Lilian Renee Omondi

Posted on October 7th, 2020

Lilian Renee Omondi

Partner

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 739

E: renee@oraro.co.ke

 

A Partner at Oraro & Company Advocates’ dispute resolution practice, Renee brings a wealth of litigation experience built over the last 24 years with a strong focus on tax litigation.

She has worked in various professional service firms largely comprised of law firms and one audit firm, adding to her rich experience which has seen her act for clients in notable matters such as representing Construction, Real estates, Energy supply, Telecommunication, Manufacturing Companies and Not for Profit Organizations to mention but a few.

In addition, Renee has served as a board member in various reputable institutions such as the Tax Appeal Tribunal, Auctioneers Licensing Board and the Tobacco Control Board. She holds various academic and professional certifications including being a Notary Public, a Certified Public Secretary and a Commissioner for Oaths.

“Renee brings a wealth of litigation experience built over the last 24 years with a strong focus on tax litigation.”

Experience
  • Advising on Transfer pricing and Thin capitalization to a Credit Company, including preparing a comprehensive opinion and undertaking necessary research on the subject matter
  • Representing and preparing for Trial where the tax claim is for KES 18 billion from a manufacturing company dealing in alcoholic beverages. The assignment involved witness pretrial preparations and finalization of witness statements, attending Tribunal meetings and making required representations to have the matter proceed to its ultimate conclusion
  • Part of the team representing a major grain importer in a tax dispute at the Tax Appeal Tribunal with KRA for tax demand in the amount of KES 21.4 million and currently defending KRA’s appeal at the High Court.
  • Advising an International School on how to structure and validate the salary project tool and taxable benefit on gains or profit of employment income.

Daniel Okoth

Posted on April 11th, 2018

Daniel Ouma

Partner

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 717

E: daniel@oraro.co.ke

 

 

Daniel is a Partner in the Litigation Department. With over seven years’ experience, he has advised both local and international clients in arbitration, banking and commercial litigation, constitutional law, employment and labour law and land disputes.

Daniel has been involved in a number of notable matters including being part of a team that represented a leading telecommunications company in a landmark employment dispute arising from a redundancy of 2,600 employees and further negotiating a settlement worth USD 3.5 million.

In April 2019, Daniel Participated in a three-week EXPLORE placement programme hosted by Slaughter and May at their London Offices. The programme is targeted towards African lawyers in order to provide them with extensive legal training in a leading international law firm as well as cultural excursions and a relationship-building platform

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Laws an (LLB) from Moi University and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

“Daniel has a keen interest in Local and International Arbitration.”
Experience
  • Successfully represented a large private tea management agency in an application seeking to set aside an arbitration award of USD15 million where the Court did set aside that part of the award amounting USD 1 million relating to goodwill.
  • Part of a team that successfully represented a construction company in arbitration proceedings, arising out of a breach of a construction contract. The claim was for VAT on the contract works and the cost of additional works and variations.
  • Part of the team that successfully represented a Kenyan commercial bank in a rare application seeking to have the Court of Appeal re-open, re-examine and set aside its decision awarding a sum of USD 2 million plus interests at 14% per annum from 1st August 2002.
  • Part of the team currently representing an international company in three (3) disputes arising from the award of a tender and the subsequent execution of a Concession Agreement for the Development and Management of Duty-Free Retail Services under a Single Master Licence at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
  • Part of the team which represented a telecommunications company in an employment dispute and incidental negotiations of USD arising from a redundancy exercise of two thousand six hundred (2,600) employees taking part in the where a settlement of USD 3 million was reached.

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.

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.

Noella Lubano

Posted on March 26th, 2018

Noella Lubano

Partner

 

T: +254 709 250 000/709 250 727

E: noella@oraro.co.ke

 

   

Noella is a Partner at Oraro & Company Advocates and a recognised dispute resolution and arbitration expert. She specialises in the tracing and recovery of assets, commercial litigation, employment and labour disputes, and shareholder disputes but is well regarded for her international arbitration and insolvency & restructuring expertise.

She is ranked by Chambers Global 2021 in Dispute Resolution with clients lauding her for being “extremely professional and approachable,” and others saying “her level of subject matter knowledge, especially corporate law matters, is exceptional”. Legal 500 also recognised her in the 2021 and 2020 rankings as a Next Generation Partner, with sources saying she is ‘responsive, conducts very good and well thought out research, and is approachable and witty.

Noella was recently recognised as one of "Africa's 50 Most Promising Young Arbitrators 2020" by the Association of Young Arbitrators.

Noella is an eloquent speaker. She spoke on various topics around International Arbitration at the International Arbitration Conference in Kigali, Rwanda in 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2018 and Nairobi, Kenya in 2019. She has also shared her legal insights across the globe including in the United Kingdom and Austria.

She holds a Master's degree (LLM) from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

“her level of subject matter knowledge, especially corporate law matters, is exceptional.”

Chambers Global, 2021.

Experience
  • Advising a major public data communications carrier on potential legal options and remedies under a shareholder’s agreement against directors and three (3) other parties for their breach of trust and fiduciary obligations as well as potential fraudulent actions
  • Advising a major American private equity fund on its legal options and remedies against former directors and shareholders of a leading East African civil engineering and construction company. The matter concerned a shareholders’ agreement, a convertible note debt for equity swap, a share pledge agreement and personal guarantees with a view of recovering a LCIA arbitral award of USD 23.2 million.
  • Advising a non-profit organisation on legal options and remedies available to it following the mismanagement and misapplication of its investment in a local company
  • Advising and acting for a Kenyan pension scheme in defending a judgement by the retirement benefits tribunal for the sum of in excess of KES 7 billion (USD 70 million) by former employees of Telkom Kenya Limited as being the total of their unpaid retirement dues
  • Advising a network of private schools founded and funded by the Melinda & Bill Gates foundation regarding the classification of the schools and ments of the threats by the Ministry of Education to close the schools on the alleged grounds that they have failed to meet the minimum requirement under the Basic Education Act, 2013

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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