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 proud to sponsor the 7th edition of the East Africa International Arbitration Conference. The event will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel from the 29th – 30th of August 2019. The conference’s theme is ‘Government Contracting and Investment Disputes: Lessons for States and Investors‘. It will explore the full spectrum of government contracting from procurement and PPPs (public private partnerships), tender disputes, dispute mitigation in government contracts, investment arbitration and arbitrating with governments in African centres.
Chacha Odera, Managing Partner, and Noella Lubano, Partner, will be among the key speakers at the conference.
In attendance will be Legal Practitioners, Arbitrators, Magistrates, International Investors, Academicians, In-house Counsel and Government Representatives. For more information about the event follow the link here
Compliments to our Managing Partner, Chacha Odera, for being recognised as the overall lawyer of the year at the Nairobi Legal Awards, hosted by the Law Society of Kenya, Nairobi branch on 31st May 2019 . The award recognised, among others:
Chacha has over the years built a remarkable career acting and advising local and international clients in alternative dispute resolution particularly in arbitration matters, banking, employment law, insolvency, asset tracing, industrial disputes, pensions, land, construction and real estate disputes.
Oraro & Company Advocates was recognised as the 1st runners up in the large law firm of the year category during the Nairobi Legal Awards which were hosted by the Law Society of Kenya, Nairobi branch on 31st May 2019. The Awards are an initiative of the Law Society of Kenya, Nairobi Branch which seeks to recognize excellence in legal practice and are meant to promote benchmarking of best practice standards in the Kenyan legal profession. The award seeks to recognise:
With over 42 years, the firm strives to offer clients innovative legal advice drawing from local knowledge and global perspectives.
Oraro & Company Advocates participated in The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) symposium held on 23-24 May 2019 at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel - Nairobi.
Our very own Managing Partner, Chacha Odera, and Noella Lubano, Partner were among the the East African panellist speakers. Also, in attendance was Geoffrey Muchiri, a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice area. The Symposium covered a variety of issues related to the current and future practice of international commercial arbitration and ADR in Africa.
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 12 partners, 16 associates and 40 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.
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