DLA Piper Africa Poaches Bowmans (Nairobi) Head of Finance Practice

DLA Piper Africa Poaches Bowmans (Nairobi) Head of Finance Practice
New DLA Piper Africa (IKM Advocates) Partner Kamami Christine Michira

Kamami Christine Michira joined DLA Piper Africa, IKM Advocates, as a Partner in December 2020 from Coulson Harney LLP where she was the Head of the Finance Practice of the Bowmans, Nairobi Office for 10 years (2010 to 2020).

Kamami is a highly rated legal practitioner with over 24 years post qualification experience having successfully led some of the most significant transactions in the East African market. She has worked in both the public and private sector, including holding senior roles at the Capital Markets Authority, Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited, Renaissance Capital (Kenya) Limited and Equity Investment Bank Limited.

Kamani specializes in equity and debt capital markets, structured finance and debt restructuring, regulatory matters such as licensing and compliance audits and emerging segments of fintech, payment systems, cryptocurrency, e-money and e-commerce.

Kamami has been ranked by leading law directories as a leading in finance lawyer. According to Chambers Global Kamami "advises on all types of financial transactions… She represents banks, regulators capital providers, start-ups and established multinational insurers, intermediaries and other insurance industry participants."

IFLR1000 describes her as "Highly regarded" in Capital markets, Financial services regulatory and Private equity practice areas. Legal500 say "Kamami Christine Michira leads the field in capital markets transactions." She was featured in the Fifth Edition of The Best Lawyers® in Kenya and Who is Who Legal (WWL).

Some of the Big Deals Kamami has handled include KCB Group Plc takeover of the National Bank of Kenya, restructuring of Shelter Afrique debt, investment by Commercial International Bank (CIB) of Egypt in Mayfair CIB Bank, WPP Pls on disposal of Kantar (research and marketing) business in Africa among others.

She holds Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Laws degrees (LLB) from the University of Nairobi and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Certified Public Secretary CPS(K) and Certified Trainer in Corporate Governance having been one of the first people certified by the Centre for Corporate Governance as a trainer.

At IKM Advocates, owing to her vast experience in executive training and board evaluation, Kamami has also been tasked with the development of and training in new practice areas within the firm. She will also join in on one of the Firm's CSR programs in collaboration with DLA Piper known as the IKM Foundation and Head Start Africa Education Program.

Kamami is a Member of Law Society of Kenya, Institute of Certified Secretaries of Kenya, Institute of Directors and has been a board member of several private and listed companies including Deacons (Kenya) Limited.

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