Naeem Hirani is a Partner at Oraro & Company Advocates. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital. Naeem has advised international and domestic clients in complex cross-border transactions across sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
In 2017, Naeem was awarded the Africa Legal Fellowship by the Cyrus R. Vance Centre for International Justice and spent nine months working with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York. 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
Naeem is well regarded for his in depth knowledge in handling complex cross-border transactions.
Before joining Oraro & Company Advocates, Naeem was involved in the following matters:
- Advised a health focused private equity investor on a potential acquisition of a medical diagnostics business in Kenya.
- Acted on a vendor due diligence on a USD 300 million group involved in multimedia and information technology spanning 8 countries in Africa.
- Acted for Energy Access Ventures on a debt and equity investment in a solar project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Acted for AfricInvest together with a consortium of development finance institutions, including the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), DEG - Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG) and Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération (Proparco) on their equity investment in Britam, an insurance company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange with subsidiaries in various countries across Africa.
- Acted for Kuramo Capital Management LLC in relation its investment in the Trans-century Group.
- Acted for DEG and Proparco on to the sale of their equity stake in I&M Holdings Limited to CDC Group Plc by way of an off-market transaction.
- Acted for Equity Group Holdings Limited in relation to a reorganisation involving the transfer of its Kenyan banking business to a new entity and the setting up a of holding company structure.
- Acted for Equity Group Holdings Limited in relation to its acquisition of a 79% stake in ProCredit Bank Congo S.A
- Acted for Diamond Trust Bank Kenya Limited on its acquisition of the Kenyan branch of Habib Bank Limited.