Ousa Okello

Ousa Okello, a holder of a Masters of Laws degree (LLM) in International Maritime Law from the International Maritime Law Institute, an institution of the International Maritime Organization, is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 17 years in practice and a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

Mr. Okello has previously worked for:

  • Wangari Mwanzia and Associates Advocates Position held: Associate
  • The Honourable Attorney-General Position held: Senior Litigation Counsel
  • The Kenya Maritime Authority Position held: Ag. Corporation Secretary and Head of Legal Services

Firm Overview:

Okello Kinyanjui & Company Advocates is a Mombasa-based Law Firm incorporated in the year 2015. The Firm is committed to providing effective, efficient and quality professional legal services, while employing an energetic blend of youth, experience and dedication to provide legal solutions to all problems.

John M. Ohaga

John Morris Ohaga is the Managing Partner at TRIPLEOKLAW Advocates LLP. He has more than 24 years’ post-qualification experience during which he has been involved in numerous complex litigation as well as high value domestic and international arbitrations. He has been recognized for his high quality work and expertise in dispute resolution by Legal 500, Chambers Global and Best Lawyers. John was declared the 2010 and 2016 winner of the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards for Kenya in the category of litigation.

He is an experienced litigator with a particular passion for Commercial Litigation. He advises many leading companies listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, numerous private companies and some of Kenya’s largest State Corporations. Moreover, he also has significant experience in other aspects of civil litigation including Employment and Labour disputes, landlord and tenant, public procurement, intellectual property among many others.

John is also an expert arbitrator and is presently a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch), a board member of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration, a member of the Mediation Accreditation Committee and Convener of the Law Society of Kenya’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is also the Chairman of the Kenya Sports Disputes Tribunal.

John is also a member of the Programme Committee for the 2016 International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress.

John also sits on the boards of several companies.

Firm Overview:

At TRIPLEOKLAW we are committed to providing excellent legal services, in and out of court, during and after transactions. Our team is known for being meticulous, hardworking, ethical and professional. We are firm believers in the power of innovation for the purpose of making business easier and more efficient.

Beyond the basic “expected” legal services, we also offer specialist independent advisory and advocacy referral services. We aggressively pursue the best possible outcomes for our clients and consider putting in that extra effort simply part of “Going Over and Above”.

Njoroge Regeru

NJOROGE REGERU is the founder of the Firm. Mr. Regeru graduated from the University of Nairobi in November, 1985 with a Bachelor of Laws degree (Honours – Upper Division) and, thereafter undertook postgraduate studies at the Kenya School of Law where he qualified in September, 1986 with a Diploma in Law. On 13th October, 1986 he was admitted and enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. For his Masters in Law programme, Mr. Regeru specialised in Company Law, International Economic Law, the Law of Finance and the Law of International Institutions.

Immediately after enrollment as an Advocate, Mr. Regeru went into private legal practice, concentrating on litigation and commercial matters. Over the years, Mr. Regeru has honed his legal skills in practice and gained wide-ranging experience and expertise in different areas of legal practice including Commercial Transactions, Corporate Matters, Arbitration, ADR and Commercial Litigation. During that time, Mr. Regeru has been involved in very substantial precedent-setting commercial litigation at the highest levels of the Kenyan Court system, namely: the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Mr. Regeru is recognized as a seasoned practitioner in constitutional matters and election petitions. In connection with the latter, Mr. Regeru has been in the legal teams that defended successfully presidential election petitions in 2013 and 2017.

In 1995 Mr. Regeru was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators headquartered in London, UK and over the years has been intimately involved in diverse aspects of arbitration either as Arbitrator or counsel to parties. Related to this is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and mediation which are growth areas of dispute resolution and which Mr. Regeru has been closely involved with over the years. As a consequence of the foregoing, Mr. Regeru is associated with the local branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and he has been honoured to serve on its governing committee for two consecutive terms.

In 2005, Mr. Regeru undertook an extensive course in International Commercial Arbitration in Hong Kong under the auspices of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom. Upon conclusion of the same, Mr. Regeru was awarded a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. In addition, Mr. Regeru is a Chartered Arbitrator empanelled as such by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.

Mr. Regeru deals on an ongoing basis with top-level government officers and officers of major business and banking institutions in the various spheres in which he has acted for them. Through the local, regional and international clientele that he serves, Mr. Regeru has developed a close network of professional contacts.

Mr. Regeru sits on the Board of Directors of several Companies and also serves as Company Secretary for a number of reputable companies.

