Chief Estate (Edenville)
Mi Vida Thika Road
Impact North (KE)
Kiewa Group – Kitui
Soma Properties (Sarit Centre)
OLA Energy Kenya (formerly Libya Oil Kenya)
Kiewa Group – Nairobi
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Anjarwalla & Khanna stands out for its expertise in mainstream commercial litigation and international arbitration, as well as white-collar defence, anti-corruption and investigations. The firm is unique in having an integrated non-legal forensics and corporate investigations team, headed by Willie Oelofse. It represents some of the biggest international and national brands that operate in the East Africa market. Aisha Abdallah has an outstanding record in commercial litigation, fraud, anti-corruption and money laundering cases. Director Luisa Cetina provides further international expertise in investigations, white-collar criminal law and arbitration. Faith Macharia was promoted to partner in January 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Luisa Cetina; Faith Macharia; Willie Oelofse
‘Excellent team with great expertise in arbitration and litigation and vast knowledge of the market and the laws. High ethical standards and professionalism, unquestionable integrity, team spirit, dynamism and enthusiasm. They are second to none.’
‘Their ability to comprehend client briefs and interpret them into solvable problems, the speed at which they do this, and their clarity of thought are beyond what I have experienced in a long time.’
‘I had the chance to work with Aisha Abdallah and the team and was always impressed by their business savvy, efficiency, deep knowledge and excellent advocacy skills. Aisha is a highly talented lawyer, excelling in both personal qualities and professional skills. She is a fearsome opponent that delivers the fatal blow with a lot of class, confidence and lethal calm.’
‘Aisha Abdallah is user-friendly and commercial and pragmatic in her approach and advice.‘
‘Faith Macharia has unique legal capabilities. Her ability to grasp issues and argue them out in court is is beyond any experience I have come across.’
‘We have been especially impressed with Faith Macharia and her demonstrable commitment to excellence and attention placed on assisting us to achieve our objectives.’
‘My senior contact is Luisa Cetina, who is erudite, exceptionally intelligent, and a world class lawyer.’
‘Luisa Cetina had excellent judgment in handling the matter, displayed extensive knowledge of the law and was a tough negotiator. ’
‘Luisa Cetina and Willie Oelofse work in the investigations team and have a unique offering for the Kenyan market, hence they are in demand and have carved a niche for themselves.’
Africa Oil Corporation
Gamcode trading as Betin
The Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI)
Gold Crown Beverages
African Cotton Industries
China Wu Yi
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.
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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
Anjarwalla & Khanna > Firm Profile
ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna 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 its pan-African reach through ALN, a leading alliance of top-tier independent firms in fifteen countries across Africa and the UAE. ALN Kenya has offices in both Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya’s two main commercial centres, and affiliate offices in Dubai (ALN UAE | Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota) and Tanzania (ALN Tanzania | A&K Tanzania) which provide corporate and commercial legal services. ALN Kenya has been widely recognised as a leader by top directories and institutions and has won various international awards, including the ‘2020 African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice’ award at the African Legal Awards.
A&K is the founder and key driver of ALN. ALN has a presence in Francophone, Anglophone, Lusophone and Arabic speaking Africa: Algeria, Cote d’ Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, 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.
Main areas of practice
Banking and finance:
- Acting for the National Government of Kenya in connection with the issue of a US$2.5bn sovereign bond
- Acting for Standard Chartered Bank (SC Bank) and Standard Chartered Bank Kenya in connection with Standard Chartered Bank’s agreement to provide an amortising term loan facility of US$40m to Mombasa Cement
- Acting as lead transaction counsel for Acorn as the Issuer and Stanbic Bank Kenya and SBG Securities, the lead arrangers, in connection with a US$50m MTN programme for several proposed purpose-built student housing by Acorn Holdings
Corporate M&A and private equity:
- Acting for Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands), as the lead Africa legal adviser coordinating transactional, regulatory (telecom and mobile money) and competition advice over 14 jurisdictions in Africa in connection with a US$1.25bn investment in a newly formed holding company, Airtel Africa, by six leading global investors
- Acting as lead counsel for Equity Group Holdings in connection with the acquisition of a 62% share of Banque Populaire du Rwanda and 100% of African Banking Corporation in Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique from Atlas Mara through a share swap, and a subsequent merger of banking entities in Rwanda and Tanzania
- Acting for Vivo Energy, Vivo Energy Holding and Vivo Energy Kenya in connection with Vivo Energy’s admission of its shares in UK
- Acting for IFC in connection with a ‘first-of-its-kind’ forestry bond that allowed investors to be paid wing funds generated from carbon credits Competition
- Acting for Kiboko Holdings in connection with obtaining competition approvals from the Competition Authority of Kenya, the Fair Competition Commission in Tanzania and the COMESA Competition Commission in relation to their acquisition by the Carlyle Group, an American based multinational equity fund, of a majority of the issued share capital in AK Life Sciences
- Advising Société BIC S.A. in connection with obtaining competition approvals from the Competition Authority of Kenya on their termination of the franchise agreement with Haco Industries Kenya
Projects and infrastructure:
- Acting as lead counsel for Berkeley Energy in connection with its proposed acquisition of seven power generation and development assets from Tozzi Renewable Energy in Madagascar
- Advising Bechtel in connection with the proposed construction and development of the Nairobi – Mombasa Expressway
- Acting for Heineken Group in connection with a disputed termination of distribution agreements
- Acting for one of the largest privately owned security services companies in connection with two post-acquisition disputes filed before tribunals appointed by the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Real estate and construction:
