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Firm Profile

Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

Firm Profile

Nairobi

  • Profile
  • Delta Office Suites
  • Waiyaki Way
  • P O Box 30333
  • Nairobi
  • Nairobi
  • Kenya
  • 00100

Firm profile submitted by Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

Senior Partner: Richard Omwela
Managing Partner: Adil Khawaja
Number of partners: 13
Number of Associates: 32
Languages:English, Swahili


Hamilton Harrison & Mathews (HH&M) is one of the oldest and largest law firms in Kenya. The firm is very highly regarded and has consistently been rated as one of the top tier firms in Kenya by clients and various international legal directories. The firm provides a full range of services to an extensive client base.

Main Areas of Practice & Recent Transactions:

Arbitration:
The team has vast experience in representing clients in local and international arbitral proceedings and is consistently consulted by foreign law firms and clients on the entire arbitration process.
Contacts: Kiragu Kimani, [email protected]; Michi Kirimi, [email protected]

Aviation:
The firm provides transactional and advisory services to various players in the aviation industry and also has considerable experience in undertaking litigation in this field.
Contacts: Ken A Fraser SC, [email protected]; Kiragu Kimani, [email protected]

Business Set-Up & Compliance:
The firm has a wealth of experience in assisting clients in setting up companies, branches of foreign companies and non-profit organisations and in advising on regulatory and compliance requirements.
Contacts: Dr Daniel Wanjau Muriu, [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
The firm acts for many local and international banks in all types of financing transactions and undertakes a lot of banking-related litigation. Recent significant transactions include:
■ Andrew Mugambi and Sigee Koech advised the Export- Import Bank of China (“China Exim Bank”) on a USD 181 million loan facility.
■ Richard Omwela advised Standard Chartered Bank (UK) on as USD36 million loan facility to Mistumi Distribution FZCO.
■ Andrew Mugambi and Richard Omwela advised International Finance Corporation on a USD 105 million facility to Co-operative Bank of Kenya.

Capital Markets:
The firm is a leader in capital markets work having advised on numerous IPOs, bonds, rights issues, capital base restructuring exercises and take-overs. The firm advised the Nairobi Securities Exchange on its demutualisation, IPO and self-listing.
Contacts: Richard Omwela, [email protected]; Andrew Mugambi, [email protected]

Competition/Anti-Trust:
The firm has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of competition law including merger control, abuse of dominance, restrictive trade practices, cartels and other anti-competitive investigations under Kenyan law and the COMESA Competition Regulations:
■ Dr. Daniel Muriu advised Africa Logistics Properties Holdings Limited (ALPH) on the Kenyan competition law aspects relating to an initial equity capital raise in March 2017 from CDC Group, IFC, Mbuyu Capital, Maris Holdings (ALPH’s holding company) and various other investors.
■ Andrew Mugambi advised Abraaj Growth Market - Health Fund on the Kenyan competition law aspects relating to its acquisition of up to 75% of the shares of Healthlink Management Limited.
■ Dr. Daniel Muriu advised General Motors on the COMESA and Kenya competition law aspects relating to its sale of its 57.3% stake in General Motors East Africa Limited (“GMEA”) to Isuzu Motors Limited.
Contacts: Dr Daniel Wanjau Muriu, [email protected]; Andrew Mugambi, [email protected]

Constitutional & Administrative Law:
The firm has expertise in constitutional and administrative law matters. The team has been involved in litigation and great public interest.
Contacts: Kiragu Kimani, [email protected]

Dispute Resolution & Litigation:
The firm has continued to be ranked as the top law firm in Kenya in dispute resolution:
■ Kiragu Kimani represented the Kenya Electricity Generating Company ( KenGen) in regard to a tender awarded by them for the Leasing of 50 MW Wellheads Geothermal Power Generation Units at Olkaria Geothermal Field on Build Lease, Operate and Maintain basis.
■ Ken Fraser continues to act for Kenyan Bankers Association (KBA) and two large commercial banks in various dispute resolution and litigation matters.
■ Michi Kirimi was recently involved in a highly contentious matter relating to the audit of Kenya’s Register of Voters only a few months to the General Election.
■ Irene Kashindi has recently been involved in litigation to the Supreme Court touching on Kenya Wildlife Service in claims for general specific and exemplary damages for losses occasioned to farmers’ crops by wildlife which had migrated from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.
Contacts: Ken. A. Fraser SC, [email protected]; Kiragu Kimani, [email protected]

