ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna has cemented its position as a leading full-service law firm in Africa. In this podcast, co-managing partners Rosa Nduati-Mutero and Daniel Ngumy speak to Tom Pearson about the changes that have taken place in the firm and the ALN alliance.
Exciting moves have been made at ALN, an alliance of top law firms in Africa, which recently incorporated Nigerian powerhouse Aluko & Oyebode into their fold.
Rosa says the rationale behind the expansion, for both ALN and ALN Kenya, was to augment and demonstrate the “One Region, One Vision, One ALN” integrated offering, making it easier to sell local knowledge with international expertise to cross-border clients.
One recent addition to the ALN Kenya team is Tax Associate Director James Karanja, an experienced grants management and compliance specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry.
Daniel describes James’s appointment as invaluable to their capacity to offer international tax advice, “particularly where the revenue authorities across the countries that we work with are looking at transfer pricing disputes and to bring depth of knowledge in terms of capacity building within the various member firms,” he said. “James joining us, particularly focusing on international tax matters and transfer pricing, has been quite a coup.”
While the collaboration with Aluko & Oyebode and James’s association with the firm is celebrated, Rosa and Daniel’s meritocratic partnership has also been hailed.
Rosa points out that they have perhaps one of the most diverse partnerships on the continent, which includes 26 partners, representing about seven nationalities. “Diversity is really the key to success in today’s world,” she says, elaborating on how this is implemented.
Daniel adds that much effort is being made to build a Pan-African law firm which provides integrated business solutions across Africa, while attracting and retaining top talent. “We are seeing that being represented by some of the strategic hires that we have begun doing.”
Rosa is passionate about the environment and creating a circular economy, and the conversation wraps up with her talking about the firm’s corporate social responsibility offering and the case study they have created on the successful elimination of single use plastics within a specific region.
This article was first published by Africa Legal.