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 has an excellent domestic and international profile, and is frequently sought after to manage cross-border financings, including for international banks and development finance institutions (DFIs). The practice covers a range of transactions from syndicated financings to bond restructurings. Akash Devani and Sonal Sejpal are widely respected names in banking and finance space. Mona Doshi is a recognised leader in Islamic finance and Amyn Mussa has notable expertise in project finance. Anne Muruka is a key name at senior associate level.

Testimonials

It is the premier transactional practice powerhouse in Kenya and the region.’

The finance guru in the firm is Sonal Sejpal.’

Key clients

National Government of Kenya

Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank

Avanti Communications Group

Stanbic Bank Kenya

KCB Bank Kenya

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Anjarwalla & Khanna has achieved further traction in building a regional practice and frequently advises international investors on transactions involving East Africa. The large team has made a particular impression in private equity deals and is even engaged on deals that have no nexus with Kenya. Karim Anjarwalla has an exceptional reputation for corporate work, while Roddy McKean and Dominic Rebelo are also highly rated. Rosa Nduati-Mutero is another emerging name and Daniel Ngumy leads on the tax front. Anne Kiunuhe is a key name for telecoms M&A.

Testimonials

Incredibly switched on team, engaging, commercial and always available.

Karim Anjarwalla was by far one of the best legal professionals I have worked with in the industry.’

Key clients

Equity Group

Bharti Airtel International

Helios Investment Partners

AfricInvest Capital Partners

Amethis Fund II

Privatisation and projects Tier 1

Anjarwalla & Khanna has an enviable record in energy and infrastructure, covering project development, project finance and M&A. It has extensive experience in renewable energy projects, PPPs and infrastructure projects. Amyn Mussa heads the projects and infrastructure team, which includes senior associate Karim LaljiAleem Tharani joined Bowmans.

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge and detailed technical know-how. Essential when looking at project risk in Africa.

Amyn Mussa  is super technical and detailed.

Key clients

Bechtel

Kenya Airways

Berkeley Energy

Quantum Power East Africa

Frontier Energy

ElectraWinds

Globeleq

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Anjarwalla & Khanna is a leading name for major real estate developments, including mixed-use developments and city projects. The firm acts for a number of major developers and has an extensive record in large-scale projects. Amyn Mussa and Mona Doshi jointly head the practice, which includes senior associates Adnan KhanCaroline Karugu and Nicole Gichuhi.

Key clients

Actis Africa Real Estate

AVIC International Real Estate Kenya

Sarit Centre

Centum Investment Company

Paramount Chief Estate

Karibu Homes

Vishwa Developers

Libya Oil Kenya

Al-Faraz Holdings

Centum Investment Company

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Anjarwalla & Khanna remains at the forefront of disputes concerning fraud, and bribery and corruption, and is also a key name for investigations. The firm is unique in having a complementary forensic practice that works alongside dispute resolution specialists. It also has a steady flow of commercial litigation and arbitration work. Aisha Abdallah leads the team, while of counsel Luisa Cetina is an experienced international litigator.

Testimonials

Excellent team with depth.’

Responsive, competent and willing to put the extra hours in when necessary.

This practice is unique because it is the largest law firm in East Africa and thus has the capacity to handle complicated disputes. The research team as well as knowledge management departments provide critical information and advice to its legal team which makes the firm very sophisticated. I rate it as the best practice in the East African region.’

The individuals I have worked with have been very professional, innovative and knowledgeable and demonstrated a high commitment to my organisation’s needs.’

Key clients

Heineken

Africa Oil

Mitsubishi Electric

Kenya Airways

Employment Tier 2

Anjarwalla & Khanna covers a range of transactional work, restructuring and redundancies, and union and pensions work. Rosa Nduati-Mutero and Sonal Sejpal jointly head the practice, which also includes senior litigator Aisha Abdallah.

Key clients

Sanlam Kenya Plc 2 years Yes

Aga Khan Heath Care Services

Barclays Bank of Kenya

British American Tobacco Kenya

Kenya Airways

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

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
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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

A&K is generally considered 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. The firm 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, employment and dispute resolution.

A&K has won various awards, including the African Law Firm of the Year-Large Practice Award at the African Legal Awards four times since the awards were launched in 2013, and also won the Law Firm Innovation Award in 2017. In 2019, A&K won the Large Law Firm of the Year Award by the Law Society of Kenya and the best Legal Advisor Award by EAVCA. In 2018, A&K won the Kenya Law Firm of the Year Award by Chambers and Partners, the Best Legal Transaction Advisor by Think Business Investment Awards, and the M&A Team of the Year by Legal Week at the Africa Legal Awards. The firm is also ranked as a leading law firm in Kenya by various Legal Directories.

A&K is the founding member of ALN, an alliance of leading corporate law firms currently in fifteen key African jurisdictions and the UAE. 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. 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. ALN also has a regional office in Dubai, UAE.

ALN firms work together in providing a one-stop-shop solution for clients doing business across Africa. ALN’s 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. Our high level of integration is achieved by adherence to shared values and an emphasis on excellence and collaboration. We share sector-specific skills and regional expertise thus ensuring our clients benefit from the synergies of the alliance.

Department Name Email Telephone
Business Development Christine Kimathi BidsandSubmissions@africalegalnetwork.com +254 (0) 20 364 0000
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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.