The firm of Kwanga Mboya & Company Advocates has in the last decade established itself as a litigation powerhouse especially in the areas of Constitutional Law, Devolution Law, Commercial Litigation, Land and Property Disputes and Employment & Industrial Relations Law. The firm has successfully handled numerous disputes whose subject matter value is beyond Ksh. 100 Billion in value and proven to clients and peers time and again that it can be counted on when the dispute at hand is a matter of critical importance that needs surgical attention.
Established more than 15 years ago, Kwanga Mboya & Company Advocates has over the years gained enviable experience in providing legal services in corporate and commercial law, real estate and conveyancing, insurance law, personal law, criminal law and public law including representing clients in Election and Constitutional Petitions. The firm has clients who range from leading corporate firms to top Government entities to high net worth individuals counting on its exceptional legal services to overcome diverse legal challenges.
The firm’s founding and Managing Partner Thomas Kwanga Mboya is a seasoned lawyer who has a wealth of experience in handling complex and high voltage cases and offering critical legal counsel. Previously, he served as the first ever County Attorney of Migori County where he helped in setting up the County Government’s Legal Department from the ground and was instrumental in midwifing the transition of the County from the previous Migori Municipal Council to Migori County Government.
Kwanga holds LL.B and LL.M degrees from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Legal Practice from Kenya School of Law and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya of 17 years standing, a Commissioner of Oaths and a Notary Public. He has undertaken numerous specialized continuous legal education (CLE) over the years to hone his skills especially in corporate law, constitutional law and white-collar and economic crimes defense.
Thomas Kwanga Mboya is widely acknowledged and appreciated by many of his clients as a passionate lawyer who leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of the best possible outcome for his clients. Whether in the courtroom litigating or in the boardroom negotiating, Kwanga Mboya is known to be one of the most experienced and hardworking counsel who does his homework and is always prepared with authorities and detailed submissions and arguments to help his clients win the case at hand.
Thomas Kwanga Mboya has handled several cases of national importance including appearing as one of the 4 lawyers representing the former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko during his Impeachment Proceedings at the Senate of Kenya. Kwanga Mboya & Company successfully acted for Migori Women Representative Dr. Pamela Odhiambo the election petition filed against her by her opponent Fatuma Mohammed challenging her win. The firm has also successfully represented the leadership of the Legio Maria Sect in several cases that have attracted a lot of media and public attention.
Kwanga Mboya & Company was also one of the firms that helped went to court to stop the debtors of the Nairobi County claiming over Ksh. 60 Billion from crippling county operations pending audit the bills. The team was able to obtain stay orders which bought time for Nairobi County to audit the bills. As the first case by a County Government to stay payment of pending bills pending audit, Kwanga Mboya created precedent for other counties to apply for same orders.
In employment law, the firm has handled several cases involving termination or suspension of top level executives at the Employment and Labour Courts. For instance, Kwanga Mboya & Company represented Nairobi County in the case by members of the Legal Department of the County challenging their suspension by the Governor. The firm successfully led the county to reach a settlement with its Lawyers which saw them return to work and drop the case.
Most recently, Kwanga Mboya & Company Advocates successfully acted for the Governor of Nairobi City County in a case challenging a Ksh. 37,704,976,281 budget passed by the Nairobi County Assembly and obtained orders staying the budget in favour of the County. Later, as proof of his acumen in resolving complex disputes, Kwanga Mboya led the Nairobi County Government as part of the negotiation team chaired by the Honourable Attorney General which saw the matter amicably resolved and a consent entered between the parties to unlock the stalemate.
Kwanga Mboya & Company Advocates Head Office is strategically situated in the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) at the Postbank House (9th Floor) along Banda street to make it easily accessible to its current and potential clients, both corporate and individual. In addition, it has a branch at Equity Bank Building (2nd Floor) Migori along Sirare Road in Migori Town to handle the high volume of matters the firm receives from Western Kenya counties.
In addition, Kwanga Mboya & Company is staffed with handful senior associates who assist the Managing Partner in executing the clients’ instructions across the country. The firm also has competent support staff including clerks, paralegal and administrative staff to ensure that it is always ready to offer exceptional legal services to its growing clientele. Clearly, Kwanga Mboya & Company is one of the law firms in Kenya to watch especially for its litigation and corporate and commercial law practice.
