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Vruti Shah

Partner | Nairobi

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Overview

Vruti Shah is a Partner in our Nairobi office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisition and Projects team.

Vruti specialises in mergers and acquisitions (public and private), corporate and business restructuring and advising family businesses, corporate and commercial transactions, establishment of joint ventures, capital raisings (debt and equity) and the provision of regulatory advice. She advises various institutional investors, private equity funds, large corporates and various family businesses.

Experience

Vruti has advised on the following transactions:

  •  Rubis Energie S.A.S (France) in connection with the acquisition of the entire share capital of Gulf Energy Holdings Limited by Kenol Kobil PLC and the transfer of business and assets of Gulf Energy Limited to Gulf Energy Holdings Limited.
  • Emerging Capital Partners in relation to carrying out a due diligence on Mbaraki Bulk Terminal Limited and its group companies (the Group) with regards to the potential financing of a newly formed Mauritian holding company of the Group, by way of convertible debt.
  • First Carlyle Growth V in relation to the acquisition of 60% of the shareholding in a Mauritius company AK Life Sciences  Ltd (Target) and its subsidiaries (together the Group).
  • Deacons (East Africa) PLC on various options of business recovery including administration.
  • Kenya Airways on its USD 2.2 billion balance sheet debt and equity restructuring.
  • CDC Group (CDC) on the USD 140 million into ARM Cement Limited.
  • A confidential client on options it had to end administration process of a company.
  • A confidential client on options it had under insolvency regime and assisted them with a turnaround strategy.
  • A confidential creditors on the claims process for a listed company in administration.
  • A confidential creditors for claims against a company in administration.
  • Athi River Mining Limited on its capital restructuring and liquidity issues.
  • First Carlyle Growth V in relation to the acquisition of 60% of the shareholding in a Mauritius company AK Life Sciences  Ltd (Target) and its subsidiaries (together the Group).
  • Star Foods Holding Limited (An Abraaj SPV) in the acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital of Java House (Mauritius) Limited from ECP Africa FIII Investments LLP.
  • Kuehne + Nagel Management Limited in relation to its acquisition of Trillvane Limited.
  • ARM Cement PLC in relation to its disposal of 100% of the issued share capital of Mavuno Cement Limited to Omya (Schweiz) AG and Pinner Heights Limited, Swiss and Mauritian entities respectively, after completion of the transfer of its non-cement business to Mavuno Fertilizers Limited and its subsidiaries.
  • Aureos Africa Fund LLC, Swedfund and AfricInvest Fund from UAP Holdings Limited: Assisted in advising the exit of three private equity investors, Aureos Africa Fund LLC, Swedfund and AfricInvest Fund from UAP Holdings Limited.

Awards

  • Legal 500 recognised Vruti as a Next Generation Partner for Commercial, Corporate and M&A in Kenya for the past four years (2020 to 2024).

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Qualifications

  • LLB from the University of London.
  • Graduated cum laude in the Legal Practice Course from Nottingham Law School.
  • Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

INSIGHTS

Kenya: Why more distressed Kenyan companies should consider going into administration East Africa: Restructuring Quarterly Bulletin – August 2023 Kenya: A snapshot of family trusts East Africa: Restructuring Quarterly Bulletin March 2023 Kenya: Official Receiver launches pilot e-filing site for applications under the Insolvency Act, 2015 Kenya: High Court Clarifies the Legal Position on Foreign Insolvency Proceedings in Kenya Africa: Guide to Restructuring and Insolvency published Kenya: More companies are going insolvent in Kenya, putting the spotlight on severance pay for employees Kenya: The Need for Change: The Transfer of Businesses Act and its Application in the Sale of Distressed Assets AVCA Legal & Regulatory Bulletin: Restructuring distressed Private Equity Portfolio Companies in Kenya and beyond East Africa: Restructuring Quarterly Bulletin June 2022 East Africa: Restructuring Quarterly Bulletin November 2021 Kenya: Restructuring distressed private equity portfolio companies – an overview East Africa: Business is Looking up Amidst COVID 19 Kenya: Key changes introduced by The Employment (Amendment) Act, 2021 and Business Laws (Amendment) (No.2) Act, 2021 (Signed Into Law on 30 March 2021) Kenya: The end of non-classification of restructured loans: What next for lenders and borrowers? Kenya: Restructuring Quarterly Bulletin The Business Laws (Amendment) Act, 2020 The Law of Contract (Amendment) Act, 2019 Kenya’s Legislature Deals a Blow to Minority Shareholders
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Overview

Vruti Shah is a Partner in our Nairobi office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisition and Projects team.

Vruti specialises in mergers and acquisitions (public and private), corporate and business restructuring and advising family businesses, corporate and commercial transactions, establishment of joint ventures, capital raisings (debt and equity) and the provision of regulatory advice. She advises various institutional investors, private equity funds, large corporates and various family businesses.

Experience

Vruti has advised on the following transactions:

  •  Rubis Energie S.A.S (France) in connection with the acquisition of the entire share capital of Gulf Energy Holdings Limited by Kenol Kobil PLC and the transfer of business and assets of Gulf Energy Limited to Gulf Energy Holdings Limited.
  • Emerging Capital Partners in relation to carrying out a due diligence on Mbaraki Bulk Terminal Limited and its group companies (the Group) with regards to the potential financing of a newly formed Mauritian holding company of the Group, by way of convertible debt.
  • First Carlyle Growth V in relation to the acquisition of 60% of the shareholding in a Mauritius company AK Life Sciences  Ltd (Target) and its subsidiaries (together the Group).
  • Deacons (East Africa) PLC on various options of business recovery including administration.
  • Kenya Airways on its USD 2.2 billion balance sheet debt and equity restructuring.
  • CDC Group (CDC) on the USD 140 million into ARM Cement Limited.
  • A confidential client on options it had to end administration process of a company.
  • A confidential client on options it had under insolvency regime and assisted them with a turnaround strategy.
  • A confidential creditors on the claims process for a listed company in administration.
  • A confidential creditors for claims against a company in administration.
  • Athi River Mining Limited on its capital restructuring and liquidity issues.
  • First Carlyle Growth V in relation to the acquisition of 60% of the shareholding in a Mauritius company AK Life Sciences  Ltd (Target) and its subsidiaries (together the Group).
  • Star Foods Holding Limited (An Abraaj SPV) in the acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital of Java House (Mauritius) Limited from ECP Africa FIII Investments LLP.
  • Kuehne + Nagel Management Limited in relation to its acquisition of Trillvane Limited.
  • ARM Cement PLC in relation to its disposal of 100% of the issued share capital of Mavuno Cement Limited to Omya (Schweiz) AG and Pinner Heights Limited, Swiss and Mauritian entities respectively, after completion of the transfer of its non-cement business to Mavuno Fertilizers Limited and its subsidiaries.
  • Aureos Africa Fund LLC, Swedfund and AfricInvest Fund from UAP Holdings Limited: Assisted in advising the exit of three private equity investors, Aureos Africa Fund LLC, Swedfund and AfricInvest Fund from UAP Holdings Limited.

Awards

  • Legal 500 recognised Vruti as a Next Generation Partner for Commercial, Corporate and M&A in Kenya for the past four years (2020 to 2024).

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