Oraro & Company Advocates’ named top player in Chambers Global 2018


Nairobi, Kenya. 19th February 2018.

Oraro & Company Advocates has recently received its second legal recognition for the year 2018. Chambers & Partners a leading London based legal directory have released their Chambers Global rankings 2018, which saw the firm being recognised in Dispute Resolution (Band 1) and Employment (Band 2) practice areas. Referring to the firm as a “top player”, the directory lauded the firm saying, “The firm continues to lead the way and has great litigators.” Chambers Global also ranked six of our advocates; George Oraro SC (Senior Partner), Chacha Odera (Managing Partner), Walter Amoko, (Partner), Noella C. Lubano (Partner), Jacob Ochieng (Partner) and Georgina Ogalo-Omondi (Partner).

Four of the firm’s litigation lawyers were recognised by the directory including the Senior Partner George Oraro SC, who was not only ranked as Band 1 in the practice but also as a Band 1 Dispute Resolution Arbitrator. The directory said “[he is] a very, very good courtroom lawyer. Very well respected for his opinions and advice.”  Joining him at the Band 1 Level was the Managing Partner, Chacha Odera. Mr. Odera was recognised as a disputes lawyer particularly in Banking & Finance and Employment (Band 2). To this, the directory said that “[he is a] very strong, particularly in employment cases” Also ranked in the same areas was one of the Partners, Walter Amoko (Band 2). His disputes recognition was contributed with him handling an increasing number of highly significant cases relating to PPPs and public procurement. In Employment Walter is Band 2 and Chambers Global reported that “When he comes to the Employment Court, you know something very serious is happening. He’s your main guy for all employment disputes. He’ll fight matters all the way.”

Noella C. Lubano was for the first time recognised for her practice in arbitration and her notable role in several important fraud and asset recovery cases. With this the directory affirmed that “She’s definitely a talent for the future.” For the second time consecutively Georgina Ogalo-Omondi (Partner) has been recogised as an up and coming lawyer in employment. Describing her, the directory noted her as “a bright spark and she’s definitely one to watch.” The firm’s growing corporate and commercial practice area got recognition in the 2018 rankings. Jacob Ochieng (Partner) was highlighted as an up and coming lawyer in the corporate and commercial space, notably handling commercial agreements, share purchases and asset transactions. The directory sited that “He’s really great. A top guy.”

Upon receiving this news, the Managing Partner Chacha Odera was very happy saying, “What a way to start the year 2018. I would like to particularly congratulate our younger lawyers Noella, Georgina and Jacob who really deserved the recognition for the hard work they put in their legal practice. Also, not to forget our clients who always believe in us and give us an opportunity to help in our different capacities. Congratulations to everyone who has received recognition. Let’s keep working together to reach the sky’s limit”

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Established forty (40) years ago, by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates, is a top-tier, full service Kenyan law firm. The firm’s areas of strength include Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Conveyancing & Securities and Tax. Its partnership includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds and its lawyers are recognised by several leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. The firm is also well recognised for its contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence (through its formidable dispute resolution team), its work on some of Kenya’s largest deals and its significant contributions to Kenya’s legal profession.


Oraro & Company Advocates makes a new partnership announcement


Nairobi, Kenya. 08th March, 2018 -Oraro & Company Advocates is pleased to welcome Patricia Mutiso who officially joins the firm on 1st, March 2018 as a Corporate & Commercial lawyer. Patricia brings a wealth of expertise in banking, capital markets, commercial law and economic integration. She also has deep understanding of Sharia’h Law having been part of a team that structured the first Sharia’h compliant fund for First Community Bank (FCB) Capital Limited, the first Islamic Private Fund (Al Awaal Private Investment Fund) the first Islamic Collective Investment Trust Fund (First Ethical Opportunities Fund) and the first Private Bond (Sukuk) promoted by FCB.

