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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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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