Firm Overview:

The law firm of Njoroge Regeru & Company Advocates (hereinafter referred to as “the Firm”) is a reputable medium-sized legal practice based in serene, pleasant and quiet premises located on the outskirts of the City of Nairobi, Kenya. The firm has distinguished itself as a premier law firm rendering sterling legal services, in amongst other fields herein-after listed, Corporate and Commercial Law, Banking and Financial Services Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Constitutional and Judicial Review Litigation, Public Interest Litigation, Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) including mediation and expert adjudication, Conveyancing and Securities Law, Corporate Restructuring including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, to a wide spectrum of clients in Kenya, the region and internationally.

As a consequence, the Firm has gained wide recognition as a prestigious and effective purveyor of legal services in a timely, competent and efficient manner. It is a mark of such recognition that the Firm is listed in such prestigious and internationally acclaimed directories as, Chambers Global and IFLR 1000. In addition, the firm is a member of the international society of Primerus Law Firms, an organisation that brings together about 200 member firms in 40 countries. The members of the Firm have wide and varied experience and exposure in the practice of law. Over the years, they have been privileged to represent the diverse legal interests of a wide cross-section of valued clientele ranging from individual persons and small businesses to large multinational corporations, governmental institutions and statutory corporations, international organizations, local and international banks and development institutions.

In the process, the members of the Firm have gained invaluable experience in diverse fields of law as set out below.

Fields of Practice:

  • Incorporation of companies and other business organizations including advice as to the choice of the ideal business organization to be registered, capitalization, structuring and re-structuring, guidance on relevant legislation affecting the new business venture including repatriation of profits and capital, remittances, consultancy fees, import/export laws, immigration law, labour and taxation.
  • Commercial practice includes: acting for banking and corporate clients, both public and private in structuring credit facilities, advising on the law pertaining thereto, creation, registration and perfection of a wide range of securities, re-structuring of loans, realization of securities and assisting in the recovery of debts.
  • Negotiating, drafting and implementing agreements for licensing, distribution, shareholders, stock sales, asset sales, merger and acquisition agreements and assisting in the establishment of joint ventures.
  • Preparation of a wide range of commercial documents including merger agreements, contracts, leases, licences and other related documents.
  • Advising and representing various banks and financial institutions in the establishment of banking business in Kenya including advising and guiding them on local banking laws and regulations, maintaining branches under foreign jurisdictions, capitalizing, repatriation of profits and capital remittance of debt in the light of local cultural, political and legal environments.
  • Participation in privatisation, transfer of ownership of assorted business interests to local interests, disposal of foreign assets and investments and project financing.
  • Representation of major commercial banks in syndicated and single bank loans to governments, international organizations and private borrowers.
  • Representation of locally established branches and affiliates of major international and locally incorporated banks in their day-to-day operations including rendering legal opinions and advice, reviewing security documentation and advising generally on compliance with various legal requirements.
  • Intellectual property matters including trademarks, copyrights and patents resulting in a close and beneficial working relationship with the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI).
  • Commercial litigation before various trial and appellate Courts on a wide range of matters including enforcement/realization of diverse securities such as Charges, Debentures, Guarantees, Bonds etc, Receiverships, Liquidations and bankruptcies.
  • Extensive trial practice at all levels of the Kenyan Court system ranging from administrative tribunals to the Supreme Court on an extremely wide range of civil cases, criminal cases, public interest litigation, election petitions, debt collection, labour matters, judicial review proceedings, contractual claims, inquests, immigration cases, land cases, probate and succession and so on.
  • Extensive experience in Constitutional matters including regular appearance in Constitutional References for assorted clients both private and public.
  • Election petitions at the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Levels.
  • Participation in investigative and fact-finding tribunals and commissions such as the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Goldenberg Affair.
  • International and domestic arbitration for local and international clients on a diverse range of disputes mainly of a commercial nature.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) on various commercial and non-commercial maters.
  • Telecommunications in which connection the Firm acts for leading operators in Kenya and in the region.
  • Public Procurement matters including advising clients on the legislation attendant thereto and involvement in the proceedings instituted in the Public Procurement Complaints, Review and Appeals Board.
  • Voluntary, no-charge legal services usually extended to charitable, humanitarian or professional not-for-profit organisations. In the course of rendering the various legal services as summarised herein above, the members of the Firm have acted for and on behalf of a good number of reputable and prestigious institutions, both locally and internationally, public and private.

Njeri Kariuki

Njeri is an advocate who has specialised in resolving disputes through arbitration and ADR. During the course of her career, she has delivered awards as a sole arbitrator spanning the petroleum, insurance, banking, industry & corporate sectors, mainly in the domestic arena. Njeri has also sat on several three panel tribunals, as co-arbitrator, determining disputes in similar sectors. Besides being an arbitrator, Njeri is also an accredited mediator and is listed as a trainer & a tutor of several courses with the AFL of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In addition, Njeri currently chairs a Dispute Ajudication Board set-up to midwife an international geothermal project to fruition. In her primary profession as an advocate, Njeri takes on, in the main, non-contentious matters in the realm of real estate (conveyancing) law, probate & succession, commercial contracts, company/business formations & company secretarial matters.