Employment & Immigration:
The firm undertakes employment-related litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution processes prescribed under the labour laws. The firm assists clients in drafting employment contracts and manuals and application for work permits. The team regularly advises clients on labour law issues arising out of M&A transactions.
■ Deborah Bubi Mwangi and Lorna Mainnah advised CMC Holdings Limited on redundancy of 160 employees as part of the company’s reorganisation.
■ Lorna Mainnah advised ICF International on the termination of employment on account of redundancy for some of their employees.
Contacts: Michi Kirimi, [email protected]; Lorna Mainnah, [email protected]

Energy, Oil & Gas:
The firm has extensive experience in advising on power generation projects and on oil and gas exploration and development.
■ Daniel is advising on a World-Bank-funded institutional review of all petroleum and non-petroleum institutions involved in the oil & gas sector in Kenya
Contacts: Dr Daniel Wanjau Muriu, [email protected]; Andrew Mugambi, [email protected]

M&A & Private Equity:
The firm undertakes significant work in M&A and private equity work:
■ Dr. Daniel Muriu advised General Motors in respect of its recent sale of its 57.3% stake in General Motors East Africa Limited (“GMEA”) to Isuzu Motors Limited.
■ Dr. Daniel Muriu in conjunction with the law firm ENSafrica, advised Vodacom Group Limited (“Vodacom”) on Kenyan law issues relating to its acquisition of 87.5% of the issued shares in Vodafone Kenya Ltd (“VKL”) from Vodafone International Holdings B.V. resulting in Vodacom holding a significant stake in Safaricom, the giant mobile telecommunications company in Kenya.
■ Andrew Mugambi advised the buyer in the acquisition of up to 75% of the shares of Healthlink Management Limited.
■ Dr. Daniel Muriu advised Africa Logistics Properties Holding Limited on an initial equity capital raising in March 2017 from CDC Group, IFC, Mbuyu Capital, Maris Holdings (ALPH’s holding company) and other investors.
■ Andrew Mugambi advised Necst Motors Kenya Limited a new entrant in the market in respect of its acquisition of the assets of Auto Sueco Kenya Limited.
■ Richard Omwela advised Total Outre Mer S.A. in its acquisition of a stake in Gulf African Petroleum Corporation (“Gapco”).
■ Andrew Mugambi advised Kenya Stationers Limited/Kinetic Holdings Limited (“Kensta Group”) on the acquisition of a significant stake by Catalyst Principal Partners.
■ Andrew Mugambi advised Africa Economic Zones Limited (AEZL) on the establishment of the first privately owned special economic zone in Kenya.
■ Andrew Mugambi and Sigee Koech advised Hass Petroleum Trading GR (DMCC) Limited (“Hass”) in a sale of 40% indirect controlling stake in Hass to Oman Trading International

PPPs & Infrastructure:
The firm is the leading firm in PPPs work in Kenya and is advising on a number of PPPs infrastructure and power generation projects and in addition to representing clients in PPPs-related litigation.
Contacts: Andrew Mugambi, [email protected]; Dr Daniel Wanjau Muriu, [email protected]

Public Procurement:
The firm has exceptional expertise in public procurementrelated litigation and has represented clients such as KenGen and Kenya Power & Lighting Company and Geothermal Development Company.
Contacts: Kiragu Kimani, [email protected]; Michi Kirimi, [email protected]

Real Estate, Planning & Environmental Law:
The firm has a dedicated team of real estate lawyers advising on conveyancing, planning, environmental law and real estate financing and development.
■Lorna Mainnah and Adil Khawaja advised ALP North Limited in its purchase of 22 acres to be utilised for the construction Kenya’s first grade A logistic and distribution warehouse park in Tatu City.
■ Lorna Mainnah and Adil Khawaja also advised ALP West Limited in the purchase of 49 acres in a mixed-use development known as Tilisi to be utilised for the construction of another grade A logistic and distribution warehouse park.
■ Adil Khawaja advised Windflower Limited in the transaction involving the purchase of several office spaces and car parking spaces in a commercial building in the up market area of Nairobi from Delta Properties Limited.
Contacts: Adil Khawaja, [email protected]; Lorna Mainnah [email protected]

Tax:
The firm has a tax department which advises on a full range of international and domestic tax issues. Its tax litigation team represents clients before the Tax tribunals and the Courts.
Contacts: Kiragu Kimani, [email protected]; Michi Kirimi, [email protected]

Telecommunications, Media & Technology:
The firm has significant expertise in advising clients on regulatory and corporate matters in the ICT sector. It is advising Google Inc. on various projects.
Contacts: Dr Daniel Wanjau Muriu, [email protected]; Adil Khawaja, [email protected]

Branches

  • Delta Office Suites,
  • Waiyaki Way,
  • P O Box 30333,
  • Nairobi,
  • Kenya
  • 00100
  • Tel +254 20 325 8000
  • Fax +254 20 325 8222
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Website : www.hhm.co.ke