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Firm Profile

Oraro & Company Advocates

Firm Profile

Nairobi

  • Profile
  • ACK Garden Annex
  • 6th floor
  • 1st Ngong Avenue
  • PO Box 51236
  • Nairobi
  • Nairobi
  • Kenya
  • 00200

Firm profile submitted by Oraro & Company Advocates

Senior Partner: George Oraro SC
Number of partners: 12
Number of other lawyers: 11
Languages: English, Kiswahili


Established 41 years ago, by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates is a top-tier, full service Kenyan law firm. Its partnership includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds and its lawyers are recognised by several international leading legal directories. The firm is also well-recognised for its contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence (through its formidable dispute resolution team), work on some of Kenya’s largest deals and its significant contributions to Kenya’s legal profession. Notable is that in March 2017, the Law Society of Kenya (the Kenyan Bar’s premier professional association) inducted George Oraro SC into its Roll of Honour. In addition, the firm’s managing partner Chacha Odera previously served in Kenya’s Council of Legal Education for eight years. What differentiates the firm from others is that they are one of the few Kenyan firms with strengths in contentious and non-contentious work. It is also one of the few Kenyan firms with a robust tax practice. In addition several of the firm’s lawyers have trained in world-ranked institutions and received training by many leading global practices.



Corporate & Commercial:

The firm has over 40 years of experience supporting both local and international clients in transactional matters some of which include complex multi-jurisdictional matters. It particularly has strong capital markets knowledge and worked in many groundbreaking matters in the area. In finance, they have an established track record in handling large and high-profile finance transactions.
Key Highlights:
■ Kenyan Government: advising on the proposed capital restructuring of a company in which the Government is a significant shareholder. The matter is complex as it involves restructuring of the target company’s debt obligations, including conversion of debt into equity and open offers to minority shareholders of the target company. If completed, the transaction will reposition the target company for long term growth, both organically and inorganically
■ The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) and Capital Markets Authority: advice on the demutualisation of the NSE, as well as compliance with various statutory regimes governing their respective operations
■ Kenya Re: advised on its privatisation, including the sale of shares to a strategic investor
■ A Kenyan publicly listed sugar manufacturing company: advice on the restructuring of its debts by both local and international lenders 
■GOK and KenGen (Kenya’s largest power producing company): advice on the sale of 30% of the former’s stock in the latter at the NSE Contact: Pamella Ager Email: [email protected]
Contact: Jacob Ochieng
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
The firm’s highly regarded litigation practice is known for its experience over a wide range of sectors including education, financial services, information communications and technology, infrastructure, international trade, procurement and natural resources. Its experience also extends to alternative dispute resolution, drawing on the firm’s dispute resolution experience to help clients resolve disputes efficiently and expeditiously through arbitration, mediation and settlement negotiations. The team is arguably one of the largest dispute resolution teams in Kenyan private practice.
Key Highlights:
■ A Client: acted in a claim seeking the tracing and recovery of approximately USD 340 million. The firm successfully defended the client against a claim by the shareholders seeking to be enjoined in this suit, against stiff competition
■ Kenyan Highway PPP Project: successfully acted for one of the bidders with respect to Lot 6, of a 10,000 km Kenyan Annuity Road project, before the PPP Petition Committee (the second matter before the newly formed tribunal) 
■ International NGO: representation in a land rates’ dispute (the estimated demand value is USD 46 million)
■ Turkana County government and others: representation in a constitutional petition touching on the issue of county boundaries. The case is one of national significance and also touches on human rights issues
■ Dufry International AG: representation in a dispute revolving the award of a contract, to operate duty-free shops at Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Kenya’s largest airport)
Contact: George Oraro SC
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Chacha Odera
Email: [email protected]

Employment:
The firm has worked on several landmark employment matters such as defending Kenya Airways in a precedentsetting case where there was a class action for reinstatement of employees following a redundancy process where the Court of Appeal gave a major judgement, other matters include:
■ Kenya National Union of Teachers: representation in a historic 2015 pay rise dispute against the teachers’ employer, the Teachers Service Commission
■ Telkom Kenya Ltd: advice and representation on a USD 18 million employment redundancy dispute
■ Aga Khan University Hospital: acting in a groundbreaking redundancy dispute, an important matter as it touched on the issue of the Court’s interference with employers’ mandate to run businesses according to their business plans
Contact: Chacha Odera
Email: [email protected]
Contact: John Mbaluto
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate, Conveyancing & Securities:
Its real estate team has experience working on all types of real estate projects from residential, commercial to mixed-use development projects having worked with several local and international players. The firm’s competencies include acquisitions, acquisition financing, commercial and residential tenancies, dispositions, environmental law, estate planning, joint ventures and land use, planning and development approvals.
Key Highlights:
■ Real estate developers: advice in a joint housing development project within Nairobi, worth KES 600 million (approx. USD 6 million)
■ Leading Turkish construction company (in partnership with a German investment firm): advice relating to a joint venture project with landowners for the development of a multi-million dollar mixed-use project on Ngong Road, Nairobi
■ Leading Kenyan Bank with multinational coverage: preparation and perfection of security documentation (debenture, charges and corporate guarantees), the estimated matter value is USD 5.23 million
■ Real estate firm: advice in a joint venture transaction with land owners, in regard to a 1000 acres mixed-use development
■ Leading Chinese property development company: advice on a partnership project with landowners for the development of a block of residential apartments comprising of over 300 units in Nairobi. The firm’s advice relates to structuring the transaction and securing the company’s investment in the land
Contact: Nelly Gitau
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Pamella Ager
Email: [email protected]

Tax:
The firm’s tax team has acted for several local and international companies in tax-related matters (both contentious and non-contentious). The team’s expertise covers, audits, direct taxes, (income tax, withholding tax, capital gains tax) and indirect taxes (Customs and Excise duties and VAT) among others.
■ KRA: successful representation in a judicial review matter in which the applicant (a leading tobacco company) was challenging a demand for payment of excise duty of USD 2.5 million
■ Centunion (a European construction company): advice on their contract with the Kenya National Highways Authority specifically in regards to their tax implications Contact: Lena Onchwari Email: [email protected]

Other Practice Areas:
Energy, Infrastructure, Projects & PPP:
■ Private limited liability company (engaged in the business of advanced medical care): advice on the construction of a hospital in Kiambu (a county north of Nairobi). For the purposes of financing the construction project, the Company entered into an arrangement with a development bank to grant it facilities amounting to USD 30.5 million
■ Kenyan Road PPP Project Investor: advising on several aspects of a 2000 km road project
■ Independent power producer: assisted a team providing advice in relation to the establishment of a 360 MW dual diesel and solar generating plant
■ China National Petroleum Corporation and the Kenyan Government: advice on a government-to-government collaboration in a proposed project development of up to 350 MW of geothermal power
Contact: Walter Amoko
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Cindy Oraro
Email: [email protected]

Natural Resources:
■ Kenyan Government: review of the previous Mining Act (Cap. 306) as well as the recommendation of an appropriate legal and institutional framework
■ International mining company: counsel in a dispute with Kenya Pipeline Company worth USD 41 million
■ Multinational mining company: advised on establishing a mining and export operation in Kenya, with a range of four counties
Contact: Noella Lubano
Email: [email protected]
 Contact: Cindy Oraro
Email: [email protected]

Branches

  • ACK Garden Annex,
  • 6th floor,
  • 1st Ngong Avenue,
  • PO Box 51236,
  • Nairobi,
  • Kenya
  • 00200
  • Tel +254 20 2713636
  • Fax +254 20 272 7209
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Website : www.oraro.co.ke