The Nairobi Legal Awards

Posted on July 16th, 2019

Compliments to our Managing Partner, Chacha Odera, for being recognised as the overall lawyer of the year at the Nairobi Legal Awards, hosted by the Law Society of Kenya, Nairobi branch on 31st May 2019 . The award recognised, among others:

  • Standards of professional competence, ethics & integrity
  • Innovation and effective client care
  • Contribution to development if an identified area of law
  • Leadership and initiatives by young lawyers

Chacha has over the years built a remarkable career acting and advising local and international clients in alternative dispute resolution particularly in arbitration matters, banking, employment law, insolvency, asset tracing, industrial disputes, pensions, land, construction and real estate disputes.

Kosgei Kipkirui

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

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

Jacob Ochieng

Posted on March 26th, 2018

Jacob is a Partner at Oraro & Company Advocates in the corporate & commercial practice group. With over 12 years’ experience, he has advised both local and international corporates on commercial contracts, corporate advisory, corporate restructuring mergers & acquisition, privatisations and infrastructure projects. 

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.

“[Jacob is] thorough in his thinking and extremely detailed in his output”

Chambers Global, 2021.

Experience
  • Part of a team that advised Citigroup Global Markets Limited in its capacity as the underwriter and book runner for the offering of a total of 1,477,169,549 new shares by Kenya Airways Plc (KQ) in funding the pre-delivery payments to aircraft manufacturers in connection with the acquisition of 9 Boeing Dreamliner aircrafts and 10 Embraer aircrafts to finance KQ’s capital expenditure requirements.
  • Part of a team that advised the Government (through the office of the Attorney General) on the legal implications of the most complex debt and equity restructuring of Kenya Airways Plc.
  • Advising for a leading investment and real estate company in the acquisition of 40% stake a in a private Kenyan company that provides serviced office solutions for a potential investment of USD 2.5 million into the company.
  • Part of a team that advised Accion International, Velocity Capital and Progression Capital Africa Limited in a multi-jurisdictional due diligence and report in connection to the proposed acquisition of approximately 20% stake in the Cellulant Corporation.
  • Acting for a lender in relation to the financing of road construction of the Ngong-Kiserian-Isinya Road and Kajiado-Imaroro Road. These are the first road construction projects that are to be undertaken under the Road Annuity Regulations.
  • Part of a team that advised in the government-to-government collaboration between the Government of Kenya and a major national oil and gas corporation on a proposed USD 1.8 million project to develop up to 350 MW of geothermal power.

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.

Chacha Odera

Posted on March 26th, 2018

Chacha Odera

Senior Partner

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 702

E: chacha@oraro.co.ke

 

       

Chacha is a Senior Partner at Oraro & Company Advocates and practices in the dispute resolution practice group. With over 32 years of experience, he has represented local and international clients in commercial disputes, constitutional law, electoral disputes, employment and labour law, insolvency, and property law.

Chacha has been ranked by leading international legal directories such Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution and employment. In the Chambers Global Guide 2021 rankings, Chacha received a plethora of praise from the Kenyan legal community with market observers regarding him as "an extremely able advocate and a gentleman in all manner of the word."

Chacha was also recognised as the overall lawyer of the year in 2019 at the Nairobi Legal Awards, hosted by the Law Society of Kenya, Nairobi branch.

Chacha holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. In addition to being an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Chacha is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration Users' Councils, a Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public.

Aside from his legal practice, Chacha is an adjunct lecturer at the Strathmore Law School. He has chaired two adhoc committees of the Law Society of Kenya namely, the Committee for In-house Counsel and the development of a comprehensive Code of Conduct for Advocates. He has also served in various capacities in the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal and the Council of Legal Education.

Chacha is a passionate philanthropist and is currently a honary member of the Rotary Club of Milimani as well as a Paul Harris Fellow. He previously served as a founding trustee of the Matibabu Foundation and Msaada Kenya Trust.

