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

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates has achieved further prominence in the market thanks to its close links to a range of lenders (including multiple panel appointments) and its notable expertise in syndicated lending, project finance, real estate finance, and refinancings. The firm is part of DLA Piper's Africa network and frequently works alongside the global firm on cross-border financings. Anne Kinyanjui and James Kamau are big names for energy and infrastructure finance, and Norah Mutuku brings further senior-level financing expertise. Former Bowmans partner Kamami Christine Michira joined the firm in December 2020 to reinforce its capital markets expertise.

Practice head(s):

Anne Kinyanjui

Other key lawyers:

James Kamau; Norah Mutuku 


‘The team is versatile and quick to provide solutions to some of the challenges we may have in structuring security documents. The diversity and experience of the partners and their ability to work together in assisting clients resolve issues, is one of the attractive aspects of this law firm. Their ability to communicate quickly and effectively sets them apart from other law firms that take time to respond to issues raised.’

‘You can always trust the work output that comes out of IKM Advocates. I have never had occasion to question their advice. The fact that they are a full-service law firm, which can assist us on a spectrum of work from banking and commercial, to litigation, employment and IP work is a huge advantage.’

Anne Kinyanjui is experienced, versatile, able to come up with quick solutions to security structures that are out of the ordinary.

Norah Mutuku is pleasant, efficient, knows her work and areas of expertise inside-out.

Key clients

Absa Bank Kenya

Bank of Africa Kenya

Commercial Bank of Africa

East African Breweries

Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Ecobank Kenya

Equity Bank (Kenya)

Guaranty Trust Bank (Kenya)

Gulf African Bank


International Finance Corporation (IFC)

I&M Bank

KCB Bank Kenya

NCBA Bank Kenya

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Radiant Energy Limited

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya

SBM Bank (Kenya)

Stanbic Bank Kenya

Sidian Bank

The Co-operative Bank of Kenya

Victoria Commercial Bank

Employment Tier 1

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates handles a range of transactional, advisory and contentious employment matters. The firm is at the forefront of restructuring exercises, including voluntary redundancies and retirements, and high-value employment claims. In a landmark matter, it also defended the Kenyan government in a challenge to the president's power to make appointments of chairpersons and members of the board in state corporations. William Maema is a key figure in non-contentious and contentious employment matters. Martin Munyu is an experienced practitioner in employment and labour relations disputes. Christine Njau provides additional support at associate level.

Practice head(s):

William Maema; Kamau Karori

Other key lawyers:

Martin Munyu; Christine Njau; Tabitha Weru


‘I find the team to be extremely efficient. They respond to emails and queries with impressive speed. They are thoroughly experienced in their field. Compared to other firms, they give advice with a human touch without leaving it at the technical jargon. All the options and processes are well explained. The staff are courteous and friendly.’

‘We rely heavily on their advice for good governance and compliance. IKM are extremely professional, efficient and proactive.’

‘They take their work personally and want to achieve a successful outcome. They are thorough and support their advice with clear reasoning, logic and case law – this gives confidence.’

‘The turnaround is impressive. The team responds promptly to requests. Their services are also thoroughly researched. The ability of the legal team to have a business mindset and offer legal solutions to solve business problems is impeccable.’

‘Professional, polite and readily available.’

‘Professional, objective, efficient and reachable.’

‘William Maema stands out for me. He skilfully breaks down the matter at hand and simplifies it. He gives undivided attention during consultation, demonstrates empathy and passion over the matter. William is prompt in attending to me and makes me feel that my well being matters and it is a priority for him. The advice he gives is sound, well thought out and relevant. He is without a shadow of doubt an expert in his practice.’

‘Martin Munyu is dedicated, resourceful and committed.’

‘Tabitha Weru is hard working, objective and efficient.’

Key clients

Church World Services

Hillcrest Investments

Artcaffe Coffee and Bakery

LAB International Kenya

Dummen Orange/ Fides Kenya

Film Aid Kenya

TechnoServe Kenya

Strathmore University

Stanbic Bank Kenya

Privatisation and projects Tier 1

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates is a recognised leader in energy and infrastructure, and developed a strong focus on restructuring during 2020. It continues to be highly involved in PPPs and procurement projects such as Kenya's affordable housing initiative. The Nairobi team is increasingly involved in cross-border and regional projects, frequently working alongside other DLA Piper Africa firms. James Kamau is a top professional in the projects space and Beatrice Nyabira has gained considerable market recognition for her work in the renewables and other sectors.

Practice head(s):

Beatrice Nyabira

Other key lawyers:

James Kamau


‘Well learned and resourced team with great legal nuance and advisory skills in energy sector project development. Their main strengths and capabilities are their quick turnaround times on assignments, breaking down of complex matters into simple tailor made solutions for easier understanding by their clients. To my estimation, they are the top legal and go-to firm for advisory services on energy projects implementation.’

‘Good experience in the Kenyan projects market. Dependable team. Good level of partner involvement with active support from more junior members. Responsive and considerate in their views.’

‘Great team, knowledgeable of the energy sector and experience.’

‘James Kamau, the managing partner, provides out of the box solutions to our needs and deploys all the necessary resources to ensure a quick turnaround on assignments.’

Beatrice Nyabira has developed great and exceptional expertise on energy and power projects and has been able to provide solutions in just about anything under this sector. She is smart, intelligent, well learned and possesses key contacts necessary to ensure smooth development of the project on all stages from a legal point of view.

Key clients

CDC Group

Société de Promotion et de Participation Pour la Coopération Économique (Proparco)

Federal Government of Somalia

African Legal Support Facility

Rareh Icon Solar

Radiant Energy

African Development Bank

Malthe Winje Infrapower

General Electric

Amref Enterprises

Kenya Breweries

Kenyan Tea Development Agency

Unilever Kenya

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates has maintained a steady influx of significant engagements, most notably from corporate, private equity and development finance institution (DFI) clients. The Nairobi team has a strong record in cross-border transactions throughout East Africa and continues to make a particular impression in financial institutions M&A. Managing partner James Kamau is a major player in the market, principally operating across the corporate and projects space; he led the team that advised NIC Group on its merger with Commercial Bank of Africa to create NCBA Group. David Lekerai heads the M&A and private equity team. Meshack Mboya and Trishala Devani provide additional support at associate level.

Practice head(s):

David Lekerai

Other key lawyers:

James Kamau; Trishala Devani; Meshack Mboya


‘We appreciate that within the different practices in law, they are able to challenge each other and come up with solutions.’

‘Great team! I think their enabling culture is highlighted in the way that they manage transactions and negotiations. They are polite, friendly and a pleasure to work with. We also appreciate the time that the partner gives us on deals as opposed to other firms where partner time is limited.’

‘The team is professional and has a great grasp of the law and its application. Their ability to innovate and come up with solutions to the complexities surrounding transactions in the private equity space is inspiring.’

‘David Lekerai is very responsive, efficient and has a very good grasp of corporate and commercial law concepts. What stands out the most is his commercial acumen. He is able to negotiate transactions not only from a legal perspective, but he also takes in commercial considerations into account that we, as investors, find extremely valuable.’

Trishala Devani went beyond what was required and was very responsive to our questions and needs.

Meshack Mboya was very hardworking and was very responsive to us.’

‘David Lekerai and Meshack Mboya were really supportive, reactive and produced good quality work. The distribution of work was also consistent with my expectations.’ 

Key clients


Energy Access Ventures

Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund

Cellulant Corporation

Fanisi Capital

Fusion Capital

KCB Group


NIC Group

Novastar Ventures

E ast Africa Breweries

UAP Old Mutual Group

NCBA Bank Kenya

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates has cemented its already strong position in international arbitration, acting for both Kenyan entities and multinational clients in significant cases. Banking, insurance and insolvency disputes are major areas for the firm, along with constitutional and procurement cases, tax and employment disputes. Kamau Karori has developed an outstanding reputation in both litigation and arbitration, acting for parties in some of the biggest cases to involve Kenyan entities. Martin Munyu is another key name, notably in constitutional and procurement cases.

Practice head(s):

Kamau Karori

Other key lawyers:

Martin Munyu; Hiram Nyaburi; Diana Ogula


‘The team is highly professional and responsive to client queries. They are methodical and timely in approach to the issue, with a large and competent team of researchers to provide background checks and information.’

‘They are receptive to suggestions (where this involves technical input), they are responsive to client needs, and they are very timely with their advice.’

‘They are efficient and extremely available.’

‘The research is spot on and the opinions they give on the way forward are very sound.’

‘Martin Munyu is very approachable and friendly, and gives very sound and objective legal advice.’

‘Hiram Nyaburi is very methodical, articulate and calm.’

Diana Ogula is very relentless in the court room. Always pushing for the client’s cause without fearing the judges.

Key clients

The Government of Kenya – Office of the Attorney General

Pevans East Africa

Kenya Bureau of Standards

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Kenya Branch

Telkom Kenya

ABSA Bank Kenya

Stanbic Bank

East Africa Breweries

Coca-Cola Central East and West Africa

Association of Insurance Brokers

Central Bank of Kenya

Kenya Airports Authority

Nuflower Foods and Nutrition (India)

Caetano Formula East Africa (a Grupo Salvador Caetano Company)

Kenya Commercial Bank

Gulf African Bank

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates has a sizeable real estate team that frequently works on the property aspects of renewable energy projects and M&A transactions, large-scale acquisitions and disposals, development projects, and lease arrangements. Anne Kinyanjui has an excellent record in acquisitions and disposals, and major developments. The hugely experienced Amrit Soar is noted for land acquisitions and Norah Mutuku is key for project-related work.

Practice head(s):

Anne Kinyanjui

Other key lawyers:

Amrit Soar; Norah Mutuku

Key clients

Kipeto Energy


EKE Property

East Africa Breweries


HealthLink Matcare

Nairobi Women’s Hospital

Mass Discounters

International Fund for Animal Welfare

Rock Ridge Homes

Meadow Brooke Farm

Hua Xiang Development Company

Kenya Simba Investments Company


Executive Concepts

Spotlight Publishers East Africa

Greenhills Investment

East African Portland Cement Company

Simba Lodges

Ramco Group of Companies

Bank of Africa Kenya

I&M Bank

Ecobank Kenya

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Photo Name Position Profile
 Trishala Devani photo Trishala Devani
Mr James Kamau  photo Mr James Kamau
Mr Karori Kamau  photo Mr Karori Kamau
 Anne Kinyanjui photo Anne Kinyanjui
Mr William Maema  photo Mr William Maema
 Meshack Mboya photo Meshack Mboya
 Christine Njau photo Christine Njau
 Beatrice Nyabira photo Beatrice Nyabira