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

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the Educate Global Fund’s launch

Oraro & Company Advocates was proud to be part of the inaugural launch of Educate Global Fund (EGF). The event took place on the 1st of September 2016, at Fairmont The Norfolk, Nairobi.  One of our corporate lawyers, Cindy Oraro (Senior Associate) represented the firm as a guest speaker

EGF is an investment advisor and asset manager dedicated to Education and its ancillary sectors. EGF seeks to improve educational outcomes and life chances for children in low-income communities with an initial focus on East Africa. In addition to allocating capital, EGF provides operational and strategic support to enterprises with a team based locally in Kenya. Educate Global Limited is an appointed representative of Privium Fund Management (UK) Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. For more information on the EGF, please click here

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in an energy briefing and networking drinks reception

Oraro & Company Advocates was recently at an energy briefing and networking drinks reception which was themed “Realizing Kenya’s Renewable Energy Potential in the Near Term”. Held at the Hilton Nairobi, the event offered participants opportunities to network with senior-level stakeholders active in Kenya’s renewable energy space. One of the guest speakers was Hezy Ram, CEO, Ram Energy. Hezy is particularly recognised for his geothermal expertise and was a panel moderator at the event. Our firm was represented by Cindy Oraro. Cindy is a Senior Associate in the firm’s corporate and commercial team and is particularly specialised in energy projects, infrastructure and PPP. Over the past 4 years, she has advised on projects in the renewable energy sphere, particularly solar energy projects. The event was organised by Kenya International Renewable Energy Congress which was designed as a springboard to accelerate renewable energy developments across Kenya. More about the event can be found here

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the East Africa Venture Capital Association (EAVCA) quarterly networking event.

Pamella Ager (Head of Commercial and Conveyancing department) recently attended an East Africa Venture Capital Association (EAVCA) quarterly networking event. Held on the 17th March 2016. The event was organised by EAVCA, a body that represents the private equity industry in East Africa. The event aims to give networking opportunities which allows analysts and mangers within member firms to continue to expand on their knowledge through association. More information about EAVCA can be found here

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Oraro & Company Advocates publishes the 3rd edition of its newsletter – Legal & Kenyan

Legal & Kenyan is Oraro & Company Advocates’ quarterly flagship magazine that gives investors a summary of the latest Kenyan legal trends. The publication is written by the firm’s legal team which consists of some of Kenya’s best legal minds, recognised by leading global directories (Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500). At the forefront of Kenya’s corporate and commercial landscape, 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 growing interest in Islamic finance, changes in Kenya’s tax regime, unprecedented growth in the real estate sector and the growing popularity of alternative dispute resolution.

The thinking behind the publication is quite simply to cement the firm’s reputation as a top-tier Kenyan firm that supports clients beyond one-time engagements and well after, the ink is dry. This is why this newsletter and the firm’s other research insights will continue to be a staple in the firm’s service offering.

To read the newsletter, click here

Oraro & Company Advocates featured in leading international directory’s Sub-Saharan African rankings

Globally recognised legal directory IFLR 1000 recently ranked Oraro & Company Advocates as one of Kenya’s leading law firms in its 2016 Sub-Saharan African law firm rankings. The annual report notably recognised the firm’s practice in the Energy, Financial & Corporate, Infrastructure and Mining areas. Noteworthy is that the firm is ranked in the second highest tiers in mining and infrastructure – undoubtedly, two of Kenya’s fastest growing sectors.

The rankings are timely, given the firm (one of Kenya’s oldest firms, known  primarily for its well-regarded disputes team) recently announced its plans to continue bolstering its Corporate and Commercial team. All to provide its local and international clients a “full-service” experience in both transactions and disputes. Indeed, in 2015 the firm welcomed as partner, Nelly Gitau (formerly of Harrison, Hamilton & Matthews) who has brought considerable commercial expertise to the firm.

The firm also recently broadened its practice in Tax, becoming one of a handful of Kenyan firms with a fully fledged tax practice offering both contentious and non-contentious support in the area. The firm’s tax team is led by the firm’s senior partner – George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top dispute resolution experts who has acted in some of Kenya’s biggest tax disputes and acted in several high-profile commercial transactions).

To read more about the report and the firm’s highlights in the report, please view the rankings by visiting www.iflr1000.com

Oraro & Company Advocates’ Senior Partner to speak at the KAM Budget Seminar 2016

Today, Oraro & Company Advocates is at the annual KAM Budget Seminar at the Hotel Intercontinental. Organised by KAM, one of Kenya’s oldest business management organisations, the event will bring together various stakeholders drawn from different sectors to discuss the recent 2016/1017 Kenya budget that was read last week by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich. The firm’s Senior Partner (George Oraro SC) is among the event’s panellists leading the discussions on, “Manufacturing sector growth from 10% to 15% share of GDP in 10 years. Does the budget 2016/2017 support the achievement of this goal?” Also in attendance are Lena Onchwari (Senior Associate) and Cindy Oraro (Senior Associate).
KAM’s core mandate is to advance the interest of its members, consisting mostly of large manufacturing companies and the entire Kenyan business community. It does this by fostering a business-friendly environment, with a view to grow the manufacturing sector in Kenya. For more information on KAM, please click here.

