Expertise

Shipping & Logistics

A.B. Patel & Patel has for some time advised the principal port operator in Kenya on a host of commercial issues and transactions. The firm has been engaged on advising on port terminal regulations, terminal throughput agreements, terminal operating procedures, infrastructure projects, leasing and concession agreements.

In the shipping practice, the firm represents international shipping lines that call on the Kenyan ports and has also provided advice and assistance on cross border shipping matters. A number of Kenyan and international logistics companies are represented with the firm. The logistics companies engage the firm on a variety of legal issues relating to commercial, operational and regulatory aspects.

Notable Transactions
  • Representing Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. against a claim for damages during dredging operations at the port of Mombasa.
  • Advising and acting on behalf of several international P&I clubs as well as ship owners on ship arrests and claims for ownership, mortgagee’s claims, crew claims, protection of cargo interests under charter parties and bills of lading contracts, demurrage claims, general average claims and wages claims. Often this has culminated in acting and advising on the appraisal and sale of vessels, undertaking and defending litigation involving marine insurance claims on behalf of ship owners, charterers and interests through P&I clubs, enforcing or defending salvage, towage and pollution claims.
  • Successfully represented an international ship owner, on the first ever case general average claim to obtain contribution arising out of a piracy incident – the last recorded claim in the world arising out of such incident having been reported in the late 1700’s – and successfully recovered in excess of US$ 10million as security towards the claim for general average.
  • Advising and successfully representing the Kenya Ports Authority in the litigation on a claim arising out of damage to the ‘TEAMS’ undersea cable at Mombasa during dredging works being undertaken by the ‘MV Athena’ – Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors BV – for over US$ 66 million.
  • Ongoing representation of Petra Development Services Limited on a claim for US$ 2.5million against an international shipping line and their local agents arising of a breach of contract claim.
  • Representing Alpha Logistics Services (EPZ) Limited on a salvage remuneration claim arising out of the grounding of a luxury yacht.
  • Advising Kenya Ports Authority, as principal transaction advisors on a complex transaction relating to operations within the port of Mombasa. The transaction value in excess of US$650million.
  • Advising Kenya Ports Authority on the restructuring of Kenya National Shipping Line Limited, a State Corporation.
  • Advising Spanfreight Shipping Services Limited as its principal advisors on the sale of its feeder line and logistics business in the blue Indian Ocean Islands and Kenya. The transaction value in excess of US$25million.
  • On a disposal of shares transaction, acted for the shareholders of General Cargo Services Limited on sale of shares and business to a non-Kenyan logistics company. Provided the shareholders with transaction advisory services, compliance and regulatory guidance. The transaction value in excess of KShs. 700 million.

Expertise

Commercial Practice

Aircraft Leasing & Finance

A.B. Patel & Patel has been advising on aircraft sales and leasebacks, finance, purchases and syndicated financing. The transactions involved registration of aircrafts in Kenya and re-registration around the region...

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Banking & Finance

The banking and finance practice of the firm is of long standing. The changing landscape of doing business in Kenya and in the region, requires the banking institutions to be...

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Competition Law

Every large Kenyan and cross-border commercial transaction, merger or acquisition transaction requires a firm to consider the implications and applicability of...

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Conveyancing

A.B. Patel & Patel has in recent years undertaken complex property transactions. The firm offers its clients solutions to every transaction to suit the most tax efficient structure...

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Corporate & Business Setup

A.B. Patel & Patel has the experience in setting up business vehicles in Kenya. The legal services include advising clients (both Kenyan domiciled and international entrants into Kenya) on the best possible vehicle to register...

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Corporate Due Deligence

Advising clients on mergers and acquisitions requires a legal team to be proficient in undertaking due diligence of companies. We provide legal due diligence services and work closely with audit firms to provide the financial due diligence...

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Employment

A.B. Patel & Patel primarily advises employers. The legal services provided are broadly based on all Employment Law issues (including drafting of contracts), contentious and non-contentious. We advise corporate clients on...

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Energy

A.B. Patel & Patel primarily advises employers. The legal services provided are broadly based on all Employment Law issues (including drafting of contracts), contentious and non-contentious...

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Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions

The M&A transactions are fully managed by the firm and provide clients with one point of contact not withstanding that some transaction may involve other service providers..

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Private Client

The foundations of the firm were built on private client practice, which has since grown to representing high net worth private clients. The firm advices private clients on estate and...

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Private Equity

A.B. Patel & Patel advises and acts for a number private equity funds on inward investment into Kenya. Every fund has its investment criteria and at A.B. Patel & Patel, we are able...

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Shipping & Logistics

A.B. Patel & Patel has for some time advised the principal port operator in Kenya on a host of commercial issues and transactions. The firm has been engaged on advising on...

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