Oraro & Company Advocates “Top Ranked” in the 2019 Edition of Chambers Global

Posted on February 19th, 2019

February 19, 2019

Oraro & Company Advocates is delighted to be recognised as a top Kenyan law firm in the recently released 2019 Chambers Global rankings. The rankings are conducted annually by Chambers and Partners, a leading legal directory that identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers worldwide. The firm continues to be at the forefront of Dispute Resolution in Kenya having been ranked in Band 1. The firm was also recognised as a Band 2 firm in Employment and for the very first time, the directory recognised the firm’s Banking & Finance practice, ranking it in Band 4. The 2019 edition of the rankings saw six of our Partners recognised, namely;

Referring to the firm as a Dispute Resolution powerhouse, the directory ranked four of our litigation lawyers led by our Senior Partner, George Oraro SC who was ranked as a Band 1 litigator and also as a Band 1 Arbitrator. Further to lauding him as a “brilliant legal mind”, a client interviewed by the directory identified him as one of the most well-rounded lawyers with exceptional client care adding that “…in terms of client care, I've never seen someone so willing to go the extra mile.” Also ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Dispute Resolution was our Managing Partner, Chacha Odera who is highly regarded as a leading commercial Dispute Resolution lawyer with a strong track record in Banking and Insolvency-related disputes. Chacha was also ranked Band 2 in Employment where he was recognised for his contribution and activity in the Employment courts “when things get very serious.”

Walter Amoko retained his Band 1 position as a pre-eminent Employment litigator with expertise in class action defence and union disputes. Chambers Global remarked that “He's top tier for the high calibre of disputes that he handles and his preparation.” Walter is also highly commended for his disputes practice with the directory ranking him in Band 2 saying “He's excellent on his feet in court. He's a very fine lawyer, even in his paperwork” and “extremely bright.

Following last year’s recognition as “...one to watch”, Georgina Ogalo-Omondi was ranked Band 3 in Employment. To this, the directory described her as “energetic and articulate,” adding that she is “very well versed in employment matters.”

Noella Lubano was ranked as an Up and Coming in the Dispute Resolution practice area. She was praised as “a good strategist” with “extensive knowledge of ICC arbitration and an investigative approach.” Noella was commended for her excellent reputation in handling commercial disputes as well as banking and insolvency cases. The directory remarked that “She's an expert in arbitration and a force to be reckoned with in cross-examinations.

Jacob Ochieng, a Partner in the Corporate & Commercial practice area was also cited as an Up and Coming in the field and recognised for his experience in M&A, Joint Ventures and Microfinance with the directory noting that he is a brilliant fellow with big capital markets expertise.”

Commenting on the rankings, the firm’s  Managing Partner, Chacha Odera, was delighted with the  report saying, “I am proud and pleased with the 2019 Chambers Global rankings which have seen my colleagues and various areas of expertise of the firm getting recognition. Moreover, I am thankful to our clients who have continued to walk with us and support us within their various capacities.

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Profile

Oraro & Company Advocates is a market-leading African law firm with a history spanning 42 years. The firm has a strong focus on dispute resolution and corporate and commercial law, with a highly respected dispute resolution practice in Kenya and a strong bench of litigators. The practice group has in-depth experience in advising clients on international arbitration, employment and labour disputes, insolvency and restructuring, and tax disputes. The firm also has a robust team of corporate and commercial lawyers who have proven expertise in corporate, banking and finance transactions. This encompasses capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, banking and securities, private equity, regulatory compliance, competition law, commercial contracts, restructurings and all aspects of intellectual property. In addition, the practice group undertakes all aspects of commercial, private conveyancing, leases and licenses.

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

Corporate & Commercial

Posted on June 12th, 2018

Our Corporate & Commercial practice area brings on broad sector experience and commercial awareness to every transaction. We help drive business growth while combining a strategic outlook with deep legal knowledge and a keen understanding of the business factors involved in this area of law. 

Our Corporate & Commercial practice provides comprehensive legal advice by combining competition law, employment, financial, regulatory and taxation expertise. Our recent significant involvement includes advising complex mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial contracts for which we are well regarded.

