Rankings and Accolades


Tier 1 – Dispute Resolution

Formidable disputes department providing considerable breadth of expertise. Frequently mandated by global companies and regional banks to represent them in major insolvency litigation, as well as cases relating to lending, public procurement and employment. Additionally well versed in tax matters and high-profile criminal and human rights cases.

Sources say: “It’s the most respected firm in town, for sure. I’ve interacted with a number of partners and they all give sound advice.”

Tier 1 – Corporate Commercial (including Real Estate and Intellectual Property)

Prominent firm with a long-standing reputation for top-drawer corporate expertise. Frequently mandated on significant mergers and share transfers in the region, as well as advising on investments, joint ventures and corporate structuring. Has further experience in private equity and acts for a diverse clientele of banks, telecoms operators, engineering groups and oil companies.

Sources say: “They’re one of the blue-chip firms in this country. Kaplan & Stratton stands out as one of top firms.” One source continued: “They’re straightforward to deal with and they really think like a business.”

Tier 1 – Banking & Finance

Well-established team with top-drawer expertise across the banking and finance sphere, including major debt restructurings and project finance. Often acts as lenders’ counsel and is instructed by international law firms to handle the Kenyan aspects of major cross-border transactions. Well versed in syndicated loans and demonstrates notable expertise in aviation finance.

Sources say: “Kaplan’s work is among the very best in Kenya in terms of quality. They provide excellent service and we always get value for money.”

Tier 1 – Employment

Displays exemplary skill in employment litigation, handling a number of big-ticket disputes and workplace investigations. Additionally well versed in redundancies and employee misconduct matters, and well regarded for employee benefits and pensions.

Sources say: “The fact that it has partners who are specialised in specific areas, like employment contracts and litigation, makes it a one-stop shop.”

Lawyers ranked as leading lawyers:

Dispute Resolution:
Fred Ojiambo MBS, S.C. – Litigation; Arbitration
Peter Gachuhi – Litigation
Nazima Malik – Litigation
Esther Kinyenje – Litigation; Employment
Cosima Wetende – Litigation
James Muthui – Litigation

Corporate Commercial/Banking & Finance/Employment:
Oliver Fowler – Corporate Commercial; Banking & Finance
Peter Hime – Intellectual Property
Sam Wainaina – Employment; Corporate Commercial
Nigel Shaw – Real Estate
Rachel Mbai – Real Estate
Binti Shah – Banking & Finance
Mahesh Acharya – Corporate Commercial
Amar Grewal-Thethy – Corporate Commercial
Patrick Ikimire – Intellectual Property

Chambers Global

The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2017

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates has been recommended as a TOP-TIER FIRM in 4 practice areas:


– Banking, finance and capital markets
– Dispute resolution
– Projects and energy
– Real estate and construction

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates has also been recommended in the following 2 practice areas:


– Commercial, corporate and M&A
– Employment

5 lawyers are listed in elite “Leading lawyers” list. The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2017’s guide to outstanding lawyers in Europe, Middle East & Africa.


Banking, finance and capital markets – Leading individuals
– Binti Shah
– Oliver Fowler

Commercial, corporate and M&A – Leading individuals
– Oliver Fowler

Dispute resolution – Leading individuals
– Fred Ojiambo
– Peter Gachuhi

Projects and energy – Leading individuals
– Sam Wainaina

15 lawyers are recommended in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2017 editorial (listed below)


Banking, finance and capital markets
– Oliver Fowler
– Peter Hime
– Ruth Kirunga

Commercial, corporate and M&A
– Amar Grewal-Thethy
– Mahesh Acharya
– Nigel Shaw
– Oliver Fowler
– Sam Wainaina

Dispute resolution
– Cosima Wetende
– Esther Kinyenje
– Fred Ojiambo
– James Muthui
– Nazima Malik
– Peter Gachuhi

– Cosima Wetende
– Esther Kinyenje

Projects and energy
– Binti Shah
– Nigel Shaw
– Sam Wainaina

Real estate and construction
– Nigel Shaw
– Rachel Mbai  

Managing Intellectual Property – IP Stars


Kaplan & Stratton has the largest and most established IP department in Kenya. The firm dominates the patent filing statistics in the country. IP Star Peter Hime leads the department.  “Peter is a leading authority on intellectual property matters in Kenya,” says one commentator. Hime is supported by a team of associates and partners such as Patrick Ikimire, who is seen in contentious IP matters.

