Gikera & Vadgama Advocates (GVA) is by many standards the most innovative law firms in Kenya. While many other law firms are steeped in tradition and afraid to try out new ideas, Gikera & Vadgama Advocates has built a reputation as the place where the boldest new ideas in legal practice are tested and proven. From being the first law firm in Kenya to have an in-house podcast to being the first law firm to host its own branded Golf Tournament, Gikera & Vadgama Advocates is always ready to put new and good ideas to test in service of its clients.
The firm which is on its 11th year since establishment has steadily grown from humble beginnings to one of Kenya’s leading law firms with an increasing presence in the East African region and across Africa. It has achieved this by providing excellent and personalized service to its growing clientele combined with a bold and dynamic vision for the future of legal practice, the drive behind the quest for innovation at Gikera & Vadgama Advocates.
Today, Gikera & Vadgama Advocates is a full-service law firm boasting six (6) able Partners who are widely and consistently lauded as top notch lawyers and leading experts in their respective fields of specialization. True to its mission of providing high quality and innovative legal services to clients, the firm remains committed to breaking new ground and embracing emerging practices in law and business to provide value-added and practical solutions to its clients.
Thus, in the middle of Covid-19 lockdown, Gikera & Vadgama Advocates launched the GVA Legal podcast, a bi-monthly podcast featuring knowledgeable lawyers and professionals from different sectors of the economy to help demystify topical legal issues of the day for the public and its clients. The Podcast is now in its 11th Episode and has so far addressed legal issues around employment and labour relations, work injury, marriage, adoption and impact of Covid-19 on employment, cancer and human resource policy.
As proof of the length to which Gikera & Vadgama Advocates is ready to go empower its lawyers and to provide clients with the best counsel possible, the GVA Podcast hosted by firm’s Dispute Resolution Associate Andrew Njenga, has even hosted advocates from other firms who are recognized experts in their field of specialization. These include Irene Kashindi, an expert in Employment Law and Partner at Munyao, Muthama & Kashindi, Leah Kiguatha, Marriage Law Guru and the Principal at Kiguatha & Company Advocates and Virginia Kimenyi, an Expert in Children and Adoption Law and the Principal at Kimenyi & Company Advocates.
Gikera & Vadgama Advocates made headlines as the first law in Kenya to host its own corporate branded Golf tournament, the GVA Golf for its lawyers and clients to interact in a relaxed environment. With the theme “When Golf Meets the Bar; That is perfect practice,” the tournament was hosted at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club and attracted participants from the firm’s corporate and private clients and service partners including Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI).
Gikera & Vadgama Advocates is also one of the few law firms in Kenya to engage a leading marketing research firm to carry out a market survey of what its clients and non-clients think about the firm, its quality of service and what clients expect from it. According to TIFA Research in its findings, “the results were impressive, on the attribute of customer service, GVA scored over 95%; on quality of professional services, GVA scored over 95% and on perception, technical knowhow and quality of service delivery, the firm scored over 95% too.”
The findings of the market research partly informed the launch of GVA 2.0, the firm’s current strategic plan to inform its purpose, mission, vision and approach for the next decade, 2020 to 2030. GVA’s purpose is “to provide High quality, innovative and reliable legal Services.” The firm is on a mission “to be the go-to law firm for professional and client-centric legal services.” The firm’s overriding vision is “to be a dynamic law firm recognized for exceptional, consistent and reliable legal services across Africa.”
The founding partner of Gikera & Vadgama Advocates Stephen Njoroge Gikera, his five (5) partners, five (5) associates and over fifty (50) paralegal and administrative members of support staff appear determined to build an innovative firm “suited to the modern economy and an interconnected world.” And while a strategic plan is not what one would expect from a law firm, Gikera & Vadgama Advocates clients have come to expect out of the box approach and solutions from the firm which clearly lives on the edge of innovation.
Gikera & Vadgama has six departments each headed by one of the firm’s partners namely, Stephen Gikera (Chairman of Partnership Board), Punit Vadgama (Senior Partner and Head of Infrastructure, Projects and PPPs), Kananu Mutea (Head of Dispute Resolution), Steve Ouma (Head of Corporate and Commercial Law), Stella Ojango (Head of Employment and Pensions Law and in-charge Intellectual Property and Anti-Counterfeits) and Emma Ochieng (Head of Personal Law). The firm has so far 3 branches in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nanyuki but seems poised to achieve unparalleled presence across Africa through partnership and digital innovations.
There is no doubt the innovative streak straddles every aspect of Gikera & Vadgama Advocates operations. In thought leadership, the firm has organized a number of world-class events for clients including Seminar for Zamara Pension Trustees and Legal Audit and Compliance Breakfast Training Event. And as if to prepare the clients for the future of innovation at Gikera & Vadgama Advocates, the firm is in the process of implementing GVA Kiosk, its proposed platform to offer over 150 legal document templates on demand for clients and others user in Kenya.
Lex Mundi strengthens Global Reach with Two New Member Firms
Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms, has strengthened its African experience with the addition of Bennani & Associés LLP and AF Mpanga as member firms for Morocco and Algeria, and Uganda respectively. The network’s expansion in Africa reflects the growing importance of the continents markets, internationally.
Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms, has announced the addition of two prestigious member firms in Africa to its global network covering three markets. Bennani & Associés LLP has been appointed as the Lex Mundi member firm in Algeria and Morocco. AF Mpanga, has also joined Lex Mundi as the exclusive member firm for Uganda, further enhancing the network’s comprehensive coverage on the African continent.
Bennani & Associés LLP is a highly regarded independent law firm in French-speaking Africa, operating in North, West, and Central Africa. With a team of accomplished legal professionals, the firm offers leading legal expertise to listed and unlisted companies, public entities, and international law firms.
Bennani & Associes is a full-service firm advising on general corporate law and corporate transactions, finance matters and dispute resolution, providing comprehensive legal solutions to foreign investors for complex issues. Bennani & Associés LLP’s strong presence in Algeria and Morocco positions Lex Mundi strategically to offer clients first class, comprehensive legal support in these important North African markets.
Mehdi Bennani, Managing Partner of Bennani & Associés LLP, expressed his pride in the Lex Mundi membership: “We are honoured to become a part of Lex Mundi, the world’s premier network of independent law firms. This collaboration will enable us to provide even greater support to our clients in Algeria and Morocco, as well as offer our expertise to clients seeking legal services in our jurisdictions through Lex Mundi’s global platform.”
Top Ugandan Firm AF Mpanga has also joined Lex Mundi. AF Mpanga is a distinguished full-service law firm with a rich legacy of serving clients in Uganda and the East African region since its establishment. The firm’s expertise spans various practice areas, including corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, energy and natural resources, and dispute resolution. With a deep commitment to excellence, a strong presence in the region and its legacy within the network, AF Mpanga brings valuable local insights and legal acumen to Lex Mundi.
David F.K. Mpanga, Senior Partner of AF Mpanga, expressed his enthusiasm to be part of the Lex Mundi network: “Joining Lex Mundi is a significant milestone for AF Mpanga. We are excited to work alongside Lex Mundi member firms, contributing our local expertise to this global network. Together, we will provide clients with unparalleled legal services in Uganda and the East African region.”
Helena Samaha, President & CEO of Lex Mundi, expressed her enthusiasm about these new additions to the network: “We are delighted to bring Bennani & Associés LLP and AF Mpanga to the Lex Mundi family. Their commitment to excellence and deep understanding of their local legal landscapes makes them valuable additions to our global network. As Lex Mundi continues to grow, we are better positioned than ever, to serve our clients with top-tier legal expertise in key African jurisdictions.”
These new member firms strongly align with Lex Mundi’s mission to connect clients with trusted, high-quality legal services and networks worldwide, due to their unmatched footprint in the legal sector. The networks’ strength lies in its ability to provide clients with access to local expertise backed by its extensive global network of legal professionals.
Bowmans Kenya Celebrates 15th Anniversary
In September 2023 Bowmans, the leading African law firm, marked fifteen years of establishment of Bowmans Kenya and the start of its growth across the continent. Today, Bowmans Kenya is one of the largest law firms in the country and operates as a hub with Bowmans’ other East African offices to assist clients in Eastern and Central Africa.
As the Managing Partner of Bowmans Kenya, Paras Shah notes: ‘Fifteen years ago, a vision was born, a vision that sought to redefine the legal landscape in Kenya and East Africa as a whole. Today, as we look back on our journey, we can proudly say that we have not only realised that vision but have exceeded our own expectations.’
Managing Partner of Bowmans Africa Alan Keep adds, ‘For Bowmans, the incredible success of this office is something of which we are all proud, and it has formed the bedrock of further growth of the firm on the continent.’
He highlighted that Bowmans Kenya was the first Bowmans office to be established outside of South Africa and continues to set the standard for further growth on the continent. He also hinted the firm is keen on growing its footprints further in the quest to assert its standing as the continent’s leading law firm.
He said, ‘Our ambition to build an African law firm to service clients across borders remains more relevant than ever. We do not intend to stand still, and we have great hopes for this region as the economies grow and Africa continues to take its rightful place in the global world.’
Mr. Keep thanked clients for placing their trust in a fledgling operation right from the start and commended the team in Kenya for delivering on expectations and repaying that trust.
On his part, Mr. Shah reflected on the journey saying that it had ‘been marked by groundbreaking transactions and precedent-setting cases’. He noted that the team had been at the forefront of legal developments and had also been pioneers in the development of new specialist practice areas. He said that one of the cornerstones on which Bowmans success had been built was its people, thanking them for their ‘dedication, hard work and commitment to excellence’.
