Two of Kenya’s most prominent law firms Hamilton Harrison & Mathews and Oraro and Co. Advocates have merged with effect from 1 October, 2014 and will now carry on business as Hamilton Harrison & Mathews (incorporating Oraro & Co) Advocates. The combined firm has been given approval by the State regulators and this now places the firm as one of the largest firms in Kenya.
The merger is part of HHM ORARO’s ambitious plans for growth with a new office in Mombasa and more to follow in the region.
HHM ORARO’s Corporate and Commercial Department provides transaction and advisory legal services in the areas of banking and finance, capital markets, insurance, energy law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, employment, project and corporate finance, securities, telecommunications, tax, infrastructure projects, intellectual property, environmental law, public procurement and public private partnerships.
The Litigation Department undertakes litigation services before all the courts and tribunals in Kenya including the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the magistrate courts and various specialised tribunals. The firm also undertakes alternative dispute resolution work through other mechanisms such as arbitration and mediation.
HHM ORARO provides a full range of legal services to an extensive client base which includes multinational companies, Governments, Kenyan and foreign banks and financial institutions, foreign investors and their Kenyan subsidiaries and branches, oil companies, transport, energy and communication companies, airlines, insurance companies, foreign embassies and missions, hotel groups, religious and missionary organisations and international aid organisations.
As part of the merger process it was recognised that the combined firm of HHM ORARO would require a single consolidate IT system to support the newly enlarged practice. HHM ORARO selected Linetime’s Liberate system. As part of the contract Linetime merged the systems from the two practices into a combined practice management system.
Adil Khawaja, managing partner at HHM ORARO “We selected Linetime as we know their reputation in the legal software market and more importantly had the confidence they would deliver in the time frame required. The team at Linetime ensured the data transformation went to plan with the result being a smooth transition into our new enlarged practice.”