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5TH FLOOR, ICEA LION CENTRE, WEST WING, RIVERSIDE PARK, CHIROMO ROAD, PO BOX 10643, NAIROBI 00100, KENYA
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Work +254 20 289 9000
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Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Kampala, Nairobi, Westville

Richard Harney

Bowmans

Work Department

Corporate Commercial

Career

Richard Harney is managing partner of Bowmans Kenya.

He is regularly involved in the most prominent transactions in East Africa and has a wide array of experience advising domestic, regional and international clients on M&A deals, capital markets, finance, restructuring and corporate law.

Prior to moving to Kenya, in the early 1990s, Richard worked as a solicitor at two leading law firms in London, UK.


Kenya

Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Bowmans has a depth of resources, expertise and experience in financings and debt capital markets. The team has made considerable progress in fintech, structured finance, commodities finance, financial restructurings and subordinated debt financings for Kenyan banks. Moreover, it advised the government of Kenya on its $2bn sovereign bond listed on the London Stock Exchange. It also assisted Kenya Airways with its balance sheet restructuring, which included $750m of sovereign guarantees from the government of Kenya to the airline's creditors. Paras Shah 'works hard to get the deal across the line'; Kamami Christine Michira is recommended for financial regulatory matters and fintech, along with debt restructuring expert Richard Harney and senior corporate finance specialist Cornelius Kigera. The group was further bolstered by the recent hire of Stephen Matthews, the former head of banking at Allen & Overy LLP's Moscow office.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Harney - Bowmans

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Bowmans is at the forefront of cross-border transactions, most notably in the East Africa region. It has also handled a series of significant private equity exits and a number of headline corporate restructurings, including advising Kenya Airways on its debt and equity restructuring. The Nairobi office 'is doing very well from its South Africa connection', has 'fantastic people' and is 'rated highly'. Richard Harney 'works very hard to see the transaction through' and Paras Shah is 'very amiable, very client oriented and practical'. Joyce Karanja-Ng’ang’a is a leader in competition law and Philip Coulson has considerable experience in the space.

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