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NJERI WAGACHA | Partner
Njeri Wagacha is a dual qualified (UK and Kenya) and bilingual (English and French) lawyer. She is a Partner at Kieti Advocates LLP and has previously worked as a Senior Associate at Anjarwalla & Khanna LLP. Prior to this she was based in the UK where she trained at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) and Linklaters LLP, and was a mini-pupil at One Essex Court and 3 Stone Buildings, London. Njeri is a graduate of the “Women in Leadership” 2018 training course at Strathmore Business School and runs the @Njeritalks Podcast for Kieti Advocates.
Njeri’s practice focuses on corporate mergers and acquisitions and private equity. Described as “very thorough” and “very thoughtful” by her clients, Njeri specializes in starting and seeing a transaction through from start to finish. She has assisted in advising on a variety of commercial transactions including asset and share acquisitions, shareholders agreements and franchising agreements. She is also specialized in competition and employment matters, which she regularly advises on.
Njeri is admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya as well as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
Master of Laws (LLM), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London: Comparative Human Rights Law, Evidence, Law and Governance
LLB, Nottingham Law School
Legal Practice Course, Kaplan Law School, London
Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons), Law and French, Middlesex University
- Completed Legal Practice Course with a Commendation
- Completed Graduate Diploma in Law with a Commendation
- Awarded the East African Student Scholarship to Middlesex University England
- Working for Bharti Airtel, as the lead Africa legal adviser coordinating advice over 14 jurisdictions in Africa in relation to a USD 1.25 billion investment in a newly formed holding company Airtel Africa by six leading global investors including Warburg Pincus, Softbank, Temasek and Singtel. Airtel Africa is the second largest telecom operator in Africa, with operations in 14 countries and a customer base of 91 million.
- Acting for Access Bank, a full-service commercial Bank operating through a network of about 305 branches and service outlets located in major centres across Nigeria, Sub Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom, in connection with the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Transnational Bank, a commercial Bank in Kenya.
- Acting for Kuramo Capital Management, an independent investment management firm, in connection with its investment of 24.99% of the shares in Trans-century, a company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, including coordinating legal due diligences of the target group of companies in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, South Africa, Mauritius, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo; seeking regulatory approvals from the Competition Authority of Kenya, Tanzania’s Fair Competition Commission, and Capital Markets Authority; and preparing and negotiating the transaction documents, such as the share subscription agreements and loan agreement.
- Advising on the impact of the Competition Law of the UAE on M&A transactions in the UAE for a transaction involving UAE entities and Kenya entities.
- Reviewing incoming Competition legislation in Africa and advising clients on the impact on their transactions.
- Advising companies such as Shell, Transcentury PLC, Access Bank PLC, Vivo Energy, Econet, The Rise Fund, Kuramo Capital Management, Safarilink and GAPCO in obtaining regulatory approval from the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) and COMESA Competition Commission (CCC) in relation to their transactions (some of which are described above) in the region.
- Advising Tullow on current and future regulation in Kenya that will impact on its pipeline project in Northern Kenya.
- Advising Sterling Energy on the regulatory issues in respect of the proposed transaction between Sterling Kenya and Adamantine Energy Kenya.
- Advising L’Oreal SA on agreeing the terms of a settlement agreement in relation to an employment matter.
- Advising China Central Television on various employment related matters.
- Acting for KK Security Services in connection with payment of overtime to unionised employees, including advising on the legality and interpretation of the provisions of various Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) entered into by KK and the security workers’ unions; advising on the calculation of overtime based on the various CBAs; advising on the calculation of the effective date for the payment of overtime under the various CBAs.
- Acting for Bank of Baroda in connection with the procedures of the termination process of employees, including reviewing the Bank’s employment policies, developing disciplinary procedure and appeal procedure, reviewing the Bank’s employment contracts, and assisting the Bank
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
- Law Society of England and Wales
- Law Society of Kenya
- Co-Authoring: Crowdfunding in East Africa: Regulation and Policy for Market Development with FSD Africa
- Co-Authoring: A Review of Local Content Regulations in the Upstream Oil & Gas Sector in Africa (13 March 2015) for the Made in Africa Publication (http://www.savca.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/KWM-Made-in-Africa-March-2015.pdf).
- Co-Authoring: Impact of Competition Regulation in East Africa on Private Equity Transactions (African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association)
- Co-Authoring: Survey of the Kenyan Private Equity and Venture Capital Landscape http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/820451538402840587/pdf/WPS8598.pdf