Firm Profile > TripleOKlaw Advocates > Nairobi, Kenya

TripleOKlaw Advocates
PO BOX 43170, NAIROBI 00100

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

TripleOKlaw Advocates has a fine record in the banking, finance and capital markets segment. It acts for a range of banks, borrowers and issuers on significant transactions and compliance programmes. It has landed a series of impressive engagements in the banking space, including corporate governance audits. It has also gained recognition for its work in capital markets-related issues connected to the launch of real estate investment trusts (REITs). Financial institutions M&A is another forte. Jinaro Kibet leads the department, while Stephen Mallowah is a key name for project finance and PPPs.

Practice head(s):

Jinaro Kibet; Stephen Mallowah


‘The firm has a reputation for conscientiousness and attention to detail, which is necessary in high value and/or high risk matters. The firm takes the time to understand our transactions so as to see how best to add value to them.’

‘The firm as a whole is very cohesive and knowledgeable in how to handle the instructions. They all display the same high level of conscientiousness and attention to detail which is the firm.’

‘They have a very diverse mix of services and in-house skills to deliver to a very high standard in Kenya.’

‘In the projects we have engaged them on, their response times are exceptional. We can ask them to meet an impossible deadline and they will deliver without question.’

‘The quality of the work and, in particular, the advice that is given through the process is very practical, solutions based and with well thought out explanations.’

Key clients

The National Treasury

Trademark East Africa

Acorn Holdings

ABSA Bank Kenya

Metropolitan Canon Life Assurance

Stanbic Bank Kenya

Credit Suisse

Imperial Healthcare East Africa

Siginon Group

SBM Bank Kenya

Dispute resolution Tier 2

TripleOKlaw Advocates' traditions lie in dispute resolution and it has maintained an impressive standing in commercial litigation, constitutional cases, corporate fraud, employment cases and disputes involving financially distressed parties. It has also demonstrated a strong commitment to arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It represents many of Kenya's major corporates, organisations and public sector bodies. James Uduol is highly regarded for constitutional cases and John Ohaga SC  is a genuine leader in arbitration and big-ticket litigations.

Practice head(s):

James Oduol; John Ohaga SC

Other key lawyers:

Marysheila Onyango-Oduor


‘Excellent court representation in constitutional petitions, bank transactions, land matters and Judicial Review proceedings against diverse government agencies as well as commercial disputes affecting the banking industry. Turn around times are very impressive.’

‘John Ohaga is an accomplished adviser and partner for banks in the areas of regulations, credit and asset finance disputes. A leading arbitrator and recently crowned as Senior Counsel.’

‘The team is very well organised, clearly synergised and is able to bring to the fore all issues in the case and present all possible interventions for discussion and consensus. They also place emphasis on dispute resolution and will explore all possible reasonable means of bringing the matter to closure which is very helpful in reducing costs.’ 

‘John Ohaga comes across as a great team leader, who delegates and allows his team members to explore and think through and agree on all possible interventions for further discussion. When we have met with him and his team, he has allowed them to fully express themselves and share and propose workable interventions.’

Key clients

Kenya Pipeline Company

Kenya Airways

Ola Energy Kenya (formerly known as Libya Oil Kenya)

Mount Kenya Bottlers ; Rift Valley Bottlers; Nairobi Bottlers and Kisii Bottlers

Kenya Bankers Association

Central Bank of Kenya

Mike Maina Kamau

Leisure Lodges

Lennah Wanjiku Koinange

Kenya National Highway Authority

Employment Tier 2

TripleOKlaw Advocates is noted for a broad mix of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, along with extensive immigration expertise. Marysheila Onyango-Oduor is a recognised employment specialist, John Ohaga is key for labour disputes and Jinaro Kibet for immigration.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

TripleOKlaw Advocates has a burgeoning reputation in the M&A field and, in particular, inbound investments into Kenya. It has an especially strong record in financial services and oil and gas sector deals. Fund formation and REITs are a growth segment for the team, which advised Acorn Holdings on the establishment of the country’s first development real estate investment trust (REIT). Jinaro Kibet and Stephen Mallowah are senior practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Jinaro Kibet; Bryan Muindi

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Mallowah


‘The firm has a reputation for conscientiousness and attention to detail, which is necessary in high value and/or high risk matters. The firm takes the time to understand our transactions, so as to see how best to add value to them.’

