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Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

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William Maema

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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William is a partner at Iseme Kamau & Maema Advocates, Kenya. His areas of practice include intellectual property, commercial and corporate law, information communication and technology (ICT) law, competition and monopolies, capital markets, mergers and acquisition, employment law, immigration law and nNon-governmental organisation.


William Maema graduated from the University of Nairobi’s Faculty of Law in 1990 and proceeded to the Kenya School of Law where he obtained a Diploma after passing the Council of Legal Education examinations. He was admitted to the Roll of Advocates on 22nd August, 1991. Immediately thereafter, he proceeded to University of Cambridge, UK, for a Master of Laws Degree in Commercial Law and Intellectual Property where he graduated in June, 1992. He trained in the Commercial Department of Hamilton, Harrison and Mathews where he rose through the ranks from a Legal Assistant to a Partner in the Commercial Department. In 2000, William joined Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates as the Partner in charge of the Commercial Department, a position he holds to date. William is the holder of a Master of Laws degree from Queen’s College, University of Cambridge and is also a Certified Public Secretary.


Law Society of Kenya Institute of the Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya Association of Teachers and Researchers in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) International Trade Mark Association (INTA) Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Society


LLM, Queen’s College, University of Cambridge Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law LLB, University of Nairobi, Kenya


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

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Within: Leading individuals

William Maema - Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

Within: Employment

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.

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