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Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews
1ST FLOOR, DELTA OFFICE SUITES, BLOCK A, OFF WAIYAKI WAY, MUTHANGARI
PO BOX 30333-00100
NAIROBI
Kenya

Kenya > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews has a well-established reputation as one of the leading advisers to local and international corporates on corporate finance transactions. It generates work from clients in sectors such as energy, real estate, manufacturing and agriculture. Practice head Richard Omwela works with Andrew Mugambi, who specialises in project finance and asset finance. Adil Khawaja has vast experience of real estate transactions. Sigee Koech is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Richard Omwela

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank (Dubai)

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited

ING Bank N.V Amsterdam Lancy/Geneva Branch

Absa Bank Kenya PLC

KCB Bank Kenya Limited

I & M Bank Limited

SBM Bank Kenya Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders in respect of facilities issued to Safaricom PLC, the largest telecommunications provider in Kenya and one of the most profitable companies in the East and Central Africa region.
  • Acted for I&M Bank Limited with respect to facilities offered to Tononoka Rolling Mills Limited.
  • Acted for KCB Bank Kenya Limited, which granted facilities to AMS Properties Limited.

Kenya > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews has one of the leading dispute resolution practices in Kenya, with it being proficient in matters involving tax, insurance, banking, constitutional and administrative law issues. The team is similarly experienced in energy and infrastructure matters. Practice head Kenneth Fraser SC works with Kiragu Kimani, who has expertise in complex tax disputes, real estate litigation and arbitration. Michi Kirimi is well-versed in guiding clients through banking, insurance, employment and IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Fraser

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is without question one of Kenya’s leading law firms. They are highly professional, efficient, effective and widely respected.’

‘Mr Fraser is deeply knowledgeable, prepares for his matters meticulously, is most courteous and very efficient in responding to correspondence and updating clients on developments. Having been an advocate at the High Court of Kenya for more than 50 years Mr Fraser is highly experienced in court, commanding the respect of both the bench and fellow counsel.’

Key clients

Altron TMT Holdings (Pty) Limited

Cannon Assurance (Kenya) Limited

Fargo Courier Limited

Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited (KPLC)

Tandala Investment Company Limited

Bata Brands SA

Bata Shoe Kenya Limited

Sureinvest Company Limited

Delmonte Kenya Limited

Ingredion LLC

Traid Networks Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on an investigation by the Competition Authority of Kenya which alleges that the client has violated a customer’s consumer rights and may be in breach of the Competition Act and Constitution of Kenya 2010.
  • Represented a client in a complaint filed before the Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal, challenging the client’s data and unused internet bundles policy.
  • Acted for two shareholders of an insurance company in a dispute between the shareholders over its management and control before an arbitrator.

Kenya > Employment Tier 1

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is highly reputed for employment advice, with it generating mandates from clients across a broad cross-section of sectors. TIts team advises clients on disciplinary processes, performance improvement plans, termination processes, redundancy processes and drafting employment contracts. It is also knowledgeable about M&A-related employment issues. Michi Kirimi is a senior practitioner with extensive experience of disputes, while Lorna Mainnah has expertise in employment and immigration engagements. Ezra Makori has experience of employment litigation. Richard Omwela is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Richard Omwela

Other key lawyers:

Michi Kirimi; Lorna Mainnah; Ezra Makori

Testimonials

‘Credible advice and professional conduct demonstrated by the whole staff.’

‘Every interaction is accurate and professionally handled. Timely updates and a well connected team with multiple expertise.’

‘Approachable and accurate.’

‘Excellent knowledge about laws and regulations and practical strategies to apply them to businesses.’

Key clients

Elgon Development Limited

Immo80 Kenya Limited

Redbury Nine Limited

Khawaja Sohail Deen & Dr Lubna Khawaja

British High Commission

Work highlights

  • Acted for Immo 80 Kenya Limited on behalf of Overseas Administration Management and advised it on the acquisition of four warehouses in Nairobi’s busy Industrial Area, just off Mombasa Road.

Kenya > Privatisation and projects Tier 1

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is at the forefront of the leading energy and infrastructure projects in Kenya, advising the likes of Kenya National Highways Authority, PricewaterhouseCoopers and World Bank. The department is noted for its ability to handle complex transactions and PPPs and is frequently engaged to advise government departments and international organisations. Andrew Mugambi is experienced in advising on PPP projects and drafting of project agreements. Peter Okaalet is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Omwela

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Mugambi; Peter Okaalet; Daniel Wanjau Muriu

Key clients

China Road and Bridge Corporation

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)

Government of Kenya

The National Roads Authorities in Kenya: Kenya National Highways Authority

Kenya Rural Roads Authority

Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA).

Work highlights

  • Acted as the Kenyan legal advisors of the private developer, China Road and Bridge Corporation, on the development, operation and maintenance of a dual carriageway with Class A standard that connects Mlolongo town with James Gichuru Road (the Nairobi Expressway).
  • Advised the various contracting authorities under the Road Annuity Programme on PPP Projects on the construction and rehabilitation of roads cutting across over 15 (of the 42) counties in Kenya.

Kenya > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is a strong choice for advice on complex mergers, acquisitions, takeovers and buyouts that often involve cross-border elements. Daniel Muriu Wanjau , Andrew Mugambi and Peter Okaalet are key partners with extensive experience in competition and merger control applications. Practice head Richard Omwela has expertise in capital markets transactions, including corporate bonds issuances and IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Richard Omwela

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Muriu Wanjau; Andrew Mugambi; Peter Okaalet; Adil Khawaja

Testimonials

‘The people I dealt with were quite friendly and collaborated very well to help us resolve the issue we had at hand.’