Patricia previously served as a Manager (Legal services) at FCB where she advised the Executive Management on legal and capital markets matters for the Bank. Prior to this she was Manager, (Legal and Compliance) for FCB Capital Ltd. She holds a Masters in Science, International Trade Policy and Law from Lund University, Sweden and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

The Corporate & Commercial team continues to grow steadily having been ranked by ILFR 1000 (a global legal directory)recognising that “they have a fast turnaround time, good individuals and thorough quality of work.” Welcoming Patricia, Chacha Odera the firm’s Managing Partner said, “We are honoured to welcome Patricia to Oraro & Company Advocates, we certainly look forward to her contribution towards bolstering the Corporate and Commercial team as they continue to reach for the skies.

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Profile

Established forty (40) years ago, by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates, is a top-tier, full service Kenyan law firm. The firm’s areas of strength include Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Conveyancing & Securities and Tax. Its partnership includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds and its lawyers are recognised by several leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. The firm is also well recognised for its contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence (through its formidable dispute resolution team), its work on some of Kenya’s largest deals and its significant contributions to Kenya’s legal profession


IFLR 1000’S 2018 report recognises Oraro & Company Advocates


One of the world’s leading legal directories IFLR 1000 (which has its focus on financial and corporate work), has once again ranked Oraro & Company Advocates in its 2018 rankings that were released on 13th October 2017. Commending the firm, the directory said, “They have a fast turnaround time, good individuals and thorough quality of work.” The rankings also saw the recognition of three (3) of the firm’s lawyers George Oraro SC (Senior Partner), Pamela Ager (Partner) and Nelly Gitau (Partner) which is a testament of the firm’s growing strength in transactional work.

Pamella Ager, Head of the Commercial and Real Estate teams was ranked for the second consecutive year as a Highly Regarded lawyer in the areas of Banking, (M&A). IFLR 1000 recognised her expertise saying, “[She has] superb quality, easily reachable with great communication skills and has the ability to get along well with all clients.” Pamella who has been part of various Kenyan ground-breaking commercial transactions for instance; she acted in a floatation exercise by KCB Bank Kenya Limited (Kenya’s biggest bank) responded saying, “The IFLR quote is not just mine or about me, the affirmation is well-earned by everyone in my team who do their best everyday and evidently the efforts are continuing to bear fruit.”

Nelly Gitau was recognised as a Rising star in the Banking (Real Estate) practice area. Nelly who has vast expertise in complex real estate and finance transactions said, “I am excited to be recognised again this year. This is just an indicator of our capabilities in the two sectors and we will keep working towards even greater heights for our clients. We thank IFLR 1000 for the recognition.”

George Oraro SC who was cited as a Highly Regarded lawyer in Project Development and M&A, was more than glad to receive the ranking news. He said, “I am really happy to get this international recognition. It is a win not just for us but for our financial and corporate clients.” Chacha Odera (Managing Partner) congratulated the three lawyers and said, “These rankings are proof of our firm’s hard work and dedication towards the bolstering of our corporate and commercial capacity. I am particularly pleased with our recognition in some of the emerging and key sectors in Kenya like energy and infrastructure.”

IFLR 1000 also highlighted the firm’s recent developments such as the lateral hire of Jacob Ochieng (Partner) who is now part of the corporate and commercial team. Jacob who has been ranked by another legal directory Chambers Global (2017 & 2016) as a lawyer to watch, has experience advising on a variety of commercial agreements, including, shareholders agreements, asset and share acquisitions, employment law, agency arrangements, property law and conveyancing.

To read more about the IFLR 1000 review, Oraro & Company Advocates and the highlights in the report, please visit the IFLR 1000 website here.

 

Profile

Established forty (40) years ago, by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates, is a top-tier, full service Kenyan law firm. The firm’s areas of strength include Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Conveyancing & Securities and Tax. Its partnership includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds and its lawyers are recognised by several leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. The firm is also well recognised for its contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence (through its formidable dispute resolution team), its work on some of Kenya’s largest deals and its significant contributions to Kenya’s legal profession.


Oraro & Company Advocates makes three partnership announcements


Oraro & Company Advocates recently admitted three of its senior associates to partnership. The three include Georgina Ogalo-Omondi (who works in the disputes and employment teams), Cindy Oraro (who is part of the firm’s corporate and commercial team) and Lena Onchwari (a member of the firm’s tax team). With these appointments, the full-service firm which was started as a solo practice, over 40 years ago by George Oraro SC now has twelve (12) partners.

