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Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates (IKM)

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Managing Partner: James Kamau
Number of partners: 11
Number of directors: 1
Number of lawyers: 43
Number of consultants: 1
Languages: English, French, Kiswahili

Firm Overview:
IKM Advocates is one of fastest growing, leading full service corporate commercial firms in Kenya. The firm has been advising clients such as Fortune 500 companies and multinationals for close to three decades. IKM has a multidisciplinary team of lawyers working across numerous sectors with strong market knowledge that delivers seamless legal services to a broad range of clients, including project sponsors, governments, parastatals and banking and financial institutions. IKM Advocates is a member of DLA Piper Africa, a Swiss Verein whose members are comprised of independent law firms in Africa working with DLA Piper.
Main Areas of Practice:

Bank Securities:
3 partners, 5 associates
The firm has an efficient and extensive banking and securities practice. It acts for local and international banks and financial institutions in preparing various forms of securities including debentures, mortgages, guarantees, pledges, asset finance documents, chattels mortgages, loan agreements, lenders’ agreements, among others.

Capital Markets:
3 partners, 6 associates, 1 consultant
The firm provides advice on the obligations of listed companies under the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) Act and NSE Rules and Regulations. It also advises clients on any capital markets related matters.

Dispute Resolution & Arbitration:
3 partners, 6 associates
The firm offers a full range of litigation services in all areas of Kenya law except criminal cases, land disputes and matrimonial causes. The matters handled include, without limitation, commercial disputes, bank litigation, defamation, procurement, recoveries and debt-collection, insurance claims, aircraft accidents, medical negligence, traffic cases, work injuries compensation, marine claims, mortgage realisations, partnership disputes, infringement of intellectual property rights, election petitions etc. The firm deals with arbitration matters and two of its partners, Karori Kamau and Martin Munyu, are fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

4 partners, 11 associates
The firm provides diverse commercial legal services to its clients such as drafting, review and standardisation of commercial contracts and agreements, preparation of legal opinions, training on commercial matters, among others.

Competition & Monopolies:
3 partners, 6 associates, 1 consultant
The firm advises clients on competition and monopolies matters.

3 partners, 5 associates
The firm has a respected and busy conveyancing practice dealing with various land transactions.

Corporate & Drafting:
4 partners, 6 associates
The firm handles all manner of corporate transactions, including corporate set ups, corporate restructuring, debt rescheduling, finance instruments, corporate governance documentation, shareholders’ agreements, joint ventures, government approvals, PPP’s, among others. The firm has extensive experience in the drafting of various legislative and legal instruments for organisations, state corporations, banks, among others.

1 partner, 5 associates
The firm advises many US based universities including, but not limited to, Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, Columbia University, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Indiana University, De Paul University, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Duke University on the law governing universities in Kenya including registration procedures and requirements, collaboration with Kenyan universities, immigration affairs for foreign staff, establishment of non academic programs in Kenya, employment law, contracts with collaborators including Government, among others.

Energy, Oil, Gas & Mining:
3 partners, 1 Director, 1 Consultant
The firm advises clients in the energy sector (including renewable energy) and on the legal aspects arising out of energy related transactions in Kenya. The firm has expanded its practice to cover oil and gas as well as mining and is advising a number of clients in these emerging areas.

1 partner, 4 associates
The firm handles immigration work for various multinationals and also advises on various immigration issues and obtains work permits for employees of many of its multinational clients and NGOs.

2 partners, 6 associates
The firm acts for five major insurance companies in Kenya in all aspects of insurance law.

Intellectual Property:
1 partner, 6 associates
The firm has a vibrant intellectual property law practice that deals with all aspects of trademark law, patents law, industrial designs and plant breeders rights.

3 partners, 11 associates
The firm advises many clients on various aspects of employment law, including preparation of employment contracts, advising and setting up employee share option plans/ schemes, human resource policies, manuals, as well as litigation involving individual labour issues including dismissals, redundancies, trade disputes, among others.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
3 partners, 6 associates, 1 consultant
The firm has been involved in mergers and acquisitions in Kenya and abroad, including obtaining the relevant approvals (monopolies, capital markets etc.) in various African countries.

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) & Public Benefits Organisations (PBOs):
1 partner, 5 associates
The firm acts as local legal counsel for over a dozen international NGOs operating in Kenya as well as in the registration of new NGOs and PBOs.

Private Equity:
3 partners, 3 associates, 1 consultant
The firm is involved in the set up of equity funds, venture capital set ups, routinely advises its clients on private equity transactions and drafts all the required documentation in respect of such transactions.

2 partners, 1 director, 2 associates
The firm has a growing tax practice and has represented clients in various contentious and non-contentious tax matters including challenging tax assessments by the Kenya Revenue Authority and in collaboration with its correspondents has advised on tax efficient corporate restructuring and the tax implications of new products.

Telecommunications & Information, Communications & Technology:
2 partners, 2 associates
The firm deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters in this area and provides specialist advice on ecommerce matters, licensing and regulatory issues, network building, diverse contractual matters, financing, investments and litigation arising from such matters.