CR Advocates LLP is the Kenyan Law Firm to Watch in 2023 after Epic 2022
The year 2022 was a year of many firsts for CR Advocates LLP as the firm defied every theory of law firm growth to emerge as a top mid-size firm in Kenya. In the wake of its rise to the top, CR Advocates LLP scooped two top legal awards and earned its place in the law listings in the country among the Top 20 Law Firms in Kenya.
First, CR Advocates LLP as a firm came of age by emerging as the top recommended law firm in Kenya by highly-rated The Lawyers Global. CR Advocates LLP was the Winner of the Legal Award of The Lawyers Global ranking in Kenya based on reviews by clients and independent analysis by the directory. It beat top tier firms including Gikera & Vadgama Advocates and Walker Kontos Advocates to scoop the coveted award.
Second, CR Advocates LLP made a debut into THE LAWYER AFRICA Top 100 Law Firms in Kenya List which is based on headcount and reputation for excellence. The firm emerged among the TOP 20 LAW FIRMS IN KENYA by headcount having two dozen fee earners within its ranks. In this category, CR Advocates LLP stands shoulder to shoulder with many seasoned law firms including Mohamed Muigai LLP, Robson Harris LLP and Mboya Wangong’u and Waiyaki Advocates.
Third, CR Advocates LLP was shortlisted for the Nairobi SME Law Firm of the Year Award at Nairobi Legal Awards. The award recognizes the top mid-size law firms in the country. As if that was not too much already, CR Advocates LLP beat a dozen established law firms to emerge as the overall winner of the prestigious award with Igeria & Ngugi Advocates emerging as 1st Runners Up and McKay Advocates as 2nd Runners Up.
The overall result is that the firm of CR Advocates LLP begins the year 2023 as the top law firm in Kenya being the reigning award winner of both SME Law Firm of the Year Award 2022 and The Lawyer Global Legal Award Kenya 2022. In addition, the firm is now confirmed as being amongst the top 20 law firms in Kenya by THE LAWYER AFRICA.
The quick-paced upward trajectory of CR Advocates LLP which has earned it the reputation of disruptor in the corporate and commercial law scene is attributable to excellent client service and consistently efficient, reliable and cost-effective legal services. The firm boasts over 25 legal professionals most of whom are leaders and rising stars in their respective specialist practice areas.
CR Advocates LLP clientele ranges from established multinationals to state corporations and emerging SMEs and Startups as well as individuals clients. Founded in 2013 by Princess Caroline Mutisya, one of Kenya’s top Real Estate, Commercial and Corporate Law Attorneys, the firm is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year as it pivots to embrace its new status as a leading law firm in the country and to set the stage to dominate the legal scene for the next decade.
There is no doubt CR Advocates LLP is the law firm to watch this year as every move the firm’s Managing Partner Princess Caroline Mutisya and her team makes is bound to shake the legal sector. The firm is admittedly a case study for legal services sector analysts seeking to seeking to unearth the secret of building a top law firm from the bottom up within a decade.
Bowmans Expands its Tax Practice in East Africa
Bowmans has made a substantial investment in its tax capacity in East Africa by expanding its Tax Practice in Nairobi with recruitment of four (4) associates. Senior Associates, Fredrick Ogutu and Patience Mbugua, joined the firm on 1 May 2022. This is in addition to Associates Lynet Mwangi and Bernard Kirii who joined the firm on 1 March 2022, adding further depth to the firm’s tax service offering.
Before joining Bowmans, Fredrick was a manager in the tax and legal department of audit firm Deloitte & Touche LLP. He has extensive experience in providing tax advisory on both local and international/cross – border tax issues, tax restructuring, tax support in mergers and acquisitions, tax due diligence, tax dispute resolution, tax compliance and assessment of tax risks across various sectors.
Patience Mbugua previously worked in the tax dispute resolution department of the Kenya Revenue Authority (“KRA”), where she gained considerable experience in handling tax disputes involving taxpayers in various sectors. Prior to that, she worked for an audit firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and has considerable experience in providing a wide array of tax services including direct and indirect tax compliance, tax reporting, tax advisory, KRA audit support, tax dispute and tax litigation.
Lynet previously worked in the tax and regulatory services department of audit firm, KPMG East Africa, as well as Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Matthews. She has wide experience providing tax services, including tax advisory and structuring, KRA audit support, tax dispute resolution and regulatory compliance. Bernard Kirii joined Bowmans from KPMG East Africa, where he specialized in tax dispute resolution services for clients; tax optimization; tax restructuring; and tax advisory services, including mergers and acquisitions.
