Firm Profile > Oraro & Company Advocates > Nairobi, Kenya

Oraro & Company Advocates
ACK GARDEN ANNEX
6TH FLOOR, 1ST NGONG AVENUE
NAIROBI
Kenya

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Oraro & Company Advocates has market-leading dispute resolution expertise. George Oraro SC and Chacha Odera are two of the most prominent litigators in the market. The team continues to land some of the biggest engagements in commercial litigation, constitutional and administrative law, tax, employment, insolvency and international arbitration. It is widely recognised for his prime roles in headline judicial review cases, insolvency litigation and major contract disputes. It represents an impressive number of Kenya and East Africa's biggest corporates and organisations. Noella  Lubano is noted for cases concerning financial institutions and insolvency and restructuring disputes.

Practice head(s):

George Oraro SC; Chacha Odera

Other key lawyers:

Noella Lubano

Key clients

Central Bank of Kenya

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT)

National Bank of Kenya

County Assemblies Forum

Trade and Development Bank

Toyota Kenya

Bank of Africa

Ecobank Kenya

Bidco Africa

Telkom

Employment Tier 1

Oraro & Company Advocates is principally known for contentious employment matters, thanks to its dispute resolution-centric heritage. The firm has extensive experience of trade union disputes and pensions cases. It represents some of the biggest employers in the jurisdiction. Managing partner Chacha Odera has over 30 years' experience in dispute resolution with a significant portion of employment cases, including recent class actions. Georgina Ogalo-Omondi is an emerging talent.

Practice head(s):

Chacha Odera; Georgina Ogalo-Omondi

Key clients

Kenya Railways Corporation

National Bank of Kenya

TelPosta Pension Scheme

Sankara Hotel

Aga Khan University Hospital – Nairobi

Kenya Airways

Central Bank of Kenya

Kenya National Union of Teachers

Jubilee Insurance Company of Kenya

CIC Insurance Group Limited

BIDCO Africa

Art Caffe Coffee & Bakery

Tumaini Self Service

Aidspan

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Oraro & Company Advocates has deep connections to the finance sector, including in traditional lending and insolvency matters, along with compliance and banking disputes. Pamella Ager leads the banking and finance, and real estate departments; she is particularly noted for real estate finance. Nelly Gitau provides further expertise in corporate lending and project finance.

Practice head(s):

George Oraro SC; Pamella Ager

Other key lawyers:

Nelly Gitau

Key clients

Diamond Trust Bank

Absa Bank Kenya

Guaranty Trust Bank (Kenya)

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Oraro & Company Advocates has achieved prominence in the market for high-end residential developments, mixed-use developments, commercial developments and commercial leases. The firm represents a number of developers and investors in the market. Pamella Ager and Nelly Gitau are experienced real estate experts.

Practice head(s):

Pamella Ager; Nelly Gitau

Key clients

Kengen Retirement Benefits Scheme

Tembuland

Cytonn Investments Management

The firm: Oraro & Company Advocates is a full-service market-leading African law firm established in 1977 with a strong focus on dispute resolution and corporate and commercial law. With a dedicated team of 9 partners, 16 associates and 39 support staff, the firm has been consistently ranked by leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and The Legal 500 as a top-tier firm in Kenya.

We provide specialist legal services both locally and regionally in arbitration, asset tracing and recoveries, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, conveyancing and real estate, dispute resolution, employment and labour, FinTech, Infrastructure, projects and PPP, private client, restructuring and insolvency and tax. Over the years, we have represented both local and foreign clients, governments, regulators, and not-for-profit organisations from target industry sectors including construction, education, energy, financial services, manufacturing and industries and the public sector.

We provide both local and cross-jurisdictional legal services, either directly or through the extensive relationships that we have established with leading firms across the globe, which enable us to offer cross-jurisdictional legal advice in a seamless manner while maintaining the highest professional standards.

Oraro & Company Advocates prides itself in its deeply-rooted client relationships by providing quality legal services through its partner-led approach, drawing from local knowledge and global perspectives.

Areas of practice
Arbitration: Our arbitration practice is recognised for its excellence in this area. The firm has always been at the forefront of both domestic and international arbitration in Kenya, providing recourse from the onset of a dispute through to an enforcement of an award.

We have represented clients in local and international arbitration tribunals including International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Chamber of Commerce in energy, financial services and construction sectors.

Asset tracing and recoveries: Our asset tracing and recoveries practice area is a recognised leader in advising both contentious and non contentious complex tracing and recovery of assets and in restructuring and insolvencies. The practice area is led by a team of partners with specialist know-how and deep experience in offering strategies for obtaining effective and time-critical legal remedies to secure and recover assets, including freezing injunctions, disclosure orders and protection of assets. 