‘The in-depth understanding of legal issues and the professional way to resolve it. The patience and willingness to simplify the issues for a layman’s understanding. I am referring to Mr Mugambi whom I have worked with on various occasions.’

Key clients

748 Air Services (Kenya) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised 748 Air Services (Kenya) Limited on its acquisition of 49%, through an affiliate company, Airport Hangar Services Limited, of the issued share capital of African Express Airways (Kenya) Limited, a key player in Kenya’s aviation industry .

Kenya > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews continues to handle large-scale conveyancing transactions in the real estate and construction field. The firm has advised on large mixed-use developments, sales of bank assets, property disposals in share purchase schemes and restructurings of debt. The team has also worked closely with the government to review the national legal framework in the forestry sector. Adil Khawaja is the managing partner and is recognised for his real estate and commercial law acumen. Lorna Mainnah advises on private-public land exchanges. Sigee Koech is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Richard Omwela

Other key lawyers:

Adil Khawaja; Lorna Mainnah; Sigee Koech

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified and experienced team who know how to get things done, demonstrated through the challenging Covid period.’

‘Very thorough with the ability to see and counteract potential issues and problems in advance.’

Key clients

Elgon Development Limited

Immo80 Kenya Limited

Redbury Nine Limited

Khawaja Sohail Deen & Dr Lubna Khawaja

British High Commission

Elgon Development Limited

Immo80 Kenya Limited

Redbury Nine Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Immo 80 Kenya Limited which is a subsidiary of Overseas Administration Management that specializes in worldwide relocation and record management services. The firm set up Immo 80 Kenya Limited in Kenya on behalf of Overseas Administration Management and advised it on the acquisition of four warehouses in Nairobi’s busy Industrial Area, just off Mombasa Road.
  • Act for Elgon Development Limited (the developer) in the sale and lease of office units in an office complex located in a busy commercial area in Nairobi.
  • Act for Redbury Nine Limited in the acquisition of a prime piece of property in Kilifi. This transaction proved quite unique as the seller had charged the property to a bank, which is currently under receivership.

The firm:Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is one of Kenya’s highly acclaimed law firms, with a tradition of excellence dating back to 1902. We have built up a reputation as an innovative, experienced, responsive and highly-skilled firm with the capacity and technical expertise to offer practical legal solutions to both corporate and individual clients. We are one of Kenya’s largest law firms with a dedicated team comprised of 13 Partners and 43 Associates who are supported by a team of over 80 legal assistants, administrative and paralegal staff. We offer legal services to clients all over Kenya and have our primary office in Nairobi and a second office in Mombasa.
Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews provides a full range of legal services to an extensive client base which includes local and foreign companies, individuals, state corporations and Non-Governmental Organizations.

Recent experience: 

Banking and finance: Advised Africa Logistics Properties on its $26m financing from Stanbic Bank Kenya and Standard Chartered Bank South Africa.

Dispute resolution: Represented the Ethics & Anti-Corruption Commission in challenges against its investigation into allegations of corruption made against several prominent personalities.

Employment: Advised an acquaculture business on a restructuring process, which required redundancies and acted in a subsequent case brought by one of the employees seeking damages and reinstatement.

IP: The firm handles a large portfolio of IP work for international and local clients such as Merck, Anheuser Busch, Abu Ghazaleh Intellectual Property, Adams & Adams, Rotam Agrochem International Limited, eBay Inc, Commercial Bank of Africa Limited, Reed Smith and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Privatization and Projects: Advised PricewaterhouseCoopers (Japan) and the World Bank Group on a study on the resilience of PPP infrastructure in Kenya.

Real estate: Advised ALP North Two on the negotiation and preparation of the sub-leases connected to Kenya’s first grade A logistic and distribution warehouse park.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Richard Omwela
Litigation Ken Fraser
Litigation Kiragu Kimani
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Adil Khawaja
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Andrew Mugambi
Litigation Michi Kirimi
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Daniel Wanjau Muriu
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Lorna Mainnah
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Sigee Koech
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Winifred Gitao
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Nafysa Adam Abdalla
Litigation Ezra Makori
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Peter Okaalet Jr
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Kenneth Fraser photoMr Kenneth FraserKenneth Fraser SC is the Head of the Litigation Department. He specialises…
Adil Khawaja photoMr Adil KhawajaAdil Khawaja has 23 years’ experience and in-depth knowledge in real estate,…
Kiragu Kimani photoMr Kiragu KimaniKiragu has over 28 years’ experience in constitutional matters, tax litigation, procurement…
Michi Kirimi photoMs Michi KirimiMichi has over 18 years’ experience in successfully guiding her clients throughcomplex…
Lorna Mainnah photo Lorna MainnahOct 2013 to date: Partner, 2007 to Oct 2013: Associate
Andrew Mugambi photoMr Andrew MugambiAndrew Mugambi specialises in corporate and commercial law work including mergers and…
Daniel Muriu Wanjau photoMr Daniel Muriu WanjauDaniel is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya having been…
Richard Omwela photoMr Richard OmwelaRichard Omwela has been in legal practice for the past 37 years…
Number of lawyers : 60
English
Swahili
Law Society of Kenya
Contacts : Senior partner: Richard Omwela (richard.omwela@dentons.com)
Contacts : Managing partner: Adil Khawaja (adil.khawaja@dentons.com)
Other offices : Mombasa