The Legal 500

Kenya

Editorial

Legal market overview

Following the 2013 election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya seems to be on a clear, positive road to economic, social and political improvement as the new government enacts policies to make Kenya more attractive as a business opportunity, particularly for foreign investors. This has resulted in a number of multinationals showing serious interest in the market.

For lawyers, an increase in M&A and infrastructure projects – particularly in the energy market – has generated significant mandates. The discovery of new oil reserves off the Kenyan coast in early 2014 holds the promise of more legal work.

One important development in the Kenyan legal market was the merger of Oraro & Co Advocates and Hamilton Harrison & Mathews in October 2014 to form the new firm Hamilton Harrison & Mathews (incorporating Oraro & Co), thus challenging the status of rivals such as Anjarwalla & Khanna as one of the largest Kenyan law firms.

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