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Establishing operations on the African continent as part of an international corporation’s expansion strategy entails complex licensing and staffing decisions that need to ensure compliance with local legal and regulatory requirements. These range from meeting local content thresholds, securing sector specific authorisations, permits and licenses to ensuring that expatriate staff have the correct category of permit to work in respective jurisdictions.

The Firm guides clients on statutory and advisory board structures and prepares key Board constitutive documents including Directors’ code of conduct, terms of reference for various board committees, Board Charter and Stakeholder Engagement Guidelines to ensure the effectiveness of our client’s corporate governance structures.

Our services include support in registrations with government agencies and securing necessary licenses and permits, structuring of executive remuneration packages, preparation of Employment Contracts, Secondment Agreements as well as with their applications for the correct category of pass or permit for our clients’ key personnel and dependents, where applicable.

Recent assignments have included advising on the legal, regulatory and licensing regime in various sectors including broadband sector, beverages sector, defense sector and financial services sectors. The Firm has continued to support our clients’ boards through the preparation of key corporate governance documents and policies as the provision of corporate secretarial services. The Firm has coordinated the registration, licensing and permitting including water and sanitation, energy, agriculture, ICT, environment and construction sector regulatory authorities. This service includes regular monitoring through our comprehensive compliance matrices to ensure our clients not only secure, but also maintain and are eligible to renew their licenses for purposes of business continuity.

The Firm encourages its clients to be good corporate citizens and authored the first Kenyan Chapter of the 2023 Edition of Chambers & Partners Global Practice Guide on Environment Social Governance (ESG) Trends and Developments which included an analysis of the legal and regulatory framework in over 20 jurisdictions globally.