CORPORATE LAW – PRIVATE EQUITY, M&A, COMPETITION

CORPORATE LAW – PRIVATE EQUITY, M&A, COMPETITION

 

Corporate

We provide legal assistance at all stages of a corporation’s life cycle, from formation to liquidation, and counsel large companies, as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs). We also advise start-ups, not-for-profit organizations, and social enterprises, and serve as regular corporate counsel for several closely held and family owned businesses. We are trusted counsel to thinkers, doers and disruptors- both established companies seeking to maintain a competitive edge, and emerging businesses positioning themselves for success.

Key Services

Our corporate team works across a broad range of sectors, advising on:

  • Setting up business and non-business entities, including partnerships, private and public companies, non-governmental organizations, societies, trusts and associations
  • Corporate governance
  • Legal audits

Private Equity

We understand that every private equity transaction is personal to our clients and to portfolio companies alike. We aim to simplify the process by working with funds and management to ensure that a deal is done in the most efficient and painless way possible. This is business but it is personal, and we understand that.

Whatever the sector, we never take for granted that the stakes are high and in this respect, we always protect our clients’ interest in such a way that you feel confident that our role is not only to give you the best advice but to be at your side, every step of the way.

We are always consistent with our response and our role and work together with our employment, tax and real estate, finance and banking, competition and IP colleagues to ensure that we are able to deliver comprehensive and tailor-made advice for your transaction.

Key Services

We structure and negotiate all forms of private equity investments, such as:

  • MBO/MBI
  • growth/development capital investments
  • equity and debt restructurings
  • public-to-private transactions

M&A

Advising on Mergers and Acquisitions lies at the heart of our Corporate practice. A successful M&A transaction is an operation which begins with identifying the opportunity ascertaining its viability and finally completing the transaction, having acted not just as lawyers but as advisors and partners. A deal is not just a deal to us, and we bring a business first approach to all of our transaction to get the best outcome for our clients.

We are trained to deal not only with sector specific issues in M&A, but additionally to advise on Regulatory and Employment matters, which are often a major source of contention in this region. To deliver, we employ sound technology combined with project management technics to ensure that transaction timetables are achieved, and that an efficient and seamless service is provided.

We are goal and solution orientated to ensure that all of our advice will not only identify the risks but at the same time, give you solutions to deal with the same. We then highlight and cost any specific actions that would need to be taken, in order to improve your position.

Key Services

Our Mergers and Acquisitions team works across a broad range of sectors, advising both public and private companies on:

  • Purchases and sales of companies or their assets
  • Recommended takeovers
  • Private equity transactions, including buy-outs and buy-ins
  • Transactions involving reorganisations and demergers
  • Schemes of Arrangement Restructurings

Competition and Regulatory

We understand that competition and the regulation of competitive behaviour has increasingly become a focus of regulatory agencies in Kenya and the COMESA region. We have extensive experience and regularly deal with the Competition Authority of Kenya (the CAK), the COMESA Competition Commission (the CCC) and other regional competition regulators. Our focus is to protect your business and ensure that we keep you informed, represent you and mitigate any risk to your business.

Key Services:

We have experience on a wide range of matters, including:

  • Merger advice and merger notification filings
  • Investigations into restrictive trade practices and abuse of dominance
  • Review of commercial agreements (including distribution arrangements)
  • Competition compliance audits
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