Oraro & Company Advocates Receives Top Rankings in the Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Posted on April 20th, 2020

20th April, 2020

In the midst of these challenging times, we are delighted to announce that Oraro & Company Advocates has achieved a top ranking in the just released 2020 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA rankings. We have been ranked a Top Tier Firm in the Dispute Resolution and Employment practice areas. In addition, our Banking, finance and capital markets practice area has been highly recommended by the directory.

Legal 500 EMEA affirmed our continued ‘exceptional record in big-ticket disputes’ and noted that our firm remains a notable name in insolvency and tax disputes, in addition to handling major arbitration matters.  The directory quoted clients’ testimonials praising our Dispute Resolution practice for providing ‘personalised service, [being] flexible on fees and top-notch lawyers’ with another source adding that the team is ‘solution oriented, [making] commercial sense, [has] a wealth of knowledge, ability to understand issues and draft pleadings within pressing timelines.

Senior Partner George Oraro SC and Managing Partner, Chacha Odera were ranked  as ‘Leading Individuals’ confirming their outstanding reputation over the years. George was highly praised with sources saying ‘George Oraro is available throughout, he is willing to meet and offer advice and solutions. Even when he is not able to take up a matter, he is still willing to see how best he can assist.‘ Additionally, Noella Lubano, Partner, was recognised as Next Generation Partner, with sources saying she is ‘responsive, conducts very good and well thought out research, and is approachable and witty.’

Our Employment practice area also received a Tier 1 rating with the directory noting our strength in handling both contentious and non-contentious employment matters and our experience in handling redundancies, retrenchments, employee benefits and collective bargaining arrangements. Recognised as a leader in employment litigation, Chacha Odera was ranked in the elite group of ‘Leading Individuals’. Georgina Ogalo-Omondi was recognised as an ‘employment specialist’ and ranked Next Generation Partner.

In the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets practice area, Oraro & Company Advocates was also highly ranked,with Legal 500 noting that the firm is a ‘popular choice’ for a number of leading domestic banks and large real estate developers. The practice was recognised for being ‘…partner led, commercial and lean…’ with Pamela Ager who leads the team being noted as a ‘Key Partner’.

Upon receiving the news, Chacha Odera, Managing Partner stated “Despite the difficult time we find ourselves in, this is indeed good news to receive. I am proud of everyone in the firm for their unrelenting effort, support and hard work which lead to such great recognitions. We acknowledge and thank our clients for continuing to choose our firm as their legal and strategic partner.”

The Legal 500 EMEA highlights the practice area teams and experts providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel in over 150 jurisdictions. The rankings are based on feedback from clients, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

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Profile

Established 43 years ago by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates is a top-tier, full-service Kenyan law firm providing specialist legal services both locally and regionally with a focus on Arbitration, Banking & Finance, Conveyancing & Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Infrastructure, Projects & PPP, Restructuring & Insolvency and Tax.

Oraro & Company Advocates prides itself in its deeply rooted client relationships by steadily providing quality legal services through its partner-led approach and continues to distinguish itself as an African law firm offering legal services drawing from local knowledge and global perspectives.

Kipkirui Kosgei

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

George Oraro SC ranked ‘Star Individual’ Top Dispute Resolution Lawyer in Kenya

Posted on February 17th, 2020

17th February, 2020

Chambers Global Guide which ranks the most outstanding law firms and top lawyers across the world has released its 2020 rankings.

We are delighted to announce that our Senior Partner, George Oraro SC has surpassed the Band 1 ranking receiving the prestigious ‘Star Individual’ accolade in Dispute Resolution. The accolade is awarded to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field and George is the only lawyer ranked in this category in Kenya. Acclaimed by sources as "a man of integrity and humility", and regarded as being "wise, patient, extremely brilliant in all respects and very client-focused”, Chambers Global noted that multiple interviewees affirm his stature as a "litigation powerhouse" and "one of the best lawyers Kenya has ever produced."  George whose practice cuts across the full spectrum of contentious mandates and arbitration has also been ranked Band 1 among leading Arbitrators in Kenya. George has decades of experience which have seen him feature in some of Kenya's most eminent cases.

Chambers Global has also highly ranked other lawyers from the firm. Chacha Odera, Managing Partner, was ranked Band 1 in both Dispute Resolution and Employment practice areas. Chacha was commended for his expertise in land, employment and constitutional disputes with market commentators highlighting that he has a "very sharp mind," and other sources saying he is “a man full of wisdom; courteous, respectful, hard-working and a team player.”

Our Employment & Labour law Partner, Georgina Ogalo-Omondi, continues to excel in the Employment practice area. Georgina received praise from the interviewees for being “ambitious, very hard-working and a team player," also adding that “she is fearless.

Moving up the ranking, our Partners Noella Lubano and Jacob Ochieng were also ranked in Dispute Resolution and Corporate/M&A respectively. Chambers Global commended Noella for her in-depth understanding of financial and commercial disputes, covering banking, insolvency and asset tracing mandates. Noella was lauded for having a “very determined” approach and “outstanding client handling skills.” Jacob Ochieng is well regarded in the Corporate & Commercial space and his peers noted that he “is commercially astute and always looks out for his clients in any transaction.

In general, the firm continues to maintain its position as a market leader. Ranked Band 1, our Dispute Resolution team was lauded for routinely appearing in high quantum and sensitive matters and its representation of regional and international clients in complex cases. The firm was also well ranked in Employment and Banking & Finance categories.

Chacha Odera, Managing Partner, commented on the awards saying “It is such a great honour for me and the firm to receive such commendable rankings. I congratulate everyone in the firm for their unrelenting efforts. Our clients, thank you for your valuable feedback, unwavering support and trust over the years.” These accolades reinforce the firm’s leading position in the region and its standing globally.

Chambers Global rankings are based on extensive research and one-on-one client interviews. The Guide assesses the quality and magnitude of cases or transactions handled by each firm, technical ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness and commitment to providing solutions to clients, among other qualities.

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Profile

Established 43 years ago by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates is a top-tier, full-service Kenyan law firm providing specialist legal services both locally and regionally with a focus on Arbitration, Banking & Finance, Conveyancing & Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Infrastructure, Projects & PPP, Restructuring & Insolvency and Tax.

Oraro & Company Advocates prides itself in its deeply rooted client relationships by steadily providing quality legal services through its partner-led approach and continues to distinguish itself as an African law firm offering legal services drawing from local knowledge and global perspectives.

Kipkirui Kosgei

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

Oraro & Company Advocates Bolsters its Commercial Practice

Posted on January 8th, 2020

8th January, 2020

Oraro & Company Advocates is pleased to announce the appointment of Naeem Hirani as a Partner in the firm effective from 7th January 2020. Naeem’s appointment further strengthens the firm’s Corporate & Commercial practice as he brings extensive experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Corporate Law. Naeem has advised international and domestic clients in complex cross-border transactions across sub-Saharan Africa. His commitment to excellence furthers the firm’s tradition of providing exemplary service to its clients whilst upholding the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.

Naeem joins us after founding a boutique law practice called “Hirani Law” and prior to that he served as a Senior Associate at Anjarwalla & Khanna where he worked for eight years. In 2017, Naeem spent nine months working with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York under the Africa Legal Fellowship, an initiative by the Cyrus R. Vance Centre for International Justice which aims to promote diversity and strengthen the legal profession in Africa.

Welcoming Naeem to the firm, Chacha Odera, Managing Partner, stated “the partnership is delighted to have Naeem whose breadth of knowledge and impressive track record are a great addition to our Corporate & Commercial team and an asset to our clientele.”

Naeem obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Leeds, a Post Graduate Diploma in Tax from the East Africa School of Taxation and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Queen Mary, University of London.

Naeem is also a Board member of the Fleischer Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the personal development and empowerment of underprivileged children in developing countries through mentorship and education.

About Oraro & Company Advocates
Established 43 years ago by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates is a top-tier, full-service Kenyan law firm providing specialist legal services both locally and regionally in Arbitration, Banking & Finance, Conveyancing & Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Infrastructure, Projects & PPP, Restructuring & Insolvency and Tax.

The firm’s corporate & commercial practice area continues to shine and prides itself in creative solutions to the most complex transactions entrusted to them. The team has been extensively involved in the recent consolidations and acquisitions within the banking sector in Kenya, including acting for the National Bank of Kenya Limited in relation to the take-over of 100% of the company’s shares by KCB Group PLC, advising Transnational Bank and its shareholders in the sale and purchase of 93% shares to a Nigerian multinational commercial bank, and also assisting Prime Bank Limited in obtaining regulatory approvals in connection to the acquisition of a significant minority stake in the Bank by AfricInvest and Catalyst Principal Partners.

The practice area and its lawyers are recognised by leading international legal directories such as Chambers Global and IFLR1000.

Kipkirui Kosgei

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

Oraro & Company Advocates Shines Again in the 2020 IFLR 1000 Rankings

Posted on September 30th, 2019

Oraro & Company Advocates has, once again, been recognised among the regional leading law firms in the Financial and Corporate Transactional Practice in the 2020 IFLR 1000 rankings. The firm was praised for having, “…...a knowledgeable and diverse team of lawyers who are experienced and competent in diverse fields. The firm is able to call upon this expertise at any one time….”

The research was conducted by IFLR 1000, a leading legal directory that is fully dedicated to ranking law firms and lawyers based on Financial & Corporate transactional work.

IFLR 1000 ranked the firm Tier 2 in Project Development: Infrastructure and Project Development: Mining practice area. Oraro & Company Advocates further received a Tier 3 rating in Project Development: Power and a Tier 4 ranking in Financial and Corporate. The firm was commended for its good research skills, sound legal advice and professionalism. Clients commended the firm's practice noting that “The firm provides quality work and sound legal advice. They are professional and provide commendable services.”

Three of our Partners solidified their positions from the previous rankings by being recognised as Leaders in their respective fields. George Oraro SC, Senior Partner, was ranked a ‘Highly Regarded’ lawyer in Project Development, M&A whereas Pamella Ager, Partner, was ranked ‘Highly Regarded’ in Banking, M&A. Moreover, Nelly Gitau, Partner, was also ranked ‘Highly Regarded’ in Banking (Real Estate). IFLR1000 also noted Noella Lubano’s expertise with clients speaking highly of her saying that “Noella is a very competent and knowledgeable lawyer, who is very deep at research and analysis. Her client handling skills are very good, and she is very skilled at arbitration and insolvency matters in the region.” Another client also lauded Noella saying that she is "very knowledgeable and provides good and sound legal advice. She is also very responsive, accessible and reliable. Her work is commendable." Noella is a Partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team advising clients in a wide range of areas such as energy, financial services, manufacturing & industries, public sector and private clients.

Chacha Odera, Managing Partner was pleased to receive the good news and said “This is a good indicator of the continuous growth in our Corporate and Commercial practice and also solidifies our stand and belief as a firm which is to offer exceptional service to our clients while upholding the highest level of professionalism and ethical standards. We are grateful and have taken note of the feedback provided  by our clients who have continously believed and supported our firm. We take the feedback seriously and find it usefull as a tool to serve our clients better

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Profile

Established 42 years ago by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates is a top-tier, full-service Kenyan law firm providing specialist legal services both locally and regionally in Arbitration, Banking & Finance, Conveyancing & Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Infrastructure, Projects & PPP, Restructuring & Insolvency and Tax. The firm has been consistently ranked by leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500 and its partnership includes well-recognised advocates who are regarded for their expertise in their respective areas as well as their significant contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence.

 

Kosgei Kipkirui

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

KNUT’s Big Win in Trade Dispute with Employer

Posted on July 15th, 2019

Friday 12th July 2019 saw a big win for the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), the largest teachers' trade union in Kenya, against the employer, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) after the Employment and Labour Relations Court ruled in favour of KNUT in a protracted trade dispute concerning teachers’ promotions, appraisal, transfers, training and union membership.

Some of the notable highlights from the Court’s decision include:

  • Headteachers, their deputies and teachers who are in management positions are unionisable and can vie for leadership positions in the union.
  • Teachers who are in leadership positions in the union should only be transferred within the same geographical location that they represent.
  • Appraisal tools should be ready by 1st December 2019, for a roll out in January 2020.
  • The Court also dismissed a promotions circular which had limited career progression to those with teachers training certificates.

TSC has indicated that would appeal the Court’s decision.

Oraro & Company Advocates’ John Mbaluto, a Partner in the dispute resolution practice group, was among the lead lawyers acting for KNUT in this matter. John has experience in advising both international and local clients on constitutional law, banking and commercial disputes, employment and labour law, and is also well regarded for advising employee associations and trade unions.

Our Dispute Resolution Heritage

Referred to as a “Dispute Resolution powerhouse”, we are well regarded for our in-depth understanding of the judicial process and our extensive experience to find innovative solutions to the most challenging problems whenever they occur. Our litigators have a long history of handling cutting-edge litigation matters, including many of the most significant disputes in the country. We are called upon to play a central role in high stakes and high profile matters in Kenya.

A tight-knit group of 16 lawyers (8 Partners, 5 Senior Associates and 4 Associates), arguably the largest dispute resolution team in Kenya, we approach each matter with intensity, thoroughness and creativity and build teams appropriate to the circumstances. We handle all aspects of contentious matters, from the strategic and tactical to the practical and procedural. We represent clients in tribunals in areas such as tax, environment, public procurements, among others.

Kosgei Kipkirui

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

Legal 500 Recognises Oraro & Company Advocates as a Leading Firm in the 2019 Rankings

Posted on April 15th, 2019

April 15, 2019

Oraro & Company Advocates has, once again, been recognised as a “Top Tier” firm in the recently published 2019 Legal 500 rankings. The firm has been highly ranked in the areas of Dispute Resolution (Tier 1), Employment (Tier 1) and Banking, Finance and Capital Markets (Tier 2) reaffirming the firm’s position as a market leading African law firm. The rankings are conducted annually by Legal 500, a legal directory that has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world for 32 years.

The firm has maintained its position as Tier 1 in the dispute resolution practice area and is lauded for its frequent involvement in headline insolvency and restructuring cases, tax disputes and international arbitrations. Legal 500 in its ranking notes that our Senior Partner, George Oraro SC and Managing Partner, Chacha Odera are “market leaders” in Dispute Resolution and ranks them among the “Leading Individuals”. Walter Amoko (Partner) has also recognised as a well rounded litigator.

In Employment, the firm is well regarded for “an impressive mix of contentious and non-contentious work”. The directory commended the firm for its expertise in handling trade unions, major restructurings and class actions. Chacha Odera is noted as a Leading Lawyer in the area being praised for his “considerable experience in employment disputes.” In addition, Georgina Ogalo-Omondi is recognised as “highly specialised in employment”.

Notably, the firm moved up the ladder and was ranked Tier 2 in the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets practice area from Tier 3 in 2018. Legal 500 attributed this to the firm’s vast experience in advising on a range of corporate loans, structured finance, syndicated loans and real estate financings. The firm’s head of the Banking & Finance practice, Pamella Ager has been noted as the key partner in this field with George Oraro SC providing ‘further senior gravitas’.

Commenting on the rankings, Chacha Odera, our Managing Partner, stated that “We are pleased and humbled for the positive evaluations of our advocates and the services we provide both from our clients and peers. The legal landscape keeps evolving and to be recognised and ranked on this scale is exactly where we want to be as firm.

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Profile

Oraro & Company Advocates is a market-leading African law firm with a history spanning over 42 years. The firm has a strong focus on dispute resolution and corporate and commercial law, with a highly respected dispute resolution practice in Kenya and a strong team of litigators. The practice group has in-depth experience in advising clients on both international and local arbitration, employment and labour disputes, insolvency and restructuring, and tax disputes. The firm also has a robust team of corporate and commercial lawyers who have proven expertise in corporate, banking and finance transactions. This encompasses capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, banking and securities, private equity, regulatory compliance, competition law, commercial contracts, restructurings and all aspects of intellectual property. In addition, the practice group undertakes all aspects of commercial, private conveyancing, leases and licenses.

Oraro & Company Advocates prides itself in its deeply rooted client relationships by steadily providing quality legal services through its partner-led approach and continues to distinguish itself as an African law firm offering legal services drawing from local knowledge and global perspectives.

Kipkirui Kosgei

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

Oraro & Company Advocates “Top Ranked” in the 2019 Edition of Chambers Global

Posted on February 19th, 2019

February 19, 2019

Oraro & Company Advocates is delighted to be recognised as a top Kenyan law firm in the recently released 2019 Chambers Global rankings. The rankings are conducted annually by Chambers and Partners, a leading legal directory that identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers worldwide. The firm continues to be at the forefront of Dispute Resolution in Kenya having been ranked in Band 1. The firm was also recognised as a Band 2 firm in Employment and for the very first time, the directory recognised the firm’s Banking & Finance practice, ranking it in Band 4. The 2019 edition of the rankings saw six of our Partners recognised, namely;

Referring to the firm as a Dispute Resolution powerhouse, the directory ranked four of our litigation lawyers led by our Senior Partner, George Oraro SC who was ranked as a Band 1 litigator and also as a Band 1 Arbitrator. Further to lauding him as a “brilliant legal mind”, a client interviewed by the directory identified him as one of the most well-rounded lawyers with exceptional client care adding that “…in terms of client care, I've never seen someone so willing to go the extra mile.” Also ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Dispute Resolution was our Managing Partner, Chacha Odera who is highly regarded as a leading commercial Dispute Resolution lawyer with a strong track record in Banking and Insolvency-related disputes. Chacha was also ranked Band 2 in Employment where he was recognised for his contribution and activity in the Employment courts “when things get very serious.”

Walter Amoko retained his Band 1 position as a pre-eminent Employment litigator with expertise in class action defence and union disputes. Chambers Global remarked that “He's top tier for the high calibre of disputes that he handles and his preparation.” Walter is also highly commended for his disputes practice with the directory ranking him in Band 2 saying “He's excellent on his feet in court. He's a very fine lawyer, even in his paperwork” and “extremely bright.

Following last year’s recognition as “...one to watch”, Georgina Ogalo-Omondi was ranked Band 3 in Employment. To this, the directory described her as “energetic and articulate,” adding that she is “very well versed in employment matters.”

Noella Lubano was ranked as an Up and Coming in the Dispute Resolution practice area. She was praised as “a good strategist” with “extensive knowledge of ICC arbitration and an investigative approach.” Noella was commended for her excellent reputation in handling commercial disputes as well as banking and insolvency cases. The directory remarked that “She's an expert in arbitration and a force to be reckoned with in cross-examinations.

Jacob Ochieng, a Partner in the Corporate & Commercial practice area was also cited as an Up and Coming in the field and recognised for his experience in M&A, Joint Ventures and Microfinance with the directory noting that he is a brilliant fellow with big capital markets expertise.”

Commenting on the rankings, the firm’s  Managing Partner, Chacha Odera, was delighted with the  report saying, “I am proud and pleased with the 2019 Chambers Global rankings which have seen my colleagues and various areas of expertise of the firm getting recognition. Moreover, I am thankful to our clients who have continued to walk with us and support us within their various capacities.

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Profile

Oraro & Company Advocates is a market-leading African law firm with a history spanning 42 years. The firm has a strong focus on dispute resolution and corporate and commercial law, with a highly respected dispute resolution practice in Kenya and a strong bench of litigators. The practice group has in-depth experience in advising clients on international arbitration, employment and labour disputes, insolvency and restructuring, and tax disputes. The firm also has a robust team of corporate and commercial lawyers who have proven expertise in corporate, banking and finance transactions. This encompasses capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, banking and securities, private equity, regulatory compliance, competition law, commercial contracts, restructurings and all aspects of intellectual property. In addition, the practice group undertakes all aspects of commercial, private conveyancing, leases and licenses.

Oraro & Company Advocates prides itself in its deeply rooted client relationships by steadily providing quality legal services through its partner-led approach and continues to distinguish itself as an African law firm offering legal services drawing from local knowledge and global perspectives.

Kipkirui Kosgei

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

Oraro & Company Advocates Recognised For the Fourth Consecutive Year by IFLR 1000 in the 2019 Rankings

Posted on November 13th, 2018

November 13, 2018

For the fourth consecutive year, leading legal directory – IFLR 1000, recognised Oraro & Company Advocates as a top-tier firm in its recently released 2019 rankings. The firm was commended as “…very professional and diligent in providing its legal services and undertaking the work. They have competent lawyers who proactively respond to their clients. The law firm is also sensitive to clients’ needs and they go out of their way to understand the clients’ needs and provide the advice and service required.”

Solidifying its 2018 ranking as a tier 2 firm in both Project Development (Infrastructure) and Project Development (Mining), Oraro & Company Advocates was yet again recognised as a tier 2 firm in both practice areas. For the very first time the firm was ranked in Project Development (Power) as a tier 3 firm, evidence of notable transactions it has handled in the Energy sector in Kenya. The directory also acknowledged that the firm was active in Mergers & Acquisitions.

Three of the firm’s partners were also recognised for their expertise including George Oraro SC who was ranked as a highly regarded lawyer in Project Development and M&A and lauded as “…a very competent and knowledgeable advocate with a deep understanding and application of the law.” Also coming in as a highly regarded lawyer was Pamella Ager who was identified for her expertise in Banking and M&A.

Nelly Gitau joined the highly regarded lawyer rankings this year in Banking (Real Estate) from a rising star in IFLR 2017 and 2018 respectively. Well-respected for her expertise in Arbitration and Insolvency, Noella Lubano, a Partner in the firm was singled out as having “…extensive [insolvency] experience, is client focused and provides high quality legal services. She is accessible, responsive and sensitive to clients’ needs.”

In response to the rankings, the Managing Partner – Chacha Odera remarked that “These rankings signify our continuous efforts as a firm to go over and above what our clients expect and I am particularly pleased with Nelly Gitau’s recognition as a highly regarded lawyer in Banking (Real Estate) from a rising star.”

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Profile

Established 42 years ago by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates is a top-tier, full-service Kenyan law firm providing specialist legal services both locally and regionally in Arbitration, Banking & Finance, Conveyancing & Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Infrastructure, Projects & PPP, Restructuring & Insolvency and Tax. The firm has been consistently ranked by leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500 and its partnership includes well-recognised advocates who are regarded for their expertise in their respective areas as well as their significant contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence.

Kipkirui Kosgei

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

Oraro & Company Advocates’ Named Top Player in Chambers Global 2018

Posted on May 2nd, 2018

May 2, 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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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.

Kosgei Kipkirui

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

Oraro & Company Advocates Remains at the Forefront of the Kenyan Legal Market

Posted on April 18th, 2018

April 18, 2018

Oraro & Company Advocates has yet again been recognised by Legal 500 for its Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution and Employment practice in the recently released 2018 rankings. The international legal directory described the firm as one that has ‘tremendous disputes pedigree in mainstream commercial disputes, succession disputes, tax litigation, employment disputes and ADR.’

The firm has been highlighted as a tier one (1) law firm in Dispute Resolution with the Senior Partner, George Oraro SC and the Managing Partner Chacha Odera being recognized as ‘outstanding practitioners’ in Dispute Resolution-. Walter Amoko a Partner in the firm was highly regarded for his expertise in public procurement and judicial review and was singled out for his ‘excellent presentation.’ Also being recognised is NoellaLubano a Partner has been cited as ‘up and coming’. This comes soon after Chambers & Partners  gave lauded her with a similar recognition for her Arbitration practice.

Also regarded as a tier one (1) firm in the Employment category, the firm was referred to as a major player, especially in restructuring and insolvency matters. Partners namely, George Oraro SC, Chacha Odera and Noella  Lubano were cited as ‘outstanding practitioners’ in this field.

Pamella Ager a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial  made her debut in the Legal 500 guide recognised in the Banking and Finance and Capital Markets practice area.  She was  praised for her vast experience across multiple financing products leading to the firm’s ranking in restructuring, refinancing and capital markets.

The Managing Partner Chacha Odera remarked, “Congratulations team! Working hard together with one vision truly wins in the end.”

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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.

Kosgei Kipkirui

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

About Us

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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Oraro & Company Advocates
ACK Garden Annex, 6th Floor, 1st Ngong Avenue
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