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Kaplan & Stratton
Williamson House
4th Ngong Avenue
Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 20 2841000
Fax: +254 20 2734667

Email: OFowler@kapstrat.com
Web: www.kaplanstratton.com

Oliver is qualified as a Kenyan Advocate and an English Solicitor. After admission as an English Solicitor, he joined Kaplan & Stratton in 1978. His work encompasses commercial work, particularly financial, corporate and taxation matters. He has been extensively involved in project finance work undertaken by the firm and in the capital markets, banking and foreign investment sectors. He is the Chairman of REA Vipingo Plantations Limited, a company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

RECENT EXPERIENCE:

• Advised on the acquisition by City Trust Limited a company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange of I&M Bank Limited (reverse take-over); regulatory and transactional advice; offer and other take-over documentation

• Advised on the reorganisation of Barclays African interests including its shareholding in the listed Kenyan subsidiary; regulatory and corporate advice

• Western Seed Group; Pearl Capital Partners and project financiers; 2012-13. KES 584,947,050 project financing; exit by existing equity funds through sponsor acquisition; new project finance from Voxtra AS; common terms agreement; financing, security and share sale documentation

• Proposed acquisition of KenolKobil Limited, a company with regional interests listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange; due diligence, regulatory and transactional advice; did not proceed to completion

• Advised the US$ 170,000,000 Kwale Mineral Sands Project. Syndicate loan financing for the Kwale mineral sands project and associated development in the Port of Mombasa

• Advised The Junction Limited on KES 1,000,000,000 secured property development financing

• Advised AfriCert on its successful exit from agriculture sector investment through third party sale

• Advised Essar Telecom Limited on a US$ 200,000,000 medium term, local overseas and vendor syndicated loan finance

• Advised CfC Insurance Holdings an African Liaison & Consultant Holdings Limited on a swap of shares in Kenya life insurance company with a view to subsequent listing

• Advised Safaricom Limited on a KES 12,000,000,000 medium term notes for telecommunications company

• Advised Total Kenya on a KES 4,680,000,000 syndicated loan in connection with its acquisition of Chevron Kenya Limited

• Advised Standard Bank PLC on a USD 50,000,000 syndicated bridge loan finance to Essar Telecom Kenya

• Reviewed of capital markets legislation to strengthen legal and regulatory framework for the Capital Markets Authority

• Privatisation work including concession agreements in the Port of Mombasa (2001 & 2002), advice on the legal framework for the proposed establishment of commercial water and sanitation companies (1997), participation in safety net study for Government employee retrenchment (1993) and consultancy for the restructuring of the Kenya Wildlife Service (1992)


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