Friday, March 15, 2013

We are very pleased to announce that after consistently rising up the ranks of various international legal directories since it was founded in 2008, Coulson Harney has now been recognized as a top tier corporate/commercial law firm by Chambers & Partners, a great achievement for our four year old Firm. Chambers has a solid reputation of giving the most accurate results due to over 20 years’ experience in providing rankings based on independent and solid research, making this even more meaningful for us.

Also lauded were several of our Partners as below.

Corporate/Commercial (Band 1)

Richard Harney
Philip Coulson

Corporate/Commercial (Up and Coming)

Joyce Karanja- Ng’ang’a

Corporate/Commercial: Intellectual Property (Band 2)

John Syekei

This is a major milestone for us as a Firm and we are proud of our Partners and lawyers for the hard work they have put into bringing us to this point. See below some of the feedback on our work and our partners obtained from Chambers and Partners’ research.

Extract from Chambers and Partners: “Coulson Harney moves into the top tier having received excellent feedback for its standout M&A and private equity work. Highlights include advising on Emerging Capital Partners' high-value investment in Nairobi Java House, and representing UAP Holdings in several capital-raising loans. Energy and natural resources work is a growth area, and of late the team has acted for banks and developers in mining financings. The firm is part of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, and frequently assists clients with multi-jurisdictional work across the continent. “

Sources say: "Very strong in commercial work." "An excellent team, and very responsive."

Richard Harney has long been involved in high-profile transactions, and is one of the leading corporate advisers in the country.

Philip Coulson is a "great lawyer," who is lauded for his expertise in commercial restructuring. In standout matters, he acted for engineering and construction firm Civicon on the sale of 62% of its shares to Transcentury.

Both peers and clients are impressed by the quality of Joyce Karanja's advice. Her workload includes acting for Africa Finance Corporation on its USD50 million investment into Nairobi-listed Athi River Mining.

John Syekei is "very good in IP matters," and advises high-profile clients on patent litigation, anti-counterfeiting issues and the IP aspects of their commercial activities. He notably represented in a domain name dispute.