Oraro & Company Advocates Shines Again in the 2020 IFLR 1000 Rankings

Posted on September 30th, 2019

Oraro & Company Advocates has, once again, been recognised among the regional leading law firms in the Financial and Corporate Transactional Practice in the 2020 IFLR 1000 rankings. The firm was praised for having, “…...a knowledgeable and diverse team of lawyers who are experienced and competent in diverse fields. The firm is able to call upon this expertise at any one time….”

The research was conducted by IFLR 1000, a leading legal directory that is fully dedicated to ranking law firms and lawyers based on Financial & Corporate transactional work.

IFLR 1000 ranked the firm Tier 2 in Project Development: Infrastructure and Project Development: Mining practice area. Oraro & Company Advocates further received a Tier 3 rating in Project Development: Power and a Tier 4 ranking in Financial and Corporate. The firm was commended for its good research skills, sound legal advice and professionalism. Clients commended the firm's practice noting that “The firm provides quality work and sound legal advice. They are professional and provide commendable services.”

Three of our Partners solidified their positions from the previous rankings by being recognised as Leaders in their respective fields. George Oraro SC, Senior Partner, was ranked a ‘Highly Regarded’ lawyer in Project Development, M&A whereas Pamella Ager, Partner, was ranked ‘Highly Regarded’ in Banking, M&A. Moreover, Nelly Gitau, Partner, was also ranked ‘Highly Regarded’ in Banking (Real Estate). IFLR1000 also noted Noella Lubano’s expertise with clients speaking highly of her saying that “Noella is a very competent and knowledgeable lawyer, who is very deep at research and analysis. Her client handling skills are very good, and she is very skilled at arbitration and insolvency matters in the region.” Another client also lauded Noella saying that she is "very knowledgeable and provides good and sound legal advice. She is also very responsive, accessible and reliable. Her work is commendable." Noella is a Partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team advising clients in a wide range of areas such as energy, financial services, manufacturing & industries, public sector and private clients.

Chacha Odera, Managing Partner was pleased to receive the good news and said “This is a good indicator of the continuous growth in our Corporate and Commercial practice and also solidifies our stand and belief as a firm which is to offer exceptional service to our clients while upholding the highest level of professionalism and ethical standards. We are grateful and have taken note of the feedback provided  by our clients who have continously believed and supported our firm. We take the feedback seriously and find it usefull as a tool to serve our clients better

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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.

 

Kosgei Kipkirui

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

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

The Nairobi Legal Awards 2019

Posted on July 16th, 2019

Oraro & Company Advocates was recognised as the 1st runners up in the large law firm of the year category during the Nairobi Legal Awards which were hosted by the Law Society of Kenya, Nairobi branch on 31st May 2019. The Awards are an initiative of the Law Society of Kenya, Nairobi Branch which seeks to recognize excellence in legal practice and are meant to promote benchmarking of best practice standards in the Kenyan legal profession. The award seeks to recognise:

  • Exceptional client care practice
  • Quality legal services
  • Human resource policies
  • Consistency in the firm’s pupillage program
  • Effective data management

With over 42 years, the firm strives to offer clients innovative legal advice drawing from local knowledge and global perspectives.

Kosgei Kipkirui

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

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Oraro & Company Advocates Annual CSR Event

Posted on November 6th, 2018

The firm’s annual CSR event “leave your mark, do something for someone campaign” took the Oraro & Company Advocates family to the Bishop Luigi Locati Children’s home in Zimmerman.

The children’s home caters for orphaned and abandoned children from the streets and police cells/stations.

The OCO family was delighted to have provided a 10,000 litre tank, custom made double decker beds, beddings and food supplies.

The firm continues to go beyond the courtroom to inspire the next generation of future lawyers to become.

Kipkirui Kosgei

Head of Business Development

T: +254 709 250 000/735

E: gkosgei@oraro.co.ke

Milly Mbedi

Posted on October 24th, 2018

Milly Mbedi

Senior Associate

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 714

E: milly@oraro.co.ke

 

Milly is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial practice group and specialises in corporate & commercial law, competition law, employment & labour law and intellectual property law. Milly has advised local and international clients on corporate restructurings, mergers & acquisitions, commercial contracts, drafting employment contracts, reviewing of employment policies & procedures, trademarks and copyrights.

Milly was part of a team that advised Equity Group Holdings Limited (formerly Equity Bank Limited) on a 79% stake of the of ProCredit Bank, a financial institution in the Democratic Republic of Congo, from Belgische Investeringsmaatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden, Stichting DOEN and ProCredit Holding AG. The acquisition required undertaking a comprehensive due diligence, drafting and reviewing of the share purchase agreement and undertaking the competition filings at the Competition Authority of Kenya.

Milly has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Moi University and a post-graduate diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law.

“Milly has experience advising local and international clients on a wide array of Corporate & Commercial aspects.”

Experience
  • Part of a team that advised Essar Overseas Energy Limited in connection with their sale of 50% stake in Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited to the Government of Kenya, including assisting in drafting the agreements and the completion process.
  • Part of a team that advised Equity Group Holdings Limited (EGHL) (formerly Equity Bank Limited) on its acquisition of 79% of the share capital of ProCredit Bank, a financial institution in the Democratic Republic of Congo, from Belgische Investeringsmaatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden, Stichting DOEN and ProCredit Holding AG, including structuring the all stock consideration for the sale through issue and allotment of EGHL’s shares to each of the three sellers, undertaking due diligence on ProCredit Bank and addressing the multiple financial and competition regulatory challenges to the transaction.
  • Part of a team that assisted in undertaking due diligence and thus advising Godrej Consumer Products Limited on its proposed acquisition of a major stake in Canon Chemicals Limited.
  • Part of a team that assisted in advising Atlas Development and Support Services Limited (formally Africa Oilfield Logistics Limited), a company incorporated in the Island of Guernsey, Channel Islands and listed on the London Stock Exchange, on its cross-listing onto the Growth Enterprise Market Segment (GEMS) of the Nairobi Securities Exchange – the first ever successful cross-listing onto GEMS.
  • Assisted in advising clients in a variety of sectors on employment and labour related issues. The scope of work included drafting and developing a standard template for expatriates, senior local employees and junior local employees, drafting separation/settlement agreements and advising on dismissals and redundancies.

Legal alerts

Posted on July 30th, 2018

Sandra Kavagi

Posted on July 9th, 2018

Sandra Kavagi

Senior Associate

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 742

E: sandra@oraro.co.ke

 

 

Sandra is a Senior Associate in the dispute resolution practice group and specialises in employment & labour law. With over 7 years’ experience, she has advised clients in education, financial services, and public sector. Sandra advises local and international clients in banking and commercial litigation, constitutional law, environmental law, employment, and labour law, election petitions, fraud and land disputes. 

Sandra has advised an academic institution in formulating Collective Bargaining Agreements. She also successfully defended a company in an employment claim filed by casuals who wanted to be accorded similar employment terms as permanent staff.

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Moi University and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law

“Sandra is an Associate in the Litigation Department and specialises in Dispute Resolution”

Experience
  • Successfully prosecuted an application in the environment and land court to strike out a plaint for a suit that had been filed without the consent or approval of the plaintiff company.
  • Assisted a leading local architectural firm in an arbitration dispute against the County Government of Kitui for a claim of approximately USD 27.5 million.
  • Part of the team that represented an international outdoor advertising company against the Kenya National Highway Authority on appeal in a constitutional petition.
  • Successfully defended an application by a union which alleged to represent pensioners who had retired.
  • Part of a team that successfully defended an election petition of a prominent politician in the coastal region.
  • Assisted in the representation of a public Kenyan university in relation to the provision of security services before the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB).

Articles

Posted on June 28th, 2018

Our Insights

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

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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