Investment Funds & Management

Investment Funds & Management Law Firm

Our law firm has specialists lawyers with deep and broad experience in the asset management and investment funds sector, acting for a wide range of participants, including investment managers and advisers, investors, product developers, distributors, fund boards, trustees, depositaries and custody banks.

Clay & Associates Advocates provides advice to clients across a diverse asset-class spectrum, covering venture capital, hedge funds, collective investment schemes(CIS), employee share ownership plans (ESOPs), real estate investment trusts (REITs), pensions, infrastructure and insurance. Our lawyers provide targeted advice on specific issues or transactions and frequently engages on complex multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional projects in Kenya and across East Africa.

If you would like to find out more about what Investment Funds & Management legal services can be offered by our law firm to you or your business, please contact us on +254 20 2100 999 or email us at for a free initial chat about any Investment Funds & Management legal issue.

Investment Funds & Management

Debt Funds

As a Investment Funds & Management law firm, we work with both fund managers and investors. The experience of our funds and tax lawyers — combined with the market knowledge and regulatory experience relevant to your capital markets, real estate, or infrastructure investment — is available to you in one seamless team.

Fund Structuring & Establishment

Our lawyers at Clay & Associates Advocates are able to represent sponsors and managers in the structuring and formation of all types of funds: private equity, energy, commodities, venture capital, real estate, infrastructure, mezzanine, hedge, and other private and public investment funds. This includes limited partnerships, master feeder structures, onshore and offshore funds, parallel funds, and coinvestment funds.

Infrastructure Funds

As infrastructure development continues to seek private investment, our lawyers at Clay & Associates Advocates, together with our market leading infrastructure funds practice, are able to support your fund through its life cycle.

You’ll be working with a team that has the drive for innovation on infrastructure fund projects. We are able to represent funds in the Kenyan market that plan to invest in social infrastructure and other PFI/PPP assets.

Institutional Investors

With a large contingent of foreign Institutional investors in Kenya, they need to be sure that their strategies cater for the swing of the macroeconomic pendulum as they seek consistent returns in the frontier Kenyan market. Our sensitivity to the needs and interests of potential investors is valuable when advising making the Kenyan market more attractive to potential investors.

M&A and Joint Ventures

Knowledge of the assets and the sector you work in is key. So is knowledge of the market — sellers, buyers, and advisers alike. You need someone who understands the environment you work in and knows how to get deals over the line.

Our dedicated lawyers are made up of experienced corporate and finance lawyers who are embedded in all we do. We are unique in combining legal knowledge, commercial experience, and industry knowledge in one coordinated team. We are able to act on either buy-side and sell-side and have experience with a wide range of sale processes.

We know the best way to manage success for clients.

Venture Capital

Venture capital funds today need global perspective and regulatory knowledge. The nuts and bolts behind forming, structuring, and negotiating investments. The lawyers at Clay & Associates Advocates address it all.

Combining our strength in securities, tax, and regulatory matters. From traditional to innovative. We are able to advise venture capital investors and sponsors in Kenya and across East Africa. Their portfolio companies. From acquiring a portfolio to complying with regulations. Tax opportunities and risks. And operations issues throughout the lifecycle.

Our multijurisdictional ability and industry savvy means we can counsel on any fund matter you need. Because we take the time to understand your goals, our team can help strategize on the best path forward.

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We all share the same common goals – to deliver legal advice of the highest quality that is clear and easy-to-understand for our clients and meets their specific needs at competitive rates (including fixed fees wherever possible to deliver value for money and budget certainty).


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Our Investment Funds & Management Services

Fund Structuring & Maintenance

The complexities surrounding the setting up and managing of an investment fund, from commercial, regulatory and tax perspectives, have increased dramatically over recent years.

Our team guides clients through the full life cycle of a fund from the date of formation, any ongoing maintenance issues, and finally to distribution and closure. We can act for fund and discretionary investment managers, advisers, distributors, depositaries and custodians or investors.

Impact Financing

The need to conduct business responsibly and the role of impact financing in achieving and implementing international goals and policies is continuing to shape the way that investors and financial institutions conduct business. Not only have we seen a rapid growth in impact financing globally but also a greater focus on incorporating ESG factors throughout investment and deal cycles and the creation of specific products and structures.

We have extensive experience of the Impact Financing sector including our work on social and development bonds, green loans and bonds, global infrastructure and project transactions and have worked with and advised social enterprises, national and international organizations, development banks, private financial institutions including banks, direct lenders, funds and sponsors.

At Clay & Associates Advocates, we believe that international goals and policies such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement can only be achieved through the creation of strong partnerships, increased collaboration, the sharing of knowledge and insights and through the creation of innovative financial solutions.

Commitment to environmental and social issues has long formed a core part of our firm’s culture and we remain as dedicated as ever to ensuring that we support our clients seamlessly across our network of offices and practices using our deep sector expertise to help navigate through the increasing law, regulation, market standards whilst managing changing stakeholder expectations and identifying increasing opportunities.

We support and are strongly aligned with your mission and believe that business can and should play a crucial role in tackling social and environmental problems.

We are committed to helping you to achieve your goals and work with you to seek solutions to domestic and international problems.

Regulatory Compliance, Marketing and Distribution

With deep-rooted expertise of navigating through the various jurisdictions, regimes and applicable laws that the Kenyan, East African and COMESA region distribution of investment funds entails, our team of regulatory experts prides itself in working hand in hand with clients and their in-house counsel to enable them to navigate these hurdles for the efficient and compliant distribution of investment funds both in the Kenyan and African marketplace.

In Kenya, the team has a profound understanding of requirements by various regulators including the Capital Markets Authority, Central Bank of Kenya, Competition Authority and Nairobi Securities Exchange rules.

Investment Fund Due Diligence

We understand the importance of due diligence in any transaction and the complexities surrounding the constitutional documents of investment funds which can vary in their structure and drafting.

Our experts provide counsel to clients and a bespoke due diligence service for individual investors, family offices, pension funds and other institutional investors across a range of fund types to including limited partnerships, collective investment schemes and private equity and venture capital co-investments.

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