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About KO Associates LLP

Global Expertise. Local Insights

KO Associates LLP is a leading Corporate & Commercial Law Firm in East Africa that offers full service. The firm is distinctively international in its outlook and approach and advises the world’s leading companies, Innovators and entrepreneurs and financial institutions.

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Our Work

We do work that matters

We specialize in serving clients in financial, technology, infrastructure and energy sectors. This focus on a few but critical sectors has enabled the firm to be a leader in advisory work in these sectors and ensure excellent outcomes for clients.

Our Expertise

Supporting Business. Building Communities. Growing Economies

Commercial and Corporate M&A

Our Commercial and Corporate M&A Practice advises firms across the broad spectrum of corporate work including contracts, compliance, financings, takeovers, M&A, joint ventures, Strategic Partnerships, disposals and corporate restructurings,  as well as general commercial, labour, antitrust and corporate compliance issues.  We support a number of entities and firms both large and small in their operations. The […]

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Infrastructure, Transport & PPPs

Our Infrastructure, Transport & PPP Practice provides advisory on large scale infrastructure project development in Africa. The Practice has extensive experience on a range of complex transactions relating to social and hard infrastructure developments in the public and private realms. Our sector experience spans transport (roads, ports, railways, airports), health, housing, trade, logistics, and telecommunication […]

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Technology, Media, Telecommunications (TMT)

We are a specialist leader on Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) in Africa advising on all aspects of the TMT sector from start-ups stages to business operations at maturity including financing, M&As and exits. We act for the full range of technology, media and telecommunications and electronic actors including companies both domestic and international; regulators […]

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Banking & Finance

Our Banking & Finance Practice advises leading financial institutions in East Africa including listed banks, Major insurers, SACCOS, pension funds, investment and asset managers, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and multi-laterals in finance mandates. We advise on financial sector regulation and compliance, deal structuring, documentation and securitization processes for a variety of credit facilities including: corporate […]

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Recent Recognition

Videos & Podcast

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Webinar: Analysis of Recent Decisions in Employment and Labour Relations

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Webinar : Legal and Regulatory Issues in Adoption of Cloud Services

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Webinar: Legal Health Checks; What You Need to Know

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We have grown a reputation for being a specialist leader in Africa and offering exceptional legal services. Some of our recognition include

  1. Corporate M&A Highly Recommended Firm - IFLR1000 (2022-2023)
  2. Project Development (Infrastructure) Recommended Firm - IFLR1000 (2022 -2023)
  3. Project Development (Power) Recommended Firm - IFLR1000 (2022 -2023)
  4. Specialist Law Firm of the Year (Highly Recommended) – Africa Legal Awards (ALA) 2022
  5. Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Team of the Year (Finalist) - Africa Legal Awards (ALA) 2022
  6. TMT Team of the Year (Finalist)- Africa Legal Awards (ALA) 2022
  7. Transportation & Infrastructure Team of the year (Finalist) - Africa Legal Awards (ALA) 2022
  8. Leading Firm (Corporate & Commercial), Kenya – Legal500 (2022)
  9. Nairobi Legal Awards 2022 (Nominated) – Nairobi Branch Law Society of Kenya
  10. Transportation & Infrastructure Team of the Year 2020 (Finalist) – Africa Legal Awards (ALA)
  11. TMT Team of the Year 2020 (Finalist) - Africa Legal Awards (ALA)
  12. Specialist Law Firm of the Year 2020 (Winner) – Africa Legal Awards (ALA)
  13. Project Development (Infrastructure) Recommended Firm - IFLR1000 (2021 -2022)
  14. Corporate & Commercial Recommended Firm - IFLR1000 (2021 -2022)
  15. Project Development (Power) Recommended Firm - IFLR1000 (2021 -2022)
  16. Specialist Law Firm of the Year 2019 (Finalist) – Africa Legal Awards (ALA)
  17. Distinction in Project Development & Finance – Africa Business Excellence Awards 2019
  18. Best TMT Law Firm, Kenya - Africa Business Excellence Awards 2019
  19. Corporate M&A Firm of the Year, Kenya (2015) – Finance Monthly M&A Annual Awards
  20. TMT Law Firm of the Year, Kenya (2014) – Client Choice Awards


Our drive for excellence sets us apart.

Our Culture

Our Culture is driven by our shared commitment to provide our clients with the highest quality legal services in their most critical matters.

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We are actively engaged in the communities in which we operate. We provide free legal services in the public interest (pro bono) to a wide range of clients both local and international.

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Working with Us

Find KO Associates career opportunities to learn more about what's like to work and grow with us, our commitment to creating a truly diverse and inclusive workplace

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