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

Integrated multi-disciplinary advice
Integrated multi-disciplinary advice
Outcome  focused
Outcome focused
Continuous quality improvements
Continuous quality improvements

Our values

  • Be Supportive
  • Be Collaborative
  • Be Bold
  • Be Exceptional

Client care

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.

Knowledge Management

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:

Regional and
Academies with
and Efficiency
Wealth of
Client Alerts
and Updates

Market recognition

Chambers Global 2019 Chambers Global 2019: Highly Ranked in Banking & Finance, Corporate Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment, IP and Projects & Energy.
Afriwise Afriwise: Contributing Author to Afriwise Platform in Kenya
IFLR1000 2018 IFLR1000 2018: Ranked IKM in Tier 1 in the Financial and Corporate category. IKM is also highly ranked in the Energy, Infrastructure and Mining categories
IFLR1000 2017 IFLR1000 2017: Recommended firm in Financial and Corporate
Chambers Global 2018 Chambers Global 2018: Highly Ranked in Banking & Finance, Corporate Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment, IP and Projects & Energy.
Chambers Global 2017 Chambers Global 2017: Highly ranked in Banking and Finance, Corporate Commercial, Dispute Resolution and Employment
IFLR1000 2016 IFLR1000 2016: Recommended firm in Financial and Corporate
Chambers Global 2015 Chambers Global 2015: Consistently ranked in Banking and Finance, Corporate / Commercial and Dispute Resolution categories
Legal500 2017 Legal500 2017: Tier one firm in Banking & Finance and Projects & Energy. Ranked as a Top Tier firm in Commercial / Corporate and M&A sectors, Employment, Real Estate and Dispute Resolution.
Legal500 2015 Legal500 2015: Ranked as a Top Tier firm in Banking & Finance, Commercial / Corporate and M&A sectors; also Recommended for Dispute Resolution
IFLR1000 2015 IFLR1000 2015: Highly ranked in the Energy, Finance and Corporate, Infrastructure and Mining categories
World Trademark Review 2018 World Trademark Review 2018: Gold Rated Ranking by WTR 1000 2018
World Trademark Review 2017 World Trademark Review 2017: Recommended firm 2017
World Trademark Review 2015 World Trademark Review 2015: Gold-rated by WTR 2015
IP Stars 2017 IP Stars 2017: Highly ranked in Trademarks and Patents. Recommended IP and patent work

Our history

  • 1987

    Iseme & Company Advocates founded by the late Michael J Iseme.

  • 1993

    James Kamau joins the firm and the name changes to Iseme, Kamau & Company Advocates.
    He is currently the Managing Partner.

  • 2000

    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.

  • 2002

    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.

  • 2007

    IKM launches a Tax Department to meet the needs of their clients.

  • 2010

    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.

  • 2010

    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.

  • 2011

    Rubeya & Company Advocates – a DLA Piper Africa member in Burundi, is incorporated into
    the JEA alliance.

  • 2012

    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.

  • 2013

    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.

  • 2015

    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.