Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates (IKM)

Projects & Energy Department

Kenya
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What the team is known for

Distinguished practice offering an array of projects and energy expertise, acting for lenders and developers on renewable energy projects, social infrastructure developments and petrochemicals mandates. Well versed in PPP frameworks, EPC contract negotiations and mining regulations, as well as advising oil and gas companies on restructurings. Its experience spans healthcare, housing and power plant development and transmission, as well as related M&A.

Strengths

Sources highlight the "high quality of its work and turnaround times and its ability to serve the different players in the projects cycle," adding that the service is "exceptionally good." 

Others value the team's practical and applicable advice, describing it as "a go-to firm for complex deals" and further remarking: "I'd rate IKM's ability in projects highly. They've honed their skills and technical capacity. They're well placed to go far in the projects space if they keep growing their expertise."

Work highlights

Kenyan counsel to CDC on its USD82 million financing of a 40 MW solar project in Malindi, Kenya.

Notable practitioners

Beatrice Nyabira heads the firm's projects and infrastructure group and is quickly carving out her position in the market. She acts on project finance and development regarding renewable energy plants, healthcare projects and social infrastructure, as well as handling corporate work in the oil and gas sector. Her experience further includes PPPs, public procurement and government contracts. Sources highlight her as "one of the star lawyers in the energy space" and "one of the people to watch due to her high energy and exceptional attention to detail." Another client acknowledged: "She has exceptional technical knowledge, especially in projects."

James Mburu Kamau is respected for his representation of lenders in project finance matters, as well as his handling of energy-sector M&A. His broad practice encompasses recent work on acquisitions and power plant construction, and he is further able to draw on significant experience in PPPs. He is eminently regarded by clients, who describe him as "a trusted adviser" and "the lawyer of choice for novel and complex deals."