‘The firm as a whole is very cohesive and knowledgeable in how to handle the instructions. They all display the same high level of conscientiousness and attention to detail.’

Key clients

Trademark East Africa

Philia Energy Group

Acorn Holdings Limited

International Healthcare Distributors (EA)

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Kenya

Siginon Aviation

Kenya Electricity Generating Company

Defa International Kenya

Entec Technology Development Company

PowerChina Guizhou Engineering Company

Real estate and construction Tier 3

TripleOKlaw Advocates has a strong real estate finance, development and investment practice. The firm acts for a wide range of lenders, developers and investors. It has gained a foothold in premier residential developments and smart home residential projects, and continues to advise a number of lenders on high-value real estate financings. Tom Onyango is the key partner.

Practice head(s):

Tom Onyango; Jinaro Kibet

Key clients

SBM Bank, Kenya

KCB Bank

ABSA Bank Kenya

Echuka Country Estate

Hayer One

Ceytun Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret

Church Commissioners Properties

NCBA Bank Kenya

Equity Bank Kenya

Soluti Finance East Africa

The firm: TripleOKLaw LLP is an acclaimed and robust leading full-service law firm established 19 years ago. The firm has a staff of over 90 personnel comprised of 11 partners and 25 associates. The firm’s practice areas are each headed by a partner who is considered an authority in their respective fields. The practice groups are supported by a team of highly qualified managers, associates, and researchers, all selected to the highest international standards and experience in their respective technical areas of expertise.

Some of the main practice areas include dispute resolution, real estate and banking, corporate and commercial law, telecommunications, media and technology (TMT), financial services, energy and natural resources, climate change and sustainability practice, and debt recovery.

The firm is a member of Meritas Worldwide (, an established global alliance of independent full service law firms with a geographical presence across over 92 countries, in nine global regions. This enables the firm to navigate transnational legal issues with confidence as it is part of an alliance that has a positive, consultative approach to business and a common commitment to excellent client service. The rule of law may be complex and diverse across global jurisdictions, but as a member firm of Meritas Worldwide, TripleOKLaw is able to offer consistency and world class quality services that clients need to conduct business efficiently.

Part of the firm’s vision has been to incorporate the latest technology towards delivering efficient, relevant and professional services in this changing legal landscape. Our strategic investment and adoption technology in our daily collaboration, communication and research needs is edging the firm closer to being a paperless practice. We have utilized the use of cloud technology platforms within the firm, and achieved and maintained international standards and practices such as CIS 20. Our initiatives were recognized by the CIO100 Awards hosted by the CIO East Africa where we received a Silver Mark of Recognition.

The firm’s passion stems from the knowledge that our clients are the reason for our success. TripleOKLaw LLP has grown by creating a reputation for integrity and providing approachable, responsive, solution oriented, practical and valuable legal services to clients, both local and international.

Areas of practice
Dispute resolution: We have worked to create a compelling reputation in dispute resolution, carving a niche in litigation, arbitration and mediation. Through the firm’s involvement in numerous landmark cases over the years, our lawyers have contributed immensely to the development of the jurisprudence in Kenya. The reason for the firm’s success is the fact that its advocates are serious creative thinkers, strong negotiators, and forceful litigators, backed by top quality strategic case management skills and their hard earned practical experience for which we believe there is no substitute in a legal practitioner.

Corporate and commercial law: We provide bespoke commercial transaction services to our clients. We hold our clients’ hands through complex commercial transactions both locally and across borders. We also provide advice and direction to foreign companies in the establishment and registration of their investment enterprise locally. Due to new commercial trends, lawyers in this practice regularly deal with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliance, management buyouts and agreements. We aim to support our clients’ strategic needs across various borders.

Real estate and banking: The firm’s real estate and banking practice has rapidly grown in tandem with the Kenyan real estate sector that has experienced a boom in the recent years. The firm delivers a full range of services ranging from structuring and planning of complex banking and real estate transactions, acquisitions and disposal of property and perfection of securities. Through our developed networks, we advise our clients at every stage of their transactions and assist them in obtaining all the relevant approvals from the various government agencies.

