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O&M Law LLP: The Outstanding Boutique Law Firm on the Rise

Recently, O&M Law LLP was ranked in The Lawyer Africa Top 20 Law Firms in 2022 as the No. 14th Law Firm in Kenya based on feedback of peers and clients.



O&M Law LLP Partners: Patrick Ogola (Managing Partner), Maureen Mujera (Senior Partner), Agnes Kanjejo, Awa Muhindi and Kevin Kwasa.

O&M Law LLP (formerly Ogola & Mujera Advocates) has grown rapidly over the years and is today ranked one of the top 20 law firms in Kenya by headcount and reputation as a highly rated full-service law firm. The firm’s quest to be “A signature of legal excellence” has seen powered its lawyers to excel in providing a comprehensive range of legal solutions for both domestic and international clients with high standard of client care and responsiveness. The firm’s service offering is constantly evolving and recently it has ventured into offer data protection, compliance and governance services in response to clients’ demands.

Recently, O&M Law LLP has been ranked in The Lawyer Africa Top 20 Law Firms in Kenya as No. 14th Law Firm in Kenya based on feedback of peers and clients on the complexity of the matters and volume of deals the firm’s 5 Partners and 13 Associates have handled so far. The prestigious ranking of the elite law firms in Kenya celebrates the leading and most respected law firms with the highest number of partners and advocates undertaking significant legal and client work that has ripple effect on the entire legal practice of Kenya. O&M Law LLP emerged top of respected local and regional law firms as testament of its distinction as the home of some of the best and highly regarded lawyers for their legal innovation and outstanding service to clients worldwide.

O&M Law LLP was ranked in the WTR1000 2022 edition which recognizes the World’s Top IP Law Firms, for the second year in a row. Recognized as having “amply resourced trademark department” and ability to “secure positive outcomes in high-stakes litigation” as well as boasting “specialized IP practices and sub-departments for anti-counterfeiting and IP valuation” and “a dedicated IP watch service.” The firm has 11 lawyers and support dedicated to providing IP services enabling it not only to provide cutting edge services but to handle large portfolios of work and deliver quick turnaround in time sensitive briefs.

O&M Law’s Managing Partner Patrick Ogola is consistently recognized and ranked by clients and International Law Directories as a top lawyer in Kenya with extensive experience garnered over more than a decade of handling commercial and corporate matters. He is ranked as a leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Kenya for his expertise and innovation in the area of Intellectual Property Law. In 2022, he was ranked among the top 1000 Trademark Lawyers in the WTR1000 in World Trademark Review (WTR) 2022 Ranking as a leader in Anti-Counterfeiting and IP Valuation in the region.

Patrick has guided a diverse clientele through a demanding range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint venture agreements, banking and finance, real estate matters and intellectual property law. He is widely recognized as a specialist in handling immigration matters and has also earned a deserved reputation as an Advocate with a commitment to helping clients resolve disputes efficiently and effectively through litigation, arbitration or other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Senior Partner Maureen Mujera is among Kenya’s most highly regarded Real Estate Lawyers and a specialist in the fields of infrastructure development, real estate and financial services. Her expertise extends to banking and project finance and all types of real estate projects including residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. She has worked alongside real estate developers from project inception to eventual realization of successful and iconic projects in Nairobi and beyond. She has also gained recognition for her work in corporate mergers and acquisitions, commercial, regulatory and compliance issues and infrastructure projects and energy developments.

Maureen has over 15 years’ experience handling complex corporate commercial transactions and advising clients through some of the most complex and notable transaction conducted in Kenya. She has advised on a wide range of prominent deals within Kenya and the region. She advised the Kenyan Government on its USD 2 billion sovereign Eurobond – the largest sovereign debut debt issue in Sub-Saharan Africa to date – as well as the subsequent USD 750 million tap issue. This deal was awarded African Deal of the Year at the Global Capital Emerging Markets Bond Awards 2014. Currently, she is a Non-Executive Director of the Special Economic Zones Authority.

