Firm Profile > Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates > Nairobi, Kenya

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates is a traditional leader in real estate and project finance, with a burgeoning reputation in syndicated lending and other key financing products. It is a key name for international banks, DFIs and major corporate borrowers. Anne Kinyanjui, James Kamau and Norah Mutuku are key practitioners in the space.

Practice head(s):

Anne Kinyanjui


Team work, knowledgeable in most areas of practice and reachability on both phone and email.

Key clients

Barclays Bank of Kenya

Commercial Bank of Africa

Ecobank Kenya

Equity Bank (Kenya)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

NIC Bank Kenya

Employment Tier 1

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates handles contentious and non-contentious matters. William Maema has a significant focus on employment matters and Christine Njau is the name to note at senior associate level.

Privatisation and projects Tier 1

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates is a dominant force in power projects and is increasingly sought after for infrastructure and PPP projects. It has close connections to lenders, sponsors and government entities. James Kamau is a leader in the field, while Beatrice Nyabira is also highly rated.

Practice head(s):

Beatrice Nyabira

Key clients

CDC Group

Standard Bank of South Africa


Rareh Icon Solar

Witu Power Plant

Radiant Energy

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates is a key name for cross-border M&A and private equity deals. It continues to leverage its position as part of DLA Piper Africa and has achieved some major engagements, including in financial services sector deals. James Kamau is highly rated, while David Lekerai and William Maema provide further senior level expertise.

Practice head(s):

David Lekerai; William Maema

Key clients

NIC Group


Fusion Africa

Ramco Plexus


Fanisi Capital Fund

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates has gained further traction in cross-border litigation and arbitration. The team acts for a range of local corporates and banks, along with a number of multinationals, thanks to its membership of DLA Piper Africa. Constitutional, commercial, tax, employment and insurance cases are core area of expertise. Karori Kamau has an outstanding reputation, while Martin Munyu also has considerable standing in the market.

Practice head(s):

Kamau Karori


The team members demonstrate a high level of expertise and skill. They are professional, reliable and they deliver effectively. The firm invests in understanding the business and offers practical advice tied to the realities of our business.

The team is responsive. They send regularly updates on matters, consult as appropriate and are proactive in handling challenges. Communication is often succinct and to-the-point, while clearly articulating risks.

I am greatly impressed by Martin Munyu’s expertise in litigation matters and his ability to offer out of the box solutions, especially in complex, sometimes novel matters and within tight timelines. Martin is passionate, driven, reliable and extremely responsive. I often end up at his door on urgent matters, confident the situation shall be handled effectively.’

‘Kamau Karori has a wealth of experience in high-value commercial transactions. He is readily available to offer advice and to give personal attention to matters.

Key clients

World Vision International

The Government of Kenya

Nation Media Group

Stanbic Bank Kenya

I&M Bank

Kenya Bureau of Standards

Unilever Kenya

East African Breweries

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates has a broad workload in the space, including real estate financings, housing developments and conference centre developments. The team is also at the forefront of real estate aspects of renewable energy projects. Anne Kinyanjui, Amrit Soar and Norah Mutuku are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Anne Kinyanjui

Key clients


EKE Property

East Africa Breweries


HealthLink Matcare


International Fund for Animal Welfare

Rock Ridge Homes

Meadow Brooke Farm

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Photo Name Position Profile
Mr James Kamau  photo Mr James Kamau
Mr Karori Kamau  photo Mr Karori Kamau
Ms Anne Kinyanjui  photo Ms Anne Kinyanjui
Mr William Maema  photo Mr William Maema
 Christine Njau photo Christine Njau
Ms Beatrice Nyabira  photo Ms Beatrice Nyabira