Firm Profile > Anjarwalla & Khanna > Nairobi, Kenya

Anjarwalla & Khanna
ALN House, Eldama Ravine Close
Off Eldama Ravine Road
Westlands
Kenya

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

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.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

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-MuteroSonal Sejpal and Aisha Abdallah lead the cross-disciplinary team.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Karim Anjarwalla ksa@africalegalnetwork.com +254 20 364 0000
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Abbas A. Esmail  photo Mr Abbas A. Esmail
Ms Edel A. Ouma  photo Ms Edel A. Ouma
Ms Aisha Abdallah  photo Ms Aisha Abdallah
Mr Karim S. Anjarwalla  photo Mr Karim S. Anjarwalla
Mr Atiq Anjarwalla  photo Mr Atiq Anjarwalla
Mr Jean-Baptist Blanc  photo Mr Jean-Baptist Blanc
Ms Luisa Cetina  photo Ms Luisa Cetina
Mr Akash Devani  photo Mr Akash Devani
Ms Mona Doshi  photo Ms Mona Doshi
 Ian Gaitta  photo Ian Gaitta
Ms Agnes Nicole Gichuhi  photo Ms Agnes Nicole Gichuhi
 Takuto Hirabayashi  photo Takuto Hirabayashi
 Shellomith Irungu  photo Shellomith Irungu
Ms Tabitha Joy Raore  photo Ms Tabitha Joy Raore
Ms Wangui Kanairu  photo Ms Wangui Kanairu
 Wangoi Karuga  photo Wangoi Karuga
Ms Caroline Karugu  photo Ms Caroline Karugu
Ms Vivian Kerage  photo Ms Vivian Kerage
Mr Adnan Khan  photo Mr Adnan Khan
Ms Anne Kiunuhe  photo Ms Anne Kiunuhe
Mr Karim Lalji  photo Mr Karim Lalji
Ms Faith Macharia  photo Ms Faith Macharia
Mr Roddy McKean  photo Mr Roddy McKean
Mr Ondati P Mogaka  photo Mr Ondati P Mogaka
Ms Sanelisiwe Mpofana  photo Ms Sanelisiwe Mpofana
Ms Leah Muchiri  photo Ms Leah Muchiri
 James Njenga Mungai  photo James Njenga Mungai
Ms Anne Lovenia Muruka  photo Ms Anne Lovenia Muruka
Mr Amyn Mussa  photo Mr Amyn Mussa
Mr Paul Mutegi  photo Mr Paul Mutegi
 Kevin Mutulis  photo Kevin Mutulis
 Wangui Mwaniki  photo Wangui Mwaniki
Ms Marjorie Ndanu Kivuva  photo Ms Marjorie Ndanu Kivuva
Ms Rosa Nduati-Mutero  photo Ms Rosa Nduati-Mutero
Mr Daniel Ngumy  photo Mr Daniel Ngumy
Mr Kenneth Njuguna  photo Mr Kenneth Njuguna
Ms Jacqueline Nyabwa  photo Ms Jacqueline Nyabwa
Ms Sheila Nyayieka  photo Ms Sheila Nyayieka
 Provia Odhiambo  photo Provia Odhiambo
Mr Shem Otanga  photo Mr Shem Otanga
 Kajal Patel  photo Kajal Patel
Ms Charlotte Patrick-Patel  photo Ms Charlotte Patrick-Patel
Mr Dominic Rebelo  photo Mr Dominic Rebelo
Ms Sonal Sejpal  photo Ms Sonal Sejpal
Ms Fayha Tehsin Karimbux-Khan  photo Ms Fayha Tehsin Karimbux-Khan
Ms Njeri Wagacha  photo Ms Njeri Wagacha
Mr Paul Wanjohi  photo Mr Paul Wanjohi
Number of lawyers : 101
English
French
Gujarati
Kiswahili
Urdu
Japanese
ALN
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
Tanzania : A&K Tanzania
United Arab Emirates : Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota

Diversity

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 firm’s 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&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 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 firm’s progression, our service to clients and our contribution to the African continent.

CSR
A&K’s CSR committee leads and coordinates the firm’s initiatives in community service, enabling us to widen access to Justice, finance and education. The firm’s 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.

Pro Bono
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&K’s 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 Association’s Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice.