Kaplan & Stratton


9th Floor, Williamson House, 4th Ngong Avenue
PO Box 40111 - 00100
Nairobi 00100

+254 20 5145200 | +254 722 205782/3 | +254 733 699012/3

Key contacts:

Partner: Ken Kamaitha
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Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: 60
Network memberships: Lex Africa
Languages: English, Kiswahili

Established in 1938, Kaplan & Stratton has over 80 years’ experience as the premier law firm in the region providing a comprehensive range of legal services to domestic, international, corporate and private clients. 

Kaplan & Stratton is the stand out full service firm in the market with seventeen partners each having expertise in various practice areas. Our Dispute Resolution Department is led by our Senior Partner, Dr Fred Ojiambo (MBS), who also holds the rank of senior counsel. The Corporate / Commercial Department is jointly lead by Peter Hime and Sam Wainaina who combined have 90 years of practicing experience. 

The firm’s full service practice includes advising clients on a broad range of issues from set up, to employment and immigration issues, regulatory compliance, M&A, dispute resolution and winding up. Complementing this is the firm’s sector expertise, which combined with the firm’s practice area experience enables us to tailor the advice given and create bespoke solutions for clients. The complete list of the firm’s practice areas is available here https://www.kaplanstratton.com/expertise.

Kaplan & Stratton’s objective is to consistently provide high quality legal and commercial advice through an efficiently managed professional practice that will facilitate clients’ business dealings in Kenya and elsewhere in the East African region.  

Kaplan& Stratton also has a pan African reach as one of the founder members of Lex-Africa, a leading network of independent law firms spanning 28 African countries.

"High quality and error free. They have the best drafting skills in this market, clearly capturing the commercial intentions of the parties in simple understandable language that fits in well with the rest of the documentation."

"The team has a good coverage from partners to associates, and can handle cross-border deals diligently and with quality. They are honest in terms of billing, and very much impressive."

  • Asset finance
  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Debt
  • Capital markets: Derivatives
  • Capital markets: Equity
  • Capital markets: High yield
  • Competition
  • Covered bonds
  • Financial restructuring
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Hedge funds
  • Investment funds
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Private equity funds
  • Project bonds
  • Project development
  • Project finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate funds
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Securitisation
  • Structured finance/securitisation
  • Trade finance

Sam Wainaina

Mergers and Acquisitions
Joseph Ng'ang'ira

Intellectual Property
Peter Hime

Real Estate
Rachel Mbai

Banking and Finance
Ruth Kirunga

Projects, Infrastructure & Mining
Kenneth Kamaitha

Aircraft Leasing
Ruth Kirunga

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Sam Wainaina, Ruth Kirunga and Caroline Etyang advised OPIC on its USD 232,560,000 loan to Kipeto Energy PLC for the development and operation of a 100MW wind power plant.
  • Rachel Mbai and Joseph Ng’ang’ira advised American Tower Corporation on its acquisition of 715 communication towers from Telkom Kenya
  • Ken Kamaitha was local counsel to Total S.A in the global acquisition of Maersk Oil & Gas A/S which holds interests in the Tullow Oil exploration blocks in Turkana Kenya.
  • Ruth Kirunga advised various lenders in the financing of a local geothermal power development project with a value of over USD 100,000,000.

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Construction and materials
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Food and beverage
  • Forestry
  • Gaming
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Investment management
  • Media
  • Mining
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharm and life sciences
  • Real estate
  • Shipping
  • Social infrastructure
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Tourism
  • Transport
  • Utilities