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MG Law Advocates: A Mid-Size Full-Service Law Firm that has Come of Age

Founded by Senior Advocate Paul Mwaniki Gachoka in 1993, MG Law Advocates (Formerly Mwaniki Gachoka and Co Advocates) is one of the few law firms in Kenya that can take pride in having grown organically through all stages of possible law firm growth from sole proprietorship to a small law firm to its current “medium-size” law firm.



Paul Mwaniki Gachoka, the Founding Partner of MG Law Advocates whose vision has guided the firm for the last 28 years to date

In 28 years since its inception, MG Law Advocates has evolved into one of the leading corporate commercial law firms in Kenya providing an all-inclusive range of legal services and solutions for individuals, financial institutions, local & multinational organizations and foreign investors. The firm has not only maintained its founding status as a top litigation and commercial law practice but has also established a strong reputation as leader in conveyancing and property law and intellectual property matters.

Founded by Senior Advocate Paul Mwaniki Gachoka in 1993, MG Law Advocates (Formerly Mwaniki Gachoka and Co Advocates) is one of the few law firms in Kenya that can take pride in having grown organically through all stages of possible law firm growth from sole proprietorship to a small law firm to its current “medium-size” law firm by winning, retaining and growing its client base through a culture of motivation, commitment, and excellence.

The Premier Business Law Firm of Choice

Today, MG Law Advocates has a team of more than 15 lawyers including 5 Partners who enable it to provide the full-service range of legal services to its diverse clients comprising major corporate entities, Government institutions, private companies and individual clients. The firm is continually striving towards its vision of becoming the premier business Law Firm of choice by incorporating new practice areas and opportunities that adapt to the growing and ever-changing needs of our diverse range of clients.

In its quest to provide quality and premium legal services to its clientele, MG Law is driven by progressive professionalism, distinguished by fervent commitment to excellence and diligence, guided by an insatiable desire to build lasting relations, defined by pursuit of innovation through out of the box thinking and anchored on uncompromising integrity in all its dealings. The MG Law Team is committed to having a positive influence and impact on each other, its clients and the community through teamwork, partnerships, deepening and application of their skills.

MG Law Core Practice Areas

The firm’s practice is centered in three core areas: dispute resolution and recoveries, real estate and property and corporate and commercial law. The Dispute Resolution and Recoveries Department handles all aspects of dispute resolution including civil and criminal litigation, commercial litigation, constitutional and judicial litigation, family law disputes, probate and succession matters, insurance law cases, intellectual property disputes, public procurement disputes, debt collection, tax cases and alternative dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation and negotiation.

MG Law Real Estate and Property Department is involved in drafting, reviewing and registering security documents such as charges and mortgages, preparation and perfection of leases, transfers and assignments and subdivision of properties and obtaining titles. The firm has handled numerous conveyancing and securities documentation for most of the leading banks and financial institutions in Kenya and been involved in advising the project development of worth more than Ksh. 20 Billion.

The commercial and corporate law department of MG Law focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Sale of Businesses, Incorporations, Regulatory Compliance, Intellectual Property including registration, renewal and licensing of trademarks, patents, copyrights and industrial designs as well as prosecuting applications and oppositions at Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI). The firm also provides company secretarial services and consultation services to clients including international clients on varying areas of law such as Public Procurement, Energy Law, Privatization, Mining and Extractives Law, Infrastructure and Projects Law.

The firm’s clients are major corporate organizations and leading financial institutions including KCB Bank Group, NCBA Group and Paramount Bank, industrial conglomerates in Kenya such as Kenya Wines Agencies and Da Gama Rose Group, educational institutions such as Kenya School of Government and Commission for Higher Education, trading companies like Treadsetters, Government entities and parastatals like Kenya Railways, media houses like Royal Media Services, property developers and numerous famous private clients and companies.

MG Law Founding Partner & Team

Today, the big gamble that Paul Mwaniki Gachoka took two years after admission to the bar in establishing MG Law Advocates has paid off as the firm has expanded to its current status as one of the leading medium sized Law firms in the country. On his part Mr. Gachoka has also grown into a Leading Litigation Lawyer, Conveyancer and Arbitrator in Kenya with broad knowledge in handling complex and delicate legal matters. He is a law graduate of the University of Nairobi, a holder of Masters of Arts in Philosophy and Ethics from Strathmore University and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya as well a Qualified Practicing Arbitrator.

Mr. Gachoka has unique on the job experience in Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes matters (as a sitting Commissioner at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (E.A.C.C) since 2016), Energy Law Disputes (as a Member of the Dispute Adjudication Board for the Olkaria Geothermal Project since 2013), Competition Law, Merger and Acquisitions (as former Chairman of the Restrictive Trade Practices Board) and Public Procurement (as Chairman of the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) and member of the Public Procurement Complaints Review and Appeals Board (PPCRAB).

The other partners of MG Law Advocates are Raphael N. Gachoka, the Managing Partner of MG Law Associates and a Litigation specialist; Beatrice N. Kihagi, the Senior partner in charge of Conveyancing & Real Estate; Emanuel Mumia, the Head of the Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Recoveries Department; and Maureen Wambui Kibatha, the Head of Commercial and Corporate Law Department. The partners are supported by a team of 5 Associates, 5 legal assistants and over a dozen support staff and paralegals at service of MG Law’s diverse clients.

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CR Advocates LLP is the Kenyan Law Firm to Watch in 2023 after Epic 2022




A section of the CR Advocates LLP team at hand to receive the SME Law Firm of the Year Award 2022 at the Nairobi Legal Awards

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.

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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.

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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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