ALN

Effective and efficient dispute resolution will remain a core aspect of doing business in Africa in coming years; and ever-evolving regulatory regimes mean that organisations need forward-thinking, expert guidance to overcome such challenges.

We represent clients in all stages of dispute resolution, including commercial litigation, cross border cases and international arbitration. Members of our dispute resolution teams have represented local and international clients before local and regional courts, regulatory bodies, and international arbitration tribunals. We ensure swift response times and tailor our advice for commercially sensible and pragmatic outcomes without compromising on the excellent quality of our work.

We approach matters holistically by working in multidisciplinary teams covering corporate M&A, real estate, banking and finance, projects and infrastructure, competition, tax, employment and company secretarial. Specifically, our practice is bolstered by our Forensics, Risk & Compliance team, which gives us the ability to provide seamless end-to-end support in connection with white collar and regulatory issues. Our approach transcends traditional practice areas and silos in order to address the most complex issues in a client-centric manner. This gives our clients the unique opportunity to access a one-stop-shop for all their legal needs.

We focus on the commercial objectives of the clients’ matters, which is often more important to them than legal issues and technicalities. We are increasingly involved with crisis and project management of matters across Africa, providing practical and sophisticated business solutions that help our clients achieve their important goals.

Our lawyers are flexible and not tied to one set of laws but consider the long term interests of our clients and how a matter may impact several countries. ALN firms provide seamless, cross-border support across the African continent. Our unique strength is our ability to understand the local context and to use our strong networks to navigate the regulatory landscape and provide commercial solutions to complex legal problems. Having ALN offices in all the key African jurisdictions, we understand, at a granular level, both the domestic and regional markets across the continent and can therefore tailor our services in ways that are suitably adapted to meet our client’s main objectives. We regularly advise both local and international clients on cross-border dispute matters, including multinationals, private equity, non-profit organisations and high net worth individuals.

Our team consists of a diverse array of practitioners with both local and international qualifications. They understand the relevant local, regional, and international context and are trained to analyse complicated legal, regulatory, compliance, and tax issues to deliver pragmatic and commercial advice that reduces risk for our clients.

We are able to identify issues early before legal action is taken and provide proactive solutions by putting together a multi-disciplinary team, which can tackle these issues. We are constantly responding to clients’ feedback in order to innovate and have expanded into novel practice areas by leveraging on market knowledge to attain efficiencies for our clients.

Principle Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Competition
  • Constitutional and human rights law
  • Crisis management
  • Data protection & cyber security
  • Economic crime
  • Employment
  • Intellectual property
  • International arbitration
  • International trade
  • Insolvency
  • Land & environment
  • Procurement
  • Regulatory
  • Shareholders’ disputes
  • Tax

Representative transactions include advising:

  1. GardaWorld International Corporation

    In connection with post-acquisition cross-border disputes in six countries, including Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi, filed at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) in relation to a number of disputes concerning the completion accounts and breaches of contractual undertakings, warranties and indemnities.

  2. Africa Oil Corporation Africa, Oil Turkana and Africa Oil BV

    In connection with contentious high profile judicial review proceedings by Interstate Petroleum Company against the Ministry for Energy, and other parties challenging the grant of Petroleum Sharing Contracts (PSC) to Africa Oil over several oil blocks in Northern Kenya at the High Court and Court of Appeal.

  3. Heineken Breweries

    In connection with disputed termination of distribution agreements with distributors in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

  4. An international development bank

    In connection with a recovery of a sum in excess of USD 118 million against a defaulting Hotel Group in Uganda.

  1. Kioo, a Tanzanian glass manufacturer

    In connection with a dispute before the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), an international court tasked with resolving disputes involving the East African Community and its Member States, against the Government of Kenya.

  2. Finlay’s

    In connection with a transfer pricing assessment raised by the Kenya Revenue Authority. This resulted in the triggering of the Mutual Agreement Procedure under the Kenya-United Kingdom Double Tax Treaty following discussions between the KRA and HMRC.

  3. Central Bank of Uganda

    In connection with a suit against breach of copyright through the use of the image of a monument sculpted by the Plaintiff on the face of the Ug. Shs. 20,000/= note.

Expertise

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Consumer Products
Our legal experts assist clients in navigating the intricate and complex consumer protection environment in Africa.
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Aviation
Our aviation law practice is well developed to cover commercial, financial and regulatory matters for airlines, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airline service providers, financial institutions and regulators.
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Food and Agriculture
ALN firms believe that the growth in the agriculture sector has a direct bearing on economic development. Agriculture is key to many economies in Africa, and an essential for domestic food sustainability.
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Financial Institutions
We provide a variety of legal services to financial institutions and investors, including banks, insurance companies, microfinance enterprises, development funds, government entities and financial regulators.
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Government and Public Sector
Our familiarity with government processes and procedures in Africa is unparalleled. It is for this reason that we are often consulted by both governments and private institutions to lead negotiations.
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