In the disposal of Orange Kenya’s shares to and Shareholders Loans to Jamhuri Holdings/Helios, the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group played a significant legal advisory role.
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s office in Kenya, Coulson Harney, played a major legal advisory role in the disposal of all of Orange’s shares and shareholder’s loans, comprising 70% of Telkom Kenya, to Jamhuri Holdings Limited, owned by Helios Investment Partners. The Government of Kenya now holds 40%.
According to Richard Harney, Managing Partner of Coulson Harney, “This was a critical strategic divestment for Orange after a troublesome experience in the Kenya telecommunications market. Telkom Kenya is the third largest mobile operator, with significant shareholding held by the Government, and so the fate of the company is a matter of public interest”.
The Kenyan legal advisory team, led by Harney, with Angela Waki, a partner in Corporate and Commercial Practice, and Joyce Karanja N’gang’a a partner in the Competition practice, advised Orange on all aspects of the exit strategy, as well as restructuring and insolvency advice. The team also advised on resolving issues around the eventual sale to Helios. Advice on the divesture included …read more