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I&M Holdings owners give the nod for Burbidge Capital takeover


The I&M Bank building in Nairobi. Shareholders of financial services firm I&M Holdings have approved its acquisition of corporate advisory company Burbidge Capital. PHOTO | FILE

Shareholders of financial services firm I&M Holdings Wednesday approved its acquisition of corporate advisory company Burbidge Capital.

I&M Group believes the purchase of a controlling stake in Burbidge will provide a platform for the firm to enhance its corporate finance capacity in the local market.

The owners approved the plans in a unanimous decision passed at the firm’s 64th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Nairobi.

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I&M Holdings chairperson Daniel Ndonye told the meeting the firm is pursuing several strategic projects geared at placing it at a vantage position to tap growth opportunities.

“Our group strategy is to emerge as a one-stop-centre for all the financial needs of our customers,” said Mr Ndonye.

During the AGM, the shareholders also passed a special resolution allowing for the amendment of the firm’s Articles of Association to allow the proposed entry of CDC Group as a major investor in I&M Holdings.

The entry of CDC Group Plc, the UK government capital financing institution, through a 10.68 per cent equity stake purchase of I&M Holdings is seen as crucial in the funding of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in East Africa.

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The completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals from authorities in the region and is expected to be concluded in the next couple of months. 

Meanwhile, I&M Holdings’ flagship banking subsidiary I&M Bank Kenya announced the appointment of seasoned banker Kihara Maina as the chief executive officer. He has a strategic brief to guide the bank’s growth to tier one status. 

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Mr Maina takes over from Arun Mathur who retired mid this month after a long career with the bank.