Global law firm Clyde & Co is pleased to announce the opening of an associated office in Nairobi, Kenya. Clyde & Co’s association with Kenyan firm Kangwana & Co complements its three existing Africa offices and further expands its “on the ground” presence in East Africa.
Clyde & Co expands East Africa presence with Kenya association
Operating as “Kangwana in association with Clyde & Co”, the association will see the firms work together, refer work to one another, and provide a more integrated service for existing clients in the East Africa region and globally.
Led by Managing Partner Jared Kangwana Jr., Kangwana & Co is a full-service commercial law firm with experience and expertise in key segments of the Kenyan economy. Working closely with specialists in Clyde & Co’s other regional offices, the Kenya associated office will advise clients on a broad range of corporate & commercial issues, with a particular focus on projects and construction, corporate/M&A, insurance and dispute resolution.
The association builds on Clyde & Co’s reputation as a leading international law firm in Africa where it has an existing operation of over 100 professionals based full time in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam. Clyde & Co is considered by many to be one of the leading insurance firms in South Africa.
Peter Kasanda, Managing Partner of Clyde & Co Tanzania and MEA Board member, says: “This association is an important next step in our desire to enhance our offering across East Africa and the continent generally. The Africa growth opportunity is incredible and we look forward to capitalising on this with our unique and integrated approach to the delivery of legal services for international corporates.”
Mark Blanksby, Chairman of the Middle East & Africa Board at Clyde & Co, comments: “Kenya is considered the undisputed hub for wider East Africa. This strategic partnership will allow us to extend our reach more directly and offer clients “on the ground” service in another key regional market.”
Michael Strain, Partner at Clyde & Co and Corporate Lead for East Africa, also comments: “Nairobi is the regional base of many multinationals and a significant number of our key existing clients. We are very excited to partner with Kangwana & Co and I am confident that our shared vision to deliver international-standard legal services on the ground in Kenya will provide long-lasting and positive results.”
Jared Kangwana Jr., Managing Partner of Kangwana & Co, adds: “This is a fantastic opportunity to leverage Clyde & Co’s global platform and market-leading presence in Africa to benefit our clients. Clyde & Co’s service offering and core sector focus are a great match for our practice and we are looking forward to strong growth in Kenya.”
The association is effective as of 1 October 2020. In the past 18 months, Clyde & Co has expanded internationally with presences in Chile and Dublin.
Clyde & Co is one of the largest international law firms operating on the continent, with over 100 professionals based full time in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam. Clyde & Co offers both local and cross-border legal services with deep-rooted market knowledge based on over 20 years’ experience, supporting clients operating and investing in emerging markets across Sub-Saharan Africa.