1ST CORPORATE LAW SUMMIT 2020
The last decade has been marked by significant developments and events in the Corporate Legal Practice in Kenya. In just the last ten years, we’ve seen an overhaul of legislation governing major practice areas including but not limited to the enactment of the Companies Act, 2015, the Insolvency Act, 2016, the Competition Act, 2010, the Tax Procedures Act, 2015 and the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2011. We’ve further witnessed the automation of government processes such as the business registration service accessible on the e-citizen public platform backed by the Business Registration Service Act of 2015.
Besides the introduction and overhaul of new legislation and the emergence of new practice areas in Kenya’s corporate legal practice, we’ve seen the entry of international law firms in the Kenyan legal market and formation of alliances. Global law firms have entered and continue to enter into partnerships and alliances with local firms to provide their clients access to the region and tap into the local expertise of Kenyan corporate law firms. As a result of these developments, the top tier corporate law firms in the country have been instructed to advice on major transactions in Kenya and the region – which has led to more lawyers being ranked by global ranking organizations such as the IFLR 1000 and Chambers & Partners 500.
The last decade has been a major and significant turning point for corporate legal practice in Kenya and as we enter into a new decade, it is imperative that we take stock of these developments and identify the key areas to improve on, in positioning Kenya as the regional nexus/hub for corporate legal practice.
The Summit is organized and hosted by Strathmore Law School in collaboration with Bowmans Kenya (Coulson Harney LLP) as the lead Partner.
About the Summit?
The 1st Corporate Law Summit is proposed to be the beginning of a series of annual summits aimed at bringing together the leading corporate law practitioners and in-house counsels within the Kenyan market, to audit the Kenyan corporate legal practice and hold important discussions on the development of the practice. The summit will bring together key players from both the private legal practice and government regulators, with the hope of improving the quality and delivery of corporate law services within the Kenyan market.
Aims and Objectives
- To provide a platform to discuss and audit the growth, development, challenges and opportunities of the corporate legal practice in Kenya;
- To bring together both corporate legal practitioners, government agencies and regulators to identify the areas of improvement and build collaboration in delivering efficient corporate legal services in the Kenyan legal market;
- To provide a forum for addressing the ever-evolving legal developments in Kenya and the relevance of the Kenyan legal framework in today’s corporate legal practice;
- To provide a forum for corporate legal practitioners to learn from the experience and expertise of highly ranked and reputable corporate lawyers in the Kenyan legal market; and
- To provide a networking platform and establish a sustainable network of corporate lawyers, in-house counsels and regulators in the Kenyan legal market.
The summit will target corporate legal practitioners, in-house counsels, Chief Legal/Compliance Officers/Heads of Legal, Heads of regulatory affairs, Company Secretaries, Regulators and aspiring corporate lawyers.
The 1st Corporate Law Summit will be a hybrid event that may provide for minimal physical attendance at the event but the wider public will only attend the event virtually.
The Event will have a plenary session at its opening that will host the managing partners of the top corporate law firms in the country to discuss the growth, development and state of the Kenyan corporate legal practice.
Thereafter, there will be several thematic sessions/forums running consecutively as outlined below. The confirmed speakers for each session will be confirmed in due course.
Corporate Legal Practice in Kenya
|1.||A Decade of Competition Law: Competition Legal Practice in Kenya|
|2.||Turnaround: Insolvency, Corporate Rescue and Restructuring Practice in Kenya|
|3.||Corporate Dispute Resolution in Kenya|
|4.||Intellectual Property and Technology law in Kenya|
|1.||M/A and Private Equity Legal Practice in Kenya|
|2.||Capital Markets Law in Kenya|
|3.||Corporate Taxation in Kenya|
|4.||Corporate Governance in Kenya|
This will mark the 1st Corporate Law Summit in Kenya and we believe it will be the beginning of a series of Kenyan and Regional summits to keep abreast of the developments and areas of growth in the corporate legal practice in Kenya.
We hope to see you at the Summit.
Dean, Strathmore University Law School