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Firm Profile

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates (IKM)

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • IKM Place, Fifth Floor, Tower A
  • 5th Ngong Avenue, off Bishops Road
  • PO Box 11866-00400
  • Nairobi
  • Nairobi
  • Kenya

Firm profile submitted by Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates (IKM)

Managing Partners: James Kamau
Number of partners: 10
Number of directors: 1
Number of lawyers: 27
Number of consultants: 1
Languages: English, French, Kiswahili

The firm was founded in 1987 and is one of the leading and fastest growing commercial law firms in Kenya, handling complex commercial transactions and having responsibility over the affairs of some of the largest multinationals in the world. It has a well established network of corresponding law firms in Africa, Europe and USA. The firm is a member of the DLA Piper Group, an alliance of legal practices, which includes firms with offices around the globe that are affiliated to the DLA Piper Practice. The firm is also a member of Juris East Africa, an alliance of DLA Piper affiliated law firms in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

Bank Securities:
3 partners, 5 associates
The firm has an efficient and extensive banking and securities practice. It acts for local and international banks and financial institutions in preparing various forms of securities including debentures, mortgages, guarantees, pledges, asset finance documents, chattels mortgages, loan agreements, lenders’ agreements, etc.

Capital Markets:
3 partners, 6 associates, 1 consultant
The firm provides advice on the obligations of listed companies under the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) Act and NSE Rules and Regulations. It also advises clients on any capital markets related matters.

Dispute Resolution & Arbitration:
3 partners, 6 associates
The firm offers a full range of litigation services in all areas of Kenya law except criminal cases, land disputes and matrimonial causes. The matters handled include, without limitation, commercial disputes, bank litigation, defamation, procurement, recoveries and debt-collection, insurance claims, aircraft accidents, medical negligence, traffic cases, work injuries compensation, marine claims, mortgage realisations, partnership disputes, infringement of intellectual property rights, election petitions etc. The firm deals with arbitration matters and two of its partners, Karori Kamau and Martin Munyu, are fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

4 partners, 11 associates
The firm provides diverse commercial legal services to its clients such as drafting, review and standardisation of commercial contracts and agreements, preparation of legal opinions, training on commercial matters etc

Competition & Monopolies:
3 partners, 6 associates, 1 consultant
The firm advises clients on competition and monopolies matters.

3 partners, 5 associates
The firm has a respected and busy conveyancing practice dealing with various land transactions.

Corporate & Drafting:
4 partners, 6 associates
The firm handles all manner of corporate transactions e.g. corporate set ups, corporate restructuring, debt rescheduling, finance instruments, corporate governance documentation, shareholders’ agreements, joint ventures, government approvals, PPP’s etc. The firm has extensive experience in the drafting of various legislative and legal instruments for organisations, state corporations, banks, etc.

1 partner, 5 associates
The firm advises many US based universities including but not limited to Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, Columbia University, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Indiana University, De Paul University, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Duke University on the law governing universities in Kenya including registration procedures and requirements, collaboration with Kenyan universities, immigration affairs for foreign staff, establishment of non academic programs in Kenya, employment law, contracts with collaborators including Government, etc.

Energy, Oil, Gas & Mining:
3 partners, 5 associates
The firm advises clients in the energy sector (including renewable energy) and on the legal aspects arising out of energy related transactions in Kenya. The firm has expanded its practice to cover oil and gas as well as mining and is advising a number of clients in these emerging areas.

1 partner, 5 associates
The firm handles immigration work for various multinationals and also advises on various immigration issues and obtains work permits for employees of many of its multinational clients and NGOs.

2 partners, 6 associates
The firm acts for five major insurance companies in Kenya in all aspects of insurance law.

Intellectual Property:
1 partner, 6 associates
The firm has a vibrant intellectual property law practice that deals with all aspects of trademark law, patents law, industrial designs and plant breeders rights.

3 partners, 11 associates
The firm advises many clients on various aspects of employment law including preparation of employment contracts, advising and setting up employee share option plans/schemes, human resource policies, manuals etc as well as litigation involving individual labour issues e.g. dismissals, redundancies, trade disputes etc.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
3 partners, 6 associates, 1 consultant

The firm has been involved in mergers and acquisitions in Kenya and abroad, including obtaining the relevant approvals e.g. monopolies, capital markets etc in various African countries.

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) & Public Benefits Organisations (PBOs):
1 partner, 5 associates
The firm acts as local legal counsel for over a dozen international NGOs operating in Kenya as well as in the registration of new NGOs and PBOs.

Private Equity:
3 partners, 3 associates, 1 consultant
The firm is involved in the set up of equity funds, venture capital set ups, routinely advises its clients on private equity transactions and drafts all the required documentation in respect of such transactions.

2 partners, 1 director, 1 associate
The firm has a growing tax practice and has represented clients in various contentious and non-contentious tax matters including challenging tax assessments by the Kenya Revenue Authority and in collaboration with its correspondents has advised on tax efficient corporate restructuring and the tax implications of new products.

Telecommunications & Information, Communications & Technology:
2 partners, 2 associates
The firm deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters in this area and provides specialist advice on e-commerce matters, licensing and regulatory issues, network building, diverse contractual matters, financing, investments and litigation arising from such matters.


  • IKM Place, Fifth Floor, Tower A,
  • 5th Ngong Avenue, off Bishops Road,
  • PO Box 11866-00400,
  • Nairobi,
  • Kenya
  • Tel +254 20 2773000
  • Fax +254 20 719087111
  • Email : [email protected]
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