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Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

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James Kamau

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Corporate Department


James is Managing Partner of Iseme Kamau & Maema Advocates, Kenya His areas of practice include private equity and venture capital, commercial and corporate law, corporate finance and taxation, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets .


James was admitted as an Advocate in August 1991. He joined Iseme, Kamau and Maema Advocates (then known as Iseme & Co Advocates) as an Advocate in 1991 and has since risen through the ranks to his current position as Managing Partner.


English, Kiswahili, French


Law Society of Kenya


Bachelor of Laws, University of Nairobi Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

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.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

James Kamau - Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

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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Privatisation and projects

Within: Leading individuals

James Kamau - Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

Within: Privatisation and projects

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.

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