Firm Profile > Bowmans > Nairobi, Kenya

PO BOX 10643

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Bowmans is frequently cited as a market leader in banking, finance and capital markets. It has certainly set the pace in capital markets, fintech, structured trade and commodities finance, and project finance, though its extensive and rounded abilities should not be overlooked. The firm represents numerous big-name lenders, corporate borrowers and private equity houses. Banking and finance head Cornelius Kigera is noted for acting for major Kenyan lenders on big-ticket financings. The highly rated Paras Shah is a leader in capital markets issuances, structured lending, and trade and commodities finance. Dominic Indokhomi is another key partner for real estate financings, financial regulatory matters and the broader finance sphere.

Practice head(s):

Cornelius Kigera

Other key lawyers:

Paras Shah; Dominic Indokhomi


‘Bowmans has a team ably led by Dominic Indokhomi that is very knowledgeable in banking and finance regulations in both Kenya and the rest of East Africa.’

‘Dominic Indohkomi is a versatile, strong, knowledgeable partner that has helped us navigate banking and finance regulations in the region.’

Key clients

The African Development Bank

Nedbank Limited

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

The Standard Bank of South Africa, Citibank, and Standard Chartered Bank

Wilmington Trust (London)

The Standard Bank of South Africa and Stanbic Bank Kenya

SBM Bank (Kenya)

ABSA Bank Kenya



Watu Credit

NCBA Bank Group

KCB Group (Kenya Commercial Bank Group)



Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Bowmans has an outstanding record in bulge-bracket M&A and corporate restructurings. It also stands out for its well-developed competition and tax practices. The firm advised NCBA Bank Kenya on its landmark $4.4bn merger with NIC Group, an illustration of its expertise in the financial services sector. The firm has a large team of senior practitioners that frequently operate in the corporate and M&A space, covering a broad spectrum of industries. Paras Shah is outstanding and leads many of the firm's headline deals. Managing partner Richard Harney and experienced corporate specialist Philip Coulson provide extensive experience and gravitas, while maintaining relationships with an array of blue-chip clients. Joyce Karanja heads the corporate commercial practice and is a leading figure in competition law. Alex Mathini leads the tax practice. Gaurav Shah is the name to note at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Paras Shah; Joyce Karanja; Alex Mathini

Other key lawyers:

Richard Harney; Philip Coulson; Vruti Shah; Kendall Evans; Gaurav Shah 


‘They understand the needs of the client, revert in good time and guide through the entire process, including weekly progress updates on the activities.’

‘Strength in depth, swift turnaround and availability of partners for advice when needed.’

‘I am impressed with the team’s competence and ability to think outside the box and structure viable solutions. The team has assisted us with innovating corporate restructuring solutions and hand holded us throughout the process.’

‘Paras Shah is very strong on M&A, and business advice.’

‘I worked with Paras Shah and found him able to devote attention to our issues, help us deep dive on all the various options and arrive at workable solutions.’

I was impressed with Gaurav Shah for his super efficiency.

Key clients

NCBA Bank Kenya

Rubis Energie


Denmark’s Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU)

Momentum Metropolitan Insurance

Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services

National Cement Company

The Print Exchange

Star Bright Holdings

Mr Green Trading Africa Kenya

Actus Educations Partners


Adenia Partners

Pwani Oil Products

Canon Chemicals

Kenchic Kenya

Live Wire

Renewable Energy Performance Platform

WS Insight Kenya

Kenya Airways


Kuku Foods East Africa


Africa Poultry Development



Employment Tier 1

Bowmans has achieved further prominence in acting for an increasing number of large multinationals in East Africa employment matters. This includes M&A-linked issues, disputes and employee incentive plans, particularly employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). The firm has been active in advising clients on retrenchment exercises and employment disputes. Rainbow Field has an extensive record in employee transfers and ESOPs. Terry Mwango provides further expertise in employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rainbow Field

Other key lawyers:

Terry Mwango


‘Rainbow Field is very responsive and knowledgeable about employment law.’

