13th July 2021
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Bill Review portal on our website. Through this portal, we intend to provide useful insights and information on proposed legislation that is under consideration before Parliament. We shall continuously update the resource on a regular basis and provide new content by way of Reviews, Alerts, Articles, Papers and a comprehensive Bill Tracker, from which one can keep tabs with the stage and/or status of the proposed laws.
To visit this new and exciting resource, click the link here.
7th June 2021
Leading law firm, Oraro & Company Advocates has announced new partner promotions and changes in its management.
Pamella Ager, a top ranked lawyer and head of the firm’s Banking & Finance, Conveyancing and Real Estate practice areas is the new Managing Partner with top litigator, Chacha Odera, who has been at the helm for the past 12 years being promoted to a Senior Partner role. Pamella will be assisted in overseeing the day to day operations of the firm, among other management roles by Partner, John Mbaluto FCIArb, who will now hold a role of the Deputy Managing Partner. Prior to his new role, John had steered the firm’s IT and Publications functions.
George Oraro SC remains as a Senior Partner at the firm focusing more on client assignments and his dispute resolution practice.
Jacob Ochieng, one of the leading corporate/M&A lawyers in Kenya, has been admitted to the firm’s equity partnership. Together with Noella Lubano, they will play defined roles in the firm’s operational committees supporting practice growth and ensuring continued quality of work and service to clients.
The firm is equally delighted to announce organic growth with the admission of Senior Associate, Daniel Okoth to its partnership. Daniel joined the firm in 2013 as a trainee and has over the years worked his way up the ranks to take up increasingly senior roles.
The promotions and changes take effect 1 June 2021.
In response to the appointments, Mr. Oraro SC remarked;
“Congratulations to Chacha, Pamella, John, Noella, Jacob and Daniel on taking up new roles. This is a testament that there are opportunities for vertical mobility and growth within the firm” and added that “I am confident that this competent team will do a fantastic job and take our firm to even greater heights.”
Chacha Odera commented as follows;
“We owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Oraro SC. We have drawn a lot from his immense knowledge. I can honestly say that we have learnt much more from him than from any school, and that gave Noella and I the strength to push the firm further. We were privileged to oversee the firm at the time it was going through a lot of transformations. We are grateful for the support that we have received from our partners, staff, and our valued clients and peers. Change is constant and we are excited and look forward to working with the new management.”
Pamella Ager and John Mbaluto, FCIArb welcomed their appointment saying;
“We are grateful to the leadership of the firm for bestowing us with these roles. It is our priviledge and honour to serve the firm in our new capacities. We shall continue the great work done by Chacha and Noella that has seen us become a tier 1 firm in Kenya.”
17th May 2021
Our Corporate & Commercial team, comprising of Jacob Ochieng (Partner), Cindy Oraro (Partner), Sheila Nyakundi (Associate) and Paul Kamara (Lawyer) contributed to the Kenyan Chapter of the 2021 Chambers Global Practice Guide on Corporate M&A.
The Guide, covering fifty-eight (58) jurisdictions, provides the latest legal information on acquiring a company, antitrust regulations, restrictions on foreign investments, stakebuilding, negotiation, mandatory offer thresholds, conditions for a takeover offer, squeeze-out mechanisms, disclosure, duties of directors, defensive measures and shareholder activism.
Our contribution provides an extensive analysis of M&A in the Kenyan market, highlighting the key trends and industries, and how the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the market.
About Our Corporate & Commercial Practice
The practice comprises a robust team of lawyers who have proven experience in bringing commercial awareness to every transaction and is able to cut across several sectors with extensive involvement in buyouts, corporate restructuring, incorporation and company registration, joint ventures, preparing and reviewing commercial agreements, private equity and mergers & acquisitions (M&A).
3rd May 2021
International legal directory, The Legal 500, has released its Arbitration Powerlist: Africa 2021. We are delighted to announce that our Senior Partner, George Oraro SC is one of Africa’s leading arbitration practitioners listed by the directory.
“The listing reflects those practitioners that are deemed the ‘gold standard’ by businesses,” the directory noted.
The directory showcases the leading arbitration practitioners, working in the continent. To compile the list, the Legal 500 conducts extensive research by approaching leading arbitrators, arbitral institutions and general counsel in Africa to seek their opinion and guidance.
George Oraro SC’s recognition follows a recent ranking by another leading international legal directory, Chambers Global, which ranked him as a Band 1 lawyer in Dispute Resolution: Arbitrators, further praising him for being “one of the best lawyers Kenya has” and “without a doubt among the leading individuals in litigation and arbitration.”
The full list is available here.
18th September 2020
Our arbitration Partner, Noella Lubano together with Associate, Eva Mukami and Legal Assistants Radhika Arora and Paul Kamara contributed to the Kenyan Chapter of the 2020 Chambers Global Practice Guide on International Arbitration.
