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Martin Githua is an Associate in the Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Practice Group in IKM.

He has been involved in local, regional and international public-private partnerships (PPP), energy and due diligence transactions. His experience includes: drafting and review of power purchase agreements (operations and maintenance and energy performance contracts), PPP transaction documents, public procurement, carrying out legal audits, compliance checks, due diligence exercises, advising on social infrastructure and assisting in law reform in the mining sector.

He is also part of the pro bono coordination team in IKM, assisting in identifying and managing the firm’s pro bono practice. He has participated in various pro bono initiatives including, the HIAS Refugee Resettlement Project and is part of the team that is conducting a juvenile justice project in Zambia. He is also involved in developing the firm’s Responsible Business (Business and Human Rights) practice.

Experience has included advising:

  • As a team member, lenders on a 50 MW wind power project in Kajiado, Kenya
  • As a team member, a project developer in the setting up of a 100 MW wind energy project in Kajiado County
  • As a team member, a project developer on its investments in ports and an industrial city in Kenya
  • As a team member, a government agency on the implementation of the Affordable Housing Program in Kenya
  • As a team member, on legal compliance of a Kenyan company through a due diligence exercise
  • As a team member, an international non-governmental organization, on the implementation of a new business model for the provision of primary healthcare services
  • As a team member, a foreign government on reforming its mining laws and offering capacity building services to the stakeholders in the mining sector

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate admitted to the High Court of Kenya (2018)

Education

  • Kenya School of Law, Diploma in Law (2016)
  • Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Bachelor of Laws, LL.B. (2015)

Prior Experience

  • 2018 to date, Associate, IKM, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Kenya
  • 2017 to 2018, Pupil, IKM, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Kenya
  • 2016 to 2017, Intern, Nairobi-based law firm

Memberships

  • Member of the Law Society of Kenya

Kenya Passes Significant Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) Legislation

The Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2020 are now effective, having been gazetted in the Kenya Gazette Vol. CXXII – No. 58 of 3 April 2020 and published on 30 March 2020 (Special Issue 611). The regulations will govern, among others, the importation, ownership, registration, operation, procurement and manufacture of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, more commonly referred to as drones.

Highlights of the Energy Act, 2019

The Energy Act, 2019 came into effect on 28 March this year, repealing the Energy Act, 2006, the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board Order No. 131 of 2012 and the Geothermal Resources Act, 1982.