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Kaplan & Stratton Advocates
PO BOX 40111-00100 NAIROBI

Kenya > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Fred Ojiambo heads up the dispute resolution practice at Kaplan & Stratton Advocates, which is highly regarded for its established strength in handling mediation, litigation and arbitration. The team acts for major corporations drawn from a range of industries, including commodities, construction, energy, insurance, and financial institutions. Tax and property disputes are key strengths for the group; Nazima Malik is noted for her expertise in the former area. Cosima Wetende specialises in commercial, construction, insurance and employment disputes. Procurement litigation is prominent in Peter Njeru‘s workload, and Esther Kinyenje focuses on contentious competition, trade and industrial matters. Peter Gachuhi is an experienced arbitration and litigation expert.

Practice head(s):

Fred Ojiambo


‘The firm is highly capable, and I rely on their expertise and guidance in handling complex and high-profile disputes.’

‘I work mainly with Esther in the Dispute Resolution department, and I value her accessibility and abilities when dealing with complex contentious matters.’

‘This practice is unique because of the personalised service it offers to its clients. No client is too small to be accorded the requisite expertise and time. The practice was alive and quite understanding to our needs while keeping us up to date on the relevant changes that had an effect on our matters.’

‘I mainly dealt with Esther Kinyenje and Peter Njeru and I was impressed by their attention to detail, their timely updates and follow ups on the matters they were handling. The team displayed patience and understanding of clients in the public sector and a willingness to advise and represent us even at short notice.’

Key clients


Instalaciones Inabensa S.A

Absa Bank Limited

Total Energies Limited

Rift Valley Highway Limited

Rubis Energy Kenya

Unilever Kenya Limited

AON Minet Kenya Limited

Coca-Cola Central East and West Africa Limited

East Africa Breweries Limited

Safaricom PLC


TNT Express Worldwide Kenya Ltd

CMA CGM Kenya Limited

Samsung Kenya

Kenya > Employment Tier 1

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates has an excellent reputation for representing a solid client base of employers in a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Department head Sam Wainaina is well known for his expertise in advising on pensions matters. Esther Kinyenje is a key contact for assisting employers with large-scale industrial relations disputes. Litigation expert Cosima Wetende and Peter Gachuhi are significant figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Sam Wainaina


‘The team is made up of diverse professionals of different skills and experience, who are allocated accordingly depending on the nature of the work.’ 

‘Esther Kinyeje is well versed in the industry and well respected. She is able to provide practical solutions to legal problems. She is also readily available to consult and has a team of very able associates who provide great legal support.’

‘The professionalism of the team is notable. They take the time to understand the complex matters concerning the Employment Act and guide us accordingly. We receive regular updates from the team regarding changes in the labour environment.’

‘The team consists of diverse professionals at different levels who know when and how to engage. The network sets them apart from their competitors. They are also responsive and professional in their interaction.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola Central, East and West Africa Ltd

Prudential Life Assurance Kenya Ltd

Kenya Tea Growers Association

Kenol Kobil

Unilever Kenya Ltd and Unilever Tea Ltd

AMREF Health Africa

Samsung Kenya Limited

British American Tobacco (BAT) Limited

Tata Chemicals Magadi Ltd

Orpower 4 Inc.

FSD Africa

Syngenta Group

American Tower Corporation

Ford Foundation


Kenya > Privatisation and projects Tier 1

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates has an excellent reputation for advising on large-scale, flagship projects in Kenya. The firm excels in handling domestic energy and transport infrastructure projects, and regularly acts for domestic and international clients, particularly private sponsors and lenders focusing on the PPP projects space. The team is jointly headed by Peter Hime and infrastructure development project expert Sam Wainaina. Kenneth Kamaitha is sought after for assisting with energy and mining financing matters. Nyakio Manga is a key name for renewable energy mandates.

Practice head(s):

Peter Hime; Sam Wainaina

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)

Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

The Export-Import Bank of China

PowerChina Group

Sinohydro Corporation

Vinci SA

Meridiam SAS

Stanbic Bank

Societe De Promotion et de Participation Pour la Cooperation Economique (“Proparco”);

Alten Energías Renovables

Elicio N.V

Kenya > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates is particularly known for financing transactions relating to aircraft leasing. The team is instructed by international DFIs and Kenyan banks on matters with cross-border elements for assistance with the restructuring of loan facilities, project financing, syndicate financing, bonds and securities. Practice head Ruth Kirunga is highly regarded in the market and regularly advises on complex securities particularly in the aviation and project finance space. Peter Hime specialises in aircraft-related leasing and financing. Senior associate Eva Biegon is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Kirunga

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hime; Sam Wainaina; Eva Biegon


‘I have not worked with Kenyan counsel previously. The team at this firm is very proactive and professional. They also have a deep knowledge of English law which allows them to provide detailed input on more nuanced items without much research being needed.’

‘Ruth Kirunga offers detailed guidance on how to deal with Kenyan law issues from an English law perspective. Eva Biegon is a proactive lawyer and on the ball.’

