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

Kenya > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Oraro & Company Advocates has an exceptional record in dispute resolution, representing both local and international clients in big-ticket matters. The team is involved in a wide variety of complex disputes, including banking, constitutional law, insolvency and restructuring cases. In addition to representing clients in litigation, the department’s experience also extends to alternative dispute resolution methods, such as arbitration, mediation and settlement negotiations. George Oraro SC and Chacha Odera lead the team with a wealth of experience in navigating landmark disputes. Noella  Lubano specialises in banking & commercial litigation, fraud and labour disputes.

Practice head(s):

George Oraro SC; Chacha Odera

Other key lawyers:

Noella Lubano

Testimonials

‘Experienced legal experts of many years and in different legal fields of practice with quick responses to legal needs of clients. They are willing to bend backwards for clients. They have a wide network of experienced legal firms to represent clients where the firm has no offices.’

‘One of the leading legal firms in Kenya.’

‘Are willing to negotiate fees after commencement of work for clients.’

‘I work with the senior partners of the firm who are some of the finest legal minds in Kenya. The firm has experienced and highly techno-savvy young lawyers too. Senior experienced legal minds include SC Oraro, Chacha and Muchiri, who are assisted by equally competent associates including Sandra and Obuya, among others.’

Key clients

National Bank of Kenya

United Millers Limited

Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited

Toyota Kenya Limited

Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation

The Honourable Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya

Kenya Ports Authority

Imperial Bank Limited (IR)

Kapiti Plains Estate Limited

Ecobank Kenya Limited

Ecobank Nigeria Limited

Jubilee Insurance Company of Kenya Limited

Kenya Medical Association Housing Co-operative Society Limited

Dufry Kenya Limited

Dufry International AG

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited

Diamond Trust Bank Kenya Limited

Carbacid Investments PLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Carbacid Investments PLC and Aksaya Investments LLP in a takeover transaction which has been suspended and referred to the Capital Markets Tribunal as well as the Commercial Division of the High Court.
  • Acted for Toyota Kenya Limited in a class-action product liability claim and the matter is with respect to Toyota’s HINO FC 300 and HINO FC 500 motor vehicles.
  • Represented Bank of Africa Kenya Limited and Kenya Commercial Bank in separate similar suits by Collogne Investments Limited seeking injunctions as a third-party charger to restrain Bank of Africa and KCB Bank Kenya Limited from exercising its statutory power of sale over the head-office of an insolvent supermarket.

Kenya > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

The banking and finance team at Oraro & Company Advocates actively advises on a full spectrum of legal issues such as lending and securities, Islamic finance, syndicated loans and corporate lending. The firm is highly regarded for its expertise in handling and advising on insolvency matters. Pamella Ager heads up the banking and finance team with support from James Kituku.

Practice head(s):

Pamella Ager

Other key lawyers:

Kenya > Employment Tier 2

Oraro & Company Advocates has an excellent employment and labour relations team, which acts for large local, regional and international organisations. The department advises on employment contracts, redundancies, employee benefits, collective bargaining agreements and reviews HR policies and procedures. The firm has acted against two of the largest trade unions in Kenya, including the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), in disputes against the employer. Chacha Odera is the most senior partner in the team and has represented a variety of different clients. Georgina Ogalo-Omondi has advised on intricate labour disputes in relation to terminations, redundancies and collective bargaining.

Practice head(s):

Chacha Odera

Other key lawyers:

Georgina Ogalo-Omondi; John Mbaluto

Testimonials

‘They give efficient legal services. I like the way they handle all legal matters assigned to them with a lot of passion, due diligence and high standard services. They are exceptional in terms of hiring very competent personnel who ensure all legal matters are handled very well.’

Key clients

TelPosta Pension Scheme

National Bank of Kenya

Kenya Railways Corporation

The Honourable Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya

Tumaini Self Service Limited

Art Caffe Coffee & Bakery Limited

Aidspan

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited

Diamond Trust Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended a judgement by the retirement benefits tribunal for unpaid retirement dues.
  • Acted in various claims for The Honourable Attorney General – Kenya challenging section 85 of the Finance Act 2018.
  • Acted for Kenya National Union of Teachers in a trade dispute amounting to $540m against the teachers’ employer.

