Karim Anjarwalla is the Managing Partner and heads the firm’s Corporate Department at Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K), one of Kenya’s premier law firms and one of the largest in East Africa. Karim has a wide array of experience advising domestic, regional and international clients on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity investments.
Karim is consistently involved in the most prominent transactions in the region. He recently advised the Kenyan Government on its USD 2 billion sovereign eurobond issuance – the largest sovereign debut debt issue in Sub-Saharan Africa to date – as well as the subsequent USD 750 million tap issue. This deal was awarded African Deal of the Year at the Global Capital Emerging Markets Bond Awards 2014 and won A&K Best Legal Transaction Advisor at CfC Stanbic and Think Business’ Investment Awards 2014. He also acted on the largest private equity investment in Kenya, representing Equity Bank on its sale of a minority stake to Helios Investment Partners, and represented Helios on its recent sale of half of its stake in Equity Bank to Norfund. Karim also advised Essar Telecom Kenya on its entry into and subsequent divesture from the Kenyan mobile phone market, which resulted in the consolidation of the market from four to three providers.
Under Karim’s leadership, A&K established ALN the first and most integrated alliance of leading independent law firms in Africa aimed at providing seamless legal services on a multijurisdictional basis. Since its inception in 2004, ALN has expanded into 13 jurisdictions in Africa with an affiliate office in Dubai.
Karim is a high profile member of the business community and actively supports the advancement of investment in the region. He was very involved in the recent signing of a Memorandum of Guidance between the Kenyan Judiciary and the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts regarding the enforcement of money judgments between the two courts and countries.
Karim is regularly an invited expert at various international legal and business forums and has spoken at events held by Peking University, New York University and Cambridge (the collective sponsors of the International Institute for the Study of Cross-Border Investment (XBMA)), the Milken Institute, Wharton, and Harvard.
He is rated as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and Legal 500 and is featured in Who’s Who Legal.
Karim is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and an English Solicitor.