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CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates

Kenya > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates advises large local and international commercial banks on loans facilities to borrowers looking to expand and grow their offering in the Kenyan market. The team is also able to advise payment service providers on regulatory compliance and licensing matters. Julius Wako is the main contact at the firm and Nishit Maru also leads on banking and finance transactions. Stella Situma is another key lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Julius Wako

Other key lawyers:

Nishit Maru; Stella Situma

Key clients

Stanbic Bank Kenya

Standard Chartered Bank

I&M Bank Kenya



Victoria Commercial Bank

Bank of Baroda

Kenya > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The team at CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates advises clients on M&A transactions, special purpose vehicles, restructuring work and general corporate, tax and competition compliance. The firm has a growing client base consisting of large Kenyan clients such as Standard Chartered Bank Kenya. Dual qualified in England and Kenya, senior partner Hamish Keith is the practice head and has experience of large business transactions and privatisations. Shitul Shah has recently been involved in asset and share purchases as well as restructuring. Cheryl Mageto is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Hamish Keith

Other key lawyers:

Shitul Shah; Cheryl Mageto; Alex Muchira; Haanee Khan


‘A great team that is highly respected in Kenya. Quick turnaround time and responsive.’

‘Hamish Keith and Cheryl Mageto were great to work with. Highly respected by competitors and known as tough but reasonable in negotiations. I valued their responsiveness and negotiating skills.’

‘The service provided by the team at CMS Daly Inamdar, namely Hamish Keith and Cheryl Mageto, is highly effective in terms of experience and communication. They are significantly more effective than other legal firms we have dealt with in Nairobi.’

‘Hamish Keith led the team and was assisted by Cheryl Mageto. Both individuals were exceptional throughout.’

Key clients

Jubilee Insurance Company Kenya

InfraCo Africa Limited

Teita Estates Limited

Stanbic Bank Kenya Limited

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited

I&M Bank Kenya Limited

Base Camp Explorer Limited

Ramco Group Limited/ASL Packaging Limited

ADM Capital

Kenya > Dispute resolution Tier 3

At CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates, the dispute resolution team’s varied workload spans commercial, admiralty and maritime, employment, and real estate issues. Samir Inamdar heads up the group, and has established experience in handling shipping, construction and medical negligence disputes. George Muchiri and Abdulhafeez Noorani are recognised for their expertise in handling arbitration matters. Other key practitioners to note are Grace Kinyanjui and Collette Akwana.

Practice head(s):

Samir Inamdar


‘The team has an in-house conference to discuss the challenges faced by each dispute which involves the whole team producing a strategy for the partner to work with.’

‘They care and pay attention to detail.’

‘Very reliable people.’

‘Their presentation is professional.’

Key clients

Old Mutual Group PLC

Nyali Academic Services Ltd t/a The Mombasa Academy

Packaging Manufacturers (1976) Limited

Sterling Wilson and Solar

East African Portland Cement Company

Zarara Oil & Gas Limited

Gulf Energy Limited

Farmers Choice Limited

Freight Forwarders Kenya Limited and Union Logistics Limited

Kilifi Boatyard Limited

Kenya Ports Authority

The Salvation Army – Kenya West Territory

John Grossert & Company Limited

Mistry Premji Gangji (Investments) Limited

Kenya > Real estate and construction Tier 3

The team at CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates regularly advises a client base of construction, education and insurance sector companies on purchases and sales of land. Harpreet Ubhi, who specialises in real estate and property law, heads up the practice, in which Stella Situma and senior partner Hamish Keith are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Harpreet Ubhi

Other key lawyers:

CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates (CMS DI) is the oldest law firm in Kenya tracing its origins to 1899 with offices in Nairobi and Mombasa, and is part of CMS, a future-facing international firm with more than 5,000 lawyers across more than 70 offices in 40 countries worldwide.

CMS-DI is one of the most reputable full-service civil law practices, engaging in all aspects of corporate, commercial, real estate, and dispute resolution services. With over 40 experienced lawyers, a number who are dual qualified (England and New York), handling significant, ground-breaking, and noteworthy commercial transactions, CMS-DI’s clients include Kenyan-owned companies, multinational corporations, development institutions, foundations, and private clients conducting business across Africa.

Corporate and commercial Hamish Keith
Corporate and commercial Abdulhafeez Noorani
Corporate and commercial Shitul Shah
Corporate and commercial Julius Wako
Corporate and commercial Nishit Maru
Foreign direct investment Hamish Keith
Foreign direct investment Shitul Shah
Foreign direct investment Samir Inamdar
Capital markets Hamish Keith
Capital markets Abdulhafeez Noorani
Banking and finance Julius Wako
Banking and finance Abdulhafeez Noorani
Construction Samir Inamdar
Litigation and dispute resolution Samir Inamdar
Litigation and dispute resolution George Muchiri
Intellectual property Shitul Shah
Property and real estate Harpreet Ubhi
Property and real estate Lillian Lofty
Property and real estate Nishit Maru
Maritime and admiralty Samir Inamdar
Maritime and admiralty Nishit Maru
Insurance Hamish Keith
Insurance Samir Inamdar
Regulatory compliance Abdulhafeez Noorani
Mining and energy Hamish Keith
Mining and energy Julius Wako
Employment Shitul Shah
Employment Abdulhafeez Noorani
Employment George Muchiri
Immigration Shitul Shah
Number of Lawyers : 40

Contacts : Samir Inamdar (
Contacts : Oliver Manyasi (
Other office : Mombasa
Dual qualified : 6


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