Since 2015, Chambers and Partners has ranked Maureen as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in Real Estate Law Practice in Kenya who “is sought out for her counsel on residential and mixed-use development, as well as transactional matters in the real estate field. Clients said “She is proactive, pleasant and helpful.” “She is meticulous and offers intelligent solutions to clients in commercial transactions.” Maureen has also been described as “very well respected”, “key to getting a deal done and “at the top in matters of real estate.”

Awa Muhindi is a partner specializing in dispute resolution and litigation and has helped a wide range of individual and corporate clients in prosecuting and defending claims in the High Court, Industrial Court and Magistrate’s Courts as well as Statutory Tribunals at various stations across Kenya. Agnes Kanjejo is an experienced Partner at O&M Law specialist in Real Estate, Securities and Corporate Commercial Law with her expertise in all aspects of Real Estate including the representation of owners, developers and investors. Kevin Kwasa is a Partner with deep knowledge of corporate commercial law and extensive experience in complex national and multinational transactions including large M&A deals and advising clients in large financial and securitization matters.

O&M Law LLP Partners have more than 60 years combined post-admission experience gained acting on many notable matters and transactions in Kenya. In that time, they have acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience and developed a reputation for offering professional, efficient and cost effective legal services. This experience and expertise has positioned O&M Law team to deliver excellent client services and to fulfil on profession commitment to timely, efficient, excellent and exceptional legal services to our clients. It has also earned the firm the respect of peers and clients as a leading law firm in Kenya.

O&M Law Partners work with an eclectic, experienced and energetic team of over dozen advocates, paralegals and support staff each of whom has in-depth knowledge of the different aspects that make up a modern legal practice and consistently exhibit the aptitude and flexibility needed to serve our clients more efficiently. The firm handles diverse range of matters that include corporate and commercial law, real estate, banking and regulatory advice, project financing, private equity transactions, energy and natural resources, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, labour relations, intellectual property and dispute resolution.

Beyond legal practice, O&M Law success is rooted in the firm’s commitment to its core values of integrity, client focus, accountability and respect as the foundational principles that define what the firm’s lawyers stand for as a law firm and as individuals. O&M Law attributes its runaway success as a law firm to its matchless client service. It notes in the firm website: “To our clients, we not only offer a service, but we offer an experience. We put our clients at the center of our thinking and offer them a comprehensive range of legal solutions with the standard of client care and responsiveness that has become our signature.”

O&M Law LLP is a member of ASIRI, one of Kenya’s top homegrown client-centric alliance of professional services firms comprising lawyers, corporate, financial, audit and tax advisors. The other members of ASIRI include Horizon Africa Capital Ltd, a boutique mergers & acquisitions and capital raising firm targeting Africa market; Mawji Sennik & Co., a leading firm of Certified Public Accountants that provides comprehensive audit, tax advisory and management consultancy services; and D&M Management Services, a company secretarial, accounting and business consultancy that helps clients effectively manage the intricacies of corporate governance and compliance.

The Firm offers pro-bono legal services to the underserved members of the community in the form of legal representation and provision of business advisory services to start ups tackling societal challenges. Additionally, together with the other professional firm members of ASIRI, O&M Law established the Asiri Foundation, a charitable organization geared at helping children from difficult backgrounds to achieve their potential. The Asiri Foundation draws support from the staff and of its constituent members to sponsor the education of needy students and provide them with mentorship and other support they need to grow to achieve their dreams and enhance their value as members of the society who will in turn give back to their communities.

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CR Advocates LLP is the Kenyan Law Firm to Watch in 2023 after Epic 2022




A section of the CR Advocates LLP team at hand to receive the SME Law Firm of the Year Award 2022 at the Nairobi Legal Awards

The year 2022 was a year of many firsts for CR Advocates LLP as the firm defied every theory of law firm growth to emerge as a top mid-size firm in Kenya. In the wake of its rise to the top, CR Advocates LLP scooped two top legal awards and earned its place in the law listings in the country among the Top 20 Law Firms in Kenya.

First, CR Advocates LLP as a firm came of age by emerging as the top recommended law firm in Kenya by highly-rated The Lawyers Global.  CR Advocates LLP was the Winner of the Legal Award of The Lawyers Global ranking in Kenya based on reviews by clients and independent analysis by the directory. It beat top tier firms including Gikera & Vadgama Advocates and Walker Kontos Advocates to scoop the coveted award.