Telecommunications, media and technology (TMT): There have been enormous strides made in the technology and innovation space globally. Kenya, dubbed as the Silicon Savannah, is evidently an ICT hub with a developed Fintech and payments ecosystem. The industry is constantly evolving and has made significant leaps and bounds in regard to product development application and digital establishment. This has led to legislative and regulatory implications that govern roll out and use of these innovations. Our firm offers support to entities in the telecommunications, payments, financial services and technology sectors as they structure their organizations and negotiate complex transactions in this sphere. We guide clients as they set up in the Kenyan market, design their offerings to meet regulatory requirements, negotiate strategic partnerships, secure intellectual property rights and improve user experience. Our TMT team is well versed with the peculiarity of the Kenyan market and continuously works with clients to identify potential risks and mitigate exposure as they secure and structure contractual arrangements through their tailor-made advisory.

Energy and natural resources and climate change and sustainability practice: The latest frontier and deposits found in oil and gas in Kenya has led to increased interest and development of the sector, which in turn has driven the need for legal services by private companies and government institutions. Our practice is tailored to enabling private and public organizations deal with the risks brought about by the impact of climate change while fully exploiting the economic opportunities brought about by the need for adaptation. The firm has built resource capabilities in this area and provides services to upstream, midstream, downstream and integrated companies in oil and gas. In addition to this, it is also involved in several projects in the Kenyan renewable energy and mining industry which is proving to have potential for rapid growth and development.

Financial services: We work closely with our clients to develop appropriate property and corporate strategies, identifying the financial needs of our client’s projects or their corporate finance requirements, and packaging bankable proposals for potential financiers and investors. We also structure and re-structure project and corporate finance.

Debt recovery: We provide ancillary services in debt collection and debt recovery. Our polite, persuasive, persistent but professional approach produces better debt recovery results than traditional strong-arm tactics. We subscribe to ethical standards in debt collection and comprehend that debt collection is part of a continuing relationship between client and the debtor. Special attention is paid to case study, evaluation and assessment and establishing communication.

Clients: The firm’s clients include: banks and financial institutions, insurance companies, telecommunications companies, manufacturing companies, aviation companies, property owners and developers, government agencies, state corporations, non-governmental organisations, energy, oil, gas and mining companies.

Department Name Email Telephone
Civil Litigation and Practice James Ochieng Oduol
Civil Litigation and Practice John M Ohaga
Civil Litigation and Practice Elias Masika
Civil Litigation and Practice Isaac Kiche
Arbitration/ADR James Ochieng Oduol
Arbitration/ADR John M Ohaga
Arbitration/ADR Kenvine Odhiambo
Energy and Natural Resources Noreen Kidunduhu
Media and intellectual property Jinaro K Kibet
Corporate and Commercial Jinaro K Kibet
Corporate and Commercial Bryan Muindi
Corporate and Commercial Catherine Kariuki
Corporate and Commercial Janet Othero
Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions Jinaro K Kibet
Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions Bryan Muindi
Real Estate and Banking Tom O Onyango
Real Estate and Banking Catherine Kariuki
Real Estate and Banking Janet Othero
Real Estate and Banking Renice Midar
Family Marysheila Onyango-Oduor
Environment Elias Masika
Maritime and Aviation Jinaro K Kibet
Maritime and Aviation Elias Masika
Tax and International Trade Brian Muindi
ICT and Intellectual Property Jinaro K Kibet
Transaction Advisory Tom O Onyango
Transaction Advisory Jinaro K Kibet
General Legal Practice Kenvine Odhiambo
General Legal Practice Isaac Kiche
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jinaro K. Kibet  photo Jinaro K. Kibet Jinaro Kibet is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial department at…
 John M. Ohaga  photo John M. Ohaga John M. Ohaga is the Managing partner at TripleOKLaw Advocates LLP. To…
 Tom O. Onyango  photo Tom O. Onyango Tom Onyango is a Partner and Head of Real Estate and Banking…
 James Ochieng' Oduol photo James Ochieng' Oduol James Ochieng’ Oduol is the Senior Partner at TripleOKLaw Advocates LLP. To…
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