"an extremely able advocate and a gentleman in all manner of the word."

Chambers Global, 2021.

  • Advising the Kenyan government corporation in the negotiations and recovery of depositor’s money from a debtor with an estimated value of USD 20 million.
  • Acted for various commercial banks including Barclays Bank of Kenya, Central Bank of Kenya, Diamond Trust Bank, Housing Finance Company of Kenya, National Bank, Standard Chartered Bank.
  • Providing legal advice to an international non-governmental organisation on the alleged unfair termination of contracts of employees on fixed-term contracts that were coming to an end.
  • Representing an International Research Institute in a suit by three self-help groups claiming adverse possession over their land worth USD 44 million.
  • Representing a leading commercial bank against three separate class action claims in the Employment and Labour Relations Court for the recalculation of terminal benefits arising from voluntary early retirement worth USD 8 million.
  • Representing a leading consumer goods company against a class action claim of over 300 employees who were terminated following a staff organisation.

George Oraro SC

Posted on March 26th, 2018

George Oraro SC

Founding Partner

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 701

E: goraro@oraro.co.ke

 

      

George Oraro is the Founding Partner at Oraro & Company Advocates. With over 44 years of experience, he is held in high esteem for his arbitration, mediation and litigation expertise in Kenya. He specialises in administrative and judicial law, banking & commercial litigation, corporate & commercial law, employment and labour disputes, international trade and tax disputes. 

He has practised in the International Criminal Court, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Supreme Court of Kenya, Court of Appeal, the High Court, Employment & Labour Court, and various Tribunals.

In 2012, George was conferred with the rank of Senior Counsel for his exemplary service to the legal profession. He was also appointed to serve as a Commissioner of Assize to assist in expediting and determining criminal and civil matters. Similarly, in the Chambers Global 2021 Guide, he retained the prestigious ‘Star Individual’ accolade in Dispute Resolution which is accorded to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field. George remains the only lawyer ranked in this category in Kenya. He is also ranked a Band 1 lawyer in Dispute Resolution: Arbitrators, receiving a plethora of praise from the Kenyan legal community for being “one of the best lawyers Kenya has” and “without a doubt among the leading individuals in litigation and arbitration.”

In addition, the Legal 500 listed George among Africa’s leading arbitration practitioners in its Arbitration Powerlist: Africa 2021.

Aside from his legal practice, George has served as a board member for the CMA in which he was instrumental in the development of the legal and regulatory framework for the Capital Markets in Kenya. He was also a member of the Nairobi Securities Exchange Technical committee. In 2015, George became the first Honorary Consul for the Republic of Lithuania.

"without a doubt among the leading individuals in litigation and arbitration"

Chambers Global, 2021

Experience
  • Representing a Canadian-based energy company as co-counsel before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) brought against the Government of Kenya in respect to unlawful revocation of the company’s geothermal exploration licence.
  • Representing a pan African bank in the International Chamber of Commerce in a claim brought by a Zambian borrower who claims he never authorised the bank to disburse funds to the borrower.
  • Acting for Kenya Power and Lighting and Company an alleged payment of USD 20 billion in respect of power purchase agreements.
  • Acted for the Central Bank of Kenya in the recovery of all amounts in the “Goldenberg” related cases, in excess of USD 1 Billion.
  • Advised the Government of Kenya on the financial and operational restructuring of Kenya Airways (KQ) (a significant shareholder), including converting USD 2.3 Billion into equity and the legal implications of relinquishing its security.
  • Legal advisor on the government to government collaboration between the Kenyan Government and China National Petroleum Corporation in a proposed project to develop up to 350 MW of geothermal power.
  • Advising the Kenyan Government as part of a consortium of local and international firms, during the privatisation of Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation and subsequent creation of Telkom, Postal Corporation of Kenya and the Communications Commission of Kenya.

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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T: +254 709 250 000
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