‘Rainbow Field is responsive, pragmatic and very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Habitat for Human International

Sanlam Kenya

Aramex Kenya

Spinners and Spinners

Mastercard International


Andela Kenya


Nairobi Java House

Ericsson Kenya

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Bowmans is a recognised leader in master plan real estate projects, such as the headline developments of Tatu City, Northlands and Limuru Heights. The firm is actively engaged in land rights connected to projects work and has a significant market share of conservation work in Kenya. Allied to this, is a well-established construction practice. Alex Njage is highly adept in both real estate and construction matters, notably active in master planning developments and construction contract issues. Simon Kiriba provides additional support at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Cornelius Kigera; Alex Njage; Paras Shah

Other key lawyers:

Simon Kiriba


‘The team’s depth of knowledge was manifested when we invited them to advise us on the structural formation of our SPV prior to construction. Their uniqueness is the thorough information they provide and options based on practical examples from the field.’

‘Alex Mathini is recommended for his vast knowledge during SHA discussions.’ 

Key clients

Grit Real Estate Income Group

Tatu City

Qatar Investors in Affordable Housing

The Nature Conservancy

Naivas Supermarket

Kenya Commercial Bank

Great Plains Conservation

Northlands City

Cemtec Investments

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Bowmans has an established presence in intellectual property disputes, international arbitration, tax litigation and insolvency cases. A large proportion of the team’s disputes have a cross-border element. Evans Monari is at the forefront of constitutional and judicial review cases. Terry Mwango is noted for tax and insolvency litigation. Cecil Kuyo is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Evans Monari

Other key lawyers:

Terry Mwango; Cecil Kuyo

Key clients

Eaton Towers Kenya Limited (presently known as ATC Kenya Operations Limited)

CMC Di Ravena-Itenera JV

WPP Scangroup

Deloitte Consulting Tanzania

Africa Oil Kenya

Deloitte & Touche Tohmatsu

Strabag International GMBH

Avic International Real Estate

Text Book Centre

Absa Bank Kenya

Privatisation and projects Tier 2

Bowmans has a fine record in oil and gas projects, including advising Tullow Oil on the development of Kenya’s first midstream oil pipeline from Lokichar to Lamu. It is also active in Kenya’s Roads Annuity Programme, advising on four projects during a 12-month period. Renewable energy and affordable housing projects are additional growth areas for the team. Paras Shah is a versatile transactional lawyer with a background in the oil and gas sector. Aleem Tharani's practice spans project development and finance, particularly in relation to energy and road infrastructure projects. Senior associate Edwin Baru is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Paras Shah

Other key lawyers:

Aleem Tharani; Edwin Baru


‘Strong individual partners. Good background in subject areas.’

‘Direct communication with key partners that are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. A very strong and solid team that has end-to-end skill-sets on the array of documentation required to develop, finance, construct and operate projects. The exposure given to associates is excellent and the quality of work is fantastic.’

‘Deep insight of the sector and quality of the partners, accessible and friendly people.’

‘Good knowledge of the public side of energy projects (PPA etc) and the international financing side of the same. Very up to date on developments such as on Government Letters of Support. In touch with the market’

‘Bowmans has significantly enhanced its energy projects team with the arrival of Aleem Tharani from A&K last year, which makes it one of the most capable law firms in Kenya to support clients in structuring complex infrastructure/energy projects and equity transactions.’

‘Aleem Tharani has completely changed Bowmans’ profile when it comes to energy projects practice. He is extremely knowledgeable, available, commercially minded, has a good network and has worked on most of the IPP projects closed in the country.’

‘Aleem Tharani is very good on energy transactions in Kenya.’

‘Aleem Tharani is the best lawyer I’ve had the opportunity to work with. His drafting, commercial acumen and overall sector knowledge is superior to any lawyer in the space.’

‘Paras Shah is a good commercial lawyer.’

Edwin Baru also brings a wealth of expertise in the energy industry and is great to work with. Edwin and Aleem work very well together and provide excellent advice.

Key clients

Tullow Oil, Total and Africa Oil (the Kenya Joint Venture)

Themis Energy

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation

Intex Construction

Shandong Hi-Speed Group, Hass Infrastructure and GVR Infrastructure

Standard Bank of South Africa, Stanbic Bank Kenya


Virunga Power Holdings

Nederlandse Financierings – Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingsladen (FMO)

Frontier Energy II Alpha  and Frontier Energy II Beta  – Range Wind Park

Lake Turkana Wind Power, Tsavo Power and other IPPs.

Asachi Power Tech

Toyota Tsusho Corporation


South Africa Clean Energy Solutions

Windlab Kenya

Bowmans helps its clients overcome legal complexity and unlock opportunity in Africa. Its track record of providing legal services in the fields of corporate law, banking and finance law and dispute resolution, spans over a century.

