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Top tier law firm in Kenya – Kaplan & Stratton


Kaplan & Stratton is a premier law firm providing a comprehensive range of legal services and solutions for domestic and international clients.  The firm has a reputation as one of the leading law firms in the East African region.  International and cross-border work forms an important part of our business.

The firm was established in 1927.  The firm comprises twenty partners, all of whom are Kenyan citizens. Thirteen partners form the Commercial Department and seven partners practice in our dispute resolution department, supported by a team of  over forty associates.  A number of trainees and para-legal staff make up our full complement.  This makes us the largest legal practice in East Africa.

Our clients are private and public companies from Kenya and abroad, local and international banks, development finance agencies and non-government organisations in all sectors of the economy.  We advise on business law, corporate finance and capital markets, project finance, financial services, banking, power, telecommunications law, infrastructure, transport, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture and horticulture.  We represent clients in litigation and provide dispute resolution advice in all of these areas.  The firm also works as Kenyan counsel for many international law firms and their clients mainly from Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa.

To meet the expectations of our clients we have arranged our practice so as to provide teams of lawyers for large-scale transactions, when needed.  Our transaction teams are led by experienced partners who stay closely involved in all aspects of the matter. In addition to being Kenyan advocates, Kaplan & Stratton provides notary and commissioner services.  A number of our lawyers are English trained, having gained experience as barristers or solicitors before coming to Kenya.  With Kenya’s commercial laws drawing on laws from Commonwealth jurisdictions, and particularly the English system, there is a distinct advantage in having dual-qualified partners and associates in the practice.

Practice Area:

  • Aircraft Leasing & Financing
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Business Establishment
  • Banking Insurance & Telecommunications
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition and Antitrust
  • Computer, Electronic Payments & Communication Contracts
  • Employment & Retirement Benefits
  • Environmental & Conservation Law
  • Forensics and Due Diligence
  • Immigration & Private Client
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Crossborder Transactions
  • Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Litigation
  • Power and Energy
  • Private Equity
  • Privatisation, Project Finance & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate & Property Management
  • Structured Finance
  • Tax & Stamp Duty Planning


The firm celebrated its 80th Anniversary in 2018.

“Esteemed practice with strong capabilities across the M&A, project finance and energy market. Experienced in advising local and international clients and well regarded for its established IP department. Recognised for its breadth of experience in handling complex mandates relating to
syndicated lending, structured finance and debt capital markets. Exceptionally strong bench of practitioners and vast experience in dispute resolution, with particular aptitude in
tax and employment matters.”

“The team is extremely thorough, are fast and make things happen.”

Ranked by Chambers Global as a top tier firm for 17 consecutive years.

Downloads on Kenya:

Guide to doing business in Kenya

Insolvency and Debt Restructuring in Kenya

Guide to Foreign Money Judgments and Arbitral Awards in Kenya