Ashitiva Advocates Ranked Among Top 8 Law Firms in Projects & Energy in Kenya

Ashitiva Advocates Ranked Among Top 8 Law Firms in Projects & Energy in Kenya
Ashitiva Advocates LLP Head of Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Practice Group

The Chamber Global Guide 2021 has named Ashitiva Advocates LLP among the top 8 law firms in the Projects & Energy Practice in Kenya. Ashitiva Advocates LLP Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Department is ranked alongside Anjarwalla & Khanna, Bowmans (Coulson Harney) DLA Piper Africa (IKM Advocates), Dentons Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews, Kaplan & Stratton, Walker Kontos and Mboya, Wangond'u and Waiyaki Advocates.

Chambers & Partners describes Ashitiva Advocates LLP as having a "robust practice group with a keen focus on oil and gas, providing expert assistance on all manner of regulatory and advisory issues in the sector." As Ashitiva Advocates explains: "We have resident international consultants on power and renewables. We advise on the complex legal, financial and commercial issues associated with Projects, Energy, Infrastructure and Financial Services in East Africa."

Chambers & Partners notes that the firm's Energy Practice "provides counsel on a range of matters, including environmental reform and EPC contract negotiations, with a considerably deep practice providing expertise on the country's oil, gas and nuclear regulatory regime." The firm has a "particularly notable public sector practice, advising various government bodies and parastatal companies."

At the same time, Chambers recognized Nelson Ashitiva and Doris Mwirigi as notable practitioners in Projects and Energy in Kenya. Nelson Ashitiva is the founder of Ashitiva Advocates LLP, Senior Partner and the Head of Strategy and the man who is credited with building the firm with nothing and from nothing in 2010 to where it is today. Nelson's expertise besides energy, oil and gas includes mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, corporate/commercial transactions and investments.

Ashitiva Advocates LLP Founding and Senior Partner and Head of Strategy who has been recognized as one of the notable persons in the Projects and Energy Practice in Kenya

Doris Mwirigi is a Partner who was headhunted to join Ashitiva Advocates LLP from consulting for The World Bank in Rwanda on Oil and Gas related issues to help set up the firm's Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Department. With a Masters in Energy Policy law from University of Dundee in Scotland, and an MBA in Energy Economics, Doris is a point of reference on the sustainable exploitation of Natural Resources in Africa particularly Oil and Gas.

Doris is acknowledged by peers and clients as a leading Energy and Petroleum expert in Africa. She was sworn in as member of the Energy and Petroleum Tribunal which is established for the purpose of hearing and determining disputes and appeals in the energy sector.

Some of the Ashitiva Advocates LLP clients are in the Energy, Financial Srrvices and Agribusiness. The firm has advised both budding start-ups & SMEs, large corporates, multinationals and government agencies.

Ashitiva Advocates LLP stands out as the exception amongst the top 10 law firms in Kenya for being neither an old legacy law firms that has been around for decades or an offshoot of these law firms started by their alumni. The firm has scaled the heights to become one of the top 10 law firms in Kenya within a decade of its founding in 2010

According to Mr. Ashitiva when he established the firm with the aim of "raising the bar" in the provision of legal services in Africa, he did not know how daunting yet fulfilling a journey it would be. He explains that the firm measures its success by the success of its clients.

One of its defining moments was when the Law Society sited it as Law Firm of the Year in the 2017-2018. This marked the beginning of local and international recognition and awards for the decade old firm.

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