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CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates

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Provided by CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates

Managing Partner: HamishW Keith

Languages: English, Kiswahili, Hindi

Firm Overview:

CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates (CMS-DI) is the oldest law firm in Kenya tracing its origins to 1899 with offices in Nairobi and Mombasa, and is part of CMS, a future-facing international firm with more than 5,000 lawyers across more than 70 offices in 40 countries worldwide.

CMS-DI is one of the most reputable full-service civil law practices, engaging in all aspects of corporate, commercial, real estate, and dispute resolution services. With over 40 experienced lawyers, a number who are dual qualified (England and New York), handling significant, ground-breaking, and noteworthy commercial transactions, CMS-DI’s clients include Kenyan-owned companies, multinational corporations, development institutions, foundations, and private clients conducting business across Africa.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Commercial Law:

Company and commercial law, mergers, acquisitions and disposals, capital market transactions such as public listings, public offers, takeovers, rights issues, private placements, factoring, leasing, management, commercial and specifically tailored contracts, foreign investment and joint ventures, corporate re-constructions, advising on and setting up of partnerships and quasi-partnership limited liability companies, the establishment of business enterprises including banks, insurance companies, micro finance enterprises, export processing zones and venture capital companies, competition law and corporate fraud, bankruptcy and insolvency.

Intellectual Property:

Trade and service mark registration, patent registration and industrial designs registration.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:

Arbitration and civil litigation covering medical and professional negligence, admiralty and maritime disputes, insurance disputes, enforcement of foreign judgments, constitutional and judicial review proceedings, public procurement disputes, planning and environmental law, intellectual property disputes, defamation, large scale debt recoveries, enforcement of securities and insolvency, contractual and employment disputes, employee retirement benefit schemes and trust and estate disputes.

Property & Real Estate:

Acquisition and disposal of land, sale and purchase of residential and commercial properties, small and large scale residential and commercial leases, financing and structuring commercial and residential building developments and setting up management structures relating thereto. Regulatory Compliance: Advising on regulatory and compliance issues, particularly in the fields of banking, building societies, insurance, telecommunications, power, monopolies, capital markets and the stock exchange.

Banking & Financial:

Bank finance securities, project finance, syndicated lending, fintech, corporate finance and regulatory compliance for banks and financial institutions.

Maritime & Admiralty Law:

Maritime claims, P&I claims, charter party disputes and cargo claims. Insurance Law: Insurance policy disputes and regulatory compliance for service providers in the insurance industry.

Construction Law:

Construction and development management contracts, dispute resolution in construction contracts, professional remuneration and negligence.

Energy & Mining:

Licensing, investment and partnerships in power generation, mining and exploration in natural resources and power purchasing agreements.

Employment Law:

Employment contracts and policies, employee claims and disputes, trade union recognition and collective bargaining, redundancies and restructuring, retirement benefits and related litigation.

Immigration Law:

Advising on and assisting in the obtaining of immigration status including work and residential entry permits, permanent residency and citizenship. Private Client & Foundations: Family law, wills, trusts, succession law, probate and administration, establishment of and administration of charitable and other forms of foundations.

Company Secretarial Services & Trustee:

The provision of a wide range of company secretarial and trustee services.


CMS DI clients consist of Kenyan-owned as well as multi-national corporations and individuals involved in every aspect of business and commerce in East Africa. They include:

■ Companies quoted on the Nairobi Securities Exchange

■ Banks, development and structured finance institutions

■ Insurance companies

■ Property owners and developers

■ Industrial companies involved in the manufacturing sector, chemicals, mining, oil, petroleum, power and energy sectors

■ Plantation owners and managers in the coffee, tea, horticultural and ranching sectors and other large and small-scale farming enterprises

■ Governmental, parastatal and donor agencies including NGO’s, charitable trusts and similar foundations

■ Telecommunications, road, aviation and transport sectors

■ The shipping and maritime sector

■ Freight forwarding, haulage and logistics sectors

■ The hotel and tourism industry

■ Representative offices of foreign businesses, foreign states and consulates and private persons requiring legal advice or assistance

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Provided by CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates

Kenya - Head office

CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates rankings

Global Guide 2022
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1 Ranked Lawyer
Band 4
Hamish W Keith
Hamish W Keith
Band 3