Conveyancing and Real Estate Law
The firm undertakes multiple conveyancing transactions for a variety of clients. We have experience in handling conveyancing based on properties registered under all the regimes utilized in Kenya – the Government Lands Act, the Land Titles Act, the Registration of Titles Act and the Registered Lands Act. Presently, properties are conveyed under the Land Registration Act but the substantive and procedural law remain based on the aforementioned four regimes.
Labour and Immigration Law
One of our partners has vast experience in immigration matters and excellent links within the Department of Immigration. He handles the full range of services under this discipline including guiding clients on how to apply for their work permits and the different classes of work permits, obtaining visitors passes and special passes for would-be employees, dependant passes and re-entry passes for spouses of holders of work permits…
Intellectual Property Law
The firm engages in various matters in the field of intellectual property law. We have liaised with KECOBO (the Kenya Copyright Board) to register copyrights; and extensively dealt with KIPI (the Kenya Industrial Property Institute) in trade mark registration, industrial designs, utility models and patent inquiries; and providing representation in infringement of trade mark suits and passing-off of unregistered trademarks disputes.
Commercial and Corporate Law
The partners of the firm have between them substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate finance, project finance, raising of capital, private equity, convertible notes, commercial papers, and many more. They have been involved in diverse range of M&A transactions including acquisition of an asset management firm, a beverage company, an acquisition of a national supermarket chain by another major player in the retail industry and various land holding companies, investment by a private equity firm in a major meat packing entity, by way of debt and equity.
Media, Arts and Entertainment Law
The firm has been involved in the setting up of entities including not-for profit organisations, public trusts and companies engaged in music recording, audio-visual productions and curation of the arts. We have liaised with the Kenya Film Classification Board and Kenya Film Commission, and provided advisories on defamation and libel laws, compliance issues in publishing and perfected contracts for a variety of artists, producers and financiers in the industry.
Banking and Securities Law
The members of the firm have a lot of experience in securitization having been engaged by various financial institutions and lenders in their drafting and perfection of charges, debentures, deeds of discharge, memoranda of satisfaction and supplemental charge registrations. They have handled diverse and complex corporate finance matters ranging from structuring a loan syndication secured by a multi-billion international education institution…
Family and Succession Law
One of our partners has a wealth of experience in handling adoptions, prosecution of divorce petitions and guiding families through the intricacies of probate and administration. We also draft wills, powers of attorney, advice and undertake estate planning on behalf of our clients. The firm also advises clients on and helps them set up…
Kenya is a key regional and international aviation hub. The capital city, Nairobi boasts of two very important and busy airports; the Wilson airport and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Operating in such an industry whose potential for growth is very high, where pitfalls are everywhere and where the market is constantly changing; air operators require sound advice from a law firm that not only offers legal advice that is effective but is also dependable.
Corporate Governance Audits and Legal Audits Law
The firm has an in-house Certified Public Secretary who has hands-on experience in conducting corporate governance audits, having undertaken governance audits for listed entities with some having several subsidiaries. The firm provides legal audit services and corporate governance audit services to listed companies and state corporations who are required to comply with the…
Employment and Labour Relations Law
The firm advises extensively on the best labour practices, disciplinary conduct hearings and termination of employment. We have represented firms both at the conciliation stage before Labour Officers of the Ministry of East Africa Community, Labour and Social Protection and at the court hearing stage before judges in the Employment and Labour Relations Division.
In this area, we have been involved in all aspects of undertaking geothermal, coal, solar and wind energy projects from drafting of financing agreements including investment agreements; assisting with the preparation of project risk matrices, term sheets and information memoranda as the case may be; structuring convertible loan options; negotiating shareholders agreements, share subscription agreements,
Mining and Extractive Industries Law
OT Advocates partners have been privileged to provide legal services and support to one of biggest mining entities in Kenya which is also the oldest mining entity here. The services encompass full mining project life cycle including the land concessions matters with the national and county governments, issues connected to access to water for mining operations, easements for transport infrastructure (road and rail), environmental matters…
We have handled the incorporation of several not-for-profit organisations structured as non-governmental organizations (currently transitioning to PBOs), companies limited by guarantee, societies and public trusts. We also assist in filing of returns in respect of trusts and companies limited by guarantee as well as amendment of constitutions and change of officials.
Public Private Partnerships
Kenya has embraced Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the development and financing of public infrastructure facilities and services. Following a review of Kenya’s legal and regulatory framework in 2010, a PPP law was recommended and the government issued a policy statement in 2011. On 8th February 2013, the PPP Act (No. 15 of 2013) came into effect.