With over 400 specialist lawyers, Bowmans draws on its unique knowledge of the business and socio-political environment in Africa to advise on a wide range of legal issues.

The firm delivers integrated legal services to clients throughout the continent from eight offices (Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lusaka, Moka and Nairobi) in six countries (Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).

Everywhere it operates, Bowmans offers its clients a service that uniquely blends expertise in the law, knowledge of the local market, and an understanding of their businesses. The firm’s aim is to assist its clients to achieve their objectives as smoothly and efficiently as possible while minimising the legal and regulatory risks.

Bowmans works closely with its alliance firms, Aman Assefa & Associates Law Office, in Ethiopia, and Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, in Nigeria. The firm has best friends relationships with PFI Partnerships in Malawi, and Taciana Peão Lopes & Advogados Associados in Mozambique, regularly works with other leading law firms across the rest of Africa, and is a representative of Lex Mundi, a global association with more than 160 independent law firms across the globe.

Clients include corporates, multinationals and state-owned enterprises across a range of industry sectors as well as financial institutions and governments.

Bowmans’ expertise is frequently recognised by independent research organisations. Most recently, Mergermarket identified the firm as the number one legal adviser for Africa by number of completed deals in 2020.

At the inaugural IFLR1000 Awards for Sub-Saharan Africa (2020), Bowmans received 10 awards across four jurisdictions confirming its leadership when it comes to advising on multijurisdictional mergers and acquisitions in Africa. At the African Legal Awards (2020), Bowmans won awards in three categories and was highly commended in a further four categories including African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice.

The firm received awards in three out of four categories at the Dealmakers East Africa Awards (2019): top legal adviser in the M&A Category for both deal flow and deal value and advised on the Deal of the Year. In the Dealmakers South Africa Awards (2020), the firm were placed third for both transaction value and transaction volume in the General Corporate Finance Category and fourth for both deal value and deal volume in the M&A Category.

Bowmans Kenya is one of the largest and best-known corporate law firms in the country.

Main areas of specialisation:
Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment
Banking and Financial Services Regulatory
Commercial Property
Corporate Services
Data Protection
Dispute Resolution
Employment and Benefits
Environmental Law
Equity Capital Markets
Governance, Compliance and Investigations
Government Contracting and Public Procurement
Intellectual Property
International Arbitration
Litigation and Arbitration
Mergers and Acquisitions
Oil and Gas
Private Equity
Project Finance
Regulatory Services
Shipping, Aviation and Logistics

Main sectors of practice:
Consumer Goods
Financial Institutions
Hotels and Leisure
Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare 
Ports, Transport and Logistics
Technology, Media and Telecommunications

KENYA: Nairobi
T: +254 20 289 9000 Fax: +254 20 289 9100
Contact: Paras Shah – managing partner, Kenya

T: +230 5298 0100
Contact: Fazil Hossenkhan – managing partner, Mauritius

T: +27 21 480 7800
Contact: Deon de Klerk – key contact, Cape Town

T: +27 31 265 0651
Contact: Andrew Pike – key contact, Durban

SOUTH AFRICA: Johannesburg
T: + 27 11 669 9000
Contact: Alan Keep – managing partner, the group

TANZANIA: Dar es Salaam
T: +255 76 898 8640
Contact: Wilbert Kapinga – managing partner, Tanzania

UGANDA: Kampala
T: +256 31 226 3757
Contact: Ernest Wiltshire – managing partner, Kampala

ZAMBIA: Lusaka
T: +260 21 135 6638
Contact: Mabvuto Sakala – managing partner, Lusaka

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, Kenya Paras Shah +254 20 289 9000
Photo Name Position Profile
 Philip Coulson  photo Philip Coulson
 Kendall Evans  photo Kendall Evans
 Rainbow Field  photo Rainbow Field
 Richard Harney  photo Richard Harney
 Joyce Karanja  photo Joyce Karanja
 Simon Kiriba  photo Simon Kiriba
 Cecil Kuyo  photo Cecil Kuyo
 Terry Mwango photo Terry Mwango
 Alex Njage  photo Alex Njage
 Andrew Oduor  photo Andrew Oduor
 Sean Omondi  photo Sean Omondi
 Paras Shah  photo Paras Shah
 Vruti Shah  photo Vruti Shah
 Aleem Tharani  photo Aleem Tharani
Total staff : 800+
Lawyers : 400+
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