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Oraro & Company Advocates

Kenya > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Sitting comfortably at the apex of the dispute resolution space, Oraro & Company Advocates‘ large team of dedicated litigators service a full spectrum of clients in sectors including banking and financial services, manufacturing, construction, and energy. Construction disputes, insolvency and restructuring suits, tax disputes, and international arbitration are key pillars of work for the firm. Founding partner George Oraro is a seasoned expert in headline and landmark cases, and leads alongside Chacha Odera, who is well-established in the banking sphere. John Mbaluto is highly sought after in employment disputes, and Noella Lubano excels in fraud and asset tracing matters. Lilian Renee Omondi supports on tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

George Oraro; Chacha Odera

Other key lawyers:


‘Oraro & Company Advocates go above and beyond for their clients. They are always available to provide prompt, accurate and commercially useful legal advice. They are also very honest about the probability of success of suits and have a very high success rate in litigation practice in Kenya.’

‘The team is very gender diverse and technologically capable. The majority of our meetings are done online.’

‘John Mbaluto has been invaluable. He has greatly assisted me in the management of litigation cases. His reports are always timely and accurate. They provide both practical and meaningful legal advice with regard to strategy for our cases.’

Key clients

National Bank of Kenya

Maersk Kenya 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

Telkom Kenya Ltd

Kapiti Plains Estate Limited

KCB Bank Ltd

Meta Platforms, Inc.

SBM Bank (Kenya) Limited

Jubilee Insurance Company of Kenya Limited

CIC Insurance Group Limited

Kenya National Union of Teachers

Uber B.V and Uber Kenya Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Carbacid Investments PLC (Carbacid) and Aksaya Investments LLP (Aksaya) in a takeover transaction which has been suspended and referred to the Capital Markets Tribunal (the Tribunal) as well as the Commercial Division of the High Court (the High Court).
  • Acted for Toyota Kenya Limited in a class-action product liability claim with respect to Toyota’s HINO FC 300 and HINO FC 500 motor vehicles.
  • Acted for Cerba HealthCare SAS (France), Lancet Service Company (PTY) Limited (South Africa) and Cerba Lancet Africa (South Africa) in a suit filed by the former Lancet CEO claiming shareholder and employment benefits.

Kenya > Employment Tier 2

Particularly prominent in employment litigation, Oraro & Company Advocates enjoys a loyal roster of prominent clients relying on the team in complex voluntary early retirement, unfair termination, and redundancy disputes. Practice head Chacha Odera has a demonstrated track record in defending against class actions, while John Mbaluto is similarly proficient in navigating trade union disputes. Sandra Kavagi supports across the range of employment and labour law matters.

Practice head(s):

Chacha Odera

Other key lawyers:

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


Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited

Kenya Medical Supplies Authority

Jubilee Insurance Company of Kenya Limited

Kenya National Union of Teachers

Work highlights

  • Acted for TelPosta Pension Scheme in defending a judgment by the Retirement Benefits Appeals Tribunal (RBAT) for unpaid retirement dues of approximately $79.1m by former employees of Telkom Kenya Limited, owned by a UK private equity firm operating in Africa.
  • Acted for Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited in proceedings that commenced before the Chief Executive Officer of the Retirement Benefits Authority, who found that the benefits of the former employees of the bank had been properly computed, and dismissed the complaint.
  • Represented the National Bank of Kenya against three separate class action claims in the Employment and Labour Relations Court for the retabulation of terminal benefits arising from voluntary early retirement taken by the claimants.

Kenya > Privatisation and projects Tier 3

Particularly active in the growing natural resources and mining sectors, Oraro & Company Advocates advises clients from both the domestic and global markets on project structuring, financing, contract negotiation and public procurement. Founding partner George Oraro leads the team and is frequently retained on large-scale infrastructure projects and PPPs, while managing partner Pamella Ager showcases her expertise in project development transactions. Jacob Ochieng assists with complex infrastructure ventures, and Cindy Oraro focuses her practice on energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

George Oraro

Other key lawyers:


‘Great team – they did an excellent job in helping us structure complex legal arrangements involving private sector stakeholders and the county government in Kenya.’

‘The team demonstrated good knowledge of legal projects structuring and good creativity which was very critical in building buy-in with key political stakeholders.’

Key clients

Tata Chemicals Magadi Limited

Work highlights

  • Negotiated with regulators and advised on the impact of Kenya’s overhauled mining law regime on the validity of mining leases.

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 partners, associates, and support staff, the firm has been consistently ranked by leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR1000, 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; conveyancing and real estate; corporate and commercial; 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 retail, insurance, maritime and logistics, technology, construction, private equity, education, energy, real estate, 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 law firms across the globe. Oraro & Company Advocates is a full Affiliate Member of AB & David Africa (ABDA), a Pan-African business law network committed to ensuring that businesses and projects succeed in Africa by helping clients minimise 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 on 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 the enforcement of an award.

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

Asset tracing and recoveries: Our asset tracing and recoveries practice area is a recognised leader in advising on 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 the protection of assets. 

With a good reputation for 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, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Our asset tracing and recoveries practice works 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 on contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice area 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 a 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 acts and represents clients in contentious matters, tackling complex issues and deriving the satisfaction that comes from finding practical and efficient solutions.

Led by our founding 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 Kenya’s Capital Markets from its formative phase. Additionally, our firm has, over time, established strong relationships with 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 the 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 on finding 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&A transactions 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 a 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 to termination and dismissal, redundancy, discrimination, and non-contentious matters, including advisory on employment contracts, employment policies and procedures, review of HR manuals and policies, and 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 and financial service knowledge. Frequently, the team is involved in advising clients on their financing, corporate matters, and regulatory and compliance. The practice area also provides financial and technical legal advice on the establishment of fintech service businesses, licensing of the products, compliance with regulatory requirements, and dispute resolution in day-to-day matters, and 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 on 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 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 maximise opportunities while minimising 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
Corporate & Commercial; Infrastructure, Projects & PPP and Restructuring & Insolvency Jacob Ochieng jacob@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Corporate & Commercial and Infrastructure, Projects & PPP Cindy Oraro cindy@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Tax Lilian Renee Omondi renee@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Banking & Finance and Conveyancing & Real Estate James Kituku james@oraro.co.ke +254 709 250 000
Total number of lawyers : 33