Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates (IKM) is a leading law firm in Nairobi, Kenya. Through its alliance with DLA Piper, a global law firm, and DLA Piper Africa, a regional alliance across Africa, IKM is in a unique position to act on local, regional and international legal matters.
At a glance
We believe that knowing our client's business helps us to better understand their business needs.2 Our
We take pride in our reputation as a firm that is friendly, accessible and easy to do business with.3 Our
Professional, client-focused services that provide sound legal and business advice in an excellent turnaround time.4 Our
Our experience is directed at creating effective solutions that maximise transaction value and mitigate risk exposure.
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The hallmark of IKM is our professional and client-focused service.
At IKM we combine our legal and sector expertise with an in-depth understanding of the client’s business. Our experience and outcome-focused approach is directed towards creating solutions that help clients to achieve their objectives in better, more cost-effective and time-efficient ways.
As part of this rigorous approach, we have a comprehensive client care programme to ensure that our clients’ needs are evaluated on a regular basis.
For convenience and ease of clients’ interaction with us, we operate a contact partner system under which each client knows the partner they should contact in the first instance in case of need.
We pride ourselves on offering high quality legal advisory services based on international best practices and on-the-ground local experience.
Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of national laws, customs and procedures. Through the DLA Piper network, and working with member firms of DLA Piper Africa across the continent, we have global reach and strong local market resources and expertise, information and materials on the latest developments in the law worldwide.
This leading business law alliance has enabled us to position ourselves as the go-to firm for clients who have come to depend on our trusted legal advisory. We have built a reputation for cutting edge advice and are consistently involved in complex, difficult and novel transactions.
Our knowledge management initiatives include:
Iseme & Company Advocates founded by the late Michael J Iseme.
James Kamau joins the firm and the name changes to Iseme, Kamau & Company Advocates.
He is currently the Managing Partner.
Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates is introduced to the market following William Maema
joining the firm. This name has remained with the firm since and is widely known in the market as IKM.
IKM merged with Kamau Karori & Company Advocates and retained the name Iseme Kamau & Maema Advocates. Upon the merger, Kamau Karori became the head of the Dispute Resolution practice.
IKM launches a Tax Department to meet the needs of their clients.
February sees IKM announce its alliance with top ranked international law firm, DLA Piper.
This places the firm in a unique position to provide legal services for both local and cross-
border corporate/commercial matters.
In October, Juris East Africa (JEA) is established as an alliance to provide co-ordinated legal
services to regional and international business across East Africa. JEA was formed between IKM, Equity Juris Chambers of Rwanda, IMMMA Advocates of Tanzania and Sebalu & Lule Advocates of Uganda. The firms are preferred members of DLA Piper Africa in Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda respectively.
Rubeya & Company Advocates – a DLA Piper Africa member in Burundi, is incorporated into
the JEA alliance.
IKM is named one of the top 1000 global law firms in trademark law practice and related
intellectual property matters. The World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 identifies the leading players in 70 key jurisdictions globally, shining a spotlight on firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in their area of practice.
Thomson Reuters Elite reports on January 9 that leading corporate-commercial law firm
Iseme Kamau & Maema Advocates (IKM) has rolled out Envision as its comprehensive financial and matter management system. The move is said to support IKM’s long-term strategy of becoming a premier commercial law firm in East Africa.
The Legal 500 annual ranking lists Kenyan-based IKM Advocates as a Top Tier firm in
Banking and Finance, and Commercial, Corporate and M&A. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in 106 jurisdictions and highlights practice area teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel.