CDH courts corporate practitioner
The founder of a Kenyan corporate boutique, with in-house and private practice experience, has merged her practice with the prominent African firm, which has also named a new disputes practice head.카지노사이트
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) has hired Martha Mbugua as partner effective 1 September, merging her boutique firm into its Nairobi corporate and commercial practice.
Mbugua, who founded corporate boutique firm Law3Sixty four years ago where she was managing partner, previously spent three years apiece in the corporate and commercial groups at Hamilton Harrison & Mathews ( now Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews) which included two years as a partner, and Coulson Harney (now Bowmans) before that where she rose to senior associate.
She brings broad in-house and private practice experience on transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investment, deal structuring, fund formation, joint ventures and corporate and debt reorganisation, as well as due diligence, regulatory compliance and property deals.
Her highlights include acting for Kenyan electric bus start-up BasiGo on an ownership restructuring to facilitate external investment, and advising Dutch-owned and East Africa-focused investor DOB Equity on its convertible debt investment in large-scale fish farm Victory Farms.
Mbugua trained and spent a year of her early career in the commercial practice at Nairobi-headquartered law firm Mohammed Muigai, having spent a year as a legal assistant at Barclays Bank Kenya.
CDH’s CEO Brent Williams explained in a statement: “We are regularly looking at ways to create partnerships for the benefit of our clients, and we found synergies in the overarching goals of Law3Sixty and ours – that is, to provide seamless legal services in East Africa and enable our worldwide clients to harness the vast opportunities within the continent, and beyond.”
Kenya managing partner Sammy Ndolo added: “Martha has been involved in numerous complex and ground-breaking matters, not only in East Africa, but across the continent too,” while Mbugua herself hailed the greater depth and breadth of service to clients which would result from the merger.바카라사이트
NEW DISPUTES LEADERSHIP
CDH has promoted Rishaban Moodley to head of dispute resolution, effective the same day, the culmination of more than two decades’ service to the firm.
He has replaced previous disputes head Tim Fletcher, who became firm chair in April and remains a director in the dispute resolution group.
Moodley’s areas of focus include high-stakes commercial, media, public law and mining disputes, as well as forensic investigations mandates. He joined legacy firm Hofmeyr Herbstein and Gihwala and became an associate in 2001, rising to senior associate after two years and subsequently to director level.
Highlights include his work for the Gauteng Department of Health on issues related to a ZAR 8 billion (USD 445 million) public tender, and advising the South African Broadcasting Corporation on internal investigations and policy amendment.
In a statement Williams cited Moodley’s “deep experience and proven entrepreneurial abilities” as key strengths.
In July CDH lost its cape town office managing partner to Clyde & Co, and a corporate finance practitioner to Norton Rose Fulbright also in Cape Town in May.
Also in Nairobi Anjarwalla & Khanna, the Kenya representative of continental law firm alliance Africa Legal Network, hired three new lawyers, adding transactional, disputes and tax expertise.온라인카지노