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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: Kenneth A. Fraser
Managing Partner: Adil Khawaja Number of partners: 15
Number of Associates: 30
Languages: English, Swahili


Founded in 1902, 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 and Recent Transactions:

Arbitration:
The team has vast experience in representing clients in local and international arbitral proceedings and has been consulted by foreign law firms and clients on the entire arbitration process.
Contacts: Kiragu Kimani, [email protected]; George G Murugara, [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.
■ Andrew Mugambi and Sammy Ndolo advised Standard Chartered Bank on a USD 72 million loan facility
■ Andrew Mugambi and Sammy Ndolo advised International Finance Corporation on its USD 105 million financing to the Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited
■ Richard Omwela advised I & M Bank on a USD 20.5 million loan facility to a leading transport logistics company in East Africa
■ Lorna Mainnah advised Bank of Africa Limited in restructuring of securities previously held by Equity Bank Limited securing Kenya Shillings 910 million
■ Adil Khawaja advised CFC Stanbic Bank Limited in respect of USD 11 Million facility
■ Andrew Mugambi advised Commercial Bank of Africa on a Kenya Shillings 1.08 billion loan
Contacts: Ken A Fraser SC, [email protected]; Adil Khawaja, [email protected]

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:
■ Network International LLC on the Kenyan competition law aspects affecting its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Emerging Markets Payments Holdings (Mauritius) Limited
■ CBRE Inc. in respect the competition law issues relating to its acquisition of certain business and assets of Johnson Controls (Proprietary) Limited
■ Watson Bidco B.V. on the competition law approvals relating to its acquisition of 100% shareholding in DNA Green Group B.V., which resulted in the indirect acquisition of three subsidiaries in Kenya
■ Kuoni Kuoni Reisen AG on the Kenyan competition law aspects relating to the sale of all the shares in Private Safaris (East Africa) 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 of great public interest such as litigation challenging the award of contract by the Government for the single largest infrastructure project in Kenya.
Contacts: Kiragu Kimani, [email protected]; George Murugara, [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 Teachers Service Commission in a successful appeal overturning a 50-60% pay increase awarded by the High Court
■ Ken Fraser continues to act for Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) in significant representative proceedings regarding alleged failure by banks to seek Central Bank’s approval of their charges and interest rates
■ Kiragu Kimani is representing the Kenya Association of Stockbrokers and Investment Banks in their challenge to the enactment of Capital Gains Tax on marketable securities
■ George Murugara is representing Kenya Wildlife Service in a claim damages for loss occasioned to farmers’ crops by wildlife which had migrated from the Serengeti, Tanzania to the Masai Mara Game Reserve
■ Michi Kirimu is representing Telkom Kenya Limited in proceedings alleging constitutional violations and discrimination against its employees
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 applications for work permits. The team has advised clients on labour law issues arising out of M&A transactions.
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.
Contacts: Dr Daniel Wanjau Muriu, [email protected]; Andrew Mugambi, [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
The firm undertakes substantial IP work relating to trademarks, patents, utility models, industrial designs, copyright, assignments and licences. We handle a large portfolio of IP work from international and local clients including Merck KGaA Corporation, Anheuser Busch LLC, Abu Ghazaleh Intellectual Property, SABMiller International B.V., Kenya Bankers Association, Adams & Adams, Rotam Agrochem International Limited, eBay Inc., Y.P Lee Mock & Partners, Commercial Bank of Africa Limited, Selim Intellectual Property Law Firm, Human Resources Certification Institute, Reed Smith LLP, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Venable LLP, T Mark Conseils, IPS (International) Limited, Bamburi Cement Limited amongst others.
Contacts: Dr. Daniel Wanjau Muriu, [email protected] co.ke; Kiragu Kimani, [email protected]

Insurance:
The firm advises insurance, re-insurance companies and underwriters on insurance claims, regulatory and licensing, dispute resolution and policy drafting. It represents clients in litigation arising from insurance claims.
Contacts: Ken A Fraser SC, [email protected]; Dr. Daniel Wanjau Muriu, [email protected] co.ke

M&A & Private Equity:
The firm undertakes significant work in M&A and private equity work:
■ Andrew Mugambi and Dr Daniel Muriu advised KCB Group Limited on its group restructuring which involved conversion of the bank into a non-operating holding company and hiving down the banking business into a new wholly owned subsidiary, KCB Bank Kenya Limited
■ Sammy Ndolo advised Strides Pharma (Cyprus) Limited in its acquisition of a 51% stake in Universal Corporation Limited
■ Adil Khawaja and Dr Daniel Muriu advised the Government of Kenya in relation to the sale of 51% stake of Telkom Kenya Limited by France Telecom to Helios Investment Partners
■ Dr Daniel Muriu advised Kuoni Kuoni Reisen AG on the Kenyan law aspects relating to the sale of all the shares in Private Safaris (East Africa) Limited, a local key player in the tourism sector

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 procurement-related 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.
■ Adil Khawaja and Lorna Mainnah advised Thaara Limited on the construction of the first eco-friendly mall in Kenya with a lettable retail space of 116,000 square feet spread over 4.5 acres
■ Lorna Mainnah advised the Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the drafting and registration of leases for various premises being occupied by their personnel within Kenya
■ Adil Khawaja advised Masai Mara Tourist Development Limited in the purchase of three properties neighbouring the Lake Nakuru National Game Reserve in Kenya intended for eco and luxury safari camps.

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]

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]