With a good reputation in handling complex banking disputes, debt recovery and asset tracing, the practice area has represented clients in various courts in the land including the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Our asset tracing and recoveries practice closely with a broad range of stakeholders including banks, financial intermediaries, distressed companies, creditors, private equity sponsors, and governments. As a full service law firm, the practice area is able to call upon lawyers from a wide range of related specialist areas including tax, employment and labour, banking and finance and restructuring and insolvency.

Banking and finance: With increased oversight in the banking sector and the advent of Islamic finance and FinTech in Kenya, we leverage on the trusted legal advice we provide to regulators to help clients make sense of what may be complex transactions in an increasingly competitive market.

Our banking and finance practice area is well-known for its years of experience in advising clients in banking and finance law in contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice area is actively advises on asset finance, structuring and drafting lending and security documentation for corporate and retail lending including cross border and syndicated loans, structured finance  and trade finance for local and regional banks, regulators and international financial institutions.

Capital markets: Over the years, we have established a reputation as a market leader in capital markets transactions in the country, representing a range of listed companies in Kenya. We have been instrumental in the development of the legal and regulatory framework for Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority (CMA) as well as advising the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) technical committee.

The practice has years of experience in advising on a broad spectrum of capital markets products and incorporates specialist expertise in debt and equity capital markets. The practice area is highly regarded for offering clients commercially insightful advice, technical expertise and complete understanding of both sides of a transaction. Our advice also reflects a broader view of the regulatory issues, markets and business environment in which our clients operate. Moreover, working closely with our dispute resolution practice area, the capital markets team act and represent clients in contentious matters, tackling complex issues and deriving the satisfaction that comes from finding practical and efficient solutions.

Led by our senior partner George Oraro SC, our team has particular industry expertise that enables us to enhance our clients’ abilities to execute their business goals effectively. George has served as a member of the Nairobi Securities Exchange’s Technical Committee and the Kenyan CMA’s Legal Panel, Disclosure and Standards’ Committee. Previously, he was a board member at the CMA for six years and was involved in shaping the legal and regulatory framework for the Kenya Capital Markets from its formative phase. Additionally, our firm has overtime, established strong relationship with the market authorities such as the CMA and NSE.

Conveyancing and real estate: Our conveyancing and real estate practice group has rich experience in providing strategic and practical advice to local and international clients on acquisition and disposal of land, conveyancing, commercial and residential development, leases, licenses, project financing, structuring of complex projects and joint ventures. Our practice area encompasses the full spectrum of contentious matters, including conveyancingcommercial and residential developments and leases and licenses.

Corporate and commercial: Our corporate and commercial practice area deals with both private and public corporations on substantive transactional matters. Our practice is well-positioned to provide strategic, business oriented legal advice on complex domestic, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions in both emerging and developed markets.

Our corporate and commercial practice comprises a robust team of lawyers who have proven experience in bringing commercial awareness to every transaction. The team prides itself in creative solutions to the most complex transactions entrusted to them. The practice is able to cut across several sectors with extensive involvement in buyouts, corporate restructuring, incorporation and company registration, joint ventures, preparing and reviewing commercial agreements, private equity and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Moreover, the team has been involved in some of Kenya’s most complex M&As in the financial services sector.

Dispute resolution: Known in the legal industry in Kenya as a “formidable dispute resolution practice” we bring together a multidisciplinary disputes team with an in-depth understanding of the judicial process. Our practice group has the experience, skills and judgement to successfully guide clients from the onset of a dispute through to resolution.

Our dispute resolution practice group actively pursues all avenues of dispute resolution available to advise clients on a wide range of contentious matters including banking litigation, highly complex commercial disputes, constitutional law, election petitions, environmental litigation, employment and labour law, family law, medical malpractice, public procurement and property disputes.

Employment and labour: Our employment and labour practice area has been recognised for its advice on contentious and non-contentious matters relating termination and dismissal, redundancy and discrimination and non-contentious matters including advisory on employment contracts, employment policies and procedures, review of HR manuals and policies, advising on staff restructuring. The practice advises clients in various sectors including banking and financial services, health services, nongovernmental organisations, telecommunications and hospitality.

Infrastructure, projects and PPP: Our Infrastructure, projects and PPP practice group is at the forefront of providing commercially focused advice in rapidly growing sectors in Kenya including energy, power generation, engineering and construction, mining and metals, telecommunications, transport, infrastructure and Public Private Partnerships.

