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Joyce Mbui

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Overview

Joyce Mbui is a partner at in our Nairobi office and a member of the Corporate Commercial department.

She specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets (debt and equity), aviation law, insolvency, restructuring, financing and corporate and commercial law.

Joyce is qualified as an English solicitor of England & Wales as well as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.  She has an LLB Hons from the University of Leicester, UK, an LPC (cum laude) from Nottingham Trent University, UK, and an MSc (cum laude) from the University of Reading, UK.

She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and the Law Society of England and Wales.

She sits of the technical working group for insolvency legislation set up by the Official Receiver’s Office.

Experience

Jurisdictions worked include Kenya, South Africa and Britain.

  • Acted as local counsel in advising James Finlay Limited on the sale of 85% of the shareholding of James Finlay (Kenya) Limited to B Commodities ME (FZE), a subsidiary of Browns Investments Plc, together with the carve-out of a certain business and assets of James Finlay (Kenya) Limited, and the sale of 15% of James Finlay (Kenya) Limited to Kipsigis Highlands Multipurpose Cooperative Society.
  • Advising Hollard International (PT) LTD on the acquisition of a minority stake in the APA Group, which is one of the largest insurers in East Africa. The Hollard group is one of the largest private insurers in Africa.
  • Advised Diageo plc on the public tender offer made through its wholly owned subsidiary Diageo Kenya Ltd on the offer to shareholders of East African Breweries PLC (EABL) for the acquisition of up to 14.97% of the shares of EABL on the Nairobi Securities Exchange which was done through the first ever block trade on the Exchange.
  • Advising EABX Plc – an over-the-counter securities exchange- on its capital raise and licencing.
  • KQ on its USD 2 billion balance sheet restructuring which included USD 750 million of sovereign guarantees from the Government of Kenya to KQ’s creditors, US Exim Bank and 11 Kenyan commercial banks, debt for equity conversions and realignment of shareholding arrangements with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The restructuring was linked to a USD 175 million term facility for KQ from 8 of the Kenyan Banks. Kenya Airways PLC as borrower on its USD 175 million multipurpose credit facility with a syndicate of nine Kenyan banks through an LMA standard Kenyan law facility agreement, backed by a guarantee from the Government of Kenya.
  • Advising East African Breweries Plc, UAP Holdings Limited (now UAP Old Mutual Group) and Real People Investment Holdings in connection with the issue and listing of medium-term notes on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Qualifications

  • Qualified as an English solicitor of England & Wales as well as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
  • LLB Hons from the University of Leicester, UK.
  • LPC (cum laude) from Nottingham Trent University, UK.
  • MSc (cum laude) from the University of Reading, UK.
  • Member of the Law Society of Kenya and the Law Society of England and Wales.

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Overview

Joyce Mbui is a partner at in our Nairobi office and a member of the Corporate Commercial department.

She specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets (debt and equity), aviation law, insolvency, restructuring, financing and corporate and commercial law.

Joyce is qualified as an English solicitor of England & Wales as well as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.  She has an LLB Hons from the University of Leicester, UK, an LPC (cum laude) from Nottingham Trent University, UK, and an MSc (cum laude) from the University of Reading, UK.

She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and the Law Society of England and Wales.

She sits of the technical working group for insolvency legislation set up by the Official Receiver’s Office.

Experience

Jurisdictions worked include Kenya, South Africa and Britain.

  • Acted as local counsel in advising James Finlay Limited on the sale of 85% of the shareholding of James Finlay (Kenya) Limited to B Commodities ME (FZE), a subsidiary of Browns Investments Plc, together with the carve-out of a certain business and assets of James Finlay (Kenya) Limited, and the sale of 15% of James Finlay (Kenya) Limited to Kipsigis Highlands Multipurpose Cooperative Society.
  • Advising Hollard International (PT) LTD on the acquisition of a minority stake in the APA Group, which is one of the largest insurers in East Africa. The Hollard group is one of the largest private insurers in Africa.
  • Advised Diageo plc on the public tender offer made through its wholly owned subsidiary Diageo Kenya Ltd on the offer to shareholders of East African Breweries PLC (EABL) for the acquisition of up to 14.97% of the shares of EABL on the Nairobi Securities Exchange which was done through the first ever block trade on the Exchange.
  • Advising EABX Plc – an over-the-counter securities exchange- on its capital raise and licencing.
  • KQ on its USD 2 billion balance sheet restructuring which included USD 750 million of sovereign guarantees from the Government of Kenya to KQ’s creditors, US Exim Bank and 11 Kenyan commercial banks, debt for equity conversions and realignment of shareholding arrangements with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The restructuring was linked to a USD 175 million term facility for KQ from 8 of the Kenyan Banks. Kenya Airways PLC as borrower on its USD 175 million multipurpose credit facility with a syndicate of nine Kenyan banks through an LMA standard Kenyan law facility agreement, backed by a guarantee from the Government of Kenya.
  • Advising East African Breweries Plc, UAP Holdings Limited (now UAP Old Mutual Group) and Real People Investment Holdings in connection with the issue and listing of medium-term notes on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

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