The role of the manufacturing sector in Kenya as envisaged in Vision 2030 is to create employment and economic growth as it seeks to increase its contribution to the GDP by at least 10% per annum. The country has a diverse group of manufacturers, however, the transformation of agricultural raw materials, particularly coffee and tea, remains the sector’s principal activity.
IKM is familiar with both the key opportunities and challenges that face manufacturers operating in the market place. Our broad local, regional and international perspective leaves us especially well placed to manage the diverse legal issues that manufacturers face.
The firm advises manufacturers on various legal issues that arise during operations including company set-up, structuring, compliance, patent registration, labour law matters, health and safety, environmental, mergers and acquisitions, disputes.
Through our many years of experience in the Manufacturing sector, we have worked with clients spanning a cross-section of industries:
- Building materials
- Electrical supplies
- Motor vehicle
Clients in the Manufacturing sector are supported by the following Practice Areas:
- Commercial and Corporate Law
- Labour Law
- Intellectual Property
- Competition and Monopoly Law
- Conveyancing/Real Estate
- Bank Securities and Finance
- Dispute Resolution
- Public Procurement
- Advised CMC Holdings, a leading motor vehicle dealer and distributor in Kenya (listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange) on compliance with its obligations under the Capital Markets Act and in particular, the Capital Markets (Securities) (Public Offers, Listing and Disclosures Regulations, 2002 and the Capital Markets Authority Corporate Governance Guidelines. We have also assisted CMC Holdings in resolving and responding to a number of regulatory requirements and addressing issues raised by the Capital Markets Authority.
- Conducted a tax authority audit of a company in the automotive/ heavy equipment industry.
- Advised a leading cement manufacturer in a claim for US$18 million as indemnity and compensation for the insured loss which the client sustained as a result of the collapse of a silo at its plant.
- Advised Protea Chemicals on the procedure for carrying out a disciplinary process under Kenyan employment law and regulations.
- Advised numerous tobacco producers on intellectual property and trade mark matters.