Rosa and Daniel’s joint election is seen as a means to continue strengthening the firm’s client service and collaboration, and to respond to the transformational shifts in the way high quality and specialised legal services are delivered globally. The firm continues to put good governance at the heart of its operating model to ensure that systems and structures position it well in a fast changing and challenging market.
The two new managing partners succeed Karim Anjarwalla who will take on the role of senior partner together with Atiq Anjarwalla. Karim has successfully led the firm, for more than two decades, through a period of strong business momentum highlighted by the formation and evolution of ALN, an alliance of law firms spanning 15 countries in Africa.
In his new role at ALN Kenya, jointly with Atiq, Karim will focus on the integration and further development of ALN, work with key clients on major mandates across Africa, and continue to be actively involved in continent-wide initiatives which promote and advance the rule of law.
Daniel and Rosa have also been instrumental in the firm’s success and growth across Africa. Both embody its vision, values and objectives, and have earned the confidence of the entire partnership.
Daniel has been with the firm for 14 years, eight of which he has spent as head of the firm’s tax practice, shaping the way clients are advised on legal and tax matters and advising clients on their entry strategy into the continent. He has also been extensively involved in the development of tax policy in Kenya.
Rosa is a partner in the corporate and M&A practice and also specialises in corporate governance and employment law. In her 19 years with ALN Kenya, Rosa has worked with many of the firm’s most prominent clients on landmark M&A and capital markets transactions across the continent. She has also led the firm’s CSR initiatives for several years and serves on their pro bono committee.
The transition in leadership is part of an overall change in the governance of the firm, which will now have a partnership board and an executive committee. The partnership board will oversee the long-term view of strategy, risk and firm values, while the executive committee will work with the managing partners to deliver strategy.
“Having worked with Rosa and Daniel for many years, I know them to be most accomplished practitioners, true culture carriers, as well as people of energy and vision with a real commitment to the firm and its people,” said Karim Anjarwalla. “Their combined strength will build on our current momentum, fulfilling our mission to help our clients achieve high levels of impact. I feel sure that they will together set new standards of excellence.”
“I am delighted to be working with Rosa and Daniel,” commented Senior Partner Atiq Anjarwalla. “A change in leadership and governance is exciting and I have no doubt that they will be a fantastic team that will enable the firm to continue delivering the very best to our clients and our people.”
Commenting on her appointment, Rosa said, “I am honoured and privileged to be entrusted by the partnership to lead the firm alongside Daniel. We are very fortunate to work together with a team of very talented and enthusiastic individuals, to continue to sustain our leading status, create a platform for deep and broad market-leading expertise, maintain a strong and dynamic culture and also keep the firm as an exciting place to work.”
“I am grateful to the partnership for this appointment which provides a great opportunity to further contribute to realising the firm’s bold vision to position itself as the trusted advisor of choice,” said Daniel. “Together with Rosa, we are determined to help our clients navigate the multitude of opportunities and challenges in Africa by providing world-class legal, tax and regulatory advice, which is key to realising their commercial aspirations.”
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