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Oraro & Company Advocates

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Senior Partner: George Oraro SC
Number of partners: 13
Number of other lawyers: 12
Languages: English, Kiswahili

Firm Overview:
Oraro & Company Advocates is a market-leading African law firm with a history spanning 42 years. The firm has a strong focus on dispute resolution and corporate and commercial law, with a highly respected dispute resolution practice in Kenya and a strong bench of litigators. The practice group has in-depth experience in advising clients on international arbitration, employment and labour disputes, insolvency and restructuring, and tax disputes. The firm also has a robust team of corporate and commercial lawyers who have proven expertise in corporate, banking and finance transactions. This encompasses capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, banking and securities, private equity, regulatory compliance, competition law, commercial contracts, restructurings and all aspects of intellectual property. In addition, the practice group undertakes all aspects of commercial, private conveyancing, leases and licenses. Oraro & Company Advocates prides itself in its deeply rooted client relationships by steadily providing quality legal services through its partner-led approach and continues to distinguish itself as an African law firm offering legal services drawing from local knowledge and global perspectives.

Main Areas of Practice:

Arbitration:
The firm’s arbitration practice has been at the forefront of international arbitration in Kenya, representing clients in international fora such as the ICC, LCIA and ICSID.
Key highlights include:
■ Representing a Pan African bank in a claim brought by a Zambian borrower who claims he never authorised the bank to disburse funds to the borrower. It is an ICC matter and the seat is in London
■ Representing a Canadian based energy company as co-counsel in the ICSID proceedings brought against the Government of Kenya (GoK) in respect of the unlawful revocation of the company’s geothermal licence
Contact: George Oraro SC
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Noella Lubano
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
The firm’s banking and finance practice is well-known for its rich experience in advising clients in a wide range of financial services including asset finance, securities, structured finance, debt finance, complex banking litigation, debt recovery and asset tracing.
Key highlights include:
■ Acting as local counsel for a borrower in relation to a debt finance worth USD$37 million for the expansion of a cement plant
■ Advising one of Kenya’s largest publicly listed companies dealing in the manufacturing of sugar in the restructuring of its debt, owing from local and international lenders
Contact: Pamella Ager
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Nelly Gitau
Email: [email protected]

Conveyancing & Real Estate:
The firm has been involved in large complex development projects, joint ventures and project finance for local and international clients.
Key highlights include:
■ Acted for a leading Kenyan investments and real estate company in the sale of ten high-end five bedroom villas in a gated estate known as Amara Ridge in Karen worth USD$100 million
■ Advising a leading Kenyan investments and real estate company in a joint venture transaction with landowners for the development of an integrated 1,000 acre private city known as ‘New Town’
Contact: Nelly Gitau
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Pamella Ager
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & Commercial:
The firm’s corporate and commercial practice advises clients in complex mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial contracts for which the firm is well regarded.
Key highlights include:
■ Advised one of Kenya’s largest debt to equity restructuring of Kenya Airways Plc which repositioned the national carrier for long-term growth
■ Acting for a leading investments and real estate company in the acquisition of a 48.9% stake in a company which specialises in providing serviced office solutions
Contact: Jacob Ochieng
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Cindy Oraro
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
The dispute resolution practice has advised clients on a wide range of contentious matters including banking litigation, highly complex commercial disputes, constitutional law, election petitions, environmental litigation, employment and labour law, family law, public procurement and property disputes.
Key highlights include:
■ Acting for a Kenyan company which transmits, distributes and retails electricity in a case which seeks to stop an alleged payment of USD$20 billion in respect of power purchase agreements
■ Successfully defended a Limited Liability Company in a constitutional petition before the High Court and the Court of Appeal against the County Government of Mombasa to compel the latter to stamp building plans and issue a certificate of approval
Contact: George Oraro SC
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Chacha Odera
Email: [email protected]

Employment & Labour:
The firm provides clients with practical and commercial responses to a broad spectrum of employment issues including employment contracts, unfair terminations disputes, redundancy, pensions and collective bargaining support.
Key highlights include:
■ Representing a Kenyan Bank which is the sponsor of a staff retirement benefits scheme in a claim worth USD$240 million regarding wrongful calculation of retirement benefits
■ Representing a Kenyan Bank against three separate class action claims in the Employment and Labour Relations Court, for the retabulation of terminal benefits worth USD$8 million arising from voluntary early retirement taken by the claimants
Contact: John Mbaluto
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Georgina Ogalo-Omondi
Email: [email protected]

Infrastructure, Projects & PPP:
The firm combines legal and sector expertise in advising on all stages of a project including structuring, drafting and negotiating and project finance.
Key highlights include:
■ Advised KCB Limited in relation to an annuity term loan facility worth USD$60 million to facilitate the 75% direct cost of road construction of the Ngong-Kiserian-Isinya Road and Kajiado-Imaroro Road
■ Advising on a government-to-government collaboration between the GoK and China National Petroleum Corporation on a proposed USD$1.8 billion project to develop up to 350 MW of a geothermal power plant
Contact: Walter Amoko
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Cindy Oraro
Email: [email protected]

Restructuring & Insolvency:
The firm delivers practical advice on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of insolvency law and regularly work closely with a broad range of stakeholders including banks, financial intermediaries, distressed companies, creditors, private equity sponsors and governments.
Key highlights include:
■ Acting in a claim seeking the tracing and recovery of approximately USD$340 million which was fraudulently siphoned from a Kenyan Bank
■ Acting in an insolvency matter regarding a challenge to the receivership and recovery of monies valued at USD$3.5 million by a Kenyan receiver
Contact: Noella Lubano
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Geoffrey Muchiri
Email: [email protected]

Tax:
The firm regularly advises on a wide range of tax matters including domestic and international tax, value added tax (VAT), income tax, capital gains tax, transfer pricing and tax litigation.
Key highlights include:
■ Acting for a Kenyan based company that manufactures branded beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages in an appeal against excise duty and VAT assessment on alcoholic beverages amounting to USD$180 million
■ Acting for a Kenyan mining company in a matter involving an assessment raised against the company in respect of VAT, withholding tax and corporation tax worth USD$10 million
Contact: Walter Amoko
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Lena Onchwari
Email: [email protected]

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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Oraro & Company Advocates’ disputes and employment expertise recognised by Legal 500

Noella C. Lubano, George O Oraro, Walter Amoko, H Chacha Odera

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Oraro & Company Advocates partners cited among Kenya's best in financial and corporate work

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Oraro & Company Advocates garners international recognition for its work

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