MEMBERSHIPS

  • Law Society of Kenya
  • International Bar Association

ADMISSIONS

  • Advocate – High court of Kenya
  • Notary Public

EDUCATION

  • Kenya School of Law – Bar Qualifying Examinations
  • Reading University, England: LLB Honours

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Kiswahili
  • Punjabi

PUBLICATIONS

  • IBA Antitrust Country Rapporteur and contributor of the Kenya chapter in the Antitrust Newsletter of the International Bar Association (Legal Practice Division)
  • Participant in various regional and international competition working groups

Amar is a partner in the Corporate/Commercial department and has considerable experience in advising clients on corporate and financial matters.  He has been extensively involved in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions (particularly cross border M&A), corporate restructurings and joint ventures.  Amar also advises on various aspects of competition and telecommunications law, commercial and trade agreements and general regulatory compliance.  A qualified Kenyan Advocate, Amar’s clients consist primarily of local and multi-national corporate clients in finance, telecommunications, investment sectors and private equity funds.  His clients include IFC, Barclays Plc, DHL Deutsche Post, I&M Bank, Kenol Kobil and Pernod Ricard. Prior to joining Kaplan & Stratton in 2005, he was an articled clerk for the firm.


  • Representing Regional Bank on several corporate acquisitions and ventures (ongoing).
  • Representing sovereign institution on the issue of listed depository receipts in the East African markets, market first (ongoing).
  • Represented large media house on a joint venture with Betway (SA), 2017
  • Represented Land O’Lakes, Inc. in a major transaction in the animal feed sector in Kenya (2016).
  • Representing Catalyst (PE fund) on a multi-million dollar investment into a leading pharmaceutical business in Tanzania and DRC (2016).
  • Representing NSE quoted oil marketer, KenolKobil, on the disposal of various regional assets (2015).
  • Advised Pan African Housing Fund (managed by Phatisa) in a multi-million dollar real estate joint venture with Tamarind Properties (2015).
  • Advised Norfund and Norfinance on their USD 220 million acquisition of a minority interest in Equity Bank Limited
  • Advised the Sameer Group in the majority disposal of its shareholding in Equatorial Bank and subsequent joint venture with Mwalimu Sacco (2014/2015).
  • Representing global investment funds Rural Impulse Fund (Luxembourg) and NMI AS (Norway) in connection with multi-million dollar investment into Kenya’s leading deposit taking microfinance institution, Kenya Women Finance Trust Limited (2014).
  • Advising TransCentury in the restructuring of holdings in NSE listed East African Cables (2014).
  • Catalyst / Aspire Group multi-million dollar joint venture with Sunshine Beach Hotels for the development of modern ocean front business and leisure residences in Mombasa (2014).
  • Representing JSE listed clothing retail giant, Woolworths SA in structuring a joint venture with leading fashion house Deacons Kenya (2013).
  • Kenyan counsel to Toyota Tsusho Corporation in connection with Euro 2.3 billion acquisition of CFAO SA (France) from the PPR Group (2013).
  • Representing Kenyan listed Citi Trust and I&M Bank in connection with the reverse take-over of Citi Trust by shareholders of I&M Bank.  Market first (2013).
  • Represented Barclays Bank PLC in connection with the re-organisation of its African subsidiaries into a single group holding company. Full regulatory compliance, shareholders circular (2012/13)
  • US$ 170,000,000 syndicate loan financing for the Kwale mineral sands project and associated development in the Port of Mombasa – counsel to arrangers (2012)
  • Acting for TransUnion BV on the acquisition of Kenya’s only credit reference bureau (2011)
  • TransCentury corporate re-structuring and subsequent listing on NSE; Eurobond issue (2011)

RANKINGS AND ACCOLADES

  • Top Tier Firm 2018
  • IP Stars Tier 1 17 logo 2
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  • Chambers-KS
  • Top-Tier-Firm-2017-Rosette-Web
  • IFLR1000-Top-Tier-Firm-2016
  • IFLR-Energy-Infrastructure-2015-Top-Tier-Firm-Rosette
  • Expert-Guides
  • CorpIntl-Legal-Awards
  • Managing-IP-Rosette
  • WTR-2014