The announcements which were formally made on the 29th of June, 2017 are further testament of the firm’s recent vigorous organic growth strategy, as they come hot on the heels of the admission into partnership of  Corporate & Commercial lawyer Jacob Ochieng (who has been ranked by Chambers Global (2017 & 2016) as a lawyer to watch). Jacob joined the firm’s corporate and commercial team in February 2017 from Anjarwalla & Khanna.

Managing Partner Chacha Odera, had this to say, “With these promotions we want to not only secure our place as one of Kenya’s leading firms but to build a legacy of among other things a firm known for its leadership’s integrity and professionalism; values we feel Georgina, Cindy and Lena espouse.  With these and our other recent appointments we also want to show clients that with us, diversity, experience and merit are more important than age. Also, that we are not just building a firm but an institution that will continue to grow and evolve to respond to Kenya’s changing business and legal landscape. Georgina, Cindy and Lena will no doubt add great value and perspectives to our partnership. They have already in their own ways proved themselves as fine lawyers and have also demonstrated an unwavering commitment to help the firm in its service delivery to clients and further to raise its profile higher, in among other areas, corporate law, extractives, employment and tax. I want to congratulate them once again and encourage them to keep blazing the trail for other young Kenyan women lawyers.”

An alumnus of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where she obtained two degrees (LLB and BCom (Economics)), Georgina joined the firm 8 years ago. Georgina is particularly known for her expertise in employment and labour relations and has been involved in some of Kenya’s most prolific employment disputes.  She was recently ranked by international leading legal directory Chambers Global in its 2017 report for her employment work, with the report, describing her, “As a senior associate who is involved in a number of the firm’s biggest cases, alongside key partners. Sources acknowledge her for her handling of mid-level employment disputes.” Georgina has also served as guest faculty member at the Strathmore Law School, lecturing on litigation in the Employment and Labour Relations Court.

In 2017 Cindy Oraro marks her fifth year working with the firm. Cindy specialises in energy, infrastructure, natural resources, PPP and projects and has experience advising on renewable energy projects, particularly solar. She has also written extensively on Kenya’s extractive industry sector with a focus on the country’s effort to overhaul regulation of this sector. In addition, she has participated in various fora giving views on legislative amendments on the same. She has worked with several local and international financial companies. In terms of professional and academic training, she has a degree from Durham University (LLB (Hons)) and another degree from the University of Bristol (LLM in Commercial Law). Noteworthy is that she was previously seconded to a leading global practice in its London offices.  She is also a country representative  of Legal and Businesswomen for Africa, on the advisory board of Roko 20 Academy and was previously a Co-chair of the advisory board of Educate Global Fund (an impact fund investing in businesses that significantly improve educational outcomes and life chances for children in low income communities).

Lena Onchwari who joined the firm’s tax team as a lateral hire in 2015 from Viva Africa Consulting LLP is in addition to being a qualified advocate, an accountant by training and holds a CPA (K). A notable highlight is that Lena was part of a team that successfully represented a leading petroleum company and its related companies, in an income tax appeal. A Master’s graduate of the University of Maastricht, she has expertise in both domestic and international law, in fact she is currently the Law Society of Kenya’s representative to the Kenya Revenue Authority’s Tax Agents’ Committee.

The firm which was earlier in the year cited by two leading international directories Chambers Global and Legal 500 as one of Kenya’s top firms, is known in the market for its high calibre of leadership. In fact its senior partner George Oraro SC was in March, 2017 inducted into the LSK’s Roll of Honour. The firm’s managing partner Chacha Odera is a recognized legal educator and has among other things facilitated several CLE’s and served for eight years in the Council of Legal Education.  He also lectures at one of Kenya’s leading law faculties – Strathmore Law School and is a regular speaker at various events on legal practice and dispute resolution – for instance, he spoke at the 4th International Litigation and Asset Recovery Forum in Lagos, Nigeria.

Earlier, in 2015 the firm made significant strides to expand its partnership with the recruitment of Geoffrey Muchiri (formerly of Inamdar & Inamdar Advocates) who joined the firm’s well-regarded disputes team, Nelly Gitau (formerly of Harrison, Hamilton and Matthews and who was also cited by IFLR 1000 (2016) as a Rising Star in Banking) and Noella Lubano, a disputes lawyer who joined from Anjarwalla & Khanna.

To see more about the announcements and the firm’s recent activities, please visit our LinkedIn page here.


Oraro & Company Advocates’ disputes and employment expertise recognised by Legal 500


Barely a month after 40 year-old Oraro & Company Advocates was named as one of Kenya’s top-tier firms by Chambers Global, a well-respected leading legal directory, another international directory Legal 500 has recognised the firm for its strength in disputes and employment.  Legal 500 in its 2017 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) report, cited the firm as a Tier 1 (the highest ranking) firm in both areas. In continued attestation of the firm’s highly regarded disputes practice, the guide especially extolled the firm’s reputation in disputes, saying, “Oraro & Company Advocates has an outstanding dispute resolution practice.”

Released on 12th April 2017, the annual report is based on an in-depth independent, free research conducted across the EMEA region covering 81 countries and over 2,700 ranked firms. Its objective is to point out leading firms and leading lawyers. The rankings are based on a combination of criteria including firm bench strength and consistency of quality of the individuals, the research also takes into account client feedback.

Four partners in the firm’s highly regarded disputes team (which has worked on some of Kenya’s biggest disputes) were also commended for their work. The four include George Oraro SC (Senior Partner) whom the guide lauded, “[As a] specialist litigator and reputed advocate who has seniority and presence.” Regarding the firm’s Managing Partner Chacha Odera (who has over 28 years of legal experience), the directory said, “Chacha Odera is also hugely experienced in litigation and ADR, especially in banking, employment, insolvency and asset tracing cases.” Walter Amoko, who heads the firm’s commercial litigation team, was noted for his procurement and projects work, with the guide, saying, “He has a fine record in procurement and projects cases.” Noella Lubano (Partner) who joined the firm in 2015 notably made her debut in the guide as one of Kenya’s top employment lawyers. Noella’s recognition is particularly good news for the firm, in light of the recent recognition of yet another young female employment lawyer in the firm’s disputes team – Georgina Ogalo-Omondi (Senior Associate) by Chambers Global.

Upon hearing the news, the firm’s Senior Partner George Oraro SC remarked, “We are both humbled and elated to hear the news.  We are particularly delighted to hear of Noella’s recognition, which she does deserve. That is the real icing on the cake for us as she only joined us two years ago but has already proved to be a valuable addition to our disputes team, particularly in helping us solidify our international arbitration practice. I must thank everyone, especially our clients for this positive feedback on our work.”

Chacha Odera, the firm’s Managing Partner remarked, “I concur with our Senior Partner, the honour of being recognised has been well rounded out by first, the directory citing one of our youngest disputes partners Noella for her work. Secondly, by the recognition of our team’s expertise in employment law, an area we have always taken great pride in.”

Noella, an alumnus of the University of Cape Town (one of Africa’s highly ranked universities) and a regular speaker at local and international arbitration events was thrilled to hear of the rankings. She commented, “It is exciting news, particularly because I will be celebrating my 2 year anniversary at the firm in a month. We also recently beefed up our capacity in disputes with the recruitment of Gibran Khalid Darr (Senior Associate) and Sandra Kavagi (Associate), so this is further confirmation that we are indeed on the right path in solidifying our position as a leading dispute resolution practice.”

It is not the first time that Legal 500 has ranked the firm and its lawyers, in 2016 the directory recognised the firm as a top tier disputes firm and listed George Oraro SC as one of Kenya’ s elite “leading lawyers”.

To read more about the results, Oraro & Company Advocates and the highlights in the report, please see the Legal 500 report, for Disputes, here and Employment law here


Oraro & Company Advocates gets international and local recognition


Chambers Global, a well-respected international legal directory has once again named Oraro & Company Advocates as one of Kenya’s top-tier firms. The news is another feather in the firm’s cap as it comes barely a week after the Law Society of Kenya; the Kenyan Bar’s premier professional association inducted the firm’s Senior Partner George Oraro SC, into its Roll of Honour.  Released on the 16th of March, the report also recognised four of the firm’s lawyers George Oraro SC, Chacha Odera (Managing Partner), Walter Amoko (Partner) and notably Georgina Ogalo-Omondi (Senior Associate).

Noting the firm’s reputation in disputes, Chambers Global 2017, said, “Litigation is a very strong area for Oraro & Company. They are very knowledgeable and well respected in this field”.  Three of the firm’s lawyers were also ranked in this area including George Oraro SC with experience at national, regional and international levels, being named as a Band 1 disputes lawyer. Praising his work, the directory said, “[He is] very, very knowledgeable and very experienced – an excellent litigator”. Chacha Odera who has been cited for more than a decade by Chambers Global as a dispute resolution expert was ranked as a Band 2 lawyer in both Employment and Dispute Resolution, with the directory, highlighting that, “[He is] a brilliant litigator with a quite impressive legal mind”. Also ranked in two categories (Employment (Band 2) and Dispute Resolution (Band 3)) was Walter Amoko, in the firm who garnered praise, with the directory reporting, “He is brilliant at understanding the client’s problem and resolving it. He has sound legal arguments and is a brilliant lawyer”.

In addition, the firm was for the first time recognised as a leading firm in Employment and ranked as a Band 2 firm.  In this area, Chambers Global recognised the work of one of its young and upcoming female lawyers Georgina Ogalo-Omondi, as an Associate to Watch. Georgina who is particularly known for her expertise in Employment and Labour Relations and involvement in some of Kenya’s most prolific employment disputes was delighted to hear the news, saying, “To be recognised by Chambers Global is very humbling. I have always been passionate about labour law practice and the report has further strengthened my resolve to continue giving our clients advice that is not only well-founded on law, but also creative and practical solutions that make commercial sense. Practice in Employment and Labour Relations has grown steadily over the past couple of years and I endeavour to provide continued legal support to our clients who come from several sectors including aviation, banking and insurance and further help to build jurisprudence in this area”.

George Oraro SC, remarked, “Coming at a time when we are marking 40 years of the firm’s existence, these accolades are indeed wonderful news.  I am particularly delighted at the recognition of one of our younger lawyers, Georgina. Her success will no doubt be an inspiration to many other young lawyers. This is deeply important to me, especially given my own humble beginnings as a young lawyer in the 1970s when I started this firm”. Chacha Odera, had this to say, “We are very grateful to Chambers Global, our clients, peers and our lawyers for this industry recognition. We certainly do not take it lightly and feel, more than ever that we must not just continue to work hard but also continue to espouse among others, the values of integrity, honesty, professionalism and humility that we are known for in Kenya and beyond. We also salute the other African practitioners listed in the report; it is a great moment for all of us”.

Chambers Global is not the only global legal directory to recognise the firm. In October 2016, IFLR 1000 lauded the firm for its transactional work, noting it as one of Kenya’s leading Financial & Corporate firms. The directory, commended the firm saying, “Full service firm Oraro & Co. Advocates are a good option on the Kenyan market, and are one of only a handful of outfits in the country to offer representation on both advisory matters and disputes.” In addition in April 2016, George Oraro SC was listed by Legal 500 as one of Kenya’s elite leading lawyers, in its Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016 guide to outstanding lawyers.

The full-service firm which has 21 advocates also recently welcomed three new lawyers, including Corporate & Commercial lawyer Jacob Ochieng (who has been ranked by Chambers Global (2017 & 2016) as a lawyer to watch). Jacob Ochieng, well-known for his hard work, thoroughness and approachability, joined as a partner in the firm’s corporate and commercial team in February 2017 from Anjarwalla & Khanna, bringing to the 40 year-old firm, his national and international law experience. The other recruits include Gibran Khalid Darr (Senior Associate) formerly of Tariq Khan & Associates Advocates and Sandra Kavagi (Associate) formerly of Lutta & Company Advocates who both joined the firm’s disputes team.

To read more about the Chambers Global 2017 results, Oraro & Company Advocates and the highlights in the report, please visit the Chamber Global site here.


Oraro & Company Advocates partners cited among Kenya’s best in financial and corporate work


Traditionally known for its legacy in handling Kenya’s largest high-profile disputes, Oraro & Company Advocates has been on an aggressive strategy to beef up its Corporate/Commercial team and it seems that its efforts are indeed paying off. It has been lauded for its transactional work with leading legal directory IFLR 1000 noting it as one of Kenya’s leading Financial & Corporate firms. The directory said, “Full service firm Oraro & Co. Advocates are a good option on the Kenyan market, and are one of only a handful of outfits in the country to offer representation on both advisory matters and disputes. The firm is strongest in the litigation space, but has worked extensively on the drafting of the capital markets regulations, and assisted the Nairobi Stock Exchange with its demutualisation.”

Pamella Ager, one of the firm’s longtime partners and a lecturer at Kenya’s well-known University of Nairobi was recognised as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Banking and M&A.  Pamella who is head of the firm’s commercial and conveyancing teams has been part of various Kenyan ground-breaking commercial transactions, for instance, the privatisation of Mumias Sugar. She also acted in a flotation exercise by KCB Bank Kenya Limited (KCB (Kenya’s biggest bank (network-wise)), two successful rights issues for KCB, the IPO of KenGen and the development of the Central Depository and Settlement Corporation.  On hearing the news, Pamella said, “These rankings are testament that we are at the forefront of Kenya’s commercial landscape. Many people may not know of the role we have played in some of Kenya’s biggest commercial deals as our reputation was always tied to disputes so these rankings solidify that.”

Nelly Gitau, was highlighted as a Rising Star in Banking (Real Estate). Nelly, who is currently on secondment in London at a leading global practice, said, “This is incredible and exciting, especially because it is close to one year since I came in as a lateral hire. We are already gratified at the market response to our new and improved transactional teams, so these rankings are like icing on the cake. Really good icing! We thank IFLR 1000 and indeed, our clients and peers for this international recognition.”

Juliet C. Mazera was also acknowledged for her work and recognised as a Rising Star in Banking (Islamic Finance, M&A). Juliet was also highlighted as one of the country’s experts in the areas of Energy and Real Estate. Juliet, who has spoken at several events in the areas was delighted at the news and said, “It is really rewarding to get this recognition. I thank God and all the mentors I have had from the beginning of my career who have helped mould me and make me who I am today.”

The firm’s Senior Partner George Oraro SC, said, “This is proof that we are not just a good disputes firm but a good transactional firm, too. Also, that we are not just recognised locally but globally too. Our move to bring in well-recognised talent in the areas of finance and energy has now positioned as one of the few Kenyan firms that can provide both contentious and non-contentious support in some of the fastest growing sectors in the Kenyan economy. We now provide clients with the expertise to navigate complex transactions with ease. This we feel is giving our clients the assurance that our promise of full-service is indeed real and meaningful.”

The firm’s Managing Partner Chacha Odera said, “This is testimony that our team of 24 lawyers includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds. We have also been growing our regional and international linkages not just to allow our clients to use these relationships for deal support but to gain insights. To ensure our lawyers are relevant and up to par on global best practice. This recognition is quite timely as we are almost marking our 40 year anniversary. ”

The directory also pointed to the firm’s growth in partnership in 2015, particularly with the coming in of energy disputes specialists Geoffrey Muchiri and Noella Lubano who joined from Inamdar & Inamdar (now Daly & Inamdar) and Anjarwalla & Khanna respectively. In addition, the joining of Juliet C. Mazera in 2015, to the partnership (which brought in Islamic Finance, M&A, Energy and Infrastructure Development expertise).

To read more about the IFLR 1000 review, Oraro & Company Advocates and the highlights in the report, please visit the IFLR 1000 website here.

Profile

Oraro & Company Advocates, is a top-tier, full service Kenyan law firm. The firm’s areas of strength include Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Conveyancing, Securities and Tax. Its partnership includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds and its lawyers are recognised by several international leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. The firm is well-recognised for its contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence (through its formidable dispute resolution team), work on some of Kenya’s largest deals and its significant contributions to Kenya’s legal profession.  Established 39 years ago, by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), the firm offers clients on-the-ground insights and a door to the strong business connections it has built locally, regionally and globally.

 

For further information, contact Oraro & Co. at legal@oraro.co.ke


Oraro & Company Advocates garners international recognition for its work


Leading legal directory Chambers Global, announced its official 2016 rankings results yesterday, once again naming Oraro and Company Advocates as one of Kenya’s top-tier firms.  The firm was recognized as a Band 1 firm in the area of dispute resolution (the highest tier in the rankings) attesting to the expertise of the firm’s highly regarded litigation practice. The team which has handled some of Kenya’s biggest disputes consists of 13 qualified advocates (arguably one of the largest dispute resolution teams in Kenyan private practice). The firm which has a reputation for its experience over a wide range of sectors including education, financial services, information communications and technology, infrastructure, international trade and natural resources is led by George Oraro SC (who has been practicing for close to 40 years and has been involved in various landmark cases including in international fora like the International Chamber of Commerce among others). Chambers Global lauded the firm’s track record describing it in these words:  “[a] distinguished practice with renowned experience in a wide range of dispute resolution mandates. Recognised for the technical prowess of its lawyers in both litigation, including IP disputes, and arbitration.”

The firm’s Senior Partner George Oraro SC and Managing Partner Chacha Odera who have a long history of being ranked by Chambers, (from as early as 2006) were yet again named as leading dispute resolution experts. The firm’s Senior Partner was notably ranked in two categories (Dispute Resolution: Arbitrators and Dispute Resolution). Of George Oraro SC, the editors said,“[he] is recognized by his peers as a hugely experienced and outstanding lawyer. He is well-recognized for his technical proficiency, and is also experienced acting as an arbitrator”. Of Chacha Odera, Chambers Global had this to say, “[Chacha] maintains an active dispute resolution practice and is held in high regard by market commentators for his experience representing clients before the Kenyan courts.” Walter Amoko (partner) was also recognized for his commercial litigation work, with Chambers Global citing, “he has a reputation of being a very fine lawyer” and a “very cerebral, intellectual type of advocate”.

These rankings are the culmination of several in-depth client and peer interviews by the Chambers Global research team, conducted to identify “market” leaders in different jurisdictions, globally. Upon hearing the results, the firm’s Senior Partner George Oraro SC, remarked “we are once again, immensely proud to hear that Chambers Global has recognized our Disputes work. Being, one of Kenya’s oldest firms we are always evolving and growing our practice to ensure we not only provide our clients with great legal advice and representation but also great service too. The feedback from the clients and our contemporaries in these rankings is deeply gratifying but also more motivation for our full service team consisting of experts in diverse areas such as disputes, tax, corporate, real estate and intellectual property to continue putting people first”.  The firm’s Managing Partner Chacha Odera said “our success in this rankings is great news and our pledge to our clients and other law firms that gave such positive feedback on our work is that we will continue to be steadfast and remain, a great top-tier Kenyan partner known not just for its technical ability, but integrity and exemplary client service too.

To read more about the Chambers Global 2016 results, Oraro & Company Advocates and the highlights in the report, please visit the Chamber Global site here.

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Oraro & Company Advocates, is a top-tier, full service Kenyan law firm. The firm’s areas of strength include, Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Conveyance and Tax. Its partnership includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds and its lawyers are recognized by several international leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. The firm is well-recognized for its contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence (through its formidable dispute resolution team) , work on some of Kenya’s largest deals and its significant contributions to Kenya’s legal profession.  Established 38 years ago, by George Oraro SC(one of Kenya’s top litigators), the firm offers clients on-the-ground insights and a door to the strong business connections it has built locally, regionally and globally.

For further information, contact Oraro & Co. at legal@oraro.co.ke


Oraro & Co. Advocates announces two partnership appointments


Oraro & Co. Advocates, is proud to welcome to the firm Geoffrey Muchiri(formerly of Inamdar & Inamdar Advocates) and Nelly Gitau(formerly of Harrison, Hamilton and Matthews), as partners. Both lawyers are known as some of the brightest in their respective areas of specialisation(dispute resolution and corporate/commercial). Geoffrey will be part of the firm’s well-recognized dispute resolution team, his practice focuses on Commercial litigation. He is particularly known for his work representing clients in admiralty and maritime, oil & gas and insurance disputes. Geoffrey also has experience handling alternative dispute resolution matters. He previously advised international clients involved in energy, oil & gas transactions. Geoffrey holds a LLM in International Commercial Law from the University of Birmingham and brings considerable commercial and dispute resolution expertise to the firm.

Nelly Gitau’s practice covers corporate/commercial and real estate matters, with a particular focus on creating and perfecting bank securities. Nelly brings considerable commercial expertise to the firm as she has over 8 years of experience advising several local and multinational clients(in different sectors). She has worked on a variety of commercial transactions, such as business formation, joint ventures and M&A deals. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of the Law Society of Kenya. Nelly Gitau will be a partner in the firm’s corporate/commercial and real estate and conveyancing teams

Oraro & Co.’s Managing Partner Chacha Odera said, “We are excited to welcome both Geoffrey and Nelly to our team, their reputation as exceptional lawyers and exposure to best practice in their respective areas, will indeed bolster our reputation as a top-tier firm in our jurisdiction and even beyond. These appointments will go a great step in making our firm even more multi-specialized. This we believe will enable us to give our clients top-notch legal services, across the board.“

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Oraro & Company Advocates, is a top-tier, full service Kenyan law firm. The firm’s areas of strength include, Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Conveyance and Tax. Its partnership includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds and its lawyers are recognized by several international leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. The firm is well-recognized for its contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence(through its formidable dispute resolution team), work on some of Kenya’s largest deals and its significant contributions to Kenya’s legal profession.  Established 38 years ago, by George Oraro SC(one of Kenya’s top litigators), the firm offers clients on-the-ground insights and a door to the strong business connections it has built locally, regionally and globally.

For further information, Contact Oraro & Co. at legal@oraro.co.ke


Oraro & Co. Advocates announces new joiner – Noella C. Lubano and recruits tax lawyer – Lena Onchwari


Oraro & Co. Advocates, has announced a new joiner to the firm’s partnership – Noella Lubano(a young lawyer known for her dispute resolution expertise). A Kenyan advocate, Noella has assisted several well-noted clients in some of Kenya’s well-publicized contentious matters.  She has experience representing clients in a wide range of areas such as energy, oil and gas, public procurement, intellectual property, human rights, employment, land and environmental matters, shareholder disputes and the capital markets, among others.  Noella has a Master’s degree in Constitutional and Administrative law from the University of Cape Town.  Formerly, a senior associate at Anjarwalla & Khanna(another leading Kenyan firm), Noella also previously worked as a secondee at global firm – Stephenson Harwood. Before that Noella had worked as an associate at Hamilton, Harrison and Matthews, where she began her legal career.

The firm’s Senior Partner George Oraro SC, said, “No doubt, Noella, comes with strong expertise, not just in litigation but in international arbitration practice, as well. We welcome her to our team and look forward to working with her to cement our place as the leading dispute resolution firm in our jurisdiction. The move is testament to our firm’s commitment to making our partnership diverse in every way.”

On her part, Noella said, “I am delighted at the appointment, especially to be part of a team that has worked on some of Kenya’s largest cases. Some of the firm’s partners are some of Kenya’s top litigators and I am delighted to have an opportunity to join them in shaping Kenyan jurisprudence.”

The firm also announced the appointment of Lena Onchwari to join as senior associate in the firm’s tax team. Lena is a Kenyan advocate, a member of the Law Society of Kenya and an accountant who has attained CPA(K)qualifications. Lena holds a LLM in International and European Tax law from the University of Maastricht and LLB from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Formerly a tax consultant at Viva Africa Consulting LLP, Lena has significant experience advising clients on tax-related matters.

The firm’s Managing Partner, Chacha Odera commented, “we are very happy to have Lena join our growing tax team, we are confident that she will assist our clients to navigate the often complicated Kenyan tax terrain.”

Profile

Oraro & Company Advocates, is a top-tier, full service Kenyan law firm. The firm’s areas of strength include, Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Conveyance and Tax. Its partnership includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds and its lawyers are recognized by several international leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. The firm is well-recognized for its contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence(through its formidable dispute resolution team), work on some of Kenya’s largest deals and its significant contributions to Kenya’s legal profession.  Established 38 years ago, by George Oraro SC(one of Kenya’s top litigators), the firm offers clients on-the-ground insights and a door to the strong business connections it has built locally, regionally and globally.

For further information, Contact Oraro & Co. at legal@oraro.co.ke