By Kamau Kuria
Corporate Law is a branch of legal practice that exclusively deals with the interactions, rights, and manner of conduct among persons, organizations, and enterprises. It is focused on corporations and the chain of events from business formation to solvency or termination. Corporate lawyers advise enterprises on their legal responsibilities and rights in their operations ensuring that their clients clearly and fully understand the terms of business and the nature of relationships they get into. Corporate Law as a branch covers the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Project Financing , Real Estate, Joint Ventures, Take Overs, and Corporate Securities as major exploits. In Kenya, corporate law is a venture that lawyers have taken up in addressing the needs of corporations and foreign investors who intend to do business in Kenya. Below are the best corporate lawyers in Kenya for all your Business or Company Law needs.
Karim S. Anjarwalla
Karim Anjarwalla has a rich and diverse portfolio of successful exploits in his legal practice. He studied at the University of Durham in England, College of Law in the United Kingdom and the Kenya School of Law. His legal work spans more than thirty years and has climbed the ranks garnering recognition, awards and respect globally. He is recognized in high-profile legal directories such as IFLR 1000, Legal 500 and Chambers Global for his excellence in the practice. He currently sits as a Managing Partner at Anjarwalla & Khana, a renowned exclusive corporate law company in Kenya and East Africa. His skills are highly sought after following victorious engagements with Equity Group Holdings in acquiring smaller banks across Africa, Diamond Trust Bank’s acquisition of Habib Bank, and offering critical legal advice to the government in dealing with the Eurobond affairs. He is applauded by clients and colleagues in the practice for his admirable work in joint ventures, capital market business , private equity and in large scale development ventures. Karim Anjarwalla is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, Law Society of England and Wales and sits on the Brenthurst Foundation board.
Philip Coulson serves as head of Bowmans’ Corporate and Commercial division and holds a broad wealth of knowledge in corporate law. Backed with extensive education and training from the University of Essex, England and Kenya School of Law, he is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Philip Coulson also runs Coulson Harney Advocates as a partner offering his legal services in M&A, joint ventures, tourism and conservation, and in real estate. His portfolio boasts of successful large scale dispute resolutions, working with companies in their privatization and in handling commercial projects. Mr. Coulson is also a member of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association further expounding on his vast experience and qualification across the continent.
Akash Devani is a partner at the regionally acclaimed Anjarwalla & Khana corporate law firm leading the Banking and Finance division. His legal experience traces back to his training from several institutions including Cardiff University and the University of Bristol in England and post-graduate qualification from the Kenya School of Law. Among his awards regarding the legal practice was the prestigious M & A Awards he bagged in 2015 conferred by Acquisition International. Akash Devani’s portfolio holds records of successful and large scale engagements with giant corporations and companies such as Equity Bank’s multi million dollar financing of Mahathi Infra, Diamond Trust Bank’s multi million dollar financing of Timsales and work with Riva Oils Company. He practices law in Mombasa specializing in intellectual property rights, shipping deals, providing legal advice to foreign nationals who plan on investing in Kenya, and mega development projects. The proactive and fast-paced legal practitioner is a member of the Law Society of Kenya.
Oliver Fowler is a partner at Kaplan & Stratton Advocates located in Williamson House along the 4th Ngong Avenue in Nairobi. The advocate serves as a consultant following his retirement because of his broad range of experience and years of practice in corporate law. His work portfolio outlines several successful take-overs, capital markets transactions, and taxation services. Oliver Fowler is a graduate of the Kenya School of Law and Bristo University in the United Kingdom. His specialization areas in enterprise law include matters employment, real estate, privatization and banking. He serves as a mentor and highly sought after practitioner in his firm and across the region.
James Kamau of Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates located in IKM Place along 5th Ngong Avenue is one of the best corporate lawyers in Kenya. Applauded by clients, both past and present, colleagues and the global legal field, he is described as a brilliant mind, highly qualified and offering excellent legal service. He has successfully worked on M&As across borders, structuring highly effective Public Private Partnerships, privatizations, syndicate lending and working with mega corporations in their borrowings. His skill set also encompasses infrastructural legal deals, international banks agreements, and private equity work. James Kamau is among Kenya’s brightest corporate lawyers who have significantly contributed to the thriving of large businesses who through his service, have been able to take well calculated steps protected and within legal provisions.
A graduate of the University of Nairobi, Parklands Campus and the Kenya School of Law for his post-graduate program, Andrew Mugambi is among Kenya’s leading corporate lawyers. He is globally recognized in the high-profile legal directories including Legal 500 and Chambers Global. He is currently a partner at Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews in his fourteenth year and counting. His experience spans around the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, private equity, banking, aviation law, privatizations, energy, capital markets transactions and business set up. His experience began after graduating in his pupilage at Anjarwall & Khanna Advocates, to Bowyer Mahihu & Company, Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates and his current role as partner at DHHM. Beyond the provisions of corporate law, he practices law in the Energy and Aviation sectors. Andrew Mugambi is a Commissioner of Oaths and an advocate of the High Court.
Richard Omwella sits as chairperson, and independent non-executive director of WPP Scangroup, a leading marketing and communication firm. He is an advocate of the High a managing partner at Hamilton Harrison & Mathews Advocates. He graduated from the University of Nairobi then went to the Kenya School of Law for his statutory post-graduate studies. Apart from his legal practice, he is the Chairman of the Kenya Rugby Football Union and a Rotarian. He is also a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya and Law Society of Kenya. Richard Omwella’s legal experience has placed him as one of the best corporate lawyers in the country.