The practice area consists of a specialist team of lawyers who are experts in the energy field and deliver commercial and best practice advice across all areas of contentious and non contentious matters backed by a deep understanding of the complexities of the industry. The practice has substantial expertise in advising on project structuring, project financing, drafting and reviewing project contracts, contract negotiation, public procurement, and conducting extensive legal due diligence. Our advocates have been involved in social infrastructure projects including roads and housing projects.

Private client: Our private client practice area provides prudent direction to individuals and families. The Private Client team provides all-round legal services, in the most efficient way, by integrating the other practice areas, when handling personal and structural issues.

Through this practice area, we have been able to preserve, build, maintain and establish trust with our client base.  Our practice is aimed at linking relationships with our clients to provide them with practical and attainable legal advice and action.

Restructuring and insolvency: Our insolvency and restructuring practice group is well regarded for advising some of the largest and most complex restructuring and insolvency matters in the country. We combine various practice areas to deliver practical advice on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of Insolvency law.

We regularly work closely with a broad range of stakeholders including banks, financial intermediaries, distressed companies, creditors, private equity sponsors and governments.

Tax: Our tax practice area is well known for its comprehensive understanding of the Kenyan tax laws. The practice area is regarded for its expertise in handling both contentious and non-contentious tax matters, developing solutions that are both tax efficient and practical to help our clients maximize opportunities, while minimizing risks.

The practice area provides advice on domestic and international tax, value-added tax, income tax, capital gains tax and transfer pricing. We also advise on the tax implications of mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. In tax disputes, the tax practice is renowned for its creative approach and is forward thinking in tax litigation due to the complexity of Kenyan tax laws.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration; Capital Markets; Corporate & Commercial; Dispute Resolution; Infrastructure, Projects & PPP and Tax Geroge Oraro SC goraro@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Arbitration; Dispute Resolution; Employment & Labour and Private Client Chacha Odera chacha@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Banking & Finance; Capital Markets; Conveyancing & Real Estate and Infrastructure, Project & PPP Pamella Ager pamella@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Arbitration; Dispute Resolution; Employment & Labour and Private Client John Mbaluto john@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Arbitration; Asset Tracing & Recoveries; Dispute Resolution and Restructuring & Insolvency Noella Lubano noella@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Asset Tracing and Recoveries; Dispute Resolution and Restructuring & Insolvency Geoffrey Muchiri geoffrey@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Conveyancing & Real Estate and Banking & Finance Nelly Gitau nelly@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Corporate & Commercial; Infrastructure, Projects & PPP and Restructuring & Insolvency Jacob Ochieng jacob@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Employment & Labour Georgina Ogalo-Omondi georgina@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Corporate & Commercial and Infrastructure, Projects & PPP Cindy Oraro cindy@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Corporate & Commercial Naeem Hirani naeem@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Tax Lilian Renee Omondi renee@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Pamella Ager  photo Mrs Pamella Ager Managing Partner
 Rosemary Chepkorir  photo Rosemary Chepkorir Associate
 Jessica Detho  photo Jessica Detho Associate
Ms Anne Kadima  photo Ms Anne Kadima Associate
Ms Sandra Kavagi photo Ms Sandra Kavagi Associate
Mr James Kituku photo Mr James Kituku Senior Associate
Mr Meshack Kwaka  photo Mr Meshack Kwaka Associate
Ms Noella Lubano photo Ms Noella Lubano Partner
 John Mbaluto, FCIArb  photo John Mbaluto, FCIArb Deputy Managing Partner
Ms Milly Mbedi photo Ms Milly Mbedi Senior Associate
Ms Eva Mukami  photo Ms Eva Mukami Associate
Ms Sheila Nyakundi photo Ms Sheila Nyakundi Associate
Mr Jacob Ochieng  photo Mr Jacob Ochieng Partner
Mr Chacha  Odera  photo Mr Chacha  Odera Senior Partner
Mrs Georgina  Ogalo-Omondi  photo Mrs Georgina  Ogalo-Omondi Partner
Mr Daniel Okoth  photo Mr Daniel Okoth Partner
 Wanjala Opwora  photo Wanjala Opwora Asociate
Ms Cindy Oraro  photo Ms Cindy Oraro Partner
Mr George Oraro SC photo Mr George Oraro SC Founding Partner
Mr Erastus Rabut photo Mr Erastus Rabut Associate
 Lilian Renee Omondi  photo Lilian Renee Omondi Partner
Ms Tesrah  Wamache  photo Ms Tesrah  Wamache Associate
Total number of lawyers : 29
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