Nzioka Wang’ombe

Posted on June 14th, 2021

Nzioka Wang’ombe

Associate

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 703

E: nzioka@oraro.co.ke

 

Nzioka is an Associate in the dispute resolution practice group (tax department) and specialises in indirect tax, customs, regulatory compliance, commercial matters and contract law.

Nzioka is part of a team advising on the tax structure and implications of an acquisition as well as several tax litigation matters and the Tax Appeals Tribunal High Court and Court of Appeal.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nairobi and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

“Nzioka specialises in indirect tax, customs, regulatory compliance, commercial matters and contract law. 

Experience

Prior to joining Oraro & Company Advocates, Nzioka was involved in the following matters:

  • Part of a team advising multi-national corporations on tax implications of setting up permanent entities in Kenya.
  • Advised on various indirect tax matters including branch-head office transactions, export of services, import of services and transfer of business as a going concern.
  • Carried out numerous indirect tax compliance audits.
  • Part of a team that advised and guided clients on applications for tax remissions and tax exemptions.
  • Part of the team that drafted parastatal contracts relating to public healthcare.
  • Part of a team that carried out a nationwide regulatory compliance audit on a telecommunications company.
  • Applied for numerous indirect tax refund applications for clients.

Anna Kandu

Posted on May 21st, 2021

Anna Kandu

Associate

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 742

E: anna@oraro.co.ke

 

 

Anna Kandu is an Associate in the Banking & Finance, Conveyancing & Real Estate Department and specialises in property law, banking, finance, fintech, joint ventures, company law, and general commercial transactions.

She has advised clients in the banking and healthcare sectors on security documentation, commercial and residential leases and licenses. Anna was part of the team that advised a leading FinTech firm on its application for authorisation to provide payment services by the Central Bank of Kenya.

Anna holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nairobi and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. She is also a Certified Professional Mediator.

“She specialises in property law, banking, finance, fintech, joint ventures, company law, and general commercial transactions. ”
Experience
  • Part of the team that acted for a Tier I Bank which advised on the structuring of Islamic securities and mitigation of potential risks in relation to the facility.
  • Part of the team that successfully undertook a comprehensive securities audit on behalf of a Tier I bank in the restructuring of their loan portfolio of up to KES 10 Billion following the issuance of the Banking Circular No. of 2020 on the implementation of emergency measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic by the Central Bank of Kenya.
  • Part of the team acting for a leading Real Estate Development firm in Kenya in the sale of residential units including the preparation of leases for a residential property.
  • Part of the team advising various clients on the tenancy and leasing issues in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Part of the team advising and reviewing documentation on sale, purchase, lease and license of property including drafting Sale Agreements for corporates and individuals.
  • Part of the team advising and preparing documentation in relation to the ongoing transition into a new land regime for various corporate and individual clients.

Radhika Arora

Posted on May 11th, 2021

Radhika Arora

Associate

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 707

E: radhika@oraro.co.ke

 

Radhika is an associate in the Dispute Resolution practice group. Her practice specialises in banking & commercial litigation and both domestic and international arbitration.

She has significant experience in advising both local and international clients in various sectors, including construction, public procurement and financial services.

In 2020, Radhika contributed to the Kenyan Chapter of the Chambers Global Practice Guide on International Arbitration.

Radhika holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Kent, with a year in European Legal Studies from the University of Vienna and a post graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

“Her practice specialises in banking & commercial litigation and both domestic and international arbitration.”

Experience
  • Part of the team acting for a construction company in an arbitration where the company, which is the contractor, has been sued for KES 509 million (approximately USD 4.75 million) for an alleged breach of a Construction Agreement.
  • Part of the team that successfully represented a Pan-African Bank in a USD 25 million claim brought by a Zambian borrower who claims he never authorised the bank to disburse funds to the borrower. It was an ICC administered arbitration and the seat was in London.
  • Part of the team representing a Kenyan bank Under Receivership in a claim that seeks the tracing and recovery of approximately USD 340 million which was defalcated from a Bank.
  • Part of the team that represented a Kenyan government corporation in a petition brought by members of a now liquidated Kenyan commercial bank’s Employee Share Ownership Plan.
  • Part of the team representing various top tier banks in the country in the enforcement of a shared security pursuant to credit facilities worth a total of approximately USD 29 million advanced to a now insolvent retail supermarket chain.
  • Part of the team representing a Kenyan government corporation in a potential claim for professional negligence against an auditor of a bank in receivership, which ultimately resulted in a USD 380 million loss by the bank.

Wanjala Opwora

Posted on April 7th, 2020

Wanjala Opwora

Associate

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 710

E: wanjala@oraro.co.ke

 

Wanjala Opwora is an associate in the Litigation department and specializes in tax, company, insolvency, banking and general commercial contracts matters. 

Wanjala is part of a team representing a major Kenyan petroleum marketing company in a suit at the High Court with respect to the demand for KES 61 million being Excise Duty on Jet A1 fuel charged by the Kenya Revenue Authority.

Wanjala holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nairobi and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

“Wanjala specialises in Tax and Commercial Litigation.

