ALN Kenya| Anjarwalla & Khanna routinely acts on large multijurisdictional infrastructure, finance and M&A transactions involving multiple parties and large amounts of documentation that require significant operational and organisational processes to share and manage, track critical issues and the status of outstanding requests, correspondences, and progress reports. This is a complex and high-risk undertaking.
In 2013, Legal Transaction Management (LTM) began to emerge as a new category in Legal Tech. By 2016, there were several solutions in more developed markets that helped streamline transactions and improve turnaround times, enabling lawyers to spend their time more efficiently. ALN Kenya was one of the first legal firms in Africa to onboard Legatics, an intuitive legal transaction management platform that simplifies and automates traditional legal processes, in 2018 to track conditions precedent, initially for the firm’s Projects and Infrastructure deals.
Following the successful deployment of Legatics, an Enterprise Plan was procured to extend the platform to other practice areas including Banking and Finance and Corporate Commercial. Legatics has been a strategic addition to the ALN Kenya innovation portfolio, which has the proven ability to transform transaction-based practices. The platform is dedicated to building AI technology for rapid law firm adoption and is involved in cutting edge research that aims to increase legal technology adoption rates in legal and high-value services sectors through the use of AI microservices and behavioural change science. For ALN Kenya, it was also imperative that the preferred solution be compliant with ISO 27001 to enhance security and governance.
“We’ve developed strong relationships with ALN Kenya over the years and are excited to work together to continue to build adoption and momentum,” says Daniel Grant Smith, Legatics Head of Engagement.
The partnership with Legatics is a demonstration of ALN Kenya’s commitment towards improving client value, in addition to the firm’s focus on innovation, as one of the key drivers towards excellence and collaboration.
“ALN aims to develop innovative market-leading technologies and through its Technology Working Group, we are steadily building an innovation culture based on an interdisciplinary Innovation Team that encourages a creative, solution-oriented mindset and oversees the transformation of our member firms to keep ALN at the cutting edge of legal technology," says ALN Kenya Partner, Dominic Rebelo.
As part of this transition, Dr Robert Muthuri joined the team at the beginning of 2019 as the ALN Kenya Innovation Manager. His joining on the cusp of the COVID-19 pandemic allowed ALN Kenya to nimbly weather the change in the operating environment brought about by the pandemic. Nahabi Wandera also joined the Innovation Team as ALN Kenya's Innovation Technologist.
About ALN Kenya
ALN Kenya is generally considered the leading corporate law firm in Kenya and is the largest full-service corporate law firm in East Africa with over 100 lawyers. ALN Kenya has developed specialist expertise in several practice areas, including corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, energy, infrastructure, project finance, real estate, competition, capital markets, banking and finance, intellectual property, tax, employment, dispute resolution and forensics, investigations and compliance. A&K operates Africa-wide, handling deals in several countries across Africa, both in its own capacity and in collaboration with ALN firms across the continent.
ALN is an alliance of leading corporate law firms currently in fifteen key African jurisdictions, including the continent’s gateway economies, with OHADA expertise and an established network of Best Friends firms in the continent which allows the alliance to represent clients in every African country. ALN has presence in Francophone, Anglophone, Lusophone and Arabic-speaking Africa, which includes Algeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Legatics is an intuitive, intelligent deal platform that simplifies and automates traditional legal processes. Designed by lawyers to improve legacy working methods and solve practical transactional issues, it increases collaboration, efficiency and transparency. Legatics transforms legal transactions, providing a better deal experience for all parties, and freeing lawyers from unnecessary administrative tasks.