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Charles Kyengo

Partner & Head of Commercial Transactions

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Charles Kyengo

Charles is the Head of Commercial Transactions at McKay. He has more than 7 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, legal regulatory and compliance, business set-up, energy law and project advisory.  Charles holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Nairobi and a post-graduate diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law. He also has an intermediate certificate in Certified Public Accountancy from KASNEB. 


Charles is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a Commissioner for Oaths and a Notary Public. He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), and the East African Law Society (EALS).


Charles has been consistently involved in numerous complex commercial transactions within his expertise and is highly regarded by his clients. Some of the notable transactions that he has been involved in are:


  • Mergers & Acquisitions: advised a local public company that was a minority shareholder in another Kenyan holding company with interests in the healthcare sector in the acquisition of a majority shareholding stake from a private equity fund. The deal value was worth over USD. 10 Million;


  • Mergers & Acquisitions: advised Sealtowers Limited, a local Kenyan company with interests in the telecommunications sector, together with its founder shareholders in the sale of a 70% equity shareholding stake to Everstrong Capital;


  • Mergers & Acquisitions: part of the team that advised Nanchang Foreign Engineering Company Limited on the acquisition of 100% shareholding of a real estate company operating within Nairobi.  The deal value was over USD. 5 Million;


  • Mergers & Acquisitions: part of the team that advised two (2) foreign shareholders in the sale of their entire shareholding in Hammerkop Migration Camp Limited to a Kenyan investor with interests in the tourism sector;


  • Regulatory Compliance: led the team that successfully conducted a legal regulatory audit of the operations of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) with the aim of ensuring its compliance with the key applicable laws and regulations;


  • Gaming & Gambling: part of the team advising Sekunde Technologies Limited on the shareholding restrictions for companies operating in Kenya's betting and gambling sector;


  • Regulatory Compliance & Energy: part of the team advising an international company with interests in the petroleum sector on business set up in Kenya to partner with Tullow Oil in upstream petroleum operations involving petroleum extraction;


  • Projects Advisory & Energy: part of the team that was advising Symbion Power, about its engagements and negotiations with the Government of Kenya for a Letter of Support for its geothermal power project within the Nakuru County area of the Rift Valley; and


  • Projects Advisory: advised the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment & Forestry (MoEF) on all aspects of the legal regulation relating to the management of chemicals and wastes in Kenya.

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