Kenya > Privatisation and projects Tier 3

Oraro & Company Advocates has a full-service projects and infrastructure team, advising on financing, contracts, public procurement and project structuring. The firm is involved in several cross-border mandates with clients from both Kenya and other global markets. George Oraro SC, Jacob Ochieng and Cindy Oraro are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

George Oraro SC; Jacob Ochieng; Cindy Oraro

Testimonials

‘Relative to other firms in the market, Oraro does an excellent job collaborating across practice disciplines. They seem to have smaller staffing on matters, which seems to allow for greater collaboration among their subject matter experts. This allows them to provide comprehensive expert support in a very expedient manner.’

Key clients

China National Petroleum Corporation

Tata Chemicals Magadi Limited

Netherlands Water Partnership and Cardano Development Services

Sinohydro Corporation (K) Limited

Cytonn Investments Management PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising on a proposed $1.8 billion project to develop up to 350 MW of a geothermal power plant.
  • Negotiating with regulators on behalf of Tata Chemicals Magadi Limited and advising on the impact of Kenya’s overhauled mining law regime on the validity of mining leases.
  • Advising Netherlands Water Partnership and Cardano Development Services on the establishment of the Kenya Pooled Water Fund.

Kenya > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Oraro & Company Advocates advises on joint ventures, leases, the preparation of licences, structuring of complex development projects and transfers of land, among other matters. The firm acts for numerous developers and investors in the market. Pamella Ager is the main contact at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Pamella Ager

Key clients

Tembuland Limited

Cytonn Investments Management PLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kengen Retirement Benefits Scheme on its $10.3m development of a 6.6-acre parcel of land.
  • Acted for Cytonn Investments Management Plc on the purchase of property for a comprehensive mixed-use development consisting of 408 units.
  • Advised a real estate developer on a joint venture for the construction of a mixed-use development inclusive of 8,800 residential units.

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 & commercial law. With a dedicated team of 10 partners, 4 senior associates, 11 associates, 1 lawyer and 36 support staff, the Firm has been consistently ranked by leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500 as a top-tier firm in Kenya.

We provide specialist legal services both locally and regionally in Arbitration, Asset Tracing & Recoveries, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Conveyancing & Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, FinTech, Infrastructure, Projects & PPP, Private Client, Restructuring & 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 retail, construction, education, energy, financial services, manufacturing & 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. Oraro & Company Advocates is a full Affiliate of AB & David Africa, a Pan-African business law network committed to ensuring that businesses and projects succeed in Africa by helping clients minimize the risks associated with doing business on the continent. This enables 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.

FinTech: Our FinTech law practice offers a combination of deep global technical experience with local regulatory & financial service knowledge. Frequently, the team is involved in advising clients on their financing, corporate matters, and regulatory & compliance. The practice area also provides financial and technical legal advice on establishing of the fintech service businesses, licensing of the products, compliance with regulatory requirements and dispute resolution in day to day matters to highly complex issues in the industry. Our client base in the practice area ranges from venture capital funds, start-ups, banks, and other financial institutions.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Arbitration; Capital Markets; Corporate & Commercial; Dispute Resolution; Infrastructure, Projects & PPP and Tax Geroge Oraro SCgoraro@oraro.co.ke+254 709 250 000
Arbitration; Dispute Resolution; Employment & Labour and Private Client Chacha Oderachacha@oraro.co.ke+254 709 250 000
Banking & Finance; Capital Markets; Conveyancing & Real Estate and Infrastructure, Project & PPP Pamella Agerpamella@oraro.co.ke+254 709 250 000
Arbitration; Dispute Resolution; Employment & Labour and Private Client John Mbalutojohn@oraro.co.ke+254 709 250 000
Arbitration; Asset Tracing & Recoveries; Dispute Resolution and Restructuring & Insolvency Noella Lubanonoella@oraro.co.ke+254 709 250 000
Corporate & Commercial; Infrastructure, Projects & PPP and Restructuring & Insolvency Jacob Ochiengjacob@oraro.co.ke+254 709 250 000
Corporate & Commercial and Infrastructure, Projects & PPP Cindy Orarocindy@oraro.co.ke+254 709 250 000
Corporate & Commercial Naeem Hiraninaeem@oraro.co.ke+254 709 250 000
Tax Lilian Renee Omondirenee@oraro.co.ke+254 709 250 000
Dispute Resolution Daniel Okothdaniel@oraro.co.ke+254 709 250 000
Banking & Finance and Conveyancing & Real Estate James Kitukujames@oraro.co.ke+254 709 250 000
Total number of lawyers : 25
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