Key clients


Stanbic Bank Kenya

Export Import Bank of China

African Export-Import Bank

Agence Francaise de Development

Nordic Aviation Capital A/S


Nedbank Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

European Investment Bank

SFC Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Allen & Overy LLP, English counsel for African Frontier Capital (Mauritius) LLC on the private placement of loan notes, backed by receivables generated from the repayment of loans for the acquisition of solar products by citizens in Kenya and other jurisdictions.
  • Assisted with the drafting, negotiation, execution and perfection of security documents as well as advising Allen & Overy LLP, the English counsel for the lender of an independent global wireless infrastructure company, on the most cost-effective form of security which ensures the client is protected.
  • Advised Nedbank on the preparation, negotiation, execution and perfection of securities over its borrower’s, a high-end hotel operator’s, various assets including property.

Kenya > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates, founding member of LEXAfrica, advises on cross-border mandates concerning the sale-and-purchase of assets, joint ventures, reorganisations, and M&A deals. The firm has an impressive client base consisting of domestic and multinational corporations including Unilever and also acts as local counsel to large international law firms, assisting with compliance with local regulations. The team is jointly led by highly respected competition law and M&A expert Joseph Ng’ang’ira  and Sarah Kiarie-Muia, who has experience of cross-border M&A particularly strategic investments and divestments. Kenneth Kamaitha supports the department. Mercy Chemutai is another key lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Ng’ang’ira; Sarah Kiarie-Muia

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Kamaitha; Mercy Chemutai

Key clients

ZEP RE (PTA Reinsurance Company)

Nordic Microfinance Initiative AS

AP Møller Capital P/S

ICEA LION Insurance Holdings and First Chartered Securities Limited

GEMS Africa Limited

The Dow Chemical Company

CFAO Group

Unilever Kenya Limited

International Finance Corporation

British American Tobacco

Coca Cola Kenya


Safaricom PLC

Samsung Electornics


Assa Abloy Group

Bata Corporation

Lafarge Holcim Group

Prudential Assurance Group

Absa Group

FedEx Group

DSV Group




L’Oreal East Africa


Clifford Chance LLP

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Hogan Lovells

Pinsent Masons

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

White & Case LLP

Trinity LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised ZEP RE (PTA Reinsurance Company) on its acquisition of a majority stake in Agriculture and Climate Risk Enterprise Limited.
  • Advised Nordic Microfinance Initiative AS on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Juhudi Kilimo Company Ltd, a significant microfinance institution in Kenya.

Kenya > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates is well known for advising overseas and institutional investors on complex real estate matters. The team has been kept busy handling redevelopment matters, conservation issues, and acquisitions and disposals of land. Department head Rachel Mbai is highly regarded for her expertise in the space. Nyakio Manga and Caroline Etyang are also noted lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Mbai

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bawan Limited

Nodor Kenya EPZ Limited

Driftwood Beachclub Limited

E3 School Support Inc

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Limited

Kenya Registered Trustees

Oryx Energies Kenya Limited

International Fund For Animal Welfare Limited (IFAW)

Established in 1938, Kaplan & Stratton has over eight decades of experience providing a comprehensive range of legal services to domestic, international, corporate and private clients. Kaplan & Stratton also has a pan African reach as one of the founder members of LEX Africa. LEX Africa is a leading network of independent law firms spanning 26 African countries.

Recognised as a market leader in the region Kaplan & Stratton has successfully argued numerous precedent setting cases and been involved in several first of their kind transactions in Kenya and the region. Our strength lies in our exceptional legal practitioners who have expertise in specific practice areas as well as sector knowledge. For more details of our practice areas please visit our website https://www.kaplanstratton.com/expertise/.

Our firm ethos is to be client-focused with the objective of providing accurate, timely and practical legal advice that will facilitate clients’ business dealings in Kenya and in the East African region. Our genuine commitment to our clients has made us the law firm of choice for clients instructing us repeatedly citing our “commitment to client satisfaction and timely service delivery,” and “understanding the commercial needs of businesses… to give solutions that meet the business needs.”

Aircraft Leasing and Financing Peter HimePHime@kapstrat.com
Aircraft Leasing and Financing Ruth KirungaRKirunga@kapstrat.com
Arbitration and Mediation Peter GachuhiPGachuhi@kapstrat.com
Arbitration and Mediation Esther KinyenjeEWK@kapstrat.com
Banking / Insurance / Telecoms Ruth KirungaRKirunga@kapstrat.com
Business Establishment Kenneth KamaithaKKamaitha@kapstrat.com
Business Establishment Joseph Ng’ang’iraJNgangira@kapstrat.com
Capital Markets Sarah Kiarie-MuiaSKiarie@kapstrat.com
Capital Markets Joseph Ng’ang’iraJNgangira@kapstrat.com
Employment / Retirement Benefits Sam WainainaSWainaina@kapstrat.com
Employment / Retirement Benefits Esther KinyenjeEWK@kapstrat.com
Employment / Retirement Benefits Cosima WetendeCWetende@kapstrat.com
Environment and Conservation Rachel MbaiRMbai@kapstrat.com
Environment and Conservation James MuthuiJMuthui@kapstrat.com
Forensics and Due Diligence Cosima WetendeCWetende@kapstrat.com
Forensics and Due Diligence Sarah Kiarie-MuiaSKiarie@kapstrat.com
Forensics and Due Diligence Joseph Ng’ang’iraJNgangira@kapstrat.com
Immigration and Private Client Peter GachuhiPGachuhi@kapstrat.com
Immigration and Private Client Nyakio MangaNManga@kapstrat.com
Intellectual Property Peter HimePHime@kapstrat.com
Intellectual Property Patrick IkimirePIkimire@kapstrat.com
Joint Ventures and M&A Sarah Kiarie-MuiaSKiarie@kapstrat.com
Joint Ventures and M&A Joseph Ng’ang’iraJNgangira@kapstrat.com
Litigation Esther KinyenjeEWK@kapstrat.com
Litigation Fred OjiamboFOjiambo@kapstrat.com
Litigation Peter NjeruPNjeru@kapstrat.com
Litigation James MuthuiJMuthui@kapstrat.com
Litigation Peter GachuhiPGachuhi@kapstrat.com
Litigation Cosima WetendeCWetende@kapstrat.com
Power and Energy Samuel WainainaSWainaina@kapstrat.com
Power and Energy Kenneth KamaithaKKamaitha@kapstrat.com
Private Equity Sarah Kiarie-MuiaSKiarie@kapstrat.com
Private Equity Joseph Ng’ang’iraJNgangira@kapstrat.com
Privatisation and Project Finance Kenneth KamaithaKKamaitha@kapstrat.com
Privatisation and Project Finance Samuel WainainaSWainaina@kapstrat.com
Real Estate/ Property Management Rachel MbaiRMbai@kapstrat.com
Real Estate/ Property Management Caroline EtyangCEtyang@kapstrat.com
Structured Finance Kenneth KamaithaKKamaitha@kapstrat.com
Structured Finance Ruth KirungaRKirunga@kapstrat.com
Tax and Stamp Duty Planning Nazima MalikNMalik@kapstrat.com
Tax and Stamp Duty Planning Ruth KirungaRKirunga@kapstrat.com
Number of lawyers : 36
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Kaplan & Stratton has advised on several precedent setting matters including:

Representing the Communication Authority of Kenya, in a dispute regarding the roll out of the digital migration framework in Kenya, in light of the International Telecommunication Union Rules, which require migration within a specific period. The matter had huge implications on the communications sector comprising both civilian and non-civilian communication traffic throughout the country.

Representing Barclays Bank in the High Court against the Commissioner of Domestic Taxes on a withholding tax (WHT) claim. The issue in dispute was whether payments to credit card companies were in respect of services and therefore subject to WHT. We successfully obtained a decision from the High Court that sets out the parameters within which the Kenya Revenue Authority can demand payment of WHT.

Advising on the first-ever contested takeover of a company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. The matter involved the take-over of REA Vipingo Plantations Limited by R.E.A. Trading Limited and sale of Vipingo Estate to Centum Investment Company Limited.

Acting as the Kenyan legal advisers to the Joint Lead Managers – Citigroup Global Markets Limited, J.P. Morgan Securities PLC, Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, Standard Chartered Bank in the Government of Kenya’s issuance of USD 2 billion bond on the London Stock Exchange.  This was Kenya’s second ever bond issue. The bond was highly successful and was oversubscribed.

Successfully defending a client in a redundancy suit where the Employment Court found that the redundancy process was improper as the client failed to issue two notices. On appeal, we successfully argued that the proper interpretation of the Employment Act was to provide for the issuance of only one notice. The case set legal precedence in Kenya by successfully overturning various Employment Court decisions to the contrary effect.

Advising East African Breweries on the sale of 15 acres of land to Actis Africa as part of Actis’s strategy to expand its Garden City project. Garden City is Kenya’s first integrated residential, retail and office site.

Advising on the development of a 50MW renewable energy project – solar cell farm. Our advise encompassed energy regulatory matters and land acquisition issues. Solar power generation in Kenya is at its infancy stage.

Advising Safaricom Plc on a first ever “joint venture” style collaboration and technical services agreement between Safaricom Plc and Hikma Electronics Plc  (Ethiopia) relating to the provision and roll out of an airtime credit services technology platform to Ethiopia’s only telco, Ethiotel for onward use by the public. This was the first ever airtime credit services technology platform being offered to Ethiopia’s only telco.

Advising American Tower Corporation (ATC) on its acquisition of over 700 telecommunication towers from Telkom Kenya Limited. The transaction triggers ATC’s entry into the Kenyan market and is one of the largest asset acquisition transactions in Kenya this year by deal value advised entirely by Kenyan lawyers.