Charlotte Patrick-Patel

Charlotte Patrick-Patel

Senior Associate | ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna

Physical Address:

ALN House, Eldama Ravine Close, Off Eldama Ravine Road, Westlands

Postal Address:

P.O. Box 200-00606, Sarit Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone:

+254 (0) 20 364 0265

Email Address:

  1. Background

    Charlotte Elizabeth Patrick-Patel is a Senior Associate in the Corporate department of the firm. Charlotte principally advises on corporate and commercial law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and data protection.

    Charlotte is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and completed her training contract with A&K before qualifying as an associate within the Firm.

  2. Professional Membership
    • Law Society of Kenya
  3. Professional Qualifications

    2016: LL.M in Law (Distinction), The University of Edinburgh

    2015: Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law

    2014: Pre-Kenya School of Law Compliance Programme, Riara Law School, Riara University, Nairobi

    2013: Law and Spanish ((LL.B, Second Class Honours (Upper Division)), the University of Edinburgh

  4. Career Summary

    Jan 2020 – Date: Senior Associate, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Nairobi

    Jan 2018 – Dec 2019: Principal Associate, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Nairobi

    Jan 2017 – Dec 2017: Associate, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Nairobi

    Jan 2015 – Jan 2017: Trainee Lawyer, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Nairobi

    Sep 2014 – Dec 2014: Intern, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Nairobi

  5. Publication

    INTO AFRICA “Private Equity: Nurturing Africa” – Private Equity in Kenya: Some Legal Considerations. Retrieved from: https://www.capitalmarketsinafrica.com/INTOAFRICA/INTOAFRICA_MAY_2019.pdf

