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, TransCentury Limited, Puma Energy and Pernod Ricard. Prior to joining Kaplan & Stratton in 2005, he was an articled clerk for the firm.


  • 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

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  • Expert-Guides
  • CorpIntl-Legal-Awards
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  • WTR-2014