Second, CR Advocates LLP made a debut into THE LAWYER AFRICA Top 100 Law Firms in Kenya List which is based on headcount and reputation for excellence. The firm emerged among the TOP 20 LAW FIRMS IN KENYA by headcount having two dozen fee earners within its ranks. In this category, CR Advocates LLP stands shoulder to shoulder with many seasoned law firms including Mohamed Muigai LLP, Robson Harris LLP and Mboya Wangong’u and Waiyaki Advocates.

Third, CR Advocates LLP was shortlisted for the Nairobi SME Law Firm of the Year Award at Nairobi Legal Awards. The award recognizes the top mid-size law firms in the country. As if that was not too much already, CR Advocates LLP beat a dozen established law firms to emerge as the overall winner of the prestigious award with Igeria & Ngugi Advocates emerging as 1st Runners Up and McKay Advocates as 2nd Runners Up.

The overall result is that the firm of CR Advocates LLP begins the year 2023 as the top law firm in Kenya being the reigning award winner of both SME Law Firm of the Year Award 2022 and The Lawyer Global Legal Award Kenya 2022. In addition, the firm is now confirmed as being amongst the top 20 law firms in Kenya by THE LAWYER AFRICA.

The quick-paced upward trajectory of CR Advocates LLP which has earned it the reputation of disruptor in the corporate and commercial law scene is attributable to excellent client service and consistently efficient, reliable and cost-effective legal services. The firm boasts over 25 legal professionals most of whom are leaders and rising stars in their respective specialist practice areas.

CR Advocates LLP clientele ranges from established multinationals to state corporations and emerging SMEs and Startups as well as individuals clients.  Founded in 2013 by Princess Caroline Mutisya, one of Kenya’s top Real Estate, Commercial and Corporate Law Attorneys, the firm is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year as it pivots to embrace its new status as a leading law firm in the country and to set the stage to dominate the legal scene for the next decade.

There is no doubt CR Advocates LLP is the law firm to watch this year as every move the firm’s Managing Partner Princess Caroline Mutisya and her team makes is bound to shake the legal sector. The firm is admittedly a case study for  legal services sector analysts seeking to seeking to unearth the secret of building a top law firm from the bottom up within a decade.

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Bowmans Expands its Tax Practice in East Africa




Bowmans has made a substantial investment in its tax capacity in East Africa by expanding its Tax Practice in Nairobi with recruitment of four (4) associates. Senior Associates, Fredrick Ogutu and Patience Mbugua, joined the firm on 1 May 2022. This is in addition to Associates Lynet Mwangi and Bernard Kirii who joined the firm on 1 March 2022, adding further depth to the firm’s tax service offering.

Before joining Bowmans, Fredrick was a manager in the tax and legal department of audit firm Deloitte & Touche LLP. He has extensive experience in providing tax advisory on both local and international/cross – border tax issues, tax restructuring, tax support in mergers and acquisitions, tax due diligence, tax dispute resolution, tax compliance and assessment of tax risks across various sectors.

Patience Mbugua previously worked in the tax dispute resolution department of the Kenya Revenue Authority (“KRA”), where she gained considerable experience in handling tax disputes involving taxpayers in various sectors. Prior to that, she worked for an audit firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and has considerable experience in providing a wide array of tax services including direct and indirect tax compliance, tax reporting, tax advisory, KRA audit support, tax dispute and tax litigation.

Lynet previously worked in the tax and regulatory services department of audit firm, KPMG East Africa, as well as Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Matthews. She has wide experience providing tax services, including tax advisory and structuring, KRA audit support, tax dispute resolution and regulatory compliance. Bernard Kirii joined Bowmans from KPMG East Africa, where he specialized in tax dispute resolution services for clients; tax optimization; tax restructuring; and tax advisory services, including mergers and acquisitions.

According to Bowmans, the expanded tax team helps expand the firm’s tax offering especially by providing additional assistance in mergers and acquisition transactions, including undertaking tax due diligence reports; tax restructuring and optimization involving both local and international/cross border entities; assistance with KRA audits; and conducting tax health checks on all tax heads. These services are in addition to the current tax advisory and tax dispute resolution services provided by Bowmans.

