Johnson has a wide knowledge of the financial sector’s regulatory framework in Kenya, including capital markets, competition, banking, insurance and pensions. He has notable experience in mergers & acquisitions, capital markets transactions, privatization, private equity and debt financing, legal and governance audits and compliance advisory. He has advised on a number of complex large size and cross-border transactions, including the first ever acquisition of a controlling stake by a listed company in another listed company.

Johnson has advised clients on the impact of policy statements and legislation on their business, through newsletters and legal alerts, and is a frequent contributor in Kenya’s business dailies.

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Banking & Finance
  • Legal & Governance Audits
  • Privatization


  • Puzzle of tax havens and shell firms (
  • The article has insight on the effect of tax policy change towards minimizing double non-taxation.

  • Intermediaries to take active role in battle against money laundering (
  • The Article highlights the role of market intermediaries under the Guidelines on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing in the Capital Markets.

  • Help farmers hedge against price volatility (
  • Use of futures commodities by farmers to hedge against price volatility risk.

  • How Kenyans will gain from proposed law to regulate the petroleum sector (
  • The Article highlights the local content provisions and community rights under the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill, 2015.

  • Why the health sector stands to gain from Reits (
  • The article looks at Real Estate Investment Trusts' potential contribution to healthcare industry in the country.

  • Reits best real estate bet for low income earners (
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts present opportunities to low income earners to invest in real estate. The article is a primer on the product.

  • Access to Information Act vital tool in war on graft (
  • The Access to Information Act, 2016 became operational on September 21, 2016 giving effect to Article 35 of the Constitution. This article highlights the Act as a tool for fighting graft in public procurement.


    • English
    • Swahili

    Countries of Work Experience

    • Kenya
    • Uganda
    • Tanzania
    • Mauritius
    • South Africa
    • USA
    • UAE
    • United Kingdom


  • Governance, Risk and Compliance Certificate, The Nairobi Securities Exchange
  • Post Graduate Diploma Law, Kenya School of Law
  • Bachelor of Laws Degree, University of Nairobi

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Acted for Centum Investment Company Plc, a leading listed private equity company in Kenya, in the acquisition of a controlling stake in Longhorn Publishers Limited, the first acquisition of a listed company by another listed company in Kenya
  • Acted for Centum and the management of GenAfrica Asset Managers Limited in the disposal of a majority stake in GenAfrica, a fund manager licensed to manage pension funds with operations in Kenya and Uganda to Kuramo Capital, a transaction valued at close to KES 2 Billion
  • Acted for Centum in its disposal of a stake in KWA Holdings Limited to Distell International Holdings Limited, a transaction valued at close to KES 1 Billion that resulted in Distell acquiring a controlling stake in KWA Holdings Limited
  • Acted for Heritage Insurance Company Limited in its disposal of 100% stake in Azali Limited to Emerg Investments Limited
  • Acted for Longhorn Publishers Plc in its acquisition of a controlling stake in LawAfrica Publishing Limited
  • Acted for a private equity company in Kenya in the acquisition of several of its subsidiaries in the food and beverages sector by a South African buyer, a transaction valued at KES 27 Billion

Banking & Finance

  • Acted for Two Rivers Development Limited in its issue of a KES 2 Billion Commercial Paper
  • Acted for Twiga Foods Limited and founding shareholders in a Series A financing round, a transaction valued at USD 10.3 Million which involved both equity and debt investments by several individuals and funds around the world. I was also involved in Twiga’s USD 1,750,000 Seed Stage round of financing.
  • Acted for Musoni Microfinance Limited in its issue of a KES 2 Billion multi-tranches Note Issuance Facility
  • Acted for a local fintech microlender in a KES 2 Billion fundraising through the issue of a Commercial Paper secured by a pledge of shares
  • Advised a private equity company in Kenya, in consultation with a London based and a Mauritius-based counsels, in the structuring of a fund in Mauritius with a mirror fund in Kenya

Legal & Governance Audits

  • Conducted a governance audit on a listed non-operating holding company and its three subsidiaries: An insurance company and an assurance company licensed by the IRA and a fund manager licensed by the CMA, a requirement under the CMA’s Code of Corporate Governance Practices for Issuers of Securities to the Public
  • Advised the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited in the development of a legal and governance compliance tool and updated the approved securities exchange’s policy documents and statements against the CMA’s Code of Corporate Governance Practices for Issuers of Securities to the Public


  • Advised as part of a consortium in an ongoing privatization of three hotels in Nairobi County and Nyeri County
  • Advised in an ongoing privatization of a company in the food and beverages sector.