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Oraro & Company Advocates

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

Firm Overview:
Oraro & Company Advocates is a market-leading African law firm with a history spanning over 43 years. The firm has built a strong focus on dispute resolution and corporate & commercial law and has a highly respected dispute resolution practice in Kenya, with a strong bench of litigators. The practice group has a rich experience in advising clients on international arbitration, employment & labour disputes, insolvency & restructuring and tax disputes. The firm also has a robust team of corporate & commercial lawyers who have proven experience in corporate, banking and finance transactions. This encompasses capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, banking & 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. The firm provides local and cross-jurisdictional legal services, either directly or through the extensive relationships established with leading firms across the globe, offering cross-jurisdictional legal advice seamlessly while maintaining the highest professional standards. 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 undoubtedly been at the forefront of International Arbitration in Kenya, representing clients in international fora such as the ICC, LCIA and ICSID. Key highlights include:
■ Successfully represented a Pan-African Bank in a USD 25 million claim brought by a Zambian borrower who claims he never authorised the bank to disburse funds to the borrower. It was 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 worth USD 312.7 million
Contact: George Oraro SC
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Noella Lubano
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
The firm’s banking and finance practice area 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:
■ Advising a leading leading manufacturer of Fast Moving Consumer Goods, in their USD 50 million facility with several lenders including top tier banks in the Kenya
■ 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 USD100 million
■ Acting in a joint venture between a real estate developer and a landowner for the development of the Habitat Heights Project. The project involves construction of 8,888 houses in Mavoko, Machakos County as part of the government’s Big Four Agenda on affordable housing
Contact: Nelly Gitau
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Pamella Ager
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & Commercial:
The firm’s corporate and commercial practice is involved in advising clients in areas such as complex mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial contracts for which the firm is well regarded. Key highlights include:
■ Acting for the National Bank of Kenya Limited in relation to the take-over of 100% of the Company’s shares by KCB Group PLC
■ Acting for Art-Caffe Coffee & Bakery Limited (the company) and the shareholders in relation to the sale of the entire share capital of the company to Emerging Capital Partners, a private equity fund established in the United States of America.
Contact: George Oraro SC
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Jacob Ochieng
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
■ Acting for a real estate developer in both the High Court and in the Court of Appeal, with respect to a challenge of the decision by the Nairobi City County in awarding a tender for the development of a mega housing project along Ngong Road, Nairobi, valued at USD 195 million
Contact: George Oraro SC
Email: [email protected]
Contact: John Mbaluto
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
■ Acting for the pension scheme in defending a judgement by the RBT for unpaid retirement dues of approximately USD 79.1 million by former employees of Telkom Kenya Limited, owned by a UK private equity firm operating in Africa
Contact: Georgina Ogalo-Omondi
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Chacha Odera
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:
■ Advising Tata Chemicals Magadi Limited, Africa’s largest soda ash manufacturer, in relation to the validity of its mining lease in so far as it grants it extractive rights over Lake Magadi which is the mining area and on the royalty rates payable
■ Representing and advising the landowners together with a multinational company involved in the development of wind power projects and energy supply which has identified a site on which it intends to set up a Wind Power Generating Project Contact: Jacob Ochieng
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
■ Advising and drafting agreements for a consortium of banks involved in a non-contentious insolvency matter with a value of USD 64.5 million
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 that involved an assessment raised against the company in respect of VAT, withholding tax and corporation tax worth USD 10 million
Contact: George Oraro SC
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Lena Onchwari
Email: [email protected]

Contributions

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International Arbitration 2020 Law and Practice in Kenya

Noella Lubano, Eva Mukami, Radhika Arora, Paul Kamara

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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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