Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for

Distinguished corporate group with an enviable track record in sophisticated, cross-border transactions. Equally well regarded for its ability to advise on competition and tax mandates, as well as restructurings. Often instructed on significant private equity investments and possesses notable capability in such market sectors as healthcare and technology.


Sources acknowledge the firm's quality of service: "Service and accessibility were excellent, as was the speed with which they handled our affairs. Whenever required, we were able to see one of the managing partners. It's a huge comfort to their clients that they were always available and patient with our needs."

Interviewees extol the firm's commercial approach and responsiveness, further commending its "specialists in all fields of the law." Others describe the team as "first-class lawyers," with one adding: "I can authoritatively state that they are some of the best M&A lawyers I have worked with."

Work highlights

Advised Stanbic Africa Holdings on its USD56 million tender offer to minority shareholders of NSE-listed Stanbic Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Alex Mathini is growing a strong practice, with sources noting his skill in both M&A and tax. Sources remark that "his knowledge of tax matters is refreshingly impressive," adding that "he is always hungry for new business, open to suggestions and very co-operative." He is head of the firm's tax group.

Joyce Karanja is a pre-eminent figure in the area of competition law, where she handles the related aspects of significant transactions in such sectors as automotive, food and beverages, and aviation. She is frequently mandated on merger control matters, as well as restrictive trade practices.

Paras Shah is a highly distinguished practitioner with a formidable reputation in the market. Sources consider him to be "very knowledgeable in M&A matters across the region" and describe him as "a master negotiator. He has a commercial mind and is able to figure out solutions to any obstacle, ensuring that the transaction closes." His recent highlights include big-ticket acquisitions and private equity investments.

Widely regarded as a "top-tier" individual, Philip Coulson remains a leading lawyer for M&A, corporate reorganisation, private equity investments and joint ventures. He is notably skilled in cross-border work in the region.

Richard Harney is an eminent corporate lawyer with a highly respected restructuring practice. He is equally valued for his expertise in public takeovers and other complex transactional work. Sources applaud his renowned ability in insolvency matters and further note his capital markets knowledge. They continue: "He's able to think through complex matters and design unique solutions."