Abdulhafeez is a Partner at the Firm’s Mombasa Office, an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Certified Professional Mediator. He has over ten years’ experience advising clients in Corporate and Commercial transactions and Dispute Resolution.
Abdulhafeez trained with Kaplan & Stratton, Advocates, Nairobi and then joined Inamdar & Inamdar, Advocates in Mombasa in 2006 where he become a Partner in 2009. Since the merger with Daly & Figgis Advocates in 2016, he has been the Managing Partner of Daly & Inamdar’s Mombasa Office.
He is well respected by clients for his practical and concise approach to the giving of legal advice.
Areas of Practice
His main practice areas are Property Acquisition and Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking Securities and Finance, Employment matters and general Commercial transactions.
He also handles Civil Litigation and Arbitration in Land, Employment, Marine Cargo and P&I Claims.
- Member of the Mombasa Law Society
- Member of the Law Society of Kenya
- Member of the East Africa Law Society
- Certified Professional Mediator (MTI-EA)
Indicative Work Experience
- Acting on behalf of Asante Capital (EPZ) Limited in a USD 6,000,000 equity investment by Moringa Fund, an agroforestry investment company. This involved review of Investment and Shareholder Agreements, advising on aspects of ownership of agricultural land by a company with non-Kenyan citizens and creating the structures to enable such ownership.
- Acting as local counsel in the project set-up and finance of Thika Power Limited as an independent power producer in Kenya. This involved giving advice on local land, energy, environmental and securities laws, review of various contracts and securities and the giving of legal opinions.
- Acting for various developers of residential and commercial centres including Rhino Properties Limited (Refinery Place, Changamwe – Office Block), Harrow Investments Limited (Eaton Place, Gigiri – Office Block), Stonehill Developments Limited (Imperial Court, Westlands – Office Block), Dynamic Company Limited (Airport Centre, Changamwe – Shopping Centre), Ocean Estates Limited (Simba Village, Diani – Apartments), Merrygold Residence Limited (Merrygold Apartments, Mombasa) and Kask Investments Limited (Karibu Gardens, Galu – Villas). Work involved advising on and setting up a leasehold scheme and negotiating, preparing and registering leases of various units.
- Advising a major clearing and forwarding company on reduction of its labour force through a scheme of voluntary retirement followed by redundancies.
- Acting for Asante Kenya Foundation in its acquisition of large tracts of agricultural land at the Kenyan coast and advising them generally on agro-forestry projects.
- Providing legal opinions on different aspects of Kenyan law to various local and international clients on business set-up, tax, distributorship, shipping, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards and disputes.
- Successfully representing Kenya Ports Authority in striking out a suit and subsequent arbitration involving a claim for damages for the death of a foreign seaman at the Port of Mombasa. The principles involved had never been argued in the Kenyan jurisdiction.
- Successfully representing Kenya Ports Authority in striking out a claim in excess of USD 300,000.00 for damage to a ship’s crane at the Mombasa Port.
- Acting on behalf of Motaku Shipping Agencies Limited in an income tax appeal and successfully getting an annulment of assessment of additional tax in a matter that had significant implications for all shipping agents operating in Kenya.
- Acting for PriceWaterhouse Coopers Limited as the receiver in an Industrial Class Action for over Kshs. 35,000,000.00 claimed by 166 former employees of the company that had been placed under receivership in 2004. Successfully managed to get the suit against PWC Limited struck out on the grounds that there was no cause of action against a receiver who acted as an agent of a disclosed principal. This was a new point established in Kenyan jurisprudence.