Experience

We regularly advise on IPOs, rights issues, medium-term notes, private placement bonds and the set up of new products in the NSE and the Capital Markets. In particular, we have advised:

  • Advising the largest sugar miller in Kenya in the restructuring of its debt, owing from local and international lenders. Our role involved reviewing the contractual documentation, restructuring facilities documents and other security agreements and providing a legal opinion on the debt restructuring.
  • Advising a Dutch firm involved in the water sector and a Dutch financial risk management firm on the establishment of a capital market structured water pool facility, to finance water infrastructure projects in Kenya.
  • Advising a leading commercial bank on its proposed restructuring. Our role includes advising on the powers under the Kenya Deposit Insurance Act, 2012 to undertake the restructuring, the legal aspects of the restructuring, and advising on alternative restructuring options.
  • Advising the Attorney General of Kenya in the largest and most complex debt and equity restructuring which involved reviewing the restructuring documentation, converting Government loans into equity and securing Government sovereign guarantees for key lenders and issuing new shares to investors in consideration of in-kind capital contributions of non-cash assets to the company.
  • Acting a legal counsel in relation to the sale of shares to a Kenyan cement manufacturer hold shares in a Mauritius based company that holds shares in another company that owns and operates the cement factory.
  • Advised the NSE and the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) on the demutualisation of the NSE, as well as compliance with various statutory regimes governing their respective operations.
  • Advised on three successful and heavily subscribed rights issues for a leading commercial bank in Kenya.
  • Advised the Government of Kenya and KenGen during its offer and sales of 6.5 million ordinary shares at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE).

Recent Insights

Extension of Timelines for Submission of Beneficial Ownership Information

Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership of Companies in Kenya

Smelling the Coffee: Salient Changes Brought About By the New Business Laws (Amendment) Act

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

Obligations of a Company in Relation to Disclosure of Company Beneficial Ownership Information


Related Services

Banking & Finance, Capital Markets and Dispute Resolution


For more information about our Corporate & Commercial practice, please contact Jacob Ochieng (Partner).  Alternatively click here to download our Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions profile.

Key Contacts
George Oraro SC
Founding Partner

 

E: goraro@oraro.co.ke

Jacob Ochieng
Partner

 

E: jacob@oraro.co.ke

Cindy Oraro
Partner

 

E: cindy@oraro.co.ke

Dispute Resolution

Posted on June 12th, 2018

Known in the legal industry in Kenya as a "formidable dispute resolution practice" we bring together a multidisciplinary disputes team with an in-depth understanding of the judicial process. Our practice group has the experience, skills and judgement to successfully guide clients from the onset of a dispute through to resolution. 

Our dispute resolution practice group actively pursues all avenues of dispute resolution available to advise clients on a wide range of contentious matters including banking litigation, highly complex commercial disputes, constitutional law, election petitions, environmental litigation, employment and labour law, family law, medical malpractice, public procurement and property disputes.


We have recently been involved in:

  • Acting for a real estate developer in respect to a challenging the decision by the Nairobi City County in awarding a tender for the development of a mega housing project valued at USD 195 Million.
  • Representing a client in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in a shareholder dispute regarding the directorship of a company, the constitution of an interim board of directors and the legality of a transfer of 60% of the shareholding which is valued at USD 25 million to a third party.
  • Successfully represented a leading Commercial Bank in a rare application seeking to have the Court of Appeal re-open, re-examine and set aside its decision. We also sought to have the Court of Appeal declare its earlier decision a nullity and direct that the appeal is heard afresh.
  • Acting for the regulatory Authority for the ICT industry in Kenya in challenging the constitutionality of some of the introduction of the amendment introduced by the Media Act 2013 and the Kenya Information Amendment Act 2013.
  • Acting for one of the largest trade union in Kenya in a trade dispute in the Court of Appeal against the employer, the Teachers Service Commission, with respect to the historical 2015/2016 nationwide teachers' strike.
  • Acting in an anti-suit injunction application involving a technology, media and telecommunications sector-focused venture capital fund manager where parties not party to a shareholder and management agreement between certain entities and a funder manager threatened to institute suit against the fund manager despite provisions for arbitration.
  • Acting for the authorized distributor and service provider of an automotive brand in a class action product liability claim with respect to its HINO FC 500 motor vehicles.
  • Representing one of the leading private hospitals in Kenya in a wrongful birth appeal claim which was the first of its kind to be determined by the Court of Appeal.
  • Assisting counsel to an international commodity company in a dispute with Kenya Pipeline Company worth USD 52.5 million.
  • Successfully represented a client in the logistics industry, in a contractual dispute; the client was subsequently awarded USD 8 million for a breach of contract.
  • Represented a foreign multinational company in an appeal (before the Court of Appeal) arising from a High Court judgment in a claim for over  USD 40.3 million in damages for breach of duty as bailee by attornment.
  • Representing an international NGO in a land rates’ dispute (the estimated demand value is USD 46 million)
  • Representing a real estate company, in a dispute with environmental and land law aspects.
  • Represented a  party in a construction arbitration estimated matter value: USD 6.5 million).
  • Representing the the monetary authority of Kenya in a case in which the represented petitioner sought to challenge the legality of contracts for the printing of currency, which had been awarded to De La Rue(Kenya) Ltd.
  • Acted for a state corporation in claims brought against a pan African downstream oil company, arising out of alleged wrongful payment of shore handling services (the claim value was USD 2.6 million).
  • Represented a foreign multinational company in an appeal (before the Court of Appeal) arising from a High Court judgment in a claim for over  USD 40.3 million (approximately KES 3 billion) in damages for breach of duty as  bailee by attornment.
  • Represented an international shipping company on a salvage and towage claim.
  • Represented a Kenyan-based holding company that manufactures branded beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages in challenging the constitutionality of various provisions of the Alcoholic Drinks and Control Act, on aspects relating to the infringement of the right to property.

Recent Insights

Google LLC v Oracle America, Inc.: The Fair Use Doctrine in Copyright Law

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

The More, the Wiser: Empanelment of Extraordinary Benches in the Court Of Appeal

‘Add to Cart’: The Role of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Online Commerce

Sweeping Changes in Kenya’s Disputes’ Regime: The New Magistrates’ Courts Act, 2015


Related Services

Arbitration, Banking & Finance, Employment & Labour and Tax


For more information about our Dispute Resolution practice, please contact George Oraro SC (Founding Partner) or John Mbaluto, FCIArb (Partner).  Alternatively click here to download our Dispute Resolution profile.

Key Contacts

George Oraro SC
Founding Partner

 

 

E: goraro@oraro.co.ke

Chacha Odera
Senior Partner

 

 

E: chacha@oraro.co.ke

John Mbaluto, FCIArb
Deputy Managing Partner

 

 

E: john@oraro.co.ke

Careers

Posted on March 23rd, 2018

We are driven to offer outstanding career opportunities for legal and non legal staff to develop their true potential.  

Here at Oraro & Company Advocates, we are passionate about our people and foster a collaborative culture that enables rewarding and challenging careers.

Our story began in 1977 with 1 table, 1 chair, 1 secretary and big dreams by our Senior Partner George Oraro SC.  Through the years, the hard work of talented men and women has built a firm foundation making us internationally recognised as a top-tier African firm. The old adage - "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together" is truly the culmination of how we work. Why not be part of us?

Stella Kyeba

Human Resources & Office Manager

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 726

E: legal@oraro.co.ke

News & Insights

Posted on March 23rd, 2018

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About Us

Posted on March 23rd, 2018

Who we are

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.

We provide specialist legal services both locally and regionally in Arbitration, Asset Tracing & Recoveries, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Conveyancing & Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, FinTech, Infrastructure, Projects & PPP, Private Client, Restructuring & Insolvency and Tax. Over the years, we have represented both local and foreign clients, governments, regulators, and not-for-profit organisations from target industry sectors including retail, construction, education, energy, financial services, manufacturing & industries and the public sector.

We provide both local and cross-jurisdictional legal services, either directly or through the extensive relationships that we have established with leading firms across the globe. Oraro & Company Advocates is a full Affiliate of AB & David Africa, a Pan-African business law network committed to ensuring that businesses and projects succeed in Africa by helping clients minimize the risks associated with doing business on the continent. This enables us to offer cross-jurisdictional legal advice in a seamless manner while maintaining the highest professional standards.

Oraro & Company Advocates prides itself in its deeply-rooted client relationships by providing quality legal services through its partner-led approach, drawing from local knowledge and global perspectives.

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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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P. O. Box 51236 - 00200, Nairobi, Kenya.
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