An initiative of Chambers & Partners, the Guide features contributions from forty seven (47) jurisdictions and is aimed at offering expert legal commentary on on arbitral tribunals, governing legislations, preliminary and interim relief, procedure for collection and submission of evidence, confidentiality, class action or group arbitration, arbitral awards, reviews, the New York Convention, and grounds for appeal and enforcement.
Touching on key topics such as arbitration trends, enforceability and Court intervention, our team’s contribution sheds light on the practice of arbitration in Kenya with the backdrop of how increased activity in the mining, oil & gas, renewable energy and infrastructure spaces has seen the rising use of international arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism.
Over the years, the firm has been involved in major arbitration matters representing clients in local and international arbitration tribunals including International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Chamber of Commerce. The firm continues to strenghthen its arbitration practice with our lawyers participating in major local, regional and international arbitration events and trainings. John Mbaluto, FCIArb recently attained the coveted rank of Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
23rd June 2020
Regarded as a symbol of peak professionalism across the globe, the rank of FCIArb demonstrates an outstanding commitment to achieving the highest levels of knowledge, skills, and behaviour. Characteristics that accurately describe John Mbaluto.
As a Partner in the firm’s dispute resolution practice group, John has built a distinguished career spanning over 12 years with a specialisation in alternative dispute resolution and litigation. Over the years, John has developed a keen interest in arbitration, representing parties in several substantial domestic and international commercial arbitration matters.
John was recently the lead Partner in an arbitration based on a claim by a contractor against the employer for the payment of the development costs of a University campus complex constructed by the claimant, running into the hundreds of millions of shillings.
CIArb membership is recognised internationally. CIArb Fellowship is the most senior level of membership and entitles one to serve on Presidential panels: panels of senior and experienced practitioners who are trained arbitrators, commercial and civil mediators, and adjudicators.
3rd June 2020
In the recently released awards by the Association of Young Abitrators dubbed “Africa’s 50 Most Inspiring Young Arbitration Pratictioners 2020”, our very own Noella Lubano, a partner at the firm’s dispute resolution practice, was recognised for her arbitration experience, putting her in the talent pool of Africa’s best arbitrators.
The prestigious award celebrates future leaders in Africa’s disputes markets, their achievements, and contributions to the development of arbitration in the African continent.
Noella has over the years built a solid dispute resolution practice with notable arbitration matters both locally and internationally. She has represented clients in multi-million dollar arbitration proceedings at the world’s leading arbitral institution such as the International Chamber of Commerce and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
Noella is a regular speaker at various arbitration events such as the LCIA African User’s Symposium in 2019, where she participated as a panel discussant on “The Future of African Arbitration” and the East Africa International Arbitration Conference in 2019 where she was also as a panel discussant on “Regional Legislation on Government Contracting”, among many others. In addition to this, Noella has written extensively on the subject contributing to various publications such as the Kenyan Chapter of the 6th Edition of Sweet & Maxwell’s Arbitration World and the Kenyan Chapter of the 6th Edition of the International Arbitration Review by Law Business Research.
This recognition shines a spotlight on Noella’s spirited arbitration career and reaffirms comments made by international legal directory - Chambers Global 2020, which commented that she is “very determined”.
Our Banking and Finance lawyers, Pamella Ager, Partner, and James Kituku, Senior Associate, contributed to the Kenyan Chapter of the recently-released ICLG: Project Finance 2020. The chapter covers various crucial topics around project finance laws and regulations such as bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings, tax, foreign insurance, foreign employee restrictions and force majeure among others.
A publication by the Global Legal Group that was established in 2002 as an independent, London-based media company specialising in the legal market, the publication aims to provide current and practical comparative legal information on several jurisdictions in a Q&A format. To read the Kenyan chapter, click here.
Further to our earlier communication dated 17th March 2020, and in further assurance of the continuity of business and attendance to clients’ matters, we have taken the following steps:
Kindly note that we are available at all times to address any of the usual enquiries and particularly issues regarding the impact of the corona pandemic on continuity of business and the possible legal challenges that may emerge therefrom.
In view of the guidelines issued by the Government of Kenya in response to the spread of the COVID-19 (Corona virus), we wish to assure you that we have put in place measures that will ensure continuity of your matters and that the same will be well attended to.
During this period, which is by all accounts unprecedented, we will keep our communication lines open and we will be happy to attend to any concerns or enquiries. We can be reached on telephone, email, messaging services and meetings can be conducted by prior arrangement via video conferencing links.
Further note that the firm will retain a scaled down staff complement during this period. However, the following Partners will be available to attend to you at short notice and at any given time:
We request for your understanding during these challenging times. In the meantime, we have attached here a notice from the National Council on the Administration of Justice for your information. We will update you as and when there are any material developments.
Oraro & Company Advocates is a full-service market-leading African law firm established in 1977 with a strong focus on dispute resolution and corporate & commercial law. With a dedicated team of 10 partners, 4 senior associates, 10 associates, 1 lawyer and 36 support staff, the Firm has been consistently ranked by leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500 as a top-tier firm in Kenya.
Oraro & Company Advocates is an affiliate member of AB & David Africa.
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