Firm News

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 launches its 2017 Investment Guide

Kenya is seen as the biggest and most advanced economy in East and Central Africa and the seventh largest in Africa. It has recently moved from a lower income country to a lower middle income country. In addition, Kenya’s tax regime has gone through major changes in the last two (2) years. Case in point, in 2016, the Government extended the period of utilisation of tax losses from a period of five (5) years to ten (10) years. In the extractive sector, the report touches on recent legislative developments such as the Mining Act, passed in 2016. These are just some of the highlighted factors in the Guide as well as some pointers on the key sectors to keep an eye on as the country moves towards achieving Vision 2030, its main development blueprint.

The Guide which is entirely focused on the Kenyan economy and some of its recent developments has been carefully designed for both Kenyan and international investors with the objective of sharing insights on company registration, ownership, the investment climate and much more.

To get more Kenyan investment insights, read the Guide 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.

To read the newsletter, click here.

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 .

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the Pan African Lawyers Union Annual Conference

Just recently, Nairobi was home to the 7th Annual Conference of the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) that was held from the 12th-15th October at the Strathmore Law School. Olivia Kiratu (Head of Business Development) was one of the guest speakers at the event. Founded in 2002, PALU is a continental membership forum for African lawyers and lawyers’ associations. The event was aimed at bringing together Africa’s distinguished Lawyers and Lawyers’ Associations as well as Law firms, Human Rights and Good Governance Professionals.  More details about PALU can be read here

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the Kenya Mining Forum

Oraro and Company Advocates was proud to be participating at The Kenya Mining Forum. The event was held in Nairobi at the Crowne Plaza from the 28th – 29th of September 2016. The Kenya Mining forum is a premium annual mining investment event that showcases Kenya’s open for business’ potential. The event brought together different stakeholders and in the industry from different parts of the world and distinguished highlighted guests including the Deputy President, Hon. William Ruto and the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Mining Hon. Dan Kazungu were in attendance.  Cindy Oraro (Senior Associate) was present to represent the firm.  More about the event can be found here.

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

Oraro & Company Advocates is proud to be participating in the East Africa International Arbitration Conference (EAIAC). The EAIAC began on the 8th of September 2016 to 9th of September 2016, held at the Kampala Serena Hotel, Uganda. Noella Lubano (Partner) is one of the speakers at the event and also representing the firm is Daniel Okoth (Associate). The conference is an annual event aimed at highlighting the importance of international arbitration in African dispute resolution. The conference is particularly important for in-house counsel of state corporations as it aims to impart them with necessary skills and knowledge to handle large investment contracts with arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism. EAIAC provides a platform for International Arbitration practitioners, corporate lawyers and in-house counsel from East Africa and beyond to share best practice, network and deliberate on the foundations of arbitration. For more information on the event, please see here