  6. Top Matters
    • Acting for Vivo Energy Investments, a company incorporated in the Netherlands and listed on the London Stock Exchange and with operations in marketing and distributing petroleum products under the ‘Shell’ brand and Engen brand in 23 countries across Africa, in connection with a 50% acquisition of Kuku Foods, a company that operates fast food restaurants under the KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) brand in various African countries.
    • Acting for Equity Group Holdings, one of the largest commercial banks in Africa by number of customers and publicly traded on the Nairobi, Ugandan and Rwandan securities exchanges, in connection with the proposed acquisition of 62% of share of Banque Populaire du Rwanda and 100% of African Banking Corporation in Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, from Atlas Mara, a financial services company listed on the London Stock Exchange, through a share swap, and a subsequent merger of banking entities in Rwanda and Tanzania.
    • Acting as lead counsel for Berkeley Energy, a renewable energy fund manager investing in Asian and African emerging markets, in connection with its first ever transaction in Madagascar which involved the acquisition of a significant portfolio of hydro and solar assets (greenfield and brownfield) from Tozzi Renewable Energy and on a co-investment made by FMO in Berkeley Energy’s platform vehicle relating to these Madagascar assets, including drafting and negotiating the primary transaction documents and coordinating the counsels in Madagascar and Mauritius.
    • Acting for Helios Investment Partners, a private equity investing firm operating in Africa and based in London and Telkom Kenya (TKL), in connection with the merger of the second and third largest mobile telephony operators in Kenya – Airtel Networks Kenya (Airtel) and TKL to operate under a joint venture company to be named Airtel-Telkom as well as the restructuring and possible transfer of the parties mobile financial services businesses and undersea cable and landing stations businesses to separate entities.
    • Acting as lead counsel for Telkom Kenya (TKL), a mobile telephony company in Kenya partly owned by the Government of Kenya and Helios Investment Partners, a private equity firm operating in Africa and based in London, in connection with the proposed sale transfer of TKL’s subsea fiber optics rights in three subsea fiber optics.
    • Acting for The Rise Fund, an affiliate of TPG a leading U.S. based private equity firm, in connection with its acquisition, through a wholly owned subsidiary, of 33.9% of the issued share capital of Maziwa, a company that is involved in the distribution of milk and milk related products across Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.
    • Acting for The Rise Fund, an affiliate of TPG a leading U.S. based private equity firm, in connection with its acquisition, through a wholly owned subsidiary, of 33.9% of the issued share capital of Maziwa, a company that is involved in the distribution of milk and milk related products across Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.
    • Acting for Catalyst Principal Partners, a leading private equity firm, in connection with a cross-jurisdictional deal involving the merger and acquisition of Superfoam, Euroflex and Vitafoam, all leading manufacturers of polyurethane foam and spring mattresses in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi, including conducting due diligence in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi; coordinating the work of counsel in Uganda and Malawi; advising on the tax structuring; negotiating and drafting investment agreements and shareholders’ agreements; advising on regulatory approvals, including from COMESA; and advising on the completion procedure.
    • Acting for Telkom Kenya (TKL), the sole provider of landline phone services in Kenya, in connection with the sale and lease-back of its towers and passive infrastructure assets.
    • Acting for Swiss Re Direct Investments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss Re, the world’s second largest reinsurer, in connection with the acquisition of a 13.8% stake in Britam Holdings, a Kenyan listed insurance and asset management group with operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, South Sudan and Mozambique, from Plum.
    • Acting for The Rise Fund, an affiliate of TPG a leading U.S. based private equity firm, in connection with its acquisition, through a wholly owned subsidiary, of 33.9% of the issued share capital of Maziwa, a company that is involved in the distribution of milk and milk related products across Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.
    • Assisting Aon UK Holdings Intermediaries in connection with its divestiture from its Kenyan subsidiary, Aon Insurance Brokers Kenya, which took the form of a sale of shares and a restructuring of the various business lines in Aon Kenya.
    • Assisting with a legal due diligence and regulatory advice for Tullow Kenya BV in connection with its upstream oil and gas interests in Kenya.
    • Acting for a group of local investors in their acquisition of a 75% stake in the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, a luxury resort on the foot of Mount Kenya, from Kingdom Hotel Investments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian conglomerate Kingdom Holding Company for US$18 million.
    • Assisting Equity Group Holdings and its subsidiaries in Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Democractic Republic of Congo in drafting codes of corporate governance in compliance with local law requirements in Kenya, including ensuring that the code of governance complies with the Prudential Guidelines issued by the Central Bank of Kenya, the Companies Act, 2015 and the Code of Corporate Governance for Issuers of Securities to the Public, 2016.
    • Advising Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, an organisation which promotes public participation in democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights, through their New York head office and their local offices on setting up in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan, negotiating and advising on leases in respect of the properties occupied by the organisation in various jurisdictions, ongoing day to day legal matters.
    • Advising a leading energy corporation on its continuous listing obligations on the Growth Enterprise Market Segment (GEMS).
    • Assisting with legal and regulatory advice from inception through to operations, for the Energy Development Company, in connection with a proposed project for a geothermal power plant in Kenya.
    • Acting for Google in relation to a proposed project regarding the development of a web-based platform and marketplace for off-grid solar products in the Kenyan market. The proposed project aims to align the needs of end-users, lenders and solar companies in Kenya.
    • Acting for the Center of Reproductive Rights for Women in Kenya on a pro bono basis in the review and compliance of their employment staff handbook.
    • Acting for an export processing zone enterprise on the tax implications of a joint venture arrangement.
    • Acting for NGO’s in connection with tax, legal and regulatory advice relating to the transfer of their businesses to other forms of legal entities.
    • Providing advice on the regulatory framework on betting and licensing in Kenya.
    • Providing various international clients with advice on setting up of businesses in Kenya.
    • Assisting in the audits for British American Tobacco Kenya Plc in connection with the mandatory Legal & Compliance Audit required under the Code of Corporate Governance Practices for Issuer of Securities to the Public 2015.
    • Undertaking a governance audit on a Tier I Bank listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and which is part of an international banking group.
    • Undertaking a governance audit on a Tier I Bank listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and which is part of an international banking group.
    • Training the Board of Directors of Barclays Bank of Kenya on the changing tides in corporate governance and directors’ obligations. The training focused on how directors can shield themselves, directors’ remuneration, disclosure of directors’ remuneration, governance, legal and compliance audits and cyber security laws.
    • Assisting in the training of the Board of Directors of Equity Group Holdings on the changing tides in corporate governance and directors’ obligations.
    • Assisting in the training of the Board of Directors of I&M Bank, a commercial bank in Kenya listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, in connection with the directors’ fiduciary duties, managing conflict of interest, director’s liabilities, tools for directors to shield themselves and the board’s role in strategic change under the new Companies Act, 2015.

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