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Cynthia Olotch has acted for a range of clients including: public sector entities, developers, commercial lenders and development finance institutions, contractors, operators and equipment suppliers.

Cynthia has experience in diverse projects including  public procurement and public-private partnerships (PPPs), energy, social infrastructure such as health and housing, accommodation, water and transport sectors. In the energy sector she has acted for clients across various technology types including solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and coal.

She is also one of the writers for the World Bank’s PPP blog and was ranked among the top 12 PPP bloggers of 2017.

Experience has included advising:

  • Two development finance institutions who are lenders in a 50 MW wind power project being developed in Kajiado, Kenya
  • A Chinese multinational company on its proposed investments in Kenya involving the development of berths at various ports and the construction of an industrial city
  • A consortium led by an international non-governmental organization (NGO), on the implementation of an innovative business model for the provision of primary healthcare services in Makueni County, Kenya
  • A Chinese export and credit insurance agency in connection with a PPP roads program for the development of 2,000 km of roads under the road annuity program
  • An American NGO on the legal and regulatory framework governing its proposed partnership with Kenya’s largest referral hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, in improving cancer care facilities at the hospital
  • An American corporation on nine solar mini-grids situated in various counties across Kenya
  • Lenders of a 40 MW solar power project being developed in Malindi, Kenya by an independent power producer
  • An independent power producer on a 40 MW solar power project in Makindu, Makueni County, Kenya
  • An independent power producer registered in Mauritius with respect to two 40 MW solar power projects being developed in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya
  • A developer in a 140 MW geothermal power project

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate of the High Court of Kenya (2004)


  • University of Nottingham, Master of Laws LL.M., Degree in International Commercial law (2009)
  • United States International University (USIU-A), Master of Arts M.A, Degree in International Relations (2006)
  • Kenya School of Law, Postgraduate Diploma in Law and admission to the Bar (2004)
  • University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Laws, LL.B. (2002)

Prior Experience

  • 2020 to date, Legal Director, IKM, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Kenya
  • 2015 to 2020, Senior Associate, IKM, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Kenya


  • Member of the Law Society of Kenya

Changes afoot in Kenya’s public private partnerships law

The private sector undeniably plays a key role in contributing towards the attainment of Kenya’s developmental objectives. In fact, Vision 2030 pays particular cognisance to the need for strong partnerships between the Government and private sector, if the country is to achieve its developmental goals. The Big Four Agenda which is made up of the resource thirsty priority areas of manufacturing, affordable housing, food security and universal healthcare, will also rely heavily on private sector resources for its success.

How Kenya-US trade pact could shape public tenders

The just ended year 2020 saw Kenya negotiate some high-profile trade agreements with its major trading partners including the United Kingdom and United States of America (USA). While the trade deal with the United Kingdom was recently concluded, negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement with the USA are still ongoing.

Which way forward for the Kenya Transport and Logistics Network?

The Kenya Transport and Logistics Network (KTLN) was recently established by the President, through an Executive Order. KTLN is meant to enhance efficiency and coordination in the transport sector through fortifying public private dialogue and leveraging on the efficiencies and synergies of the relevant state agencies. It is hoped that through KTLN, the country will be able to achieve its strategic agenda of becoming a regional logistics hub.

Public procurement challenges during crisis

At the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, government agencies around the world came under pressure to deliver essential goods - particularly those required for health services, in greater quantities and within a shorter timeframe than would have been expected under normal circumstances. To compound matters, procurement supply chains were adversely affected by lockdowns and closure of borders, making it even more difficult to procure the much-needed goods and services.