Trade Mark & Copyright

Leading law firm Kaplan & Stratton has the largest, most established IP department in Kenya. The firm dominates the IP filing statistics in the country. Senior statesman in IP Peter Hime leads the department. Hime is supported by IP Star Patrick Ikimire, who is often seen on contentious matters, and a team of associates. There are other partners in the firm who can take on IP work.
Managing Intellectual Property – IP Stars 

Chambers Global 2017

Tier 1 – Dispute Resolution

Has an enviable reputation for its disputes work and undertakes a number of high-profile cases. Represents an array of important local and international clients. Has significant expertise in both litigation and arbitration and receives instruction on mandates in the areas of intellectual property, employment and insurance.

Sources say: “They have good resources so can give good advice quickly. They also offer fair prices and billing flexibility

Tier 1 – Corporate Commercial (including Real Estate and Intellectual Property)

This established firm has a stellar reputation in Kenya and undertakes a great deal of M&A work and company restructuring. Its formidable clientele instructs the team on investments and complex transactions in sectors such as banking, mining and energy. Has additional strengths in capital markets and infrastructure financing.

Sources say: “I found the firm very good. I’d say they were first-class on corporate work, probably number one in Kenya. Good on conveyancing too.

Tier 1 – Banking & Finance

The Kaplan & Stratton team attracts widespread praise for its varied banking and finance practice and is particularly active on public and project financing, as well as bank conciliation. Further areas of expertise include aviation and energy matters. Serves an impressive international clientele, comprising leading banks, investment companies and technology giants.

Sources say: “It’s a great firm. It is further praised for its thorough approach and fast and reliable turnaround.
Chambers Global site 

World Trademark Review

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 has ranked Kaplan & Stratton in the Gold category (Tier 1) for 2014. “Meticulous in its approach – and hugely experienced – Kaplan & Stratton is a top firm on the market.” It enjoys a loyal following of prestigious local and international brands and, with its long history of practice, it knows how to get the job done quickly and to the highest standards. It offers a cradle-to-grave trademark service, excelling in all areas. The inestimable Peter Hime is the top name here, heralded as the most seasoned IP expert in the country. Commercial department member Patrick Ikimire is also a dab hand on trademark matters. Together with Hime, he regularly handles tricky opposition and expungement proceedings.” Peter Hime is placed at the top of the Gold Category and Patrick Ikimire features in the Silver category. WTR 1000 site

 Chambers Global 2014

 Corporate Commercial:

A market-leading one-stop shop for commercial matters, with notable tax capabilities adding to the firm’s excellent transactional practice. Also frequently sought by clients for IP advice. A respected real estate and infrastructure practice, with a good record on geothermal power projects” Strengths (Quotes from clients): Communication: “They show care for their clients and help to keep the clients engaged with the latest developments in law.” Bench strength: “I’d rate them highly for the quality of lawyers and consistency with which they deliver their service – we go to Kaplans as our first option.” Pragmatic advice: “An excellent and sophisticated firm. They know the reality of business and they are flexible.”

Dispute Resolution:

A comprehensive commercial litigation and arbitration practice that is instructed by major international and domestic banks, as well as industrial and agricultural companies. The firm has a standout tax disputes practice and a team that includes significant employment and regulatory capability” Strengths (Quotes from clients): Industry knowledge: “They know their field of expertise and engender confidence in the client.” Partner involvement: “The firm’s senior partners take a keen interest in ensuring the completion of matters on a timely basis.”

