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Ashwini Bhandari


CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates
ABC Towers
ABC Place, Waiyaki Way, Westlands
00100 Nairobi
Languages English

Ashwini is a Partner in the Corporate & Commercial Department. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. She has over 30 years of experience practicing Corporate and Commercial Law.

Ashwini handles a large variety of corporate matters, including acquisitions and disposal of companies and undertakings of various descriptions, IPO’s joint ventures, mergers, takeovers, company restructuring, innovative bespoke contractual arrangements financing agreements, general commercial advices on Competition Law, takeovers and other capital market transactions. Ashwini is ranked as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000 and Legal 500

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Relevant experience

  • Acting for the shareholders of the Sadolin Group of Companies (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) on their sale of shares to Kansai Plascon Africa Limited, advising on all aspects of this complex cross border transactions to successful completion.
  • Acting for Old Mutual Holdings Limited on its acquisition of Shares from Centum Investment Limited, one of the largest value transactions in Kenya, advising on acquisition and drafting all transaction documents.
  • Advising Vodafone PLC and Safaricom Limited on the setup of the M-PESA mobile phone money transfer system – an international ground-breaking innovation first rolled out in Kenya.
  • Acting for Britam on their acquisition of Shares in Real Insurance Kenya, undertaking Due Diligence on the company and negotiating and drafting all transaction documents.
  • Providing advice in relation to China Development Bank’s funding of infrastructure projects in Kenya.
  • Advising TMEA Trademark East Africa Limited (TMEA), a Kenyan company funded by the Department of the International Development for the British Government and in respect of their funding under Grant and Finance Agreements with (i) the Republic of Uganda, the Uganda National Roads Authority for the provision of financial assistance to assist in the financing of a road upgrading project; and (ii) with the Kenya Ports Authority and Trade Mark East Africa for the provision of financial assistance for the improvement of the Port of Mombasa facilities; and (iii) with the Kenya Highway Authority for improvement of roads.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the Law Society of Kenya
  • Member of the East Africa Law Society
  • Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya
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1998 – Admitted as Advocate of the High Court of Kenya

1984 – Admitted as England Solicitor

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