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Rainbow Field

Head of M&A and Director, Employment | Nairobi

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Overview

Rainbow is renowned for her project management skills and for being extremely proficient and delivery focused. Her clients view her as a trusted partner, who they can rely on to provide advice across the span of their operations.

She has a broad range of knowledge and experience. She specialises in M&A, employment, corporate commercial and mining law, as well as energy and resources and joint ventures.

She has extensive cross-border experience and often operates in highly regulated environments. Through her local knowledge and expertise, she supports her clients to manage and mitigate their legal risks in line with their commercial strategy.

On the employment side, she provides her clients with a full-service offering and supports them in an all-employment related areas; from hiring and terminations, through to restructures, general advice, policy drafting and investigations.

 

Experience

Rainbow has advised:

  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals (Kenya) Limited’s existing employment and labour related practices, human resource manuals and policies and employment documents in Kenya, to ensure that they are compliant with the Kenyan employment and labour related laws, rules, and regulations.
  • The Australian High Commission on potential termination of employment of employees in Kenya as well as provided ongoing support to the High Commission on various employment-related matters.
  • The Embassy of Sweden on various employment-related matters, including on difficult employee separation issues and redundancy procedures.
  • CBA on the transfer of employees following the proposed merger between CBA and the NIC Group PLC (listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange) announced in December 2018East African Breweries Limited (listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, and cross-listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange and Dar es Salaam Stock Exchanges) on the review and revision of its employee stock ownership plan documentation (unit trust) to ensure compliance with the Capital Markets Regulations.
  • Equity Bank Kenya Limited in relation to the establishment of an employee stock ownership plan (unit trust scheme) compliant with the Capital Markets Regulations.
  • BigCold Kenya Limited (BigCold)N, a logistics company providing cold chain solutions across East Africa on the purchase of the assets and business of Alpha Fine Foods Limited (AFFL), a leading producer, distributor and exporter of meat and fish products. We prepared the transaction documents including asset purchase agreements, land transfer agreements, intellectual property transfer agreements and deeds of assignment, among others. There was also a significant employment aspect relating to the transfer of employees.
  • Braeburn Schools Limited on the acquisition of business of Hillcrest International Schools.
  • Kartasi Products Limited and Kartasi Industries Limited in the sale and purchase of the business and assets of Kartasi Industries Limited.
  • The Print Exchange Limited (TPE) as the Acquirer and Colourprint Limited, Digital Hub Limited, Kul Graphics Limited, the Rodwell Press Limited and Printfast Limited as the Sellers in relation to the acquisition of certain print assets of the Sellers by the Acquirer and the sale of shares in TPE by its shareholders to Colourprint Limited and Printfast Limited.
  • Barclays Bank Plc on the aspects of the sale by Barclays of its pan-African custody and securities business to Standard Chartered Bank PLC.
  • Shareholders of Highlands Mineral Water Company Limited:
    • on sale of shares to TBL Mirror Fund BV; and
    • (including TBL Mirror Fund BV) in relation to a capital injection of KES 146 million.
  • The Clorox Company Inc. on its joint venture with Kenya’s Orbit Chemicals/Chandaria Industries.
  • WPP Group Plc on its USD 20 million investment for 27% in Scangroup Limited, listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.
  • Equity Bank Limited in relation to its acquisition of Uganda Micro-finance Limited and in relation to a USD 175 million investment in by Helios Investment Partners LP.
  • IDEA Power Limited:
    • on Investment Solar Limited as well as negotiations for a power purchase agreement for a 30MW solar project between Makindu Solar Limited and the Kenya Power Lighting Company Limited; and
    • on their investment into Malindi Solar Limited, as well as negotiations for a power purchase agreement for a 40MW solar project between Malindi Solar Limited and KPLC.
  • Prunus Energy Systems on all aspects of the development of a 50MW wind farm at Corner Baridi, Ngong Hills, including licensing, regulatory, land issues and negotiation of the power purchase agreement.
  • On all Kenyan aspects of the USD 170 million-dollar project financing of the Kwale mineral sands project, the only large-scale mining project in Kenya. Advising on the re-financing of the project.
  • Maersk Oil on its acquisition of half of Africa Oil Corporations’ interests in its three blocks in Northern Kenya. This transaction was part of a larger transaction where Maersk Oil was acquiring Africa Oil Corporations’ interests in both Kenya and Ethiopia;
  • Gilbert + Tobin on behalf of an Australian company looking to acquire the assets of Swala Energy (a BVI holding company with oil and gas interests in three East African countries, including Kenya). We conducted a due diligence on the assets and provided regulatory and competition advice;
  • Abraaj Health Fund in relation to its investment of BR 250 million (approx. USD 11 million) in the business of Arsho Medical Laboratories PLC (Arsho), a private limited company registered under the laws of Ethiopia. Arsho provides laboratory testing services and wishes to expand and diversify its operations through the investment. The parties intend to merge the two entities, after which Abraaj shall hold a 77% stake in the business.

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners ranked Rainbow in Band 2 for Employment for seven consecutive years (2018-2024) and as a Foreign Expert (Australia) in 2018.
  • IFLR1000’s: Women Leaders (2018-2023).
  • IFLR1000’s Financial and Corporate Guide: “Highly Regarded” (2018-2023).
  • IFLR1000’s Financial and Corporate Guide: “Highly Regarded” (2018-2022) for Energy and infrastructure, Project development, Project Finance and M&A.
  • Legal 500: “Leading Individual” (2020-2022) in Employment.
  • Who’s Who Legal: nominated as leading practitioner in mining.

‘She possesses further proficiency in executive terminations and acts for a range of regional clients.’– Chambers and Partners, 2024

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Qualifications

  • BA and LLB degrees from the Murdoch University, Western Australia.
  • Admitted as barrister and solicitor, Western Australia.
  • President of the Kenya Chapter of the Kenya Australia Chamber of Commerce.

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Overview

Rainbow is renowned for her project management skills and for being extremely proficient and delivery focused. Her clients view her as a trusted partner, who they can rely on to provide advice across the span of their operations.

She has a broad range of knowledge and experience. She specialises in M&A, employment, corporate commercial and mining law, as well as energy and resources and joint ventures.

She has extensive cross-border experience and often operates in highly regulated environments. Through her local knowledge and expertise, she supports her clients to manage and mitigate their legal risks in line with their commercial strategy.

On the employment side, she provides her clients with a full-service offering and supports them in an all-employment related areas; from hiring and terminations, through to restructures, general advice, policy drafting and investigations.

 

Experience

Rainbow has advised:

  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals (Kenya) Limited’s existing employment and labour related practices, human resource manuals and policies and employment documents in Kenya, to ensure that they are compliant with the Kenyan employment and labour related laws, rules, and regulations.
  • The Australian High Commission on potential termination of employment of employees in Kenya as well as provided ongoing support to the High Commission on various employment-related matters.
  • The Embassy of Sweden on various employment-related matters, including on difficult employee separation issues and redundancy procedures.
  • CBA on the transfer of employees following the proposed merger between CBA and the NIC Group PLC (listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange) announced in December 2018East African Breweries Limited (listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, and cross-listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange and Dar es Salaam Stock Exchanges) on the review and revision of its employee stock ownership plan documentation (unit trust) to ensure compliance with the Capital Markets Regulations.
  • Equity Bank Kenya Limited in relation to the establishment of an employee stock ownership plan (unit trust scheme) compliant with the Capital Markets Regulations.
  • BigCold Kenya Limited (BigCold)N, a logistics company providing cold chain solutions across East Africa on the purchase of the assets and business of Alpha Fine Foods Limited (AFFL), a leading producer, distributor and exporter of meat and fish products. We prepared the transaction documents including asset purchase agreements, land transfer agreements, intellectual property transfer agreements and deeds of assignment, among others. There was also a significant employment aspect relating to the transfer of employees.
  • Braeburn Schools Limited on the acquisition of business of Hillcrest International Schools.
  • Kartasi Products Limited and Kartasi Industries Limited in the sale and purchase of the business and assets of Kartasi Industries Limited.
  • The Print Exchange Limited (TPE) as the Acquirer and Colourprint Limited, Digital Hub Limited, Kul Graphics Limited, the Rodwell Press Limited and Printfast Limited as the Sellers in relation to the acquisition of certain print assets of the Sellers by the Acquirer and the sale of shares in TPE by its shareholders to Colourprint Limited and Printfast Limited.
  • Barclays Bank Plc on the aspects of the sale by Barclays of its pan-African custody and securities business to Standard Chartered Bank PLC.
  • Shareholders of Highlands Mineral Water Company Limited:
    • on sale of shares to TBL Mirror Fund BV; and
    • (including TBL Mirror Fund BV) in relation to a capital injection of KES 146 million.
  • The Clorox Company Inc. on its joint venture with Kenya’s Orbit Chemicals/Chandaria Industries.
  • WPP Group Plc on its USD 20 million investment for 27% in Scangroup Limited, listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.
  • Equity Bank Limited in relation to its acquisition of Uganda Micro-finance Limited and in relation to a USD 175 million investment in by Helios Investment Partners LP.
  • IDEA Power Limited:
    • on Investment Solar Limited as well as negotiations for a power purchase agreement for a 30MW solar project between Makindu Solar Limited and the Kenya Power Lighting Company Limited; and
    • on their investment into Malindi Solar Limited, as well as negotiations for a power purchase agreement for a 40MW solar project between Malindi Solar Limited and KPLC.
  • Prunus Energy Systems on all aspects of the development of a 50MW wind farm at Corner Baridi, Ngong Hills, including licensing, regulatory, land issues and negotiation of the power purchase agreement.
  • On all Kenyan aspects of the USD 170 million-dollar project financing of the Kwale mineral sands project, the only large-scale mining project in Kenya. Advising on the re-financing of the project.
  • Maersk Oil on its acquisition of half of Africa Oil Corporations’ interests in its three blocks in Northern Kenya. This transaction was part of a larger transaction where Maersk Oil was acquiring Africa Oil Corporations’ interests in both Kenya and Ethiopia;
  • Gilbert + Tobin on behalf of an Australian company looking to acquire the assets of Swala Energy (a BVI holding company with oil and gas interests in three East African countries, including Kenya). We conducted a due diligence on the assets and provided regulatory and competition advice;
  • Abraaj Health Fund in relation to its investment of BR 250 million (approx. USD 11 million) in the business of Arsho Medical Laboratories PLC (Arsho), a private limited company registered under the laws of Ethiopia. Arsho provides laboratory testing services and wishes to expand and diversify its operations through the investment. The parties intend to merge the two entities, after which Abraaj shall hold a 77% stake in the business.

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners ranked Rainbow in Band 2 for Employment for seven consecutive years (2018-2024) and as a Foreign Expert (Australia) in 2018.
  • IFLR1000’s: Women Leaders (2018-2023).
  • IFLR1000’s Financial and Corporate Guide: “Highly Regarded” (2018-2023).
  • IFLR1000’s Financial and Corporate Guide: “Highly Regarded” (2018-2022) for Energy and infrastructure, Project development, Project Finance and M&A.
  • Legal 500: “Leading Individual” (2020-2022) in Employment.
  • Who’s Who Legal: nominated as leading practitioner in mining.

‘She possesses further proficiency in executive terminations and acts for a range of regional clients.’– Chambers and Partners, 2024

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