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Wathingira Gituro

Partner | Nairobi

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Overview

Wathingira Gituro is a partner at in our Nairobi office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisition and projects practice group.

Wathingira specialises in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, energy and resources, capital markets and securities law, competition (anti-trust) law, finance and regulatory law.

His experience includes advising on listings, acquisitions, investments and takeovers.

Experience

Private Equity and Venture Capital

  • Advised iProcure Limited on its USD 4.5 million equity capital raise.
  • Advising Congo Energy Solutions Limited (the holding company of Nuru) on its Series A Capital raise.
  • Advising Mr Green Africa Trading Kenya Limited on its debt and Series A Capital raise for the amount of USD 2.5 million.
  • Advising LGT Capital on its investment in Copia Inc.’s Series B Capital raise.
  • Advising Finplus Limited on its angel investment from a local angel investors.
  • Advising a group of angel investors in their investment in The MarketWorks Limited.
  • Advising Atlantica Ventures on their investment in Sendy Limited’s Series B Capital raise.
  • Advised Quickmart and Tumaini on the merger of the supermarket businesses.
  • Advised Sumac Microfinance bank on its USD 1 million debt raise.
  • Advised Rubis on its USD 350 million public take-over of KenolKobil Plc which was listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
  • Advised Kivu Green Energy (now known as Nuru) on its USD 1.5 million capital raise.
  • Advised Actus Equity AB on its investment in Riara Group of Schools.

Public M&A

  • Rubis S.A acquisition of Kenol Kobil.
  • Unga Group on its proposed acquisition by Seaboard Corporation.
  • Standard Bank Group on its tender offer for shares of Stanbic Holdings Limited.
  • Dimension Data Holdings Plc on its take-over of Access Kenya Group.
  • REA Trading on its acquisition of Rea Vipingo Plantations Limited.
  • Britam on its acquisition of a stake in Housing Finance Company of Kenya Limited held by Equity Bank.
  • WPP on its acquisition of additional shares in Scangroup Limited.

Debt Issues

  • Centum Investments Company Limited KES 6 billion medium term note programme and on the issue and listing of a KES 4.2 billion medium term note programme.
  • UAP Holdings Limited on its KES 2 billion note issuance.
  • Real People Kenya Limited on its KES 5 billion medium term note programme.
  • Commercial Bank of Africa Limited on its KES 8 billion medium term note with a green-shoe option of up to KES 2 billion.
  • Britam Holdings Limited on its KES 6 billion medium term note programme.

Equity

  • The cross listing of Bank of Kigali on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
  • Public Investment Corporation (of South Africa) on its participation in Kengen’s rump offering.
  • The listing by introduction of Deacons Plc and Diageo Plc’s re-organisation of its shareholding in East Africa Breweries Limited.

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners ranked Wathingira in Band 4 in the Corporate/M&A category for Kenya in 2023 and 2024, as Up and Coming in the same category in 2022 and as an Associate to watch in 2021.

‘He is hard-working and business-oriented.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2024

‘Wathingira Gituro is able to handle and deliver great work, even under maximum pressure. He goes the extra mile to ensure that the required results are achieved to the client’s satisfaction. He is calm and focused in all circumstances.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2024

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Qualifications

  • LLB degree from the University of Nairobi.
  • Diploma from the Kenya School of Law.

INSIGHTS

Overview

Wathingira Gituro is a partner at in our Nairobi office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisition and projects practice group.

Wathingira specialises in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, energy and resources, capital markets and securities law, competition (anti-trust) law, finance and regulatory law.

His experience includes advising on listings, acquisitions, investments and takeovers.

Experience

Private Equity and Venture Capital

  • Advised iProcure Limited on its USD 4.5 million equity capital raise.
  • Advising Congo Energy Solutions Limited (the holding company of Nuru) on its Series A Capital raise.
  • Advising Mr Green Africa Trading Kenya Limited on its debt and Series A Capital raise for the amount of USD 2.5 million.
  • Advising LGT Capital on its investment in Copia Inc.’s Series B Capital raise.
  • Advising Finplus Limited on its angel investment from a local angel investors.
  • Advising a group of angel investors in their investment in The MarketWorks Limited.
  • Advising Atlantica Ventures on their investment in Sendy Limited’s Series B Capital raise.
  • Advised Quickmart and Tumaini on the merger of the supermarket businesses.
  • Advised Sumac Microfinance bank on its USD 1 million debt raise.
  • Advised Rubis on its USD 350 million public take-over of KenolKobil Plc which was listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
  • Advised Kivu Green Energy (now known as Nuru) on its USD 1.5 million capital raise.
  • Advised Actus Equity AB on its investment in Riara Group of Schools.

Public M&A

  • Rubis S.A acquisition of Kenol Kobil.
  • Unga Group on its proposed acquisition by Seaboard Corporation.
  • Standard Bank Group on its tender offer for shares of Stanbic Holdings Limited.
  • Dimension Data Holdings Plc on its take-over of Access Kenya Group.
  • REA Trading on its acquisition of Rea Vipingo Plantations Limited.
  • Britam on its acquisition of a stake in Housing Finance Company of Kenya Limited held by Equity Bank.
  • WPP on its acquisition of additional shares in Scangroup Limited.

Debt Issues

  • Centum Investments Company Limited KES 6 billion medium term note programme and on the issue and listing of a KES 4.2 billion medium term note programme.
  • UAP Holdings Limited on its KES 2 billion note issuance.
  • Real People Kenya Limited on its KES 5 billion medium term note programme.
  • Commercial Bank of Africa Limited on its KES 8 billion medium term note with a green-shoe option of up to KES 2 billion.
  • Britam Holdings Limited on its KES 6 billion medium term note programme.

Equity

  • The cross listing of Bank of Kigali on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
  • Public Investment Corporation (of South Africa) on its participation in Kengen’s rump offering.
  • The listing by introduction of Deacons Plc and Diageo Plc’s re-organisation of its shareholding in East Africa Breweries Limited.

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners ranked Wathingira in Band 4 in the Corporate/M&A category for Kenya in 2023 and 2024, as Up and Coming in the same category in 2022 and as an Associate to watch in 2021.

‘He is hard-working and business-oriented.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2024

‘Wathingira Gituro is able to handle and deliver great work, even under maximum pressure. He goes the extra mile to ensure that the required results are achieved to the client’s satisfaction. He is calm and focused in all circumstances.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2024

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