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Anjarwalla & Khanna

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Managing Partner: Karim S Anjarwalla
Number of partners/directors: 15
Number of lawyers: 95
Number of dual qualified lawyers: 6
Languages: English, French, Japanese, Gujarati, Kiswahili, Urdu

Firm Overview:
A&K is generally considered the leading corporate law firm in Kenya, and is the largest full-service corporate law firm in East Africa with close to 100 lawyers. The firm has developed specialist expertise in various practice areas. A&K is the founding member of ALN, an alliance of leading corporate law firms currently in sixteen key African jurisdictions, including the continent’s gateway economies. 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 was in 2018 named ‘Kenyan Law Firm of the Year’ by Chambers and Partners. Additionally, the firm has won ‘African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice’ four times in the last six years, as well as ‘Law Firm Innovation’ (2017) and ‘M&A Team of the Year’ (2018) awards, all presented by the African Legal Awards. It is also ranked as a leading firm in Kenya by various international legal directories.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:

■ Acting for M-Kopa Solar, the world’s leading pay-as-yougo energy provider to offgrid homes, in connection with a syndicated loan of USD 80 million arranged by Stanbic Bank, CDC, FMO and Norfund
■ Acting for Standard Chartered Bank Kenya, KCB Bank Kenya, Diamond Trust Bank Kenya and Bank of Africa Kenya, the senior lenders of Nakumatt, in connection with their position as creditors and recovery options available on the backdrop of Nakumatt’s financial distress
■ Acting for Frigoglass East Africa in connection with the restructuring of Frigoglass Finance’s existing 8.25% Euro 250 million senior notes and certain bank facilities of the Frigoglass Group

Corporate M&A & Private Equity:
■ Acting as lead counsel for a consortium of investors comprising AfricInvest Capital Partners, DEG, FMO and Proparco in connection with their equity investment for a 14.3% of stake in Britam Holdings
■ Acting for Garda World in connection with their acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Ursa Group
■ Acting for Emerging Capital Partners in connection with the sale of its stake in Java House

Capital Markets:
■ Acting for Vivo Energy, Vivo Energy Holding and Vivo Energy Kenya in connection with Vivo Energy’s admission of its shares in UK
■ Acting for International Finance Corporation in connection with a ‘first-of-its-kind’ forestry bond that allowed investors to be paid wing funds generated from carbon credits
■ Acting for Liquid Telecommunications Finance in connection with a proposed high-yield bond transaction. Competition
■ Acting for Vivo Energy in connection with obtaining merger clearances from the Competition Authority of Kenya and the COMESA Competition Commission on their acquisition of 100% of the shares of Engen Holdings
■ Acting for Gulf African Petroleum Corporation in connection with obtaining competition approvals from the Competition Authority of Kenya and the COMESA Competition Commission on its sale of the entire issued share capital to Total Outre-Mer
■ Acting for VIP Terminals Holdings in connection with obtaining approvals from the Competition Authority of Kenya on their sale of 50% of VTTI Group

Projects & Infrastructure:
■ Acting for Actis and Craftskills in connection with the 100MW wind powered generation facility in Kipeto, Kajiado, the second largest wind project in Kenya
■ Acting for responsAbility Investments in connection with the development of renewable energy projects in Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia
■ Advising Mota-Engil in connection with the development of two roads projects in Kenya, through a PPP arrangement
■ Acting for the sponsors on three separate geothermal power projects in Menengai, Kenya which in the aggregate will generate 105MW

Dispute & Resolution:
■ Acting for Heineken Group in connection with a disputed termination of distribution agreements
■ Acting for Global Security Services in connection with a post-acquisition dispute before a tribunal appointed by the London Court of International Arbitration regarding completion accounts and breach of warranties
■ Acting for Gulf African Petroleum Corporation in connection with a disputed proposed sale of its entire issued share capital to Total Outre-Mer, by its employees

Real Estate & Construction:

■ Acting for AVIC International Real Estate Kenya in connection with its development of a mixed-use development comprising of one of the tallest office blocks in Kenya
■ Acting for National Housing Corporation Tanzania in connection with the construction of a mega housing project dabbed the ‘Morocco Square project’
■ Acting for Sarit Centre in connection with expansion of the mall to include more retail and commercial space

Intellectual Property:
■ Acting for Al Rama International FZCO in connection with the filing and prosecution of approximately 40 trade mark registration applications across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
■ Advising Flamingo Horticulture in connection with the legal position on the alleged infringement of a third party’s European patent
■ Advising Global Tea & Commodities in connection with their proposed use of Maasai traditional cultural heritage in branding and advertising of their commodities

■ Advising Facebook in connection with the legality of their gender identification policy
■ Acting for Planned Parenthood Federation of America in connection with their planned restructuring of operations in Kenya and globally
■ Advising Google in connection with the legality of their global anti-harassment policy in Kenya

■ Advising China Road and Bridge Corporation in connection with the tax and legal structure on their proposed construction of a mixed used development
■ Advising Regus Group in connection with their corporate and tax matters regarding the acquisition structure and negotiating tax warranties and indemnities
■ Acting for WS Atkins International in connection with Atkins’ acquisition of 100% of Howard Humphreys East Africa and negotiating tax warranties and indemnities and providing tax advice on various aspects of the transaction


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