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the East Africa GRI summit

Oraro & Company Advocates was at the recently held East Africa GRI, a get-together of senior international and local real estate investors, developers and lenders.  The event was held at the Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi and ran from the 23rd-24th of May, 2016. The firm’s Head of Business Development, Olivia Kiratu represented the firm at the successful and highly interactive event which was graced by the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development, Arch. Aidah Munano. More about the GRI Summit can be found here

Oraro & Company Advocates gains global recognition, yet again

In continued attestation of the expertise of the firm’s highly regarded litigation practice, Oraro & Company Advocates has yet again been recommended as a top-tier firm in Dispute Resolution, by Legal 500 a leading global legal directory. The firm’s senior partner, George Oraro SC has also been listed as one of the elite “leading lawyers” in the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016’s guide to outstanding lawyers. This ranking continues to attest to the expertise of the firm’s highly regarded litigation practice. To view the rankings and the full report, please click here

Oraro & Company Advocates contributes to the International Comparative Legal Guide to Project Finance 2016 Edition

Two of our Corporate and Commercial lawyers Pamella Ager (Partner) and Juliet C. Mazera (Consultant) recently contributed some project finance insights to an international publication. Their article appeared in the 2016 edition of the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Project Finance published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

To read the article, please click here

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the Somalia International Arbitration Summit Conference

The Somalia International Arbitration Summit Conference (SIAS) is happening today (Monday 11th April 2016) at the Villa Rosa Kempinski in Nairobi and we are deeply humbled that one of our  lawyers Juliet C. Mazera (Consultant)  is participating in the event.Juliet  is one of the Infrastructure and oil and gas panelists and she will be speaking on an introduction to Infrastructure investment. Juliet’s experience  extends to oil & gas business agreements and contracts; she advised on the establishment and construction of a LPG facility at the Port of Kilindini in Mombasa. In addition, Juliet has a breadth of expertise acting for various clients including large IPPs. In the area of PPPs she has worked with investors working with county governments on first-of-a-kind PPP projects. The hosts of the SIAS event are the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Justice, Federal Government of Somalia, with the support of  the World Bank Group. SIAS is an exclusive, two day event – to be held in Nairobi and Mogadishu. Some of the other participants in the event are High level government officials, world renowned academics and leading international dispute resolution practitioners.

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the 2nd Mining 4i Event

The 2nd edition of the Mining 4i event by Strathmore University Extractives Industry Center (SEIC) took place on the 7th April. Our natural resource lawyers Juliet C. Mazera (Consultant) and Cindy Oraro (Senior Associate) represented us at this event. This edition had the theme; Beyond the New Normal of lower commodity prices: How we will make it in Kenya through information, interaction, innovation and investment.
For more details about the event click here.

Oraro & Company Advocates lawyer selected as one of the judges for a ”pioneer” regional awards initiative

Juliet C. Mazera – one of our lawyers has been selected to be one of the judges in this year’s Law Digest Africa Awards.The Law Digest Africa Awards is a brand new concept in recognizing and honouring excellence in the African legal services market, by recognizing the contributions of individual lawyers, law firms and in-house teams, large and small equally. The awards are based on the opinions of peers and the in-depth research that the organizers conduct.

For more information about the Law Digest Africa announcement please see here

SEIC International Conference

Strathmore University Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC) held an international conference that took place on February 16th 2016. We were proud to participate in this event , with three of our lawyers Juliet Mazera (Corporate and Commercial) , Cindy Oraro (Senior Associate) and Jeal Aduke (Associate), representing us. For more details concerning the event, click here

Sankalp Africa Summit 2016

The 3rd Annual Sankalp Africa Summit 2016 took place from 25th-26th February at the Kenya School of Government in Lower Kabete. This year’s Summit revolved around the theme of “Spurring the Entrepreneurship Economy”. We were proud to participate in this event and were well represented in the Service Provider Speed Dating session by two of our lawyers – Juliet C. Mazera (Corporate and Commercial Lawyer) and Jeal Aduke (Associate). For more information on the event click here

Islamic Finance in Kenya: a look at the legal environment

Juliet C. Mazera – one of our lawyers has written an insightful piece on Islamic Banking in the Financier Worldwide (January 2016 Edition).

