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.
Milly was part of a team that advised Equity Group Holdings Limited (formerly Equity Bank Limited) on a 79% stake of the of ProCredit Bank, a financial institution in the Democratic Republic of Congo, from Belgische Investeringsmaatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden, Stichting DOEN and ProCredit Holding AG. The acquisition required undertaking a comprehensive due diligence, drafting and reviewing of the share purchase agreement and undertaking the competition filings at the Competition Authority of Kenya.
Milly has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Moi University and a post-graduate diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law.
Jacob was part of a team that advised in a complex debt to equity restructuring of Kenya Airways Plc that aimed to reposition the National carrier for long-term growth and business sustainability. He also acted for a leading commercial bank in the financing of the first road construction projects under the Road Annuity Program of the Ngong-Kiserian-Isinya and Kajiado-Imaroro Roads.
Chambers Global ranked Jacob, in its 2021 Guide, as one of the leading lawyers in Corporate/M&A in Kenya. Chambers noted that he is well regarded in the space by peers, who comment, “[Jacob is] thorough in his thinking and extremely detailed in his output".
Jacob holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nairobi and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.
Chambers Global, 2021.
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.
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