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Martin works with the Office of the Managing Partner on strategy implementation and project management. His role covers implementation of short term and long term operational and strategy goals, and the Firm’s sustainability and ESG compliance.

He has previously been involved in local, regional and international public-private partnerships (PPPs), energy, project finance, banking, FinTech and due diligence transactions. He has advised a broad range of clients including project developers, development finance institutions and commercial lenders. He is also part of the pro bono coordination team, assisting in identifying pro bono projects and managing the firm’s pro bono practice.

Experience has included advising:

  • Lenders on a 50 MW wind power project in Kajiado, Kenya
  • A project developer in the setting up of a 100 MW wind energy project in Kajiado County which reached financial close in December 2018 and was connected to the grid in 2021
  • A project developer on its investments in ports and an industrial city in Kenya
  • A government agency on the implementation of the Affordable Housing Program in Kenya
  • On legal compliance of a Kenyan company through a due diligence exercise
  • An international non-governmental organization, on the implementation of a new business model for the provision of primary healthcare services
  • A foreign government on reforming its mining laws and offering capacity building services to the stakeholders in the mining sector
  • A developer of two 40 MW solar power project in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya which reached financial close in 2019

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

  • June 2022 to date: Professional Support Lawyer, Office of the Managing Partner
  • 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.