 Banking and Finance:

Extensive experience and quality advice on regulatory matters, complex debt and equity instruments and project finance. The team frequently advises development finance institutions on matters involving the Kenyan market.” Strengths (Quotes from clients): Solution-oriented: “They are extremely easy to work with and tie everything up so well, over and above what you would ordinarily expect counsel to do.” Technical ability: “They did a great job, and it was quite a complex transaction with several investment instruments.Chambers Global site

International Financial Law Review (IFLR)  1000

Kaplan & Stratton receives the strongest feedback in terms of the quality of work produced as standard. Clients praise both the technical quality and “invaluable” commercial experience the firm offers. Oliver Fowler is the big name in the team and an established leading lawyer in the market. “Excellent,” says a foreign investor, “I did not expect that level of business acumen and technical ability, they did their job and the other party’s job, they were extremely professional and not fussy“. “I highly recommend Mahesh Acharya,” says a client. “Nigel Shaw [real estate partner] was extremely detailed and excellent“. “We have worked on listing a company on the stock exchange and […] on three major acquisition transactions,” says a client, who adds that the deals were all “successfully completed and there were no major issues post completion“. Acharya and partner Amar Grewal-Thethy are both praised by clients. “Mahesh is an expert in complex cross border re-organisations,” says one, while another says that Grewal-Thethy “was lead lawyer on all the transactions, he is always available and has a great team that do a great job and have some top talent“. At a more junior level associates Ruth Kirunga and Ken Kamaitha are picked out by clients. The firm recruited strongly in 2012-13, adding three senior associates, two UK qualified and one Ugandan qualified, bolstering the regional capabilities, which it has through its Lex Africa membership. The firm recently advised NSE listed Citi Trust on its reverse takeover by I&M Bank, led by Oliver Fowler, and L’Oréal on its acquisition of InterConsumer Products, led by Acharya. Sam Wainaina, who joins the leading lawyers this year, advised Orpower on $310 million of project finance from OPIC for expansion of its geothermal plant. IFLR 1000

Legal 500

Within Corporate and commercial, Kaplan & Stratton is a first tier firm, Kaplan & Stratton’s team, which is considered to be ‘second to none’, is led by ‘outstanding commercial lawyer’ Oliver Fowler, who carries out work with ‘the highest degree of accuracy’; ‘if you want a deal’s documentation phase to end well, you would certainly want him as part of the process’. Other noteworthy practitioners include Binti Shah and IP expert Peter Hime. In 2013, the group advised L’Oréal on the multimillion-dollar acquisition of a Kenyan cosmetics manufacturer. New clients include Kraft Foods and Samsung. Within Dispute resolution, Kaplan & Stratton is a first tier firm, Clients have ‘full confidence’ in Kaplan & Stratton. Fred Ojiambo and ‘great adviser’ Nazima Malik are recommended, as is James Muthui, who recently represented Unilever Tea Kenya in an industrial case filed by Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union claiming that the client violated Kenyan employment laws. Other clients include Barclays Bank (Kenya) and Coca-Cola Central East & West Africa. Within Privatisation and projects, Kaplan & Stratton is a second tier firm, Kaplan & Stratton provides ‘service standards similar to those of the world’s best law firms’. Ken Kamaitha and Binti Shah deliver ‘very accurate advice’, and Nigel Shaw recently advised Africa Geothermal International (Kenya) on a multimillion-dollar investment in a geothermal power plant. LEGAL 500 site

Managing IP- Euromoney

Kaplan & Stratton has been ranked in Tier I by Managing IP in Trademark Prosecution,Trademark and Copyright Contentious and Patents Prosecution and Patent Contentious. Peter Hime, Patrick Ikimire and Sam Wainiana have also been named IP Stars for 2014 by Managing IP.


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