According to Bowmans, the expanded tax team helps expand the firm’s tax offering especially by providing additional assistance in mergers and acquisition transactions, including undertaking tax due diligence reports; tax restructuring and optimization involving both local and international/cross border entities; assistance with KRA audits; and conducting tax health checks on all tax heads. These services are in addition to the current tax advisory and tax dispute resolution services provided by Bowmans.
“We are pleased that the team has chosen Bowmans as their new home, and we are confident that they will enhance the tax service that we offer our clients across our geographical footprint,” said Bowmans Tax Partner and Head of Tax Practice Alex Mathini. Alex has been ranked by Chambers & Partners for the last six (6) consecutive years and Chambers Global Guide 2022 ranks Alex among the Top 2 Lawyers in Tax Law in Kenya.
In addition to Alex and the four new associates, Bowmans Tax Practice in Nairobi includes Andrew Oduor (Tax Partner), Samuel Githanda (Senior Associate), Nelly Chepkoeach (Associate) and Maurice Muma (Associate). Andrew Oduor is a tax practitioner of sixteen (16) years who is active in tax litigation, tax compliance and tax advisory services. He is the Kenyan contributor to an annual Global publication by Thomson Reuters Practical Law on Tax Litigation in Kenya.
BOWMANS SOUTH AFRICA: JSE Consultation Paper to Reform Listings Framework
By Mili Soni (Senior Associate) and Charles Douglas (Co-Head of M&A), Bowmans, Johannesburg, South Africa. Bowmans is the 3rd Largest Law Firm in Africa as ranked in Africa Top 50 Law Firms in 2022, with over 400 specialist lawyers providing integrated legal services throughout Africa from eight offices (Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Lusaka, Johannesburg, Kampala, Moka and Nairobi ) in six countries.
As part of the JSE’s active focus on remaining relevant and competitive in order to retain and attract more listings and capital markets activity, the JSE has released a further consultation paper considering the following proposals:
- Market segmentation: It is proposed that mid/low-cap companies be provided with regulatory relief by splitting the current two-tiered equities market from the Main Board and AltX into two segments at Main Board level and establishing a growth board (for SMEs to have an effective and appropriate level of regulation depending on the market cap and level of liquidity concerned).
- Dual class shares: The introduction of dual class shares is being proposed (i.e. low or high voting shares, being shares of different classes holding different numbers of votes per shares).
- Technology Board: The JSE would like to establish a Technology Board to invite tech IPOs to take place through more inclusive and adaptable listing rules to support technology and innovation enterprises. It is anticipated that this would allow, inter alia:
- dual class share structures;
- no profit or qualified audit opinion over the last two years;
- a lower threshold for subscribed capital;
- a lower level of equity shares in issue and a lower free float threshold; and
- broader ranges for cat 1 and 2 transactions and issue for cash authorities.
- Free float: The 20% free float threshold for a Main Board listing is a deterrent to listing and may be reconsidered, alongside reconsidering public spread criteria as applied to institutional investors.
- Depositary receipts: The JSE would like to allow African listed companies to access the JSE through depositary receipts to gain exposure to African listed securities.
- Simplification of the JSELR: The aim is to use plain language and reduce the volume of the JSELR.
- Auditor accreditation: This may be removed for applicants whose auditors are regulated by the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA).
- REIT expansion: The JSE is considering expanding its REIT offering beyond property (e.g. to include infrastructure).
- Review of SPACs: Further alignment with international leading markets is sought to ensure the attractiveness of SPACs.
- Financial Reporting Disclosures: The JSE aims to simplify these.
- Actively Managed Certificates and Actively Managed Exchange Traded Funds: Expansion of specialist securities offerings is in the pipeline.
- Specialist securities rejuvenation project: The JSE intends to remove administrative provisions and align the provisions with international best practice going forward.
- Repositioning the BEE segment: Simplification of the BEE Listings Requirements is sought to allow BEE companies to list on a stand alone basis, where trading will only be allowed between eligible BEE participants.
- Review of Secondary Listings Framework: The JSE would like to expand its list of approved and accredited exchanges to facilitate these (e.g. the Singapore Stock Exchange was added to the list in 2021 and also qualified for the fast-track secondary listing route).
The JSE invites comments by Monday 20 June, after which it will engage with the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) for approval.
The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter. Follow this link to read the Original Article published in the Bowmans Website. The Copyright © for the article belongs to Bowmans and the Authors. For any further information or clarifications on the above matters, please contact: Charles Douglas and Mili Soni.
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