Cindy Oraro

Posted on March 26th, 2018

Cindy Oraro 

Partner

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 718

E: cindy@oraro.co.ke

 

 

A Partner at Oraro & Company Advocates’ commercial practice, Cindy specialises in energy, infrastructure, and projects. Over the last 9 years, she has advised local and international clients in various matters including energy, oil & gas, corporate restructuring, mergers & acquisitions and mining.

She has been involved in notable corporate & commercial transactions including advising on the government-to-government collaboration between the Government of Kenya and China National Petroleum Corporation on a proposed USD 1.8 billion project to develop up to 350 MW of geothermal power.

In 2014, she was awarded a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship at the law firm of Hogan Lovells LLP in London, where she practiced with its project finance team. She was further awarded a Power Africa Fellowship in 2019 at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York, where she practiced with its project development and project finance teams.

Cindy holds a Master of Laws in Commercial Law from the University of Bristol, a Bachelor of Laws from Durham University, United Kingdom and a Post-graduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law.

"Cindy has a keen interest in energy, particularly geothermal, oil & gas and solar."
Experience
  • Part of a team that advised the Government of Kenya on the financial and operational restructuring of Kenya Airways (KQ) including converting USD 2.3 Billion into equity and the legal implications of relinquishing its security.
  • Part of the team advising one of Kenya’s largest publicly listed sugar manufacturing companies on the restructuring of its debt by both local and international lenders.
  • Part of a team that advised a consortium of special economic-zone operators in the manufacturing sector looking to establish a corporate presence in Kenya and advised on their regulatory compliance.
  • Advised on an energy project with design-build finance maintain and operate aspects where we acted for the owner of five (5) SPVS entitled to generating 40 MW of solar energy each in a transaction to sell the SPVs as well as all the rights and licenses required to generate such power, as well as transferring the land which is subject to the licenses.
  • Advised a client on the legal structure of its equipment leasing framework and reviewing its operating lease and instalment sale and full maintenance agreement.
  • Advised a multilateral development bank on the USD 30 million financing of a tertiary care multispecialty hospital.

John Mbaluto, FCIArb

Posted on March 26th, 2018

John Mbaluto, FCIArb

Deputy Managing Partner

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 705

E: john@oraro.co.ke

 

John is the Deputy Managing Partner at Oraro & Company Advocates in the dispute resolution practice group. With over 13 years of experience, John has represented and advised local and international clients particularly in construction law, employment and labour law, pension law, banking and commercial disputes and constitutional law.

John has represented and advised clients in a wide variety of sectors including construction, education, financial services, Insurance and transport & logistics.

Recently, he attained qualification as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a globally recognised standing in arbitration circles.

Additionally, John is proud to steer the firm’s publications committee which has to date successfully published 13 issues of Oraro & Company Advocates' flagship newsletter – Legal & Kenyan.

John holds an LLB from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom and a Post-graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

"John is well regarded for his expertise in advising employee associations and trade unions."
Experience
  • Acting for a privately owned limited-by-liability company registered and incorporated in South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia that deals in construction, logistics and supply-chain services, in a domestic arbitration based on a claim by the contractor against the employer for the payment of the development costs of a university campus complex constructed by the Claimant, running into the hundreds of millions of shillings.
  • Acting for an Insurance Company in a potential claim of approximately USD 12 million for impaired assets against three insolvent companies, where it invested in notes and commercial paper.
  • Represented an electric power generation company in a constitutional case involving the competing fundamental rights and freedoms under the Bill of Rights, particularly the freedom of expression, the right to access to information, the freedom of the media and the right to privacy.
  • Part of a team acting for the County Assemblies Forum challenging a decision of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to call for the 2017 general elections (2017).
  • Part of a team representing one of the largest and longest-established private equity fund managers focused on Africa in an anti-suit injunction application where the parties are not a party to shareholders and management agreement
  • Represented Central Bank of Kenya in a case in which the petitioner sought to stop the largely popular transfer of money services provided by mobile telephone companies including Safaricom’s “M-Pesa” and “Airtel Money”.
  • Part of a team that represented the largest teachers’ trade union in a historic 2015 pay rise dispute against the teachers’ employer.

Pamella Ager

Posted on March 26th, 2018

Pamella Ager

Managing Partner

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 704

E: pamella@oraro.co.ke

           

Pamella is the Managing Partner at Oraro & Company Advocates and heads the Banking & Finance and Conveyancing & Real Estate practice groups. With over 19 years of experience, she has advised local and international clients in banking and finance, construction, capital markets, conveyancing and real estate, M&A, and regulatory work but is well regarded for her capital markets and conveyancing expertise.

Pamella has been consistently highly ranked by leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and Legal 500 as one of the leading lawyers in Kenya. In 2020, IFLR1000 ranked Pamella as highly regarded for her Banking and M&A expertise. The directory commended her in 2018 saying "[She has] superb quality, easily reachable with great communication skills and has the ability to get along well with all clients."

Pamella has a Master of Laws (LLM) from Auckland University, New Zealand, an LLB from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and a Post-graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. Aside from her legal practice, Pamella lectures at the University of Nairobi School of Law. She also serves in her capacity as a Director on several boards.

Pamella Ager acts for an array of domestic and international banks on securities registration and commercial lending matters.

Chambers Global, 2021.

Experience
  • Part of a team that is advising lenders on the establishment of a capital market structured Water Pool facility to finance water infrastructure projects in Kenya.
  • Acting for a leading investment management company in the sale of 10 high-end five-bedroom villas in a gated estate known as Amara Ridge in Karen, a suburb approximately 20 km away from the Nairobi CBD.
  • Advising an International humanitarian organisation in the acquisition of a property in Nairobi worth USD 25 million as well as drafting all transactional documents with external consultants and seeking government approvals.
  • Advising in the lending to a microfinance bank, including drafting complex documentation, obtaining approval from government agencies and registering the security documents, on behalf of the lender.
  • Advising a Pan-African financial institution with offices in several African countries, in the acquisition of a property in Nairobi worth USD 12 million.
  • Advising a commercial bank in Kenya in a financing transaction involving a property developer, including drafting and registering the security documents and generally safeguarding our client’s interests.

Our People

Posted on March 23rd, 2018

Partners

George Oraro SC
Chacha Odera
Pamella Ager
John Mbaluto, FCIArb
Noella Lubano
Jacob Ochieng
Cindy Oraro
Lilian Renee Omondi
Daniel Okoth
James Kituku

Senior Associates

Milly Mbedi
Sandra Kavagi
Sheila Nyakundi
Anne Kadima
Claire Mwangi
Daniel Kiragu

Associates

Erastus Rabut
Eva Mukami
Meshack Kwaka
Wanjala Opwora
Rosemary Chepkorir
Radhika Arora
Nancy Kisangau
Anna Kandu
Hellen Mutua
Nzioka Wang’ombe

Lawyer

Paul Kamara

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.

Contact Us

Oraro & Company Advocates
ACK Garden Annex, 6th Floor, 1st Ngong Avenue
P. O. Box 51236 - 00200, Nairobi, Kenya.
T: +254 709 250 000
E: legal@oraro.co.ke | W: www.oraro.co.ke

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