He concluded, ‘Looking ahead, we are excited about the future. The legal landscape is ever evolving, presenting new challenges and opportunities. But I am confident that with the talent, dedication, and innovation that define Bowmans, we are well-equipped to continue our journey of success and continue delivering value to our clients.’
Nyaanga & Mugisha Advocates: A Full-Service Boutique Law Firm on the Rise
The Firm has an outstanding track record in Commercial and Civil Litigation with Partner and Associates being known for their vitality, depth and experience in commercial law, constitutional law, employment and labour law, intellectual property law, tax law, procurement law, debt collection and securities, election petitions and judicial review among others.
Nyaanga & Mugisha Advocates is one of the reputed, dynamic and progressive mid-size boutique law firms in Kenya providing a comprehensive range of corporate and commercial legal services to local and international clients. The firm, organized into three complimenting departments based on practice areas, namely, Dispute Resolution Department, Real Estate and Banking Department and Commercial Department, is in a quest to be a premier law firm by providing a comprehensive range of high quality legal services and solutions to its clientele.
The Firm has an outstanding track record in Commercial and Civil Litigation with Partner and Associates being known for their vitality, depth and experience in commercial law, constitutional law, employment and labour law, intellectual property law, tax law, procurement law, debt collection and securities, election petitions and judicial review among others. The firm’s lawyers also have prominent expertise and experience in resolving a wide variety of disputes through arbitration and mediation especially in the banking, construction and real estate sectors.
In banking and securitization, NMA has is on the panel of several local and regional banks and routinely advises on structuring of financial products, secure lending, security perfection and asset financing and due diligence on banking securities. The firm also has an efficient, responsive and vibrant real estate and conveyancing department which provides legal services and advise to diverse clientele in conveyancing transactions with diligence and strict attention to detail.
The corporate and commercial department advises our clientele on a wide range of commercial transactions including business and asset acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, syndications, restructurings and financing. It also specializes in fashioning tailor made instruments used in banking, development of new products, derivatives, structuring of finance instruments, capital markets and debentures. The department undertakes negotiations, with or on behalf of the clients, drafting of the required documents including information memoranda and all transactional documents and legal due diligences.
The firm also advises and acts for employees and employers in all aspects of employment law, including employment contracts, pay and benefits compliance policies and procedures redundancy, business reorganization, share schemes and incentives, pension schemes and provident funds. The firm also practices intellectual property on wide range of matters including patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs and utility models. The firm lawyers have undertaken various registrations of trademarks, renewals, and assignment for local and overseas clients under the Trade Marks Act and International Treaties.
The firm lawyers are above-average professional who are recognized experts in their field possessing excellent academic credentials, great people skills, integrity and unmatched drive. The firm’s Managing Partner Geoffrey Nyaanga is a respected Dispute Resolution and Corporate Commercial lawyer with over 13 years post admission experience. Prior to founding the firm, Geoffrey was the Partner at Mwaniki Gachoka & Co. Advocates in charge of Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Commercial Departments having joined the firm from MMC Asafo he worked as an Associate in the Dispute Resolution Department. His areas of practice are Dispute Resolution, Commercial and Corporate Law, Probate and Administration law, Employment Law, and Property and Real Estate Law.
Over the years, Geoffrey has earned a strong reputation as a go-to lawyer who has successfully handled numerous high value litigation cases as well as complex arbitrations in the course of his practice. He has also advised many clients on commercial transactions and corporate matters. Geoffrey holds Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) from Moi University, a Masters of Arts (M.A) from the University of Buckingham (UK) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Member of Law Society of Kenya and East Africa Law Society.
Bernard S. Mugisha is a Partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution Department. He has broad experience and deep knowledge in commercial and civil litigation, employment and labour law, banking law and arbitration. Previously, Benard served as a Senior Associate in Litigation and Dispute Department of MG Law Advocates and as a Litigation Associate at the firm of Kale, Maina & Bundotich Advocates. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) from Moi University and a Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law and is a Member of Law Society of Kenya and East Africa Law Society.
Rispa Nyoro is the Partner in charge of the Real Estate and Conveyancing Department and specializes in Conveyancing, Bank Securities, Property law, Finance and Commercial law. She has wide experience in handling real estate and land transactions, bank securities and advising clients on financial and commercial matters. Previously, she worked at Kale, Maina & Bundotich Advocates where she was the Partner in charge of the Commercial and Conveyancing. She holds an LL.B Degree (Hons.) from Moi University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law and is a member of Law Society of Kenya and East Africa Law Society.
The firm’s partners are supported by a team of over dozen Associates and business support professionals in the service offering to clients. Nyaanga & Mugisha has continues to grow and now comprises almost two dozen members who available to answer to the needs of the clients around the clock. The firm’s main office is strategically situated on 2nd Floor, Shelter Afrique in Upper Hill in Kenya’s Commercial and Financial Hub.
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