- Acting for AVIC International Real Estate Kenya in connection with its development of a mixed-use development comprising of one of the tallest office blocks in Kenya
- Acting for Actis in connection with their partnership with Improvon Group for the development of an A – Grade product-specific warehouse and distribution park, on a 103-acre piece of land
- Acting for KCB Bank Kenya, Diamond Trust Bank Kenya, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya, and Bank of Africa Kenya, the senior lenders of a large retail chain in Kenya valued at USD 407 million, in connection with their position as creditors and recovery options available on the backdrop of their financial distress
- Advising Unilever Kenya in connection with the restructuring of Unilever’s operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia
- Acting for Kenya Airways (KQ) in connection with a dispute between KQ and its pilots represented by the Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA), an umbrella association for pilots in Kenya
- Acting as auditors for British American Tobacco Kenya in connection with the mandatory Legal & Compliance Audit required under the Code of Corporate Governance Practices for Issuer of Securities to the Public 2015
- Advising Google in connection with its defence against the Kenya Revenue Authority’s decision to refuse a VAT refund on the exportation of intercompany services between its Kenya and Ireland offices
- Advising Vodacom Group and Safaricom in connection with various tax matters in relation to their acquisition of the M-PESA pan-African money payments system
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers: : 100+
LanguagesEnglish (fluent) Gujarati Japanese Hindi/Urdu Kiswahili Spanish French
MembershipsALN Africa Equity & Venture Capital Association Employment Law Alliance (ELA)
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.
A&K has consistently been recognised for its Africa-wide work. We regularly act as lead counsel on significant deals involving multiple African countries. A&K is increasingly playing the role of a lead transaction counsel, including on transactions with no Kenyan law components. We are managing input from local firms based in Africa, acting as the primary contact for the client, leading the deal negotiations, and being responsible for the transaction documentation. Accordingly, we are currently the only African firm, outside of South-Africa, ranked by Chambers Global for Africa-wide work.
The firm has worked with a diverse range of clients across various industries, including in the financial services, technology, media & telecommunications, manufacturing, oil and gas, private equity, agricultural, power and infrastructure industries.
A&K’s team consists of over 100 lawyers both local and dual-qualified who have experience working in-house and in international firms in various jurisdictions. Our lawyers have trained in the country’s top institutions and with some having qualified in England and Wales, and the United States. Some of our lawyers have studied, lived and worked in America, Europe and Africa, enabling them to understand how international clients work and what their expectations are in respect of service.
A&K has a pan-African footprint increasingly handling deals in several countries across Africa, both in its own capacity and in collaboration with ALN, an alliance of leading law firms currently in fifteen key African jurisdictions and the UAE. ALN has a presence in Francophone, Anglophone, Lusophone, and Arabic speaking Africa: Algeria, Cote d’ Ivoire Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
ALN also has OHADA expertise and a comprehensive database of best friend firms which enables us to represent clients in every country in Africa, across all practice areas. The ALN firms work together to provide a one-stop-shop solution for clients doing business across Africa. Its reach at the local, regional and international levels, connectivity with key stakeholders, and deep knowledge of doing business locally and across borders allows it to provide seamless and effective legal, advisory and transactional services across the continent.
A&K operates as a true regional practice with a free flow of resources between Tanzania, Kenya and Dubai. This means that our clients benefit from a diverse knowledge pool not to mention the value accrued from the 15 ALN firms across Africa.
Diversity at Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) is part of the fabric of the firm, starting from leadership that is open-minded, visionary and an ambassador for progressive and inclusive outlook on life. With a focus on talent, merit and culture-fit, A&K’s inclusive nature is embedded in its recruitment, promotion, client engagement decisions, and applies to gender, race, tribe, religion, socio-economic background and political affiliation. 55% of our staff is female, as is 45% of the partnership. A&K’s 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 views, learn from others’ experiences and evaluate the status of gender equality on the continent. We recently launched ‘She Matters’ a series of talks aimed at supporting A&K Ladies in the Workplace.
In totality, our diverse exposure facilitates innovation and impacts how we view the firm’s progression, our service to clients, and our contribution to the African continent.
Our very active CSR Committee leads the firm’s initiatives on community work enabling us to widen access to justice, finance and education. Our involvement 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 championed a cross-border initiative involving Kenya Uganda and Tanzania to stop the use of single-use plastics, planning to bring on board all ALN firms by the end of 2021. We aim to have an impact on single-use plastic across East Africa and the continent.
We believe that we have a responsibility to give back to the community by availing legal services to those who would otherwise be deprived of legal representation. Our pro bono efforts are strategic, targeted and collaborative, allowing our lawyers to be part of a positive social change as they assist causes that provide the maximum benefit to society. Our pro bono services focus on charitable, religious, civic, community, non-profit and educational matters affecting members with limited resources.
A&K’s Pro Bono policy encourages its lawyers 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, a pro bono referral organization and works closely with Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and the World Justice Project. We are currently advising the Flipflopi Project on the legislative process in the East African Community and the introduction of a legislative framework to ban the use of single-use plastics.
Through the ALN Academy, we are committed to drive and increase the flow of legal knowledge within the continent and enhancing the rule of law, while upskilling a new generation of lawyers.