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Iseme Kamau and Maema Advocates (IKM) is a leading law firm based in Nairobi, Kenya. We are the DLA Piper Africa member firm in Kenya, one of the 20 member firms across Africa, offering unrivalled coverage.

IKM is a full-service commercial law firm that has been providing legal services in Kenya for the last thirty years. The firm has highly qualified lawyers with extensive experience in six key practice areas: corporate, commercial, dispute resolution, projects and infrastructure, real estate & finance and tax. Our people are also authorities in their respective fields and are highly sought after for the practical and innovative solutions they bring to the table.

IKM offers the services of a multi-disciplinary team with in-depth knowledge of the Kenyan market and its legal, economic, cultural and social specificities. We advise national and international groups and companies, financial investors and institutions, sponsors, public entities and governments on all the legal aspects of their projects both in Kenya and internationally.

With African economies growing rapidly, Kenya has become one of the continent's most important business hubs. IKM is uniquely positioned to handle legal matters in Kenya as well as those that extend cross-border.

Our relationship with DLA Piper Africa and DLA Piper provides the geographical spread required by leading companies and positions IKM to help clients wherever they choose to do business, be it at the local, national, regional or international level.

The firm’s Managing Partner is James Kamau who is also the current Chair of DLA Piper Africa.

The heads of our practice areas are:

Practice Area Head of Practice
Commercial William Maema
Corporate – M&A and Private Equity David Lekerai
Dispute Resolution Kamau Karori
Projects & Infrastructure Beatrice Nyabira
Real Estate & Finance Anne Kinyanjui
Tax Caleb Langat


DLA Piper Africa

DLA Piper Africa is a Swiss verein whose members are comprised of independent law firms in Africa working with DLA Piper.

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Our approach


  • People
  • Culture
  • Clients
  • Technology
  • Practice Standards.

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 program 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 DLA Piper, and working with DLA Piper Africa member firms 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 relationship has enabled us to position ourselves as the go-to firm for clients who have come to depend on our trusted legal advice. We have built a reputation for cutting edge services and are consistently involved in complex, difficult and novel transactions.

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.

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.

IKM Advocates leadership

James Kamau
James Kamau IKM AdvocatesNairobi

DLA Piper Africa Chair and Managing Partner

James Kamau
James Kamau IKM AdvocatesNairobi
Peter Somekh
Peter Somekh DLA PiperDubai
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