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Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

IKM PLACE, 5TH FLOOR TOWER A, 5TH NGONG AVENUE, NAIROBI, KENYA
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Work +254 20 277 3000
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Fax +254 20 277 3111
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Kenya

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates' active practice is founded on consistent workflows in real estate finance, supplemented by a flourishing presence in syndicated lending and project finance. The team has seen a growing number of engagements from DFIs. The firm advised CDC Group on the financing of a 40MW solar project in Malindi, Kilifi County, Kenya. 'The team quickly executes its assignments', 'the partners and associates are subject experts' and the partners are 'experienced', 'professional', 'easy to work with and very courteous'. Anne Kinyanjui has an outstanding record, as does Norah Mutuku and senior name James Kamau.

Leading individuals

Anne Kinyanjui - Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates remains active in domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. The firm's membership of DLA Piper Africa Group means it is especially well-equipped for cross-border deals in Africa. It advised Ramco Plexus on its acquisition of Pressmaster Africa and acted for Metropolitan Hospitals on the sale of a majority share in the business to Abraaj, the private equity house now in liquidation. James Kamau 'works very hard to keep transactions alive' and David Lekerai is an emerging talent. William Maema is another key member of the team.

Leading individuals

James Kamau - Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

At Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates, 'senior partners are readily accessible and willing to put in the extra hours to meet demanding deadlines' and 'legal opinions are thorough'. The group is operating at the forefront of procurement and constitutional-related litigation and has a burgeoning presence in international arbitration. It has a tremendous record in Supreme Court proceedings and is also making an impression in employment cases and trusts and estates disputes. It represented the Republic of Kenya in ICSID investment arbitration proceedings filed by Cortec Mining Kenya and is leveraging its association with DLA Piper to develop its skills in international arbitration.The team has 'highly skilled counsels with very strong negotiation and interpersonal skills', and is 'first class at understanding complex legal risks and coming up with solutions that are commercially viable and acceptable to all parties'. The prominent Kamau Karori heads the department, which includes the experienced Martin Munyu.

Leading individuals

Kamau Karori - Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates has worked on a series of big-ticket matters including major redundancy exercises and senior executive terminations. The team operates in both the contentious and non-contentious fields. It delivers 'an excellent and timely service', is 'professional in all ways' and 'timely, transparent and clear in its legal advice'. Senior figure William Maema is a recognised employment specialist and senior associate Christine Njau is another name to note. Immigration is another area of particular expertise.

Leading individuals

William Maema - Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

Next Generation Partners

Christine Njau - Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

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Privatisation and projects
Privatisation and projects - ranked: tier 1

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates has demonstrated real commitment to the projects space over the last five years and has earned itself a significant market share of big-ticket engagements, most notably in power and is now 'progessing really well' in PPPs (especially in healthcare and affordable housing). The firm is praised for its 'team work' in working 'cohesively' with the client 'towards a common goal'. The team advises a mix of sponsors, lenders and government bodies, and was engaged by Amref on a proposed primary healthcare project that will be piloted in Makueni County before being scaled up to all 47 counties in Kenya. James Kamau is 'client centric' and has huge gravitas in the market, while Beatrice Nyabira is 'a great negotiator' and another key figure in the team.

Leading individuals

Beatrice Nyabira - Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

James Kamau - Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates is a leader in real estate finance and remains active in low and middle incoming housing developments, and hotel and conference centre projects. The department is commended for its 'exceptional personal service and quick turnaround', its 'attention to client needs', its 'hands-on, prompt and flexible approach' and 'tailor-made solutions'. Real estate finance specialist Anne Kinyanjui is 'good to work with', 'knows her stuff', pays 'attention to detail' and is 'reasonable and practical'. Amrit Soar has experience in real estate conveyancing, as does Norah Mutuku. The firm advised Kipeto Energy on the acquisition of various property rights relating to a 100MW wind power project.

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