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

Asset Tracing & Recoveries

Posted on November 7th, 2019

Our Asset Tracing & Recoveries practice area is a recognised leader in advising both contentious and noncontentious complex tracing and recovery of assets and in restructuring & insolvencies. The practice area is led by a team of Partners with specialist know-how and deep experience in offering strategies for obtaining effective and time-critical legal remedies to secure and recover assets, including freezing injunctions, disclosure orders and protection of assets. 

With a good reputation in handling complex banking disputes, debt recovery and asset tracing, the practice area has represented clients in various courts in the land including the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Our Asset Tracing & Recoveries practice closely with a broad range of stakeholders including banks, financial intermediaries, distressed companies, creditors, private equity sponsors, and governments. As a full service law firm, the practice area is able to call upon lawyers from a wide range of related specialist areas including tax, employment and labour, banking & finance and restructuring & insolvency.


Experience

Our recent experience includes:

  • Acting for the monetary authority of Kenya in the recovery of funds in the “Goldenberg” related cases, in excess of USD 1 billion.
  • Representing a Kenya government corporation as lead counsel. We obtained a mareva injunction/freezing order, which is currently in force to preserve the subject matter of the suit. This is a recovery action as well as the tracing of assets worth USD 70 million from individuals and companies alleged to have defrauded a commercial Bank in Kenya, leading up to its receivership.
  • Representing an accused person for actions done while executing duties when acting as a senior official in the Government of Kenya (GoK). The accused was charged with abuse of office and conspiring to defraud the GoK. The saga has come to be known as the Anglo-leasing saga.
  • Advising an Insurance Company on its potential claim of approximately KES 1.1 billion for impaired assets against three insolvent companies, where it invested in notes and commercial paper.
  • Acting for a Kenyan Insurance Company in a domestic arbitration seeking the recovery of approximately USD 770,000 being outstanding premiums claimed by the Insurer against the Judiciary of Kenya under a Group Medical Insurance Cover.

Recent Insights

Recent Decision Underscores Need for Court Sanction in The Carrying Out of Commission’s Mandate


Related Services

Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution

For more information about our Asset Tracing & Recoveries practice, please contact George Oraro SC (Founding Partner) or Noella Lubano (Partner).  Alternatively, click here to download our Asset Tracing & Recoveries.

Key Contacts
George Oraro SC
Founding Partner

 

 

E: goraro@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

Restructuring & Insolvency

Posted on July 19th, 2018

Our Insolvency and Restructuring practice group is well regarded in advising some of the largest and most complex restructurings and insolvencies.  We combine various practice areas to deliver practical advice on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of Insolvency law.

We regularly work closely with a broad range of stakeholders including banks, financial intermediaries, distressed companies, creditors, private equity sponsors, and governments.


Experience

Our recent experience includes:

  • Representing a company in insolvency proceedings against one of the largest supermarket chains in East Africa, now under administration, where it seeks to exercise its right of forfeiture, repossession and peaceable re-entry of its premises.
  • Advising a Tier 2 Bank on its rights as a lender to enforce third-party securities under the Insolvency Act, 2015 against a leading supermarket currently under administration.
  • Advising a consortium of banks in drafting agreements for a consortium of banks involved in a non-contentious insolvency matter.
  • Advising one of Kenya’s largest publicly listed companies in the restructuring of its debt, owing from local and international lenders.
  •  Advising the receiver-manager of a leading commercial bank to undertake the proposed restructuring including the powers the shareholders in the Company to sell their shares, and the company to issue additional shares to third-party investors.
  • Advised an East African government (through the office of the Attorney General) on the proposed capital restructuring of the national carrier in which the Government is a significant shareholder, including the legal implications of relinquishing its security.
  • Acting in an insolvency matter involving a manufacturer of edible salts (directors/shareholders) versus a Kenyan commercial bank in liquidation and receivership.

Recent Insights

Options for Companies in Distress on Account of the COVID-19 Pandemic or Similar Events

A ‘Dicey’ Matter: The Fate of Employees in Mergers and Acquisitions

Salient Changes Under the Business Laws (Amendment) Act, 2020


Related Services

Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution

For more information about our Restructuring & Insolvency practice, please contact George Oraro SC (Founding Partner) or Noella Lubano (Partner).  Alternatively click here to download our Restructuring & Insolvency profile.

Key Contacts
George Oraro SC
Founding Partner

 

 

E: goraro@oraro.co.ke

Arbitration

Posted on June 13th, 2018

Our arbitration practice is recognised for its excellence in this area. The firm has always been at the forefront of both domestic and international arbitration in Kenya, providing recourse from the onset of a dispute through to an enforcement of an award.

We have represented 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 (ICC) in energy, financial services and construction sectors.

Experience

Some of our recent experience in this area includes:

  • 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.
  • Represented a Canadian-based energy company as co-counsel in the ICSID proceedings brought against the Government of Kenya in respect to the unlawful revocation of the company’s geothermal licence worth USD 312.7 million.
  • Advising and representing an international civil engineering company to enforce an international arbitral award of USD 13 million in Kenya issued under an ICC arbitration with its seat in London.
  • Advised a major American private equity fund on their legal options and remedies against former directors and shareholders of a leading East African civil engineering and construction company with a view of recovering an arbitral award of USD 23.2 million from the LCIA.
  • Representing an English Investment Company and an energy company involved in methane gas production in an arbitration matter where the Claimants brought arbitration proceedings against the Respondent at the ICC for breach of contract. The ICC entered an award in favour of the Claimants in an Arbitral Award of USD 12.8 million rendered on 9th August 2017. The firm was thereafter engaged by the Claimants in having the arbitral award recorded as a judgment of the High Court of Kenya before enforcements proceedings can be commenced against the Respondent, which is a company registered in Kenya.

Recent Insights

The Right to Request Court’s Assistance in Taking Evidence in An Arbitration

Claw-Back: Key Decision by Canadian Supreme Court on Jurisdictional Question in Arbitration

Worth Your While?: Cost Effectiveness of International Arbitration

Arbitration: A time to Rethink?


Related Services

Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution, Infrastructure, Projects & PPP


For more information about our Arbitration practice, please contact George Oraro SC (Founding Partner) or Noella Lubano (Partner). Alternatively click here to download our Arbitration profile.

Key Contacts
George Oraro SC
Founding Partner

 

 

E: goraro@oraro.co.ke

John Mbaluto, FCIArb
Deputy Managing Partner

 

 

E: john@oraro.co.ke

Noella Lubano
Partner

 

 

 
E: noella@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 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.

Oraro & Company Advocates is an affiliate member of AB & David Africa.

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