Philip Coulson

Philip Coulson

Partner Nairobi, Kenya: Coulson Harney LLP
T: +254 20 289 9000
E: philip.coulson@bowmanslaw.com
  • Overview
  • Experience

Overview

Philip Coulson heads the Corporate and Commercial Department of our Nairobi office, Coulson Harney LLP, which he co-founded in 2008.

Philip specialises in company and commercial law, capital markets, property development, finance, acquisitions, take-overs, joint ventures, investments, corporate re-organisations, commercial contracts, tax, employment and land law matters tourism & conservation.

His expertise has been recognised by Chambers Global (Corporate & Commercial) and by IFLR1000.

Philip is a member of Law Society of Kenya, Law Society of England and Wales and the International Bar Association and Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association.

He has a LLB from the University of Essex, UK, a Current Solicitor’s Practising Certificate from the Law Society of England and Wales and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Specialist Services

Relevant Experience

  • Advised JP Sa Couto,S.A., public procurement tender submitted jointly with Moi University, one of Kenya’s largest public universities, to the ICT Authority of Kenya for the Digital Literacy Programme. This was vualued at USD 175 million.
  • Advising AfricInvest Fund III in their investment in, and acquisition of a minority stake, in Silafrica Plastics and Packaging and the Silafrica Plastics group of companies. Silafrica Plastics has operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia and has holding companies in Mauritius.
  • Acted for Mawingu Networks Limited, a provider of solar-powered wireless Internet across rural Kenya, in the investment by Africa Impact Ventures, a subsidiary of Vulcan Capital, International Network Investment LLC and Microsoft Global Finance Limited. Advised WPP Plc on its acquisition of majority stake in Scangroup Limited.
  • Advising the consortium consisting of Retail Africa (Cpt) Proprietary Limited, Abland Proprietary Limited And Standard Bank Of South Africa their investment and acquisition of a significant stake in Buffalo Mall Naivasha Limited, the entity which owns and operates Buffalo Mall in Naivasha Kenya.
  • Advised The Nature Conservancy (through a wholly Kenyan-owned trust) on the acquisition of a 56,000 acre ranch in Laikipia and arrangements with an exclusive tourism partner for purposes of operating a high class tourism accommodation facility on the Ranch.
  • Advised Tatu City and Kofinaf on corporate reorganization and various corporate law matters.
  • Advised Old Mutual Property Africa Investment Company Pty Limited on its USD 55 million investment to acquire 50% of the shares in Two Rivers Mall and Office Tower in Nairobi, the largest mall in East and Central Africa
  • Advised Old Mutual Group and Wananchi Group Holdings on several corporate re-organizations, restructuring and employment matters.
  • Counsel to Kingdom Hotel Investments / Kingdom Kenya 01 Limited in relation to the disposal of its entire stake in Mount Kenya Safari Club Limited.
  • Advised UAP Holdings Limited (a public company regulated by the Kenyan Capital Markets Authority) on its acquisition of a 60% stake in one of Tanzania’s leading general insurance companies, Century Insurance Company Limited. UAP Holdings made the acquisition by way of equity and debt through its wholly owned Mauritian subsidiary, UAP Africa.
  • Advised Dimension Data Plc on the legal and regulatory requirements applicable in its takeover offer for Access Kenya Group Limited, which is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
  • Advised Centum Investment Company Limited and Cassia Capital Partners Limited on their acquisition of a 45% stake in Platcorp Holdings Limited and the injection of additional capital by way debt.
  • Advised Wananchi Group of companies in Kenya in relation to a loan facility of USD 72 million from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), an agency of the United States of America.
  • Advised Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited in a USD 250 million financing from Standard Chartered Bank. The funds will be used for purposes of meeting the working capital requirements necessary in converting Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited from a tolling refinery to a merchant refinery.
  • Advised Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited on several capital raising initiatives leading to the modernisation and expansion of their Mombasa refinery expected to be valued at USD 1.3 billion.
  • Advised the Pan-African private equity specialist, Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), on its acquisition of a 90% stake in Nairobi Java House Limited, one of Kenya’s most successful food and beverage outlets. This was ECP’s first private equity deal in the restaurant sector in East Africa, and its second investment in the East Africa region from its latest fund, ECP Africa Fund III.
  • Advised Dimension Data Plc on the legal and regulatory requirements applicable in its takeover offer for Access Kenya Group Limited, which is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

 

Awards

  • IFLR1000 2016 recognised Philip as a leading lawyer.
  • Chambers and Partners 2016 and 2017 recognised Philip as a leading lawyer and Band 1 commercial and corporate lawyer respectively.
  • Legal 500 2017 ranked Philip as a recommended lawyer for Real Estate and Construction, and Legal 500 2016 and 2017 ranked Philip as recommended lawyer for Corporate/Commercial and M&A in Kenya.
  • Best Lawyer ranked Philip as lawyer of the year for corporate, mergers and acquisitions.

 

Philip Coulson is acknowledged by sources as a “superb lawyer” who is “fantastic and enthusiastic.” He is a leading practitioner in areas such as M&A, joint ventures, investments and corporate restructuring. He is equally known for his strong expertise in conservation matters. He advises on various high-value cross-border transactions and investments. – Chambers and Partners 2017

“In commercial and M&A matters I have nothing but praise for Philip Coulson. He is an absolute joy to work with.” – Chambers and Partners 2016

“Philip Coulson has ‘an agenda to get the deal done.”Legal 500 2016