Sammy Ndolo

Sammy Ndolo

Kenya Managing Partner

Sammy Ndolo is the Kenya Managing Partner, and Partner in our Corporate & Commercial, Finance & Banking, Real Estate, Competition Law, and Tax & Exchange Control practice areas. Sammy is a leading specialist in finance and banking, restructurings and workouts, capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

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Sammy began his career in Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews and was a Partner until 2017 when he joined Kieti as Managing Partner.

M&A

  • Advised a confidential investor in its equity investment in a Kenyan electric motorbike manufacturer.
  • Advised on Kenya merger control issues in relation to FNZ’s acquisition of Silica.
  • Acted for the Privatisation Commission on the proposed rights issue and privatisation of Consolidated Bank of Kenya.
  • Advised on Lebashe’s acquisition of Tiso Blackstar’s shares in Radio Africa.
  • Advised on the Kenyan aspects of the equity investment in Wakanow.com by the Carlyle Group.
  • Advised REPP in its preference share equity investment to fund the development of a 1.65MW solar power project in Nyeri, Kenya.
  • Acted for Distell in its acquisition of Centum’s shares in KWA Holdings EA Ltd.
  • Acted for Hoggers in its proposed sale of business and assets to Famous Brands.
  • Acted for Reike in its equity investment in two special purpose vehicles developing a 20MW and a 16MW hydropower project in Sagana, Kenya.
  • Advised KUDURA on merger control issues relating to the equity investment in it by Acumen Fund.
  • Acted for KUDURA in its acquisition of Vulcan Inc.’s portfolio of solar power electricity generation assets in Kenya.
  • Advised SunFunder (as security agent) on the sale of certain collateral assets to recover outstanding liabilities from a borrower group involving entities in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
  • Acted for Habitat Housing in its joint venture arrangement with Singapura for the development of more than 8,000 residential and commercial units.

   Finance & Banking

  • Advised SunFunder (as arranger, agent and security agent) in syndicated USD 11M financing to SunCulture by a group of lenders comprising Triodos Investment Management, Nordic Development Fund, AlphaMundi and the AfDB’s FEI OGEF managed by Lion’s Head.
  • Acted for AgDevCo on its USD 2.5M syndicated debt financing of a consortium of Kenyan macadamia nut processing companies.
  • Advised REPP (managed by CAMCO Clean Energy) in relation to its USD 3M financing to a borrower to develop, construct and operate solar photovoltaic mini grids representing 12,000 connections.
  • Advised Mauritius Commercial Bank in its multimillion trade finance facilities to oil marketing companies.
  • Advised a confidential international financier on its transaction security documents package for commodity financing in Kenya.
  • Acted for SunFunder (manager of the solar debt facility) on the loan facility of KES 50M to Pawame, one of Kenya’s first transactions to finance a developer receiving funding under the World Bank Funded Kenya Off-Grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP).
  • Advised a confidential client on the establishment of a green bank in Kenya.
  • Chambers Global 2016-2021 ranked Sammy in Band 4 for Corporate/M&A
  • Chambers Global 2017 ranked Sammy in Band 3 for Banking & Finance
  • IFLR 1000 2020 ranked Sammy as a notable practitioner

Education

  • Masters of Laws (LL.M) (with distinction) (Best Graduating Student), International Corporate Governance & Financial Regulation, University of Warwick
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Honours), University of Nairobi

Membership

  • Law Society of Kenya
  • International Bar Association
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