Crispine Odhiambo: A Leading Commercial/Corporate Transactions and Projects Lawyer in Africa
Crispine Odhiambo is one of the most respected and experienced Commercial/Corporate and Projects Lawyers in Africa. As the Managing Partner, the Head of Corporate M&A and the Lead Partner in Projects (Energy& Infrastructure) at KO Associates LLP|Citadel Law Africa, Crispine has in under two decades in practice managed to dominate practice areas hitherto the preserve of big law firms in the continent.
In that time, Crispine has also built one of the most sought-after specialist law practice groups in the region, voted the Africa’s Specialist Law Firm of the Year 2020 at the Africa Legal Awards (ALA) for its Transport & Infrastructure and Technology work where the two teams were finalists in the awards. KO Associates LLP has a strong focus on technology, energy and infrastructure work in Africa and has built an enviable reputation in these areas.
Crispine is a dedicated lawyer known for his attention to detail, analytical legal mind and ability to communicate with clarity and simplicity. He has distinguished himself not only as a wizard dealmaker but also as a prolific thought leader, regular speaker and scholar on commercial transactions law. He has vast experience in commercial transactions and legal framework development including structuring, design and advisory in PPP projects, Transaction Agreements, Contracts and Transactional Due diligence and is widely recognized and hailed by peers and clients as one of the best commercial lawyers of his generation.
He has worked as counsel and an advisor with the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, East African Community, USAID East Africa Trade & Investment Hub, Africa Development Bank, Microsoft Corporation, US department of Commercial Law, Power Africa, LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority, Kenya Pipeline Company, Kenya Electricity Generation Company (KENGEN), the Information and Communication Authority of Kenya, Konza Technopolis Development Authority and Nairobi Metropolitan Transport Authority (NAMATA) among many other organizations.
Since 2004, Crispine he has provided advisory, consulting and transaction services in Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Aviation, Transport, Media, Technology & Communication, Energy, Trade, Investment, and Infrastructure projects across East Africa. In Corporate M&A, he has advised a number of clients on Joint Ventures, Acquisitions, Disposals and Corporate Finance including the reverse merger of Equatorial Commercial Bank and Southern Credit Banking Corporation, the Ecobank Transnational Inc acquisition of 75% share of EABS Bank Limited culminating in Ecobank Kenya Limited and the Merger & Acquisition of then ALICO Insurance Company by AIG Inc.
His Projects expertise covers public utilities institutional and governance reforms and transitions, project development, appraisal , approvals, Public-Private Partnerships transaction advisory as well Project Finance. Crispine has advised on a number of headline infrastructure and utilities development, financings and refinancing in Kenya and East Africa markets in recent years. He has led a number of high level negotiations and stakeholder engagements in development of legal and regulatory frameworks for infrastructure development.
Some of his recent work include leading Regional Partner States negotiations for harmonization of transport laws under the East African Transport and Trade Facilitation Program (EATTF), legal structuring and development of Legal Framework for the proposed Konza Technopolis East of Nairobi, transaction advisory for the development of Lamu Port and Special Economic Zone and legal framework development for the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT). In energy he has been involved in various Electricity Sector Projects, including being a legal advisor to Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN) for the 120 MW Olkaria II Geothermal Power Project, acting for the Lenders led by HSBC Bank for the 400 MW Bujagali Hydro-Power Project in Uganda and advising Promoters of Rabai Power in 120 MW CCG Power Plant in Mombasa Kenya.
Crispine experience includes international experience in London with International law firm, Linklaters LLP, working in the firm’s Global Projects (Energy & Infrastructure) Practice where he acquired extensive expertise in Project Finance, Capital Markets, Infrastructure Project development, PPPs and PFIs. Crispine was also a Commercial Law Partner at Mohammed Muigai Advocates from 2008 to 2010. He founded KO Associates in January 2011 as the Managing Partner and grew the firm into one of Eastern Africa’s most respected technology, energy and Infrastructure boutique law firms boasting a dozen strong legal team of commercial law and transactions experts.
Crispine holds an Masters Degree in International Studies and LL.B Degree from University of Nairobi, a Legal Practice Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law (KSL) and a Certificate in International Law from Cambridge University. He is a member of Law Society of Kenya (LSK), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and a Fellow of International Lawyers for Africa (IFLA).
Crispine has taught Commercial Transactions at KSL, is a resource person to the Law Faculties at Strathmore University Law school and Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Corporate Law, Insolvency & Restructuring and Public Private Partnerships and has been a regular speaker on Infrastructure and Project Finance across Africa. He was Legal Counsel and Secretary to the Information and Communication Authority (ICTA) between 2010 to 2019 and is a current Trustee of African Forest Trust Fund.