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Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

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Managing Partner: Adil Khawaja
Senior Partner: Richard Omwela
Number of partners: 11
Number of associates: 35
Languages: English, Kiswahili

Firm Overview:
Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is one of Kenya’s largest law firms with a distinguished history of outstanding customer service. Clients and international legal directories have continuously rated the firm as one of Kenya’s top tier firms. The firm provides a wide range of services to an extensive client base.  

Main Areas of Practice & Recent Transactions:  

Arbitration:
The team has vast experience representing local and international clients in local and international arbitral proceedings.

Business Set-Up & Regulatory Compliance:
The firm has extensive experience in assisting clients in setting up businesses and advising on regulatory and compliance requirements for various entities and sectors.  

Banking & Finance:
The firm acts for several local and international banks in financing transactions and banking-related litigation.  

Experience:
• Richard Omwela advised I&M Bank Limited on banking facilities to Tononoka Rolling Mills Limited
• Sigee Koech advised the lenders on facilities given to Kenya’s largest telecommunications provider

Competition/Anti-trust and M&A:
The firm has extensive experience advising on all aspects of competition and merger control under Kenyan law and the COMESA Competition Regulations.

Experience:
• Daniel Wanjau advised an agricultural service supply agency on Kenyan legislation on restrictive trade practices in the client’s standard distribution agreement
• Peter Okaalet Jr. advised 748 Air Services (Kenya) Limited in the acquisition of 49% of the issued share capital through an affiliate company
• Richard Omwela advised an investment company on the acquisition of 30% of the shareholding in a Mauritian holding company that will have a controlling stake over two Kenyan operating companies engaged in the supply chain of animal-sourced meats and related products  
• Andrew Mugambi advised a beer manufacturer in the acquisition of 25% of its issued share capital by a South African company 

Constitutional & Administrative Law:
The firm has extensive expertise in constitutional and administrative law and has been involved in litigation that has generated public interest.

Experience:
• Kiragu Kimani is advising the Attorney General on the constitutionality of the President’s creation of the office of Chief Administrative Secretary
• Michi Kirimi is defending a Multinational footwear and fashion accessory company in a constitutional petition seeking orders to prevent the prosecution for counterfeiting the client’s shoes

Dispute Resolution & Litigation:
The firm has been continuously ranked as a tier 1 firm in litigation and dispute resolution.

Experience:
• Kenneth Fraser is acting for a commercial bank in Kenya on a claim for 414.5 million Kenya shillings arising from an alleged breach of a Restructuring Agreement
• Kiragu Kimani successfully represented a leading bank before the High Court in challenging KRA assessments of excise duty on various income streams
• Michi Kirimi has represented a company in the telecommunication industry in a complaint before the Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal challenging our client’s data and unused internet bundles policy
• Ezra Makori successfully represented an international airline accused of breaching a contract for the provision of transport services  

Employment & Immigration:
The firm advises clients on employment and labour law issues and represents clients in employment-related litigation and alternative dispute resolution processes.

Experience:
Michi Kirimi is representing various clients in claims for constructive dismissal.

• Lorna Mainnah reviewed the leading provider of modern logistics and industrial properties in East Africa employment contracts to ensure legal compliance and advised on Kenyan labour laws developments
• Ezra Makori and Michi Kirimi have successfully represented multinational security services providers in numerous unfair termination claims brought by ex-employees

Projects and Energy:
The firm has extensive experience in advising on power generation projects and oil and gas exploration and development.

Experience:
• Dr Daniel Wanjau advised an international Chinese company on a proposed acquisition of 80% shareholding in a Kenyan geothermal company
• Andrew Mugambi advised a confidential client on the design, supply, and installation and commissioning of substations and medium voltage lines across Kenya
• Andrew Mugambi and Peter Okaalet Jr advised China Road and Bridge Corporation on the compliance of the Nairobi Express Way with public-private partnership legal framework and negotiated the Project Agreement

Real Estate, Planning & Environmental Law: 
The firm has a dedicated team of real estate lawyers.

Experience:
• Adil Khawaja acts for a client in the mining industry in the purchase of 31 properties totalling approximately 1000 acres to start its mining operations
• Lorna Mainnah is acting for the seller of 123 properties totalling 933 acres of land in Nanyuki
• Nafysa Adam acts for a diplomatic mission in the acquisition of a residential complex through exchanging properties as consideration

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Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews rankings

Global Guide 2022
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Kenya
Banking & Finance
1 Department
2 Ranked Lawyers
Department
Banking & Finance
2
Banking & Finance
2
Band 2
Lawyers
Andrew Mugambi
2
Andrew Mugambi
2
Band 2
U
Sigee Koech
U
Up and Coming
Corporate/M&A
1 Department
4 Ranked Lawyers
Department
Corporate/M&A
3
Corporate/M&A
3
Band 3
Lawyers
Andrew Mugambi
2
Andrew Mugambi
2
Band 2
3
Richard Omwela
3
Band 3
Daniel Wanjau
4
Daniel Wanjau
4
Band 4
U
Peter Okaalet Jr.
U
Up and Coming
Dispute Resolution
1 Department
3 Ranked Lawyers
Department
Dispute Resolution
1
Dispute Resolution
1
Band 1
Lawyers
Kenneth A Fraser SC
1
Kenneth A Fraser SC
1
Band 1
Kiragu Kimani
1
Kiragu Kimani
1
Band 1
Michi Kirimi
2
Michi Kirimi
2
Band 2
Employment
1 Department
3 Ranked Lawyers
Department
Employment
1
Employment
1
Band 1
Lawyers
Michi Kirimi
1
Michi Kirimi
1
Band 1
Lorna Mainnah
3
Lorna Mainnah
3
Band 3
U
Ezra Makori
U
Up and Coming
Intellectual Property
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Intellectual Property
2
Intellectual Property
2
Band 2
Lawyers
Daniel Wanjau
2
Daniel Wanjau
2
Band 2
Projects & Energy
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Projects & Energy
3
Projects & Energy
3
Band 3
Lawyers
Andrew Mugambi
2
Andrew Mugambi
2
Band 2
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