“We are pleased that the team has chosen Bowmans as their new home, and we are confident that they will enhance the tax service that we offer our clients across our geographical footprint,” said Bowmans Tax Partner and Head of Tax Practice Alex Mathini. Alex has been ranked by Chambers & Partners for the last six (6) consecutive years and Chambers Global Guide 2022 ranks Alex among the Top 2 Lawyers in Tax Law in Kenya.

In addition to Alex and the four new associates, Bowmans Tax Practice in Nairobi includes Andrew Oduor (Tax Partner), Samuel Githanda (Senior Associate), Nelly Chepkoeach (Associate) and Maurice Muma (Associate). Andrew Oduor is a tax practitioner of sixteen (16) years who is active in tax litigation, tax compliance and tax advisory services. He is the Kenyan contributor to an annual Global publication by Thomson Reuters Practical Law on Tax Litigation in Kenya.

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BOWMANS SOUTH AFRICA: JSE Consultation Paper to Reform Listings Framework




By Mili Soni (Senior Associate) and Charles Douglas (Co-Head of M&A), Bowmans, Johannesburg, South Africa. Bowmans is the 3rd Largest Law Firm in Africa as ranked in Africa Top 50 Law Firms in 2022, with over 400 specialist lawyers providing integrated legal services throughout Africa from eight offices (Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Lusaka, Johannesburg, Kampala, Moka and Nairobi ) in six countries. 

As part of the JSE’s active focus on remaining relevant and competitive in order to retain and attract more listings and capital markets activity, the JSE has released a further consultation paper considering the following proposals:

  • Market segmentation: It is proposed that mid/low-cap companies be provided with regulatory relief by splitting the current two-tiered equities market from the Main Board and AltX into two segments at Main Board level and establishing a growth board (for SMEs to have an effective and appropriate level of regulation depending on the market cap and level of liquidity concerned).
  • Dual class shares: The introduction of dual class shares is being proposed (i.e. low or high voting shares, being shares of different classes holding different numbers of votes per shares).
  • Technology Board: The JSE would like to establish a Technology Board to invite tech IPOs to take place through more inclusive and adaptable listing rules to support technology and innovation enterprises. It is anticipated that this would allow, inter alia:
    • dual class share structures;
    • no profit or qualified audit opinion over the last two years;
    • a lower threshold for subscribed capital;
    • a lower level of equity shares in issue and a lower free float threshold; and
    • broader ranges for cat 1 and 2 transactions and issue for cash authorities.
  • Free float: The 20% free float threshold for a Main Board listing is a deterrent to listing and may be reconsidered, alongside reconsidering public spread criteria as applied to institutional investors.
  • Depositary receipts: The JSE would like to allow African listed companies to access the JSE through depositary receipts to gain exposure to African listed securities.
  • Simplification of the JSELR: The aim is to use plain language and reduce the volume of the JSELR.
  • Auditor accreditation: This may be removed for applicants whose auditors are regulated by the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA).
  • REIT expansion: The JSE is considering expanding its REIT offering beyond property (e.g. to include infrastructure).
  • Review of SPACs: Further alignment with international leading markets is sought to ensure the attractiveness of SPACs.
  • Financial Reporting Disclosures: The JSE aims to simplify these.
  • Actively Managed Certificates and Actively Managed Exchange Traded Funds: Expansion of specialist securities offerings is in the pipeline.
  • Specialist securities rejuvenation project: The JSE intends to remove administrative provisions and align the provisions with international best practice going forward.
  • Repositioning the BEE segment: Simplification of the BEE Listings Requirements is sought to allow BEE companies to list on a stand alone basis, where trading will only be allowed between eligible BEE participants.
  • Review of Secondary Listings Framework: The JSE would like to expand its list of approved and accredited exchanges to facilitate these (e.g. the Singapore Stock Exchange was added to the list in 2021 and also qualified for the fast-track secondary listing route).

The JSE invites comments by Monday 20 June, after which it will engage with the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) for approval.

The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter. Follow this link to read the Original Article published in the Bowmans Website. The Copyright © for the article belongs to Bowmans and the Authors. For any further information or clarifications on the above matters, please contact: Charles Douglas and Mili Soni.

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