Chacha Odera

 

Position: Managing Partner

Email: chacha@oraro.co.ke

Telephone: 020 – 271 3 636/271 1 480

 

Background

With over 28 years of experience, Chacha Odera is widely recognised for his expertise. In his career, Chacha has undertaken litigation, alternative dispute resolution and arbitration in the areas of banking, employment law, security realisation, insolvency of companies, tracing of assets, negotiating the re-scheduling of debts, industrial disputes, pensions, construction and real estate. He has particular expertise acting for various commercial banks in respect of insolvency matters. Moreover, he previously represented the Secretary General of the United Nations in proceedings before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT).  He has advised several pension and provident funds on matters of formation, conversion and compliance. He has acted for several banks (Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited (BBKL), Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB), Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), National Bank of Kenya Limited (NBK) and Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited (Stanchart)) and has been appointed by the court and by several disputing parties to acts as arbitrator.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association
  • East Africa Law Society
  • Law Society of Kenya

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • LLB(Hons), University of Nairobi

Employment

  • JAB Orengo Advocates
  • Oraro & Co. Advocates

Accolades/Accomplishments

  • Leading legal directory, Chambers Global, lauds Chacha in its 2017 rankings, saying, “[Chacha] is a brilliant litigator with a quite impressive legal mind.”
  • Speaker, East Africa Law Society Young Lawyers Conference, 2016
  • Speaker, 4th Annual International Litigation and Asset Recovery Forum, 2016
  • Adjunct faculty member of the Strathmore Law School
  • Member of Kenya’s Political Parties Dispute Tribunal
  • Chairperson of an ad-hoc committee established by the Law Society of Kenya(LSK) to review and recommend the areas of practice of in-house counsel
  • Present chair of an ad-hoc committee(also established by the LSK) to look into and review the present code of conduct for lawyers
  • 8 years of service in the Council of Legal Education(CLE)Kenya’s legal education regulator); during this time, the Council embarked on a complete overhaul process in legal education in Kenya. The changes involved the separation of the Council of Legal Education, from the Kenya School of Law(KSL), KSL’s migration from the old campus to the new campus in Karen, the massive expansion of the Karen campus, the standardization of legal education in Kenya and accreditation of institutions offering legal education in Kenya
  • Nominated by the LSK, to serve in a panel set up under the provisions of the Kenya Law Reform Commission Act, to interview and recruit, Commissioners to the Kenyan Law Reform Commission
  • Working with the LSK’s sub-committee on several Continuing Legal Education(Continuing Professional Development) programs as a resource person
  • Member of the Judicial Working Committee on Election Preparations

Top matters

  • Acted for the Deposit Protection Fund Board (now Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation) in respect of commercial banks or financial institutions under distress, by reason of insolvency, or by reason of violation of the provisions of the Banking Act
  • Acting as part of the legal team which attempted to revive Daima Bank Limited
  • Team leader in the merger of Southern Credit Banking Corporation and Bullion Bank Limited
  • Team leader in the reconstruction of Delphis Bank Limited
  • Team member in conducting due diligence on KCB Bank Kenya Ltd in various transactions
  • Team member in conducting due diligence on Southern Credit Banking Corporation in various transactions
  • Team member in conducting due diligence on Bullion Bank Limited in various transactions
  • Acted for the Central Bank of Kenya in respect to consultant claims regarding the Times Tower (Kenya’s second tallest building)
  • Acted for KCB Pension Fund in respect to the development of a residential estate
  • Leading the litigation team representing an international NGO in a land rates’ dispute (the estimated demand value being KES 4.8 billion (USD 48 million))
  • Representing the Kenya Railway Corporation in various employment matters
  • Represented the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) in litigation arising out of various trade union issues
  • Advised and acted for the Deposit Protection Fund Board (now known as the Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation), relating to recovery of debts owed to several collapsed financial institutions
  • Acted as advisor to KNUT in the run-up to the promulgation of the 2010 Kenya Constitution on matters touching on creation of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) as one of the independent commissions created under the Constitution
  • Member of the review team on legislation affecting the energy sector on instructions by the Kenyan Government (between 1995 – 1996)
  • Provided several legal opinions to KNUT regarding amendments to the law touching on the TSC
  • Acted as general advisor and counsel to KNUT in various suits arising from elections of their officials around Kenya
  • Team leader in advising Cooperative Insurance Company Provident Fund on conversion of its provident fund to a pension fund, to comply with the requirements of the Retirement Benefits Act
  • Acted for the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, one of the commissions put in place to overhaul the last Kenyan Constitution
  • Acted for the Kenya Medical Association Housing Cooperative Society in various real estate development matters
  • Acting for a pharmaceutical company in the recovery of company property
  • Represented China Huashi Corporation in various construction development matters
  • Represented East African Breweries Ltd in regard to disputes arising from commercial agreements
  • Represented the National Housing Corporation in a construction-related dispute
  • Represented the Secretary General of the UN in proceedings before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal

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