Nairobi-based MML Merges with Global Management Firm Turner & Townsend

(Rewel Kariuki – Director, John Rogers – Managing Director PM, Mark Haselau – Managing Director RoA, Sam Njau – CFO, Daimon Keith – Managing Director CM, Robert Gichohi – Director Projects)

NAIROBI, Kenya: Turner & Townsend today announced that its Kenya business is set to merge with Nairobi-based project management firm Mentor Management Limited (MML) a majority stake acquisition in MML from leading growth markets investor – Actis. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

The new entity, MML Turner & Townsend, will operate across the real estate, infrastructure and natural resource industries and comes as global investment is fueling Kenya’s diverse economy. Construction activity, most notably in infrastructure, is being driven by institutional and private investment from overseas.

Major projects have been helping to grow inbound investments in surrounding construction developments, including: the Northern Corridor Transport Improvement Project (NCTIP); the Lamu Port and Lamu Southern Sudan-Ethiopian Transport Corridor (LAPSSET); Lokichar to Lamu pipeline corridor; the new Mombasa-Nairobi Expressway and the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway Project.

“The merger of our Kenya operation with MML, sees MML Turner & Townsend become the largest independent project and programme management company in East Africa. This is the next step in our Africa expansion plan as we continue to grow across the continent.” commented Vincent Clancy, Turner & Townsend Chairman and CEO.

MML Managing Director John Rogers said: “Joining Turner & Townsend is a significant step for our employees and clients. Turner & Townsend’s global expertise combined with MML’s local knowledge and reputation, will deliver a unique proposition to clients.”

Michael Turner, Head of Actis’s Nairobi office also adds that,“East Africa is a key market for Actis’ real estate team, with strong macro and real estate fundamentals. The interest received from strategic investors reflects these fundamentals and MML’s market leading position, we look forward to a continued business relationship with MML Turner & Townsend as we continue to build our reputation as the most experienced sub-Saharan African private equity real estate investor.”

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Turner & Townsend’s existing team will join MML’s Nairobi operation, as a combined team of over 40 experts, delivering a range of services including advisory, programme management, project management and cost management.

Turner & Townsend, which has operated within Africa for over 30 years and has nine offices, was established in the UK in 1946, and has 104 offices in 44 countries with over 5,000 people. The firm’s most recent appointment in Kenya has been providing cost management services for the major mixed-use project – RiverRun Estates Ruiru.

MML on the other hand has been operating from Nairobi since 1987. Well respected in the commercial and residential sectors, MML has delivered a number of prestigious projects in Kenya including: Garden City Nairobi – one of East Africa’s largest shopping malls; an 11,000 sq m cargo handling facility for Swissport and a new chancery for the Australian High Commission.

Kevin Oyugi
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Nairobi-based MML Merges with Global Management Firm Turner & Townsend

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