Since its inception in 1999, the law firm of B M Musau & Co., Advocates LLP has succeeded in establishing a reputation as the full-service commercial boutique law firm of choice for local and foreign businesses and earned recognition of peers, clients and partners as a leader in corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution, real estate law, intellectual property law, company secretarial and foreign company representation in Kenya. The firm has also stood out for its thought leadership and extensive publication on topical issues on Kenyan business law and changes in legal and policy environment affecting businesses.
Today, B M Musau & Co., Advocates LLP is a globally recognized as one of the leading and mature commercial law firms in Kenya providing exceptional legal services with a personal touch to local and international businesses and clients across East Africa. The firm has cut an enviable niche as a go-to corporate commercial law firm whose main legal services are commercially oriented with non-commercial law designed to enhance the corporate commercial offerings of the law firm.
BM Musau & Co. was started by Dr. Benjamin Musau 22 years ago to provide legal services that "help businesses make the right decisions." Coming from Kaplan & Stratton Advocates where he had risen through the ranks from trainee advocate in 1988 to partner, Dr. Musau had the requisite background and experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer to make BM Musau & Co. the preferred law firm for local and foreign businesses seeking exceptional legal expertise combined with personal attention one can only find in a boutique law firm.
B M Musau & Co. legal services are divided into six (6) legal practice areas covering every aspect of business and commercial law to meet every legal needs of its business clients. The firm focal service areas are commercial business services, foreign company services, corporate secretarial services, commercial litigation and dispute resolution services including arbitration, mediation and negotiation. The firm has also well-equipped real estate services and general practice services to carter for all needs of their business clients and personal legal needs of their executives in-house.
Over the years, B M Musau & Co. has handled numerous projects and gained hands-on expertise and exposure in all aspects of corporate and commercial law. The firm has acted for sovereign governments, multilateral institutions including World bank, Regional Blocks, State Corporations, International NGOs, Religious Organizations, Embassies, multinationals and local blue-chip companies. The firm has even helped in incorporating subsidiaries of major Kenyan banks as well as in advising on corporate deals in Uganda and Tanzania.
Last year, in recognition of its status as a leading Kenyan commercial law firm of international repute, B M Musau & Co. was accepted as one of the only four (4) African member law firms and the representative firm for Sub-Saharan Africa of the International Association of Independent law firms, Interlaw. Interlaw members are distinguished full-service corporate law firms, selected after a comprehensive due diligence process that identifies firms with a solid reputation for impeccable professional and ethical standards. The network is top ranked by Chambers & Partners as the "leading elite network of law firms" globally and in Europe, Canada and Latin America.
In a statement, Interlaw recognized B M Musau & Co. as one of the "most reputable independent law firms serving multinational clients" in Kenya. It noted that the firm "serves a mix of local and international clients, with the latter making up around 40% of its portfolio." Further, Interlaw appreciated B M Musau & Co.'s capacity to help the network further expand "the breadth and depth of expertise available to its international client base" and to bring "a diverse range of expertise to the network in disciplines including employment, banking and finance, capital markets, M&A, real estate, tax and energy."
Interlaw membership offers BM Musau & Co. clients truly global expertise through access to over 7,500+ first class lawyers around the world and seamless cross-border service to enable them do business anywhere in the world. The firm is also one of the two law firms in Kenya which are members of Shiparrested.com Maritime Law Network whose legal members specialize in facilitating arrests and release of ship besides handling other branches of maritime, admiralty, shipping and commercial law.
The BM Musau & Co. lawyers are recognized by peers and clients for their broad and relevant experience in their respective specialist legal practice areas. The Managing Partner Dr. Benjamin Musau is a renown corporate and commercial lawyer of 32 years standing who has been recognized as one of the 1500 Leaders-in-Law Global Experts for Kenya and is recommended by International Referral (IR) Global as its Commercial Lawyer of choice in Kenya and East Africa. Dr. Musau has led the firm from its founding as the Managing Partner steering its rise to the top of corporate and commercial law practice in Kenya.
Dr. Benjamin Musau is a recognized legal scholar and law lecturer at the University of Nairobi. He holds PhD (JSD) in Law specializing on Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Corruption and Counter-Terrorism Financing Law from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California. His PhD Thesis was on "Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance Strategies of Kenya." He is also a holder of LL.M (Distinction) in International Taxation and Financial Services from the same Law School, LL.B from the University of Nairobi and Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law.
Other notable members of BM Musau & Company legal team include Evelyn Kyania who is the partner in charge of Dispute Resolution and General Practice. She has assisted and also been involved in various complex dispute resolution matters including election petitions and commercial litigation. In addition, the firm has a number of associates, qualified lawyers, articled clerks, business and legal consultants and legal executives and over dozen qualified support staff and paralegals ready to support its lawyers in helping businesses make the right decisions.
Dr. Ben Musau and his team at BM Musau & Company are also excelling in thought leadership especially in guiding their peers and clients on emerging aspects of law. Dr. Musau is an LSK Continuing Legal Education (CLE) resource person by LSK. The firm has is constantly updating current and prospective clients through online alerts available to the public in its website and esteemed legal portals. In keeping with its motto to 'help businesses make right decisions, the firm has been in the frontline in publishing on legal strategies business can apply to help overcome the impact of Covid-19 on businesses.