(L-R) Akash Devani, partner, and Glenda Benson, consultant, Anjarwalla & Khanna; awards judge Dawn Smith, WesBank

Finalists: Bowmans (Highly Commended); ENSafrica; Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys; Webber Wentzel

Nairobi-based law firm Anjarwalla & Khanna took home the African Large Practice Law Firm of the Year prize for the third year in a row, a reflection of its stern refusal to stand still and its commitment to innovation.

As the largest law firm in sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa, Anjarwalla’s pan-African strategy has seen it land some of the biggest cross-border deals on the continent, including UK state-backed CDC Group’s $140m equity investment in Kenya’s ARM Cement, and Canadian security firm GardaWorld’s acquisition of KK Security. That has helped deliver Anjarwalla record growth, with revenues rising by 34% last year.

The firm continues to invest in new technology, having recently installed a document automation system to boost efficiency and improve drafting compliance (Anjarwalla is also planning to introduce artificial intelligence software for corporate due diligence). And the firm continues to develop and expand its African Legal Network, an alliance of leading independent firms across 16 Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone-speaking jurisdictions.

“A pan-African firm with a vision – keeping their eye on the horizon and always looking for opportunity to grow and expand without compromising on quality legal services,” enthused one judge.

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