Banking, Finance and Insolvency

Our Banking, Finance and Insolvency practice focuses on assisting clients in structuring various financing arrangements relating to secured lending, project finance, subordinated and mezzanine financing as well as venture capital and corporate finance. We also assist clients in formulating and adopting various business rescue mechanisms and insolvency restructuring.

Capital Markets

Our Capital Markets practice focuses on advising clients on both equity and debt transactions and navigating the regulatory requirements associated with dealings in listed securities. We also assist prospective players in the capital markets sector in obtaining appropriate licensing from the Capital Markets Authority.

Commercial

We advise clients on their day to day legal obligations and review of their contracts in multifarious fields.

Competition

We advise clients on various competition law requirements such as restrictive trade practices as well as making the necessary merger notifications where applicable.

Corporate Governance

We assist clients in ensuring that their governance standards are up to par with recommended corporate governance standards and carry out corporate governance audits to ensure the same.

Data Protection and Privacy

We assist clients in ensuring that their internal processes as well as contractual arrangements comply with international as well as local data protection and privacy laws both from a legal and technical point of view.

Dispute Resolution

Our dispute resolution team works to prevent and resolve disputes by providing clients with practical, creative legal advice that focuses on their strategic and commercial objectives. We assist clients in navigating disputes by advising them to adopt the most appropriate form of conflict resolution on a case by case basis such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration and traditional litigation and ensuring their interests are protected in instances when actions are brought against them.

Employment & Labour Law

We assist clients in navigating the various employment laws and representing them in negotiations, investigations as well as dispute resolution. We advise clients regarding company policies, procedure manuals, employee handbooks, hiring practices and procedures, redundancies and terminations, discrimination, and wage laws. We stay abreast of changes in employment and labour law and routinely undertake legal compliance audits to ensure our clients comply with all requisite employment laws.

Our services also include acquisition of work and resident permits for expatriate employees, the preparation of executive service agreements, employment contracts and letters of appointment.

Environmental Law

We advise clients on their obligations pertaining to environmental law relating to various infrastructure projects.

Fintech

We assist clients on the various registration requirements, licences and structures for various fintech players such as payment service providers, payment aggregators and remittance platforms, among others.

Governance, Compliance and Investigations

We assist clients in ensuring that they comply with general regulations such as anti-money laundering obligations as well as various sector specific regulations, governance requirements and carrying out forensic investigations and developing a compliance framework for the same. This ensures our clients adopt a pre-emptive approach to compliance rather than a reactive one.

Government Contracting and Public Procurement

We advise clients on legal and regulatory issues on public procurement, the negotiation of public private partnerships as well as representing them in negotiations with public bodies.

Intellectual Property

We advise clients on various intellectual property issues such as trademarks, patents, copyright as well as their protection through enforcement mechanisms.

Mergers and Acquisitions

We provide our clients with end to end support in all their M&A transactions from carrying out due diligence, drafting transaction documents, seeking sector specific approvals and completion across the Eastern African region.

Our M&A practice carries along transaction advisory services where we connect businesses seeking additional funding to potential investment.

Oil and Gas

We advise our clients on the legal, regulatory and tax considerations of farm-in and farm-out arrangements, local content requirements as well as negotiating product sharing agreements (where possible). We also advise clients in the mid-stream and downstream value chain on their various distribution agreements.

Private Client

We assist our clients on the various legal and tax implications in planning and structuring their personal estate comprising local and international assets.

Private Equity

We provide holistic advice to all clients in the private equity and venture capital industry such as investors, entrepreneurs, service providers and financiers. This involves structuring transactions for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Projects and Infrastructure

We advise clients on all legal, regulatory and tax aspects of implementing various infrastructure and energy projects such as roads and renewable energy in the Eastern African region.

Real Estate and Construction

We advise clients on all their conveyancing matters as well as those intending to carry out large-scale construction projects. This involves the legal and tax considerations of structuring developments for legal and commercial viability.

Tax

We assist our clients in all matters tax such as tax advisory on equity and debt investments, transfer pricing, intragroup arrangements as well as negotiating tax disputes with tax authorities.

SECTORS AND INDUSTRIES

  • Agriculture
  • Aviation
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Financial Institutions
  • Government and Public Sector
  • Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
  • Hospitality
  • Infrastructure
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications