Cindy Oraro


Position: Partner


Telephone: 020–271 3 636/271 1 480



Cindy specialises in energy, infrastructure, natural resources, PPP and projects. She has advised on projects in the renewable energy sphere, particularly solar energy projects. She has further 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. In addition, she has worked with several local and international financial companies and was previously seconded to a leading global practice, in its London offices. Aside from her commercial work, Cindy was part of a team that represented one of the parties in a highly publicized International Criminal Court case.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • East African Law Society
  • International Bar Association
  • Law Society of Kenya
  • Legal and Businesswomen For Africa

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • LLB (Hons), Durham University
  • LLM (Commercial Law), University of Bristol


  • Oraro & Co. Advocates
  • Hogan Lovells(Commonwealth Professional Fellowship)
  • Kemboy & Company Advocates
  • Hamilton Harrison & Mathews Advocates


Top matters

  • Assisted a team advising the developer of a 250 MW renewable energy project in Kenya
  • Part of a team that advised an IPP in Kenya, in relation to the establishment of a 40 MW solar generating plant
  • Legal advisor on the government to government collaboration between Kenyan Government and China National Petroleum Corporation (a state corporation based in China) in a proposed project to develop up to 350 MW of geothermal power
  • Part of the team advising on a 2000 km Kenyan PPP road project
  • Part of the team that is currently advising a lender in regard to an annuity term loan facility to facilitate the 75% direct cost of road construction of the Ngong-Kiserian-Isinya Road and Kajiado-Imaroro Road. These are the first road construction projects that are to be undertaken under the new Road Annuity Regulations
  • Advised a consortium of developers in regard to a joint bid for a tender by Nairobi’s county government, as part of its urban renewable program for the redevelopment of an old housing estate
  • Advising the project sponsor in the development of a high-end luxury hotel in Nairobi, through a joint venture and a build operate model that envisages the transfer of land and the hotel back to the landowner, after a set period of time
  • Advised a social impact business on the provision of water to county governments through PPP structures
  • Part of a team that advised a county government in Kenya regarding possible project structures for the provision of ferry services
  • Currently acting for a leading Chinese Property Development Company in a partnership project with landowners for the development of a block of residential apartments comprising of over three hundred (300) units around the Junction area in Nairobi
  • Advising a client on the legal structure of its equipment leasing framework and reviewing its operating lease and installment sale and full maintenance agreement
  • Advising a client on the creation of securities in the leasing of movable assets
  • Advised Ascent Rift Valley Fund Ltd (a Mauritian based private equity fund) that invested in Kisumu Concrete Products Ltd (the Target) which deals with the manufacture and supply of building materials. We did a comprehensive legal due diligence in respect to the Target’s legal and corporate compliance status
  • Acting in the team advising Kenyan Government on the legal implications of the restructuring of its debtor including the relinquishing of its security to fit in a scheme of arrangement. The project involves the financial and operational restructuring of one of Kenya’s largest companies that will have significant impact on the subordination of the Kenyan Government debt, where we are reviewing all the debtor’s financial and operational restructuring documents
  • Advised a multilateral development bank on the USD 30 million financing of a tertiary care multispecialty hospital
  • Advised a USD 25 million (KES 2.5 billion) social impact private equity fund focused on eradication of education poverty on establishing a legal presence in Kenya
  • Advising one of Kenya’s largest publicly listed sugar manufacturing companies on the restructuring of its debts by both local and international lenders
  • Assisted a consortium of special economic-zone operators in the manufacturing sector looking to establish a corporate presence in Kenya and advised on their regulatory compliance
  • Acted for a buyer in the acquisition of a minority stake in an ICT company


  • Consumer Protection Law in Kenya
  • Special Economic Zones Act
  • Finance Act, 2015: Key changes made to the Insurance Act(IA)
  • The Companies Act, 2015
  • Further a field: Proposed changes in Kenya’s natural resource laws
  • A “right” to light: a look at the key provisions in Kenya’s proposed Energy Bill, 2015
  • Kenya’s Energy Sector: 2015 Highlights
  • Lighting the way: A look at Kenya’s growing renewable energy sector
  • On the rise: How REITs are changing the real estate landscape
  • Full of activity: A review of developments in Kenya’s Energy Sector (Q1-2016)
  • The “big” deal about the Mining Bill: Key highlights
  • Delving deeper: a closer look at local content in Kenya’s growing mining sector
  • Building a strong “national” foundation: Local content in Kenya’s construction industry
  • Got power?: Salient aspects of Kenya’s new Energy Bill, 2015
  • On matters energy: A review of some key developments in Kenya’s Energy Sector (Q2-2016)
  • “May as well”: Additional renewable sector updates for May 2016
  • “More power” to investors: Kenya’s promising renewable energy market
  • Exploring: A detailed look at Kenya’s Mining Act, 2016
  • New tax changes in the Finance Act, 2016
  • Money and markets: financial changes brought about by the Finance Act, 2016
  • On the way: A look at Kenya’s new Road Annuity Programme
  • A “right” to light: a look at the key provisions in Kenya’s proposed Energy Bill, 2015

  • Practice Areas