Walker Kontos

Nairobi Office

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Managing Partner: Michael Kontos
Senior Partner: Alexandra Kontos
Number of partners: 9
Number of lawyers: 20
Languages:Amharic, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Kiswahili

Firm Overview:
Walker Kontos is a full-service law firm offering a wide range of corporate and commercial legal services to diverse clients with local, regional and international interests. The firm’s particular strength lies in corporate and project finance, M&A (with notable transactions both Kenyan and cross-border, in the financial services, insurance and banking sectors), infrastructure (particularly in the energy, utility and transport sectors), property and real-estate and all related dispute matters. The firm’s partner-led teams, tailored to suit client needs, coupled with its substantial deal experience and its strategic alliance with the global firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, enables the firm to marshal resources to provide top tier legal services across 51 jurisdictions globally. Walker Kontos’ ethos is to provide personal service that reflects the firm’s belief in law as a practice and the emphasis on building enduring relations with clients.

Main Areas of Practice:

Mergers & Acquisitions:
7 partners; 14 fee earners
■ Acting for the Administrators of ARM Cement PLC (Under Administration) (ARM) in connection with the sale of the entire issued share capital or assets of ARM and its subsidiaries in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Africa
■Acting for Prime Bank Limited (PBL) in the equity investment by AfricInvest Fund III LLC and Catalyst Fund II LP in consideration of shares in PBL
■Acting for Simba Cement Company Limited in connection with the acquisition of 100% of all the issued shares of Cemtech Limited, a cement manufacturing company, from Rock Field Corporation PTE Limited and individual shareholders
■Acting for Cockerill East Africa Limited part of Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie Group in connection with the proposed acquisition of the business and certain assets of Socabelec East Africa Limited
■Advising International Finance Corporation in the acquisition of one hundred and twenty (120) fully paid and non-assessable ordinary shares and one hundred and twenty (120) Series A preference shares in AfricasTalking (K) Limited
■Advising I&M Bank Limited and I&M Insurance Agency Limited in relation to the acquisition of 100% of the issued and paid up capital of Youjays Insurance Brokers Limited, an Insurance Brokerage Company, based in Kenya
Key Clients: Simba Cement Company Limited, Prime Bank Limited, Cockerill East Africa Limited part of Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie Group, CDC Group Plc, DOB Equity, Ciel Group part of Ciel International, I&M Holdings Limited, International Finance Corporation, Zahid Group Holding LLC.
Contacts: Alexandra Kontos, Michael Kontos, Peter Mwangi, Deepen Shah, Diana Situma
Tel: +254 20 2713023-6
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] [email protected] com, [email protected]

Finance & Capital Markets:
7 partners, 14 fee earners
■Advising European Investment Bank, Cordiant Emerging Loan Fund IV and Allianz EM Loans S.C.S in relation to creation of common security in connection with facilities of USD 32 million to be granted to Bandwith and Cloud Services Group Holdings for the partial financing of a fiber optic roll out across Central and Eastern Africa
■Acting for Grain Bulk Handlers Limited in connection with facilities for the sum of USD 114 million to be provided by Ecobank Kenya Limited for financing its port expansion project
■Acting for International Finance Corporation, Société De Promotion Et De Participation Pour La Coopération Économique, KCB Bank Kenya Limited and Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited in the provision of a USD 78 million loan facility to National Cement Company Limited and National Cement Company Uganda Limited
■Advising Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A in the increment of facilities provided to KenolKobil Limited from USD 65 million to USD 100 million
■Advising International Finance Corporation (IFC) in a USD 100 million financing to Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited to support the growth of its small and medium enterprise (SME) portfolio, including Women-Owned SMEs
■Advising Ecobank Kenya Limited (Ecobank) in the provision of a revolving limited recourse receivables purchase facility for discounting of eligible receivables due to TATA Africa Holdings (Kenya) Limited (TATA) from various buyers (acceptable to Ecobank)
Key Clients: Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A, IFC, Société De Promotion Et De Participation Pour La Coopération Économique, European Investment Bank, KCB Bank Kenya Limited, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited , Stanbic Bank Kenya Limited and Ecobank Kenya Limited.
Contacts: Alexandra Kontos, Michael Kontos, Peter Mwangi, Deepen Shah, Diana Situma
Tel: +254 20 2713023-6
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]os.com, [email protected] [email protected] com, [email protected]

Conveyancing & Property:
7 partners, 14 fee earners
■Acting as legal advisors to the World Bank Group in carrying out a comprehensive legal review/study on the legal and regulatory framework for the setting up and operation of the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC)
■Advising Centum Investment Company PLC (Centum) in relation to a real estate project to be undertaken by Centum developing approximately 449 residential apartments in Nairobi
■Advising the World Bank Group in drafting the Municipal Charter for use by the County Governments as part of the Banks governance support under the Kenya Urban Program
Key Clients: World Bank, Centum PLC, Turaco Properties Limited, Homescope Properties Limited, Hajar Services Limited, Prabhaki Developers Limited, AutoXpress Limited and Britam Holdings Limited.
Contacts: Alexandra Kontos, Peter Mwangi, Martha Muturi
Tel: +254 20 27130230-6
Email: [email protected], [email protected] com, [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
2 partners, 5 fee earners
■Acting for Tata Chemicals (Tata) in defending a USD 177 Million claim lodged against Tata by the County Government of Kajiado, in a complex dispute over mining, water and land rights in Magadi
■Acting for SBM Bank Mauritius in defending a claim of USD 7.5 Million lodged in Kenya by Afrasia Bank, Mauritius arising from the acquisition of specific assets and matched liabilities of Chase Bank (Kenya) Limited (In Receivership) by SBM Bank (Kenya) Limited
■Acting for Equity Bank Kenya Limited in a suit involving a breach of contract culminating in damages claimed of over USD 7.2 million against the County Government of Narok
■Acting for LA (Group) Pty Ltd in an intellectual property (Trademark) dispute with Wardrobe Collections Clothing Store and filed an application opposing the application for registration by Wardrobe Collections Clothing Store, of the Mark ‘CLASSIC POLO’
Key Clients: Pricewaterhousecoopers, Bank of Africa Kenya Ltd, Tata Chemicals, SBM Bank (Kenya) Limited Mits Electrical Co. Ltd, Mauritius Commercial Bank, LA (Group) Pty Ltd, Deloitte, Standard Bank of South Africa, Mugenga Holdings Ltd and Equity Bank Kenya Limited.
Contacts: Gregory Karungo and Paul Ogunde
Tel: +254 20 2713023-6
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Privatisation, Projects & Energy:
7 partners, 14 fee earners
■Acting as the legal advisors, in a consortium of advisors led by PwC, to the Government of Kenya, acting through Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives on all aspects of the development of the Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zones by way of a privately initiated PPP proposal
■Advising a client in connection with land rights and company structuring arrangements in relation to the development of a 40MW Solar PV Power Project in Nandi County, Kenya
■Advising a client in connection with the development of a 50MW Wind Farm Project in Kajiado County
Key Clients: IFC, PROPARCO, Standard Bank Group, Enel Green Power SPA group, Green Africa Power LLP, CDC Group Plc, Total – S.A., The Government of Kenya, Anadarko Kenya Company Limited, Kenergy Renewables Limited.
Contacts: Michael Kontos, Deepen Shah, Diana Situma, Rahma Karanja
Tel: +254 20 2713023-6
Emails: [email protected], [email protected] com, [email protected], [email protected] com