Kamau Karori, MBS, Senior Partner at IKM Advocates Awarded a National Honour
2019-2-1 / DLA Piper Africa is pleased to announce that Kamau Karori, MBS, a Senior Partner at its Kenyan member firm, IKM Advocates, was conferred a national honour known as the Order of the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) on 12 December 2018 in recognition of his distinguished service in Kenya.
A national honour is awarded to a person who has made exemplary contribution to the country or a county in the economic, social, scientific, academic, public administration, governance, sports, journalism, