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Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the East Africa International Arbitration Conference

We are proud to have recently participated in the 5th edition of the East Africa International Arbitration Conference (EAIAC). The event was held in Kigali Rwanda on the 28th – 29th September, 2017. Among the guest speakers was one of our partners Noella C. Lubano who made a presentation on exploring the damages landscape (East Africa case studies). Also representing our firm was Georgina Ogalo-Omondi (Partner) who was in attendance. The EAIAC aimed to look at the economic implications of international arbitration, opportunities and Challenges. The conference was themed, “Linkages between International arbitration and Africa’s Economy.” For more about EAIAC click here.

Oraro & Company Advocates publishes the 6th edition of its newsletter – Legal & Kenyan

Oraro & Company Advocates is delighted to officially announce that the 6th issue of its quarterly newsletter – Legal & Kenyan is now out. With it, its legal team continues to keep investors abreast with the recent developments in the Kenyan scene.

This issue includes a discussion on the need for regulation in the Islamic banking sector in Kenya, insights on the use (or misuse) of riders by Parliament when passing legislation, the key points to look out for in an M&A deal from a buyer’s perspective, the meaning and effect of collective bargaining agreements for both workers and employers. The newsletter also carries in it an analysis of the new Movable Property Security Rights Act, 2017, the latest anti-dumping laws, “A to Z” for foreigners seeking to work in Kenya, an overview of the recently operationalised Water Act, 2016. Last, but certainly not least, JMiles&Co. who are our external contributors on this edition take us through the art of drafting effective arbitration agreements.

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Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the BrighterMonday HR Forum.

Jacob Ochieng, one of our partners, was one of the Keynote speakers at a recently held HR Forum that was put together by BrighterMonday. BrighterMonday is a leading jobs website across East Africa and is committed to the goal of maximising the opportunities for East Africa’s job seekers and employers. The forum was held at the Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi on 29th June, 2017 and was targeted to the HR practitioners in the city. Among the highlighted topics of discussion, Jacob made a presentation about ‘The legal aspect to Rightsizing’. For insights about the HR Forum click here.

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the Fireside Chat.

Oraro & Company Advocates is proud to have participated in the recently held Second Quarterly Fireside Chat. The event was organized by the Strathmore Extractives Industry Baraza and was held on the 27th June, 2017 at the Almasi Boardroom (Strathmore Business School). Cindy Oraro (Partner) was one of the guest speakers and she spoke on ‘The Legal Foundation of Public Participation in the Extractives Sector’.

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the 3rd edition of The Mining 4i.

One of our Senior Associates, Cindy Oraro recently participated in the 3rd edition of the Mining 4i. This is an  event organised by Strathmore University and Kipya Africa and was held on Thursday 25th May, 2017 at the Strathmore University main auditorium. The Mining 4i stands for; information, interaction, innovation and investment. It is a premier event for entrepreneurial Kenyans seeking to improve the productivity and profitability of the extractives sector. Cindy was among the guest speakers at the event that saw participation from the Cabinet Secretary for mining, Hon. Dan Kazungu. For information about the event click here.

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the East Africa Law Society Annual Regional Conference

Oraro & Company Advocates is proud to have participated in the East Africa Law Society’s (EALS) Regional Workshop titled “Globalizing your Practice–Opportunities and Challenges”. The conference was organised to examine the impact of globalisation on the future of the legal profession and was held in Nairobi on 18th and 19th May 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel. The event was organised by the EALS in conjunction with the European Lawyers’ Foundation & the International Bar Association. On behalf of our Senior Partner George Oraro, SC our Managing Partner Chacha Odera made a presentation on “Trends in law firm management”. Our Head of Business Development Olivia Kiratu was one of the moderators at the two day event. Also in attendance was Noella C. Lubano (Partner). For more details about this event, click here.

Oraro & Company Advocates contributes to the International Comparative Legal Guide to Project Finance 2017 Edition

Two of our Corporate & Commercial lawyers Pamella Ager (Partner) and Juliet C. Mazera (Consultant) recently contributed to an international publication with project finance insights.Published by the Global Legal Group Ltd, London, the cross-border guide provides an analysis of project finance law, covering 24 countries on among other areas, foreign investment and ownership restrictions, government approvals and tax. The duo also contributed to the Kenyan chapter of the 2016 edition. To read the 2017 edition, please click here

Oraro & Company Advocates publishes the 4th edition of its newsletter – Legal & Kenyan

Oraro & Company Advocates’ quarterly flagship magazine, Legal & Kenyan, that gives investors a summary of the latest Kenyan legal trends is now out. The publication is written by the firm’s legal team. Being at the forefront of Kenya’s corporate and commercial landscape, and having acted in some of Kenya’s largest commercial disputes and groundbreaking transactions, the firm has a significantly wide perspective on recent trends in the country such as the changing tax landscape.

Of particular note in this issue, is the firm’s first ever collaboration with external contributors, in this case one of our valued international partners, IFS Mauritius.  The issue tackles various issues such as insights on the Common Reporting Standards, newly operationalised Public Benefit Organizations Act, the duty of care in the Banking industry, the efficacy of the road annuity programme in funding road infrastructure projects and the duties and liabilities of directors under the new Companies Act, 2015.

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Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the East Africa Law Society Annual Conference and General Meeting

Oraro & Company Advocates was a proud sponsor of the 21st Annual East Africa Law Society Annual Conference and General Meeting held in Dar Es Salaam on 25th– 26th November 2016. The premier networking, business development and learning event for East Africa’s legal professionals featured discussions around the theme: Enhancing Business Competitiveness through a Greater Democratisation of East Africa. Chacha Odera (Managing Partner) spoke with young lawyers at the East Africa Young Lawyers Conference which was held on 24th November 2016 at the Tanzania Law School in Dar Es Salaam. More details about the events can be found here.

Oraro & Company Advocates hosts Hub-to-Hub Breakfast Forum, Nairobi and Kampala

Oraro & Company Advocates partnered with BDO-East Africa and IFS Mauritius to proudly host an intimate breakfast forum dubbed: Hub-to-Hub: Effective structuring in and out of East Africa through the Mauritius IFC. The forum brought together various stakeholders within financial institutions as well as distinguished investment companies to discuss pertinent investment issues. The forum was held on 14th November 2016 at Nairobi Serena Hotel. Cindy Oraro (Senior Associate) was one of the guest speakers who spoke alongside Dr. Ramakrishna Sithanen (Chairman, IFS Mauritius), the keynote speaker at the event. In collaboration with some of its local partners, the firm hosted a similar related event in Kampala at the Protea Hotel on 16th November 2016 .