WORK HIGHLIGHTS

·         Nomination by the Government of the Republic of Kenya to the Panel of Arbitrators at ICSID

·         Attaining Chartered Arbitrator status in 2008

·         2014, 2015 & 2016 Citations in Chambers Global as a Leading Individual

·         A Citation in the 2015 Edition of Euromoney’s Expert Guide on Commercial Arbitration

·         Appointment in 2015 as a Recommended Attorney by Global Experts

CAREER

Trained with Kaplan & Stratton, Advocates (1987/88) and was admitted to the Kenyan Bar in December 1988. Associate with Walker Kontos, Advocates 1988-1990; Partner, Walker Kontos, Advocates 1990- 1992. Proprietor of Njeri Kariuki Advocate since 1993 and a Chartered Arbitrator since August 2008.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Committee Member of the Kenya Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member of the Law Society of Kenya & East Africa Law Society, FIDA; Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member, LCIA African Users Council, Member, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation; Member, ICCA.

PUBLICATIONS

Njeri has published on international commercial arbitration, commercial mediation and litigation.

EXPERT IN THESE JURISDICTIONS

World-wide as an arbitrator and adr practitioner; Republic of Kenya.

PERSONAL

After a two year stint at the University of Nairobi, Njeri completed her BA at York University, Toronto, then went on to study Law at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Njeri holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (CIArbn., Keble College, Oxford) and lives in Nairobi all year round where she thoroughly enjoys the company of her 3 children. She is a travel, kick-boxing & power-walking enthusiast.

Adil Khawaja

Adil Khawaja has 20 years experience and in-depth knowledge in real estate, environmental and planning law, aviation, project finance, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity, commercial litigation and arbitration. He is one of the most renowned lawyers in Kenya with respect to real estate, project development, planning and environmental law. He has dealt with complicated land issues in Kenya and undertaken many complex company restructurings, realizations and schemes of arrangement for banks. He has advised on numerous mergers and acquisition transactions including one of the largest multi-million takeovers in Kenya. Adil Khawaja is recognised as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000, Legal 500, and Chambers Global (all internationally recognized legal directories).

Practice Areas:

Real Estate, Planning & Environmental; Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Private Equity; Banking and Finance; Insolvency and Restructuring; Competition/Anti-Trust; Aviation; Energy and Infrastructure; Arbitration; Telecommunications, Media and Technology.

Qualifications:

Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (1994).

Education:

– 1994: Kenya School of Law: Diploma in Law (Bar Finals)
– 1990 – 1993: University of Sheffield: LLB Hons.

Employment:

– 2013 to present : Managing Partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews
– 2001 to 2013: Partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews
– 1995 to 2000 : Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews
– 1993 to 1994 : Trainee, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

Law Firm:

Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is one of Kenya’s highly acclaimed law firms, with a tradition of excellence dating back to 1902. HH&M has built up a reputation as an innovative, experienced, responsive and highly-skilled firm with the capacity and technical expertise to offer practical legal solutions to both corporate and individual clients.

HH&M has consistently been rated as top tier dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law firm in Kenya by various international legal directories including Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500.

The firm is one of Kenya’s largest law firms with a dedicated team comprised of 14 Partners and 24 Associates who are supported by a team of over 40 legal assistants, administrative and paralegal staff.  We offer legal services to clients all over Kenya and have our primary office in Nairobi and a second office in Mombasa.

HH&M provides a full range of legal services to an extensive client base which includes local and foreign companies, individuals, state corporations and Non-Governmental Organizations.

George Njenga Wakahiu

We are among the leading law firms in Kenya offering legal services in both contentious and no-contentions matters in various fields including but not limited to General Litigation Accident Cases, Companies, Real Estate, Immigration, Intellectual Property and Arbitration among many others. Our attorneys are well trained and have extensive hands-on experience in their respective areas of specialization.

Experience:

A graduate of Nairobi University, the Kenya School of Law and Southwestern Law School of Los Angeles, California. I Hold many other certifications from California State University (CSULA) and the Los Angeles Paralegal Association (LAPA). I established the law firm in 1990 in Nairobi and have since then expanded to other regions in Kenya. We have represented many clients in hallmark cases at both local and international levels.

Happy Clients:

Our attorneys are well trained and have extensive hands-on experience in their respective areas of specialization. The law firm was established in 1990 in Nairobi and has since expanded and extended its tentacles to other major towns in Kenya drawing our clientele from diverse communities of the world.