Our Client Service

At Humphrey & Company LLP we put our clients first and strive to:

  • Assemble and integrate the best teams to deliver the highest quality work.
  • Keep an eye on the big picture while not forgetting the detail.
  • Be innovative, resourceful and exemplary as we offer pragmatic business solutions.
  • Be responsive to our clients’ needs aspirations, priorities, timelines and pressures.
  • Combine international perspectives with local insights to resolve our clients’
    business challenges.

Main areas of Practice

  • Banking and Finance
  • Insurance
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Commercial Law
  • Real Estate & Property Management
  • Corporate Law
  • Private Equity And Investment Funding
  • Project Finance
  • Taxation
  • Energy Oil and Gas
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Civil and Criminial Litigation
  • Transaction Advisory Services
  • Mergers and Aquisitions
  • Public Finance Initiatives/Private Public Partnerships
  • Policy and Legal advocacy
  • Insolvency of natural persons incorporated and unincorporated persons

Specific areas of Practice

The firm serves and advises corporations, financial institutions, parastatals and governments by offering expert and timely legal advice and consultancy services that are needed in order to achieve our clients’ commercial objectives. The firms’ highly rated and resourceful banking and finance practice provides sound advice and consultancy services in relation to the full range of banking and finance transactions including but not limited to;

  • Negotiating, drafting and registering legal charges, mortgages, debentures, guarantees and all types of security documentation.
  • Advising on property asset management and project financing.
  • Loan recovery, debt restructuring and security realization.
  • Corporate financial advisory services, investment banking and contract documentation.
  • Advising on fiscal legal and bank regulatory regimes.
  • Bank fraud, money laundering, forensic legal audit and due diligence.
  • Foreign transaction investment and public/private partnership investment advisory services.
  • Joint ventures, Consortiums, Special Purpose Vehicles and syndicated loans.

We execute all transactions with innovation, enthusiasm and commercial pragmatism and advise clients who are at the forefront of their markets.

Our team has experience on a wide range of Corporate and Commercial matters and works closely with our clients to provide tailored services across a wide range of corporate, transaction advisory and commercial issues. We support and provide consultant advisory services in the following areas amongst others;

  • Incorporation and Registration of Companies (both local and foreign)
  • Mergers and acquisitions, buyouts and takeovers
  • Setting up private equity funds
  • Company secretarial services
  • Negotiating, drafting and reviewing commercial agreements, trust deeds, debentures, chattels mortgage, lenders agreements for syndicated loans, perusing security documents, international trade agreements
  • Protection of intellectual property rights – registration of trademarks and patents
  • Advising on and obtaining licencing permits approvals and authorisations
  • Forensic due diligence, mergers and acquisitions.
  • Registration with relevant government authorities and entities.
  • Initial Public Offers, capitalization and buy outs
  • Legal advice on debt restructuring and finance

We provide a wide range of legal counsel and consultancy services to our clients in all real estate matters. We have a competent team with experience on all aspects of Land Law and Property transactions in Kenya, Uganda and the United Kingdom. The team undertakes the following property related matters, amongst others;

  • Structures property transactions;
  • Residential and Commercial Leasing;
  • Real Estate Financing;
  • Licenses;
  • Mortgages or Charges;
  • Securities;
  • Sale and acquisition of land;
  • Negotiations on the transfer of land and property;
  • Subdivisions, amalgamations, mutations, change of user, exchange of land;
  • Surrender and resolving land related disputes
  • Residential and Commercial developments and projects;

We are one of the leading law practices in the energy, oil and gas and the utilities sector. Our team handles contentious and non-contentious energy, oil and gas law advising on;

  • Advising on energy, oil and gas sector, policies, laws, regulations and practice covering upstream and downstream transactions in oil and gas: and power generation, transmission, distribution and retailing.
  • Negotiating, drafting and reviewing Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s), oil and gas transactions including Production Sharing Contracts (PSC’s), engineering procurement, financing and construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements.
  • Advising on environmental and socio-economic legal requirements that must be fulfilled in energy sector projects e.g. local content requirements, strategic and environmental impact assessments and waste management.
  • Negotiating government support letters, risk guarantees and standby letter of credit.

Our cross-border synergies enable us to benefit from the experience of firms that are leaders in multinational energy, oil and gas.

We understand that Public Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public Private Partnership (PPP) transactions have their own unique requirements. PPP and PFI models have proven to be an effective model for successful cooperation between public and private sector for financing capital infrastructure projects and providing services of general importance. We provide counsel on all aspects of these models including, but not limited to;

  • Preparation and reviews of tender documentation.
  • Advisory on legal aspects of financial strategy.
  • Reviewing and advising on legal implications of contractual terms of financing documents.
  • Reviewing and advising on legal implications of contractual terms of financing documents;
  • Leading negotiations with public sector entities.
  • Obtaining the relevant permits, approvals, registrations and authorisations regarding PFI/PPP.

Our private equity practice provides legal counsel in the fields of corporate finance advising equity investors, management teams, targets or financial advisers and banking advising senior and mezzanine debt arrangers. Our areas of work include;

  • Structuring Private Equity funds;
  • Investment legal advisory;
  • Launches, Umbrella Funds, Offshore investment vehicles, structured products, capital protected and guaranteed funds;
  • Advice on hedge funds launches and funding, designing innovative derivatives based solutions;
  • Advise on tax waivers, and tax efficiency and resolving tax disputes.

Our specialists in tax provide you with comprehensive and seamless legal tax advice and assistance on all aspects of domestic tax, including income tax, capital gains tax, stamp duty, and value added tax (VAT) in relation to companies, partnerships, trusts, foundations, and Individuals.

Our team is competent and well conversant with taxation laws and regimes and seeks to legally reduce our client’s tax liabilities by seeking and obtaining requisite exemptions and allowances permissible by the existing laws as may be amended from time to time. We provide legal counsel in;

  • Advising clients on tax efficient structuring whether new business venture or an existing business.
  • Advising clients on the Kenyan tax regime both local taxes and double taxation agreements including taxable income, tax bases, tax exemptions, tax holdings and tax refunds.
  • Appeals before the Tax tribunals.
  • Advising on tax efficient vehicles such as limited partnerships and off-shore trusts.

Public law refers to the relationship between individuals and the government. It is important because of the unequal relationship between the government and the public. We provide legal counsel on the following;

  • Policy and Legal Consultants.
  • Judicial Review
  • Constitutional Review
  • Policy and Legal Consultants.
  • Administrative Justice.
  • Government relations
  • Policy advocacy.

We have experience and give advice on all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution both prior to the commencement of the litigation process and thereafter. We have advised and acted as consultants for international Non-Government Organizations, international corporations and international financial institutions, government bodies, amongst others on high value complex disputes that require practical and effective solutions. Our areas of work include;

  • Civil and criminal litigation.
  • Employment disputes.
  • Settling insurance claims.
  • Handling commercial disputes.
  • Intellectual Property.
  • Securities litigation
  • Landlord/Tenant disputes
  • International Law disputes
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration)

Our Experience

  • Acted for major banks in conducting due diligence, securitization, preparation and registration of transfers, charges, mortgages and chattel transfers including; Kenya Commercial Bank, Co-operative Bank, National Bank, Consolidated Bank and Gulf Bank.
  • Giving advice to a local consortium seeking to invest in solar energy including drafting a power purchase agreement.
  • Represented local companies in resolving multi-million tax disputes against the Kenya Revenue Authority.
  • Development of multi-billion shilling commercial estate in Thika, Kiambu County.
  • Conducted legal audit and due diligence for a number of utility providers in the electricity and water sectors
  • Successfully represented the energy regulatory body in a multi-billion law suit concerning regulation and licensing in the energy sector.
  • Acted for the national transmission company in a constitutional petition concerning the effects of a hydro-power dam.
  • Engaged before the Supreme Court in the presidential election petition and other election petitions.
  • Reviewed Oil and Gas production sharing contracts including farm in and farm outs.
  • Acted as consultants for the Government of Kenya, World Bank and other multilateral agencies in institutional policy and legal Sector Reforms Projects.
  • Acted for a major insurance company in settling numerous claims.
  • Acted as experts and managers of constitutional reviews processes including managing referendum campaigns.
  • Participated in lobbying Governments both in Kenya and in United Kingdom.
  • Participated in major international conferences including The UN, The World Economic Forum, and Global Energy, Oil and Gas Conferences.
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