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Managing Partner: Adil Khawaja
Senior Partner: Richard Omwela
Number of partners: 11
Number of associates: 38
Languages: English, Kiswahili

Firm Overview:
Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is one of the largest law firms in Kenya with a long and distinguished history of exceptional service to its clients. The firm 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 regularly consulted by foreign law firms, local and international clients.

Aviation:
The firm provides transaction and advisory services to various players in the aviation industry.
■ Daniel Wanjau acted for a global provider of integrated regional aviation solutions in respect of the leasing and financing of two brand-new aircraft to a subsidiary of Kenya Airways

Business Set-Up & Regulatory 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.

Banking & Finance:

The firm acts for many local and international banks in all types of financing transactions and undertakes a lot of bankingrelated litigation.
Recent significant transactions include:
■ Richard Omwela advised Talanton with respect to a facility of USD1,071,000 offered to Educor Kenya limited.
■ Sigee Koech acted on behalf of a local commercial bank and a part of a financial services group with presence across East Africa, which advanced banking facilities of USD 7,153,000 to an independent geothermal power producer in Kenya

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.
■ Daniel Wanjau successfully defended a global player in shipping before the Competition Authority in a buyer power/monopoly complaint brought against the client
■ Richard Omwela acted as local counsel to Mobisol in obtaining competition law approvals in respect of its takeover by French energy company ENGIE
■ Andrew Mugambi advised Gulf Energy Limited on the sale of its oil marketing business to a pan African downstream oil company including obtaining the required competition law approvals

Constitutional & Administrative Law:

The firm has wide-ranging expertise in constitutional and administrative law matters and has been involved in litigation that has generated great public interest.
■ Kenneth Fraser SC advised and in successfully representing the Kenya Bankers Association in increase of excise duty on bank charges declared unconstitutional.
■ Kiragu Kimani is advising the Attorney General on various matters including:
- What happens when the two houses of the National Assembly cannot agree on the division of revenue between the National and County governments
- Whether the cabinet is properly constituted having regard to the gender requirements set out in n the Constitution as well as representation of youth and persons with disabilities
-Whether the creation of the office of Chief Administrative Secretary by the President of the Republic of Kenya is in contravention of the Constitution

Dispute Resolution & Litigation:
The firm continues to be ranked as a top law firm in Kenya in dispute resolution.
■ Kenneth Fraser acted for Representative body of commercial banks in Kenya in a judicial review matter challenging the exercise of administrative powers requiring the payment of Stamp Duty and Capital Gains Tax by a chargee on the restoration of security
■ Michi Kirimi is representing a client in the telecommunications industry in a suit for a claim of USD$ 7 million for alleged breach of contract
■ Ezra Makori is representing an international airline company in a claim for alleged breach of a contract for provision of transport services

Employment & Immigration:
The firm undertakes employment-related litigation and alternative dispute resolution processes prescribed under the labour laws. The firm also regularly advises clients on various employment labour law issues.
Recent significant transactions include:
■ Michi Kirimi continues to act for clients in the Employment and Labour Relations Court and recently advised an international airline on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment relationships
■ Lorna Mainnah undertook a comprehensive employment compliance check for an international engineering company
■ Ezra Makori represented a multinational security services provider in proceedings filed by a trade union representing 358 former employees of the client Energy, Oil & Gas The firm has extensive experience in advising on power generation projects and oil and gas exploration and development.
■ Dr Daniel Wanjau advised an international company on a proposed acquisition of 80% shareholding in a Kenyan geothermal company
■ Andrew Mugambi is acting for the two sponsors in the design, development, financing, construction, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of a wind-powered electricity generation plant of 36 to 38 wind turbine generators in Kenya M&A & Private Equity The firm undertakes significant work in M&A and private equity.
■ Andrew Mugambi, Nafysa Adam and Peter Okaalet Jr advised Commercial International Bank of (Egypt) S.A.E in relation to its acquisition of 51% of the shareholding of Mayfair Bank Limited
■ Andrew Mugambi advised Amethis Retail of 31.5% of the total issued share capital in Naivas International PPPs & Infrastructure: The firm is the leading firm in PPP work in Kenya and is advising on a number of PPP infrastructure and power generation projects, in addition to representing clients in PPP-related litigation.
■ Andrew Mugambi acted as the Kenyan legal adviser of a private developer on the development, operation and maintenance of a dual carriageway with Class A standard that connects Mlolongo town with James Gichuru Road along the median strip of the A8 National Road (the Nairobi Expressway)

Public Procurement:
Kiragu Kimani and Michi Kirimi have exceptional expertise in public procurement related litigation and have represented clients such as the Government of Kenya, KenGen, Kenya Power and Lighting Company and Geothermal Development Company (GDC).

Real Estate, Planning & Environmental Law:
The firm has a dedicated team of real estate lawyers. Some of the transactions they have been involved in include:
■ Adil Khawaja acts for our client through its subsidiary Riverglades Properties LLP that is in the process of constructing an iconic development known as “Five Star Paradise”
■ Lorna Mainnah is acting for the seller of 123 properties amounting to 933 acres of land located in Nanyuki
■ Nafysa Adam acts for the British High Commission in a transaction pertaining to the exchange and development of properties

Tax:
The firm has experience in advising on various tax matters as well as representation in court. ■ Kiragu Kimani successfully represented a leading insurance company before the high court in challenging KRA assessments of employment taxes on income earned by Tied Insurance Agents
■ Kiragu Kimani successfully represented a leading food production & distribution company in a tax dispute with the KRA before the high court regarding the taxation of foreign exchange losses

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Contributions

Total 2 contributions

Trends and Developments

Doing Business In... 2021 in Kenya

Authors: Adil Khawaja, Dr Daniel Wanjau Muriu, Lorna Mainnah, Peter Okaalet Jr., Andrew Warambo

Trends and Developments

Real Estate 2021 in Kenya

Authors: Adil Khawaja, Lorna Mainnah, Nafysa Adam

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Banking & Finance
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Corporate/M&A
Band 3
Dispute Resolution
Band 1
Employment
Band 1
Intellectual Property
Band 2
Projects & Energy
Band 3

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Andrew Mugambi
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Andrew Mugambi
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Daniel Wanjau
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Richard Omwela
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Kenneth A Fraser SC
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Kiragu Kimani
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Kenneth A Fraser SCDispute Resolution
Kiragu KimaniDispute Resolution
Michi KirimiEmployment
Adil KhawajaReal Estate
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Andrew MugambiBanking & Finance
Andrew MugambiCorporate/M&A
Michi KirimiDispute Resolution
Daniel WanjauIntellectual Property
Andrew MugambiProjects & Energy
Band 3
Richard OmwelaCorporate/M&A
Lorna MainnahEmployment
Lorna MainnahReal Estate
Band 4
Daniel WanjauCorporate/M&A
Associates to watch
Peter KameroIntellectual Property

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