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Bowman Gilfillan

Nairobi

  • In association with Coulson Harney
  • Unit A, Nairobi Business Park, Ngong Road
  • PO Box 10643
  • Nairobi
  • Nairobi
  • Kenya
  • GPO 00100
  • ManagingPartner:   Richard Harney
  • Number of partners: 10
  • Number of lawyers: over 30
  • Languages: English, Kiswahili

Firm Overview:
Coulson Harney is one of the premier law firms in Kenya providing high-quality advice and efficient, clientfocused, legal and transaction advisory services. Its clients range from local companies to international and multinational companies and professional firms.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Corporate/Commercial:
•Dimension Data Plc on the legal and regulatory requirements applicable in its take-over offer for Access Kenya Group Limited which is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
•Brookside Dairy on various acquisitions including that of the business of Buzeki Dairy
Key Clients: Lafarge, UAP Holdings Limited, ECP Africa
Contact: Richard Harney
Email: r.harney@coulsonharney.com

Mergers & Acquisitions:
•Centum Investment Company Limited and Cassia Capital Partners Limited on their acquisition of a 45% stake in Platcorp Holdings Limited and the injection of additional capital by way of debt
•UAP Holdings Limited (a public company regulated by the Kenyan Capital Markets Authority) on its acquisition of a 60% stake in one of Tanzania’s leading general insurance companies, Century Insurance Company Limited
•Acquisition of the majority shareholding in Altech Kenya Data Networks and Altech Swift Global Kenya Limited, Altech Stream Rwanda, Infocom Uganda and Altech International Mauritius from Altech SA
•Saham Finances SA in the acquisition of a controlling stake in Mercantile Insurance Company Limited through its subsidiary Colina Holdings
•WPP Plc acquisition of majority stake in Scangroup Limited
Clients: Centum Investment Company Limited, Cassia Capital Partners Limited, UAP Holdings Limited, Saham Finances SA
Contact: Philip Coulson
Email: p.coulson@coulsonharney.com

Banking, Insurance & Financial Services:
•International Finance Corporation on its US$12 million loan to UAP Holdings Limited
•Africa Finance Corporation on its secured US$50 million convertible loan to Athi River Mining Limited
•Rand Merchant Bank on its US$5 million loan to Cassia Capital Partners
•CfC Insurance Holdings Limited on the restructuring and splitting of the short-term and long-term insurance businesses of Heritage Insurance Company and CfC Life Assurance
•Local counsel to Wananchi Group Holdings relating to a secured term loan facility of up to US$.72 million made by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an agency of the United States of America
Key Clients: IFC, AFC, CfC Stanbic Holdings Limited, Equity Bank Limited
Contact: Kamami Christine Mweti
Email: c.mweti@coulsonharney.com

Capital Markets & Securities:
•Centum Investment Company on its KES 3.2 billion fixed rate and equity linked notes issue
•UAP Holdings Limited on its public share offering
•R.E.A. Trading on its proposed takeover of R.E.A. Vipingo Plantations Limited listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
•Bridgestone Corporation on the sale of its shares in Sameer Africa Limited, listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange
Key Clients: Centum Investment Company Limited, East Africa Breweries Limited, UAP Holdings Limited
Contact: Kamami Christine Mweti
Email: c.mweti@coulsonharney.com

Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency:
•France Telecom on the possible restructuring of its shareholdings in Telkom Kenya Limited
•Total SA on Kenya elements of its corporate reorganisation
•UAP on the reorganisation of its group companies
•Advice to some of the long-term lenders to Panafrican Paper Mills Limited (in receivership)
Key Clients: UAP Holdings Limited, Farrallon Capital, East African Development Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank
Contact: Richard Harney
Email: r.harney@coulsonharney.com

Intellectual Property:
•Kenya Airways Ltd on the international protection of its trademarks
•Adcock Ingram in a multifaceted trademark infringement action
•Collective Brands International and Payless Inc on a large trademark filings project in relation to their entire portfolio of 38 brands in 16 African countries
•Samsung Corporation on large scale anti counterfeit operations in relation to its brands in Kenya
•Sony Corporation on large scale anti counterfeit operations
Key Clients: IBM, Google Inc., Kenya Airways Ltd, Safaricom Ltd, GSK, ADIDAS GmbH, Philip Morris, Microsoft Corporation, Adams & Adams, The Kellogg Company, Caterpillar Inc, Adcock Ingram
Contact: John Syekei
Email: j.syekei@coulsonharney.com

Energy & Resources:
•Marathon Oil Corporation, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Apache, CAMAC, Schlumberger, Transocean Ltd, Origin Energy on oil and gas operations in Kenya
•Prunus Energy Systems Limited on a 50MW wind farm project
Key Clients: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, CAMAC, Schlumberger, Tullow Kenya BV, Transocean Ltd, Prunus Energy Systems Limited, Marathon Oil Corporation
Contact: Rainbow Field
Email: r.field@coulsonharney.com

Conservation:
•Works with several local and international conservation organisations on conservation and management matters in Kenya
Key Clients: The Nature Conservancy and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, Ol Pejeta Conservancy Limited, Borana Conservancy Limited
Contact: Philip Coulson
Email: p.coulson@coulsonharney.com

Commercial Property & Real Estate:
•Skylinetowers and Foresight Infrastructure on their acquisition of an 18 floor tower in Westlands, Nairobi and the subsequent leasing of 9 floors of commercial space to PwC
•East African Breweries Limited on the sale of commercial premises at Thika
•PSP Homes on the Sale of a property development for KES 450 million
•Hass Consult, one of Kenya’s leading real estate agents and developers, and Mark Properties on the development of Le Mac, a state-of-the-art, 22-storey tower geared to be the tallest mixed-use tower in Kenya
Key Clients: Hello Properties, HassConsult, East African Breweries Limited
Contact: Joyce Karanja- Ng’ang’a
Email: j.karanja@coulsonharney.com

Mining:
•Base Resources on the Kwale mineral sands project (including advice on the Kenyan aspects of the $170m debt facility)
•Jingu Coal Mining Co. Ltd on the Kenya Government concession of a large mining facility to a Chinese group
•Aviva Corporation Ltd on the sale of its Kenyan subsidiary to African Barrick Gold
•Acting for the sponsors of the West Pokot Cement Project
Key Clients: Jingu Coal Mining Co. Limited, Base Resources/Base Titanium Limited, Aviva Corporation Ltd, African Barrick Gold
Contact: Rainbow Field
Email: r.field@coulsonharney.com

Technology, Media & Telecommunications:
•IBM on a technology joint venture with the Kenya Government
•Bank of Africa on novel e-commerce agreements in relation to financial systems technology in Kenya
•Google Inc. on the regulation relating to products utilising Near Field Communications in Kenya
Key Clients: IBM, Google Inc., Eaton Towers Ltd, Facebook, Naspers and Safaricom
Contact: John Syekei
Email: j.syekei@coulsonharney.com

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