This publication has provided valuable information on corporate finance and board-level business issues through its monthly print magazine and exclusive website content. As a leading publisher of news and analysis on this dynamic global market, the organisation is recognized as a valued source of intelligence to the corporate, investment and advisory community.

For more information regarding Islamic banking in Kenya, read the article titled: Islamic banking in Kenya: A case for a change in laws here

Oraro & Company Advocates launches the 2nd edition of its newsletter

Exciting developments in the law have taken place over the last few months, from the enactment of a new Companies Act and Insolvency Act to the making of a ground-breaking decision by the Supreme Court on the fate of the documents drawn up by Advocates who do not hold current practising certificates. In this quarter’s newsletter, we take a look at how REITs are  changing the real estate landscape in Kenya, as well as land rights’ issues in the extractive industry. We also take a reflection at the Matrimonial Act 2013 and its implications on property issues within the marriage unit.

It is against this backdrop that we are excited to share with you the news about these developments and more in our 2nd edition of our newsletter – Legal & Kenyan. We trust you will enjoy the read.

Download the newsletter here

Noella Lubano speaks at LCIA event

On the 10th of December, Noella Lubano(Partner),spoke during a one day symposium on International Arbitration hosted by the London Court of International Arbitration(LCIA) African Users’ Council.

The event whose title whose theme was “African Arbitration: Traditional and New Seats”, was attended by arbitrators, in-house counsel, practitioners, academics and members of the local and international business community interested in, and affected by, current developments and best practice in the field of international arbitration.

The LCIA is one of the world’s leading international institutions for commercial dispute resolution. The LCIA provides efficient, flexible and impartial administration of arbitration and other ADR proceedings, regardless of location, and under any system of law. The LCIA is renowned not only for its arbitration administration services but also for its conferences and symposia.

For more information on the LCIA, please click here

 

Noella Lubano speaks at IBA 2015 conference

Oraro & Co. Advocates Partner Noella Lubano recently spoke at IBA’s 2015 Annual Conference, where she participated as a panelist in a session titled Striking a Balance between Fairness and Efficiency – Lessons Learned and to be Learned. The event was held on the 4th – 9th of October in Vienna, Austria.

The IBA Annual Conference attracts around 6,000 individuals, representing over 2,700 law firms, corporations, governments and regulators worldwide.  Established in 1947, the IBA is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations, law firms and law societies.

Noella Lubano speaks at Young ICCA event

On the 17th of September, 2015 Young ICCA held a skills training workshop in Nairobi at the Apollo centre. Oraro & Co. Advocates was proud to participate in the workshop targeted at younger practitioners. During the event, Noella Lubano(Partner), participated as a panelist in the panel titled, Being an Effective Local Counsel in an International Arbitration: Experiences and Best Practices”

The Young ICCA is world-wide arbitration knowledge and skills network for young practitioners, Young ICCA functions under the auspices of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in a Natural Resources Strathmore forum

On the 3rd of September, Chacha Odera(Managing Partner) and Cindy Oraro(Senior Associate) participated in a Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre(SEIC) and Kipya Africa Ltd event. The event dubbed Mining 4 I Event, was created as a forum to invoke constructive dialogue and entrepreneurship in Kenya’s Oil, Gas and Mining Sector using innovative technology.

SEIC is an autonomous research centre based at the Strathmore University School of Law, for advanced multi-disciplinary university-stakeholder research into the social science areas of oil, gas and mining issues For more information on SEIC and the event, please click here

Oraro & Company Advocates launches maiden newsletter issue

As part of the firm’s commitment to provide added value to clients, Oraro & Co. Advocates has announced the publication of its first ever newsletter. The quarterly publication with insights from the firm’s team of lawyers, looks at the latest Kenyan legal developments that businesses should focus on. The 2015 August issue gives readers a legal perspective on several topics, including tax planning, taxation in the upstream oil & gas sector and consumer protection.

To get the newsletter, please click here

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the Africonomie Cocktail event

On the 26th of August, an Oraro & Co. Advocates lawyer – Cindy Oraro, participated in a cocktail reception held alongside the Institutional Funds & Managers Series – 2nd East Africa Forum, held at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi. The event was organized by Africonomie(Africonomie is a boutique investment communication and private capital placement business) and MNCapital(an African focused financial advisory firm offering corporate advisory, capital raising and market entry services.)

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in the Educate Global Fund roundtable event

On 19th – 21st of August, Oraro & Co. Advocates’ team participated in the Educate Global Fund(EGF)annual roundtable event, held at the Strathmore Business School, Nairobi. The firm’s managing partner, Chacha Odera, also participated as a panelist in the event whose title was Investing in Education & Entrepreneurship in East Africa.

EGF is an impact fund investing in social businesses that significantly improve educational outcomes and life chances for disadvantaged children, especially girls. Cindy Oraro, a Senior Associate in the firm also serves as an EGF council member.

For more information on EGF and the event, please click here

Oraro & Company Advocates partner contributes to the International Arbitration Review

Noella Lubano(Partner) contributed to the recent edition of The International Arbitration Review(Edition 6). Published by Law Business Research Ltd, the publication contains insights from well recognized dispute resolution experts across the globe. Law Business Research Limited is an independent, multi award-winning publisher of research, data and analysis on international business law and international legal markets.

To download the e-version of the publication, please click here

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in SPRING Accelerator boot CAMP 2015

Oraro & Co.Advocates’ lawyers, Cindy Oraro, Clifford Odhiambo, Jill Barasa and Lena Onchwari were all involved in the legal aid clinic at the SPRING Accelerator boot camp, held at Maasai Lodge. At the event, the team gave pro bono legal advice to the participant entrepreneurs; a team of 18 consisting of entrepreneurs from Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

The SPRING Accelerator is a pioneering accelerator that provides finance, world-class mentors, and technical expertise to businesses that can improve the lives of adolescent girls. SPRING helps high-potential products and services reach scale where they otherwise might struggle or fail by offering entrepreneurs support with business innovation, design, finance, marketing, and more. SPRING is funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the Nike Foundation, and USAID.

For more information on SPRING, please click here

George Oraro appointed as Lithuania’s first consul in East Africa

George Oraro(Managing Partner) has been named by the Republic of Lithuania as first consul, to head the country’s commercial and diplomatic interests in the region. The appointment is historic as Oraro(who has 40 years of experience as a lawyer) now becomes the first honorary consul for the Lithuanian Consulate in Kenya.

Oraro & Company Advocates is recognized as a top-tier firm by Chambers Global 2015

Chambers Global, a leading legal directory has once again recognized Oraro & Co. Advocates as a leading firm in Kenya. In addition, the firm has been cited as a Band 1 firm in dispute resolution. In addition, three of the firm’s lawyers(Chacha Odera(Managing Partner),George Oraro SC(Managing Partner) and Walter Amoko(Partner), were also cited as leading lawyers in dispute resolution.

To read the full rankings report, please click here

Oraro & Co Advocates wins in 2015 African Corporate Excellence Awards

Oraro & Co. Advocates has been named as the winner of the Best in Business Litigation – Kenya, 2015 African Corporate Excellence award. Corporate Vision’s African Corporate Excellence Awards are dedicated to recognizing the changing fortunes of businesses across Africa and to reward the people and firms that have done such tremendous work to carve out a place for themselves among the most exciting and vibrant anywhere in the world.

For more information on Corporate Vision and the awards, please click here

Oraro & Company Advocates participates in international employment forum

Oraro & Co. Advocates lawyer Georgina Omondi-Ogalo represented the firm at the 21st World Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Labour Security. Held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, on the 15th – 18th of September, the event brought together academicians, practitioners and students to discuss several topics. The four themes of the event were “Collective bargaining – and beyond?”, “Equality and ‘citizenship at work’ as conceptual foundations for labour law”, “Social security: Which way forward?” & “Labour law and development”. For more information on the event, please click here

Jackson Awele announced as a participant in ILFA’s flagship programme(2014)

ILFA, an organisation that provides advanced legal training, networking opportunities and education for African lawyers and senior professionals engaged in the negotiation of complex transactions in Africa has announced its 2014 shortlist of participants drawn from various African countries. Jackson Awele(Senior Associate), is on the shortlist and will be part of their annual secondment program which sees African lawyers, working in some of the best UK law firms.

For more information on ILFA, please click here

Oraro and Company Advocates’ lawyer, Cindy Oraro, appointed as LABFA country representative

Cindy Oraro, a senior associate at Oraro & Co. Advocates has been appointed as the Kenyan representative of LABFA, an association of legal and businesswomen for Africa. LABFA is composed of senior professional women around the world who have one principal target: women empowerment, and in particular women empowerment in Africa.

For more information on LABFA, please click here

Oraro and Company Advocates’ lawyer, Cindy Oraro, wins fellowship

Cindy Oraro, an associate at Oraro & Co. Advocates, has been awarded a Professional fellowship to work in a leading UK firm by the Association of Commonwealth Universities(ACU). ACU is the world’s first and oldest international university network, promoting and supporting excellence in higher education.  For more information on ACU, please click here

George Oraro promoted to rank of Senior Counsel

Oraro & Co. Advocates is deeply honoured at the news that George Oraro(Senior Partner) is among fifteen Kenyan lawyers who have been elevated to Senior Counsel for their exemplary service to the legal and public service in Kenya.  George Oraro will now bear the rank and dignity of Senior Counsel, alongside other well-accomplished senior Kenyan lawyers who also bear the title.