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30 Aug 2019

All-star Kenyan team and ENSafrica extending their reach across Africa

Nigel Shaw, Binti Shah, Mahesh Acharya, Amar Grewal-Thethy, previously of Kaplan and Stratton, and now NBMA Advocates LLP (“NBMA”), have joined forces with ENSafrica, Africa’s largest law firm with the intention of providing clients with a remarkable reach across Sub-Saharan Africa.

This move will expand both firms’ offering in East Africa, across the continent itself, and will open up the Asia-pacific gateway giving clients a new level of service across Africa.

Ranking agencies, Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR1000 rate both ENS and the NBMA team highly.  ENS for its “sheer size, depth of senior resources and commitment to Africa coverage” which make it “a go-to firm for domestic and cross-border deals”, and the NBMA team for their impressive expertise.

Nigel Shaw is noted as an established practitioner with a strong background in advising on the real estate aspects of energy and infrastructure projects, including permits and licences.  Binti Shah as “highly regarded” for Banking, Capital Markets, Structured Finance and Securitisation and Project Finance and Mahesh Acharya is noted to have earned extensive praise from both his peers and his clients.  Mahesh’s experience spans significant acquisitions in the Technology, Insurance and Energy sectors, as well as in Demergers and other corporate and commercial matters.  Amar Grewal-Thethy is ranked as “one of the top names in the market” and has experience in Banking, Capital Markets, M&A and Private Equity, and was recently involved in a multi-million dollar take-over of a listed company.

“What is paramount for us, is to do what is best for our clients and our people,” said Mzi Mgudlwa (CE | ENS). “There is no doubt that in us working with NBMA, we will gain experienced and specialised resources who are able to support clients doing business in Kenya, and across Africa as a whole.  Kenya is one of the central hubs on the continent, with many local, regional and international players being based in Nairobi.  It makes sense that we can offer clients the know-how they require when entering this market.”

“Clients must be certain that they are getting the best advice irrespective of where they choose to do business on the continent,” said Michael Katz (Chairman | ENS). “This is only possible if you cultivate a culture of excellence internally and deliver a quality service and offering to clients.  What has struck me is the synergy of our respective firm’s client-centric focus, which must result in the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.”

The combination means the firms have full coverage across sub-Saharan Africa, an important factor for both local and international companies doing business in Africa and using Kenya as a hub. 

“The possibilities are enormous,” said Nigel Shaw (Partner | NBMA). “We will now be in a position to offer deep expertise across Africa, which is rare, and something clients look for when doing business on the continent.”

For more information please do not hesitate to contact Mzi Mgudlwa or Otsile Matlou.

Nigel Shaw

Binti Shah

Mahesh Acharya

Amar Grewal-Thethy