 

Experience
  • Part of a team acting for a major brewery company in Kenya in a dispute involving the classification of cider concentrate by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) under the East African Community Customs Management Act and the World Customs Organisation’s Harmonised Classification system.
  • Part of a team acting in an appeal at the Tax Appeals Tribunal against the decision of KRA where KRA was demanding from a company dealing with importation and supply of home appliances Import Duty in amounts of KES 24 million for goods imported and supplied to Kenya Defence Forces.
  • Part of a team representing a client at the Court of Appeal appealing against the decision of the High Court with respect to the failure by KRA to honour and uphold its private ruling as to the commercial building allowances dues on behalf of a major commercial and real estate letting company.
  • Part of a team acting for an international flower transportation company in an appeal to the Court of the Appeal from a Judicial Review Decision with respect to a VAT refund claim for KES 186 million being tax remitted to the KRA .
  • Part of a team acting for a leading electronics company in Kenya both at the Tax Appeals Tribunal and at the Court of Appeal in a claim of tax overpayment refund of up-to KES 35 million.
  • Part of a team defending an international bank in a suit arising out of a loan facility agreement for financing an airplane company valued at USD 6 million at the High Court.
  • Part of a team representing a major Kenyan petroleum marketing company in a suit at the High Court with respect to the demand for KES 61 million being Excise Duty on Jet A1 fuel by KRA.

Rosemary Chepkorir

Posted on April 6th, 2020

Rosemary Chepkorir

Associate

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 744

E: rosemary@oraro.co.ke

 

Rosemary Chepkorir is an associate in the litigation department and specialises in dispute resolution, employment law, family law, environmental and land law.

She is also involved in the practice of insolvency, banking, constitutional law, corporate & commercial and real estate & conveyancing.

Rosemary holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nairobi, a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Nairobi and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

“Rosemary specialises in Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Family Law, Environmental and Land Law.

Experience
  • Part of a team acting for a renown commercial bank (under receivership) in a recovery suit after massive theft and embezzlement of funds worth USD 220 million form individuals and companies.
  • Part of a team representing directors in a Kenyan company concerning the fraudulent and unlawful transfer of the shares which resulted in the unlawful transfer of the company’s property.

 

  • Part of a team representing multiple Kenyan commercial banks in various employment disputes on accounts of unlawful and unfair termination.
  • Part of a team advising an international company on enforcing guarantees in light of the proposed Law of Contract (Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeking to amend section 3 of the Law of Contract to provide that before a creditor pursues a guarantor in law, he or she should first realise the assets of the principal debtor.

Meshack Kwaka

Posted on June 13th, 2019

Meshack Kwaka

Associate

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 708

E: meshack@oraro.co.ke

 

Meshack is an Associate in the litigation department. He specialises in arbitration, banking and commercial due diligence, employment and labour disputes, constitutional law, judicial review and fintech.

He has assisted in advising and acting for both local and international clients across a wide array of sectors including financial services, manufacturing, payment services providers and public benefit organisations.

Meshack is part of the team representing a Kenya Government Corporation (in its capacity as receiver of various banks under receivership), against claims by its depositors and shareholders, as well as being part of the team representing the Corporation in the tracing and recovery of assets worth USD 220 million from individuals and companies alleged to have defrauded a mid-sized Kenyan bank, leading up to its receivership.

Meshack holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science and Sociology, both from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

“Meshack is representing KDIC in the tracing and recovery of assets worth USD 220 million”

Experience
  • Part of the team representing a Kenyan Government Corporation (in its capacity as receiver of various banks under receivership), against claims by its depositors and shareholders, as well as being part of the team representing the corporation in the tracing and recovery of assets worth USD 220 million from individuals and companies alleged to have defrauded a mid-sized Kenyan bank, leading up to its receivership.
  • Part of the team representing a beauty products supplier in a claim worth USD 400,000 against a local supplier for breach of a supply agreement.
  • Part of the team representing an executor of an estate valued at USD 210 million during the process of administration and distribution.
  • Part of the team representing an international shipping company in a claim worth USD 300,000 against a local food and beverage supplier for breach of contract.
  • Part of the team representing an international pharmaceutical company at the Court of Appeal challenging a judicial review decision in the High Court that emanated from the Kenya Medical Suppliers Authority’s decision to award a tender for antiretroviral drugs to an international supplier.
  • Part of the team representing an international shoe company at the Tax Appeal Tribunal in a dispute revolving around transfer pricing worth USD 20 million.

Eva Mukami

Posted on August 1st, 2018

Eva Mukami

Associate

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 721

E: emukami@oraro.co.ke

 

Eva is an Associate in the Litigation Department and specialises in Arbitration & Mediation and Dispute Resolution.

She has advised local and international clients from various target sectors such as energy, oil, manufacturing and financial services in arbitration & mediation, constitutional law, land disputes, debt recovery, banking & commercial litigation, and insolvency matters.

Eva recently advised a bank on enforcement of third party securities under the Insolvency Act, 2015 as well as advising an oil company on its prospective claim against the National Land Commission for denial of fair administrative action under the Constitution in its compulsory acquisition of the oil company’s land.

Eva has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Moi University and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

“Eva has advised a regional bank in an international arbitration”

Experience
  • Part of a team that is assisting in giving Kenya law advice and representing a Canadian based energy company as co-counsel in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes proceedings brought against the Kenyan Government in respect of the unlawful revocation of the company’s geothermal licence.
  • Part of the team representing a regional bank in an international arbitration at the ICC in a claim of USD 25 million brought by a Zambian borrower who claims he never authorised the bank to disburse funds to the borrower.
  • Part of a team that advised an international agricultural equipment company on registration of securities under the Movable Property Security Rights Act, 2017.
  • Part of a team that represented a landlord in its claim against an insolvent tenant that involved interpretation of the rights of a landlord under the Insolvency Act, 2015.
  • Part of a team that advised an oil company on its prospective claim against the National Land Commission for denial of fair administrative action under the Constitution in its compulsory acquisition of the oil company’s land.
  • Part of a team that advised an international tobacco processing company and its Kenyan subsidiary on their prospective claim for fraud and/or negligence against individuals in its employment.

Sandra Kavagi

Posted on July 9th, 2018

Sandra Kavagi

Senior Associate

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 742

E: sandra@oraro.co.ke

 

 

Sandra is a Senior Associate in the dispute resolution practice group and specialises in employment & labour law. With over 7 years’ experience, she has advised clients in education, financial services, and public sector. Sandra advises local and international clients in banking and commercial litigation, constitutional law, environmental law, employment, and labour law, election petitions, fraud and land disputes. 

Sandra has advised an academic institution in formulating Collective Bargaining Agreements. She also successfully defended a company in an employment claim filed by casuals who wanted to be accorded similar employment terms as permanent staff.

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Moi University and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law

“Sandra is an Associate in the Litigation Department and specialises in Dispute Resolution”

Experience
  • Successfully prosecuted an application in the environment and land court to strike out a plaint for a suit that had been filed without the consent or approval of the plaintiff company.
  • Assisted a leading local architectural firm in an arbitration dispute against the County Government of Kitui for a claim of approximately USD 27.5 million.
  • Part of the team that represented an international outdoor advertising company against the Kenya National Highway Authority on appeal in a constitutional petition.
  • Successfully defended an application by a union which alleged to represent pensioners who had retired.
  • Part of a team that successfully defended an election petition of a prominent politician in the coastal region.
  • Assisted in the representation of a public Kenyan university in relation to the provision of security services before the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB).

Tesrah Wamache

Posted on July 6th, 2018

Tesrah Wamache

Associate

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 742

E: tesrah@oraro.co.ke

 

 

Tesrah Wamache is an associate in the conveyancing and real estate practice group. She specialises in advising clients in property law with an emphasis conveyancing and drafting of residential and commercial lease agreements. 

She has advised local clients on joint ventures, commercial and residential leases, licenses and transfer of land. Tesrah was part of the team that conducted a legal due diligence for a foreign bank that was acquiring an insolvent Kenyan bank.

Tesrah has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from  Kenyatta University and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

“Well regarded for her Conveyancing expertise ”
Experience
  • Part of the team assisting in preparing security documentation for a bank charging property as security for a loan advanced to a client.
  • Part of the team assisting in the preparation of leases for commercial premises for a pensions division of a Kenyan Commercial Bank.
  • Part of the team that conducted due diligence for a foreign bank that was acquiring an insolvent Kenyan bank.
  • Involved in drafting a Joint Venture Agreement between landowners and investors with the purpose of developing a property and sharing joint profits from the development.
  • Part of the team involved in the preparation of a licence agreement for an owner of a premise for commercial use.
  • Part of the team that took part in the sale and purchase of property including drafting Sale Agreements and advising clients on the implications of failing to or taking certain actions during a transaction.

Erastus Rabut

Posted on April 11th, 2018

Erastus Rabut

Associate

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 706

E: erastus@oraro.co.ke

 

 

Erastus is an Associate in the dispute resolution practice group. His expertise largely focuses on banking and commercial litigation, constitutional and administrative law, complex employment & labour disputes as well as land and property disputes.

Erastus has a keen interest in insolvency and restructuring following the new changes in the Insolvency Act 2015 as well as asset tracing and recovery. He has advised local and international clients from various sectors such as the financial services sector and the public sector.

Erastus has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Moi University and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

"Erastus is well regarded for his  insolvency and restructuring expertise."

Experience
  • Part of the team that is currently representing a pension scheme at the High Court in a Judicial Review Application challenging the decision by the Retirement Benefits Appeals Tribunal.
  • Part of a team acting in a claim which seeks to stop an alleged payment of USD 20 billion in respect of power purchase agreements.
  • Part of a team that assisted in the preparation and hearing of an appeal challenging the decision of the High Court requiring a major soft drink bottler to brand their 900 million bottles with nutritional facts of the soft drink.
  • Representing a large telecom company in an employment dispute and incidental negotiations of USD arising from a redundancy exercise of two thousand six hundred (2,600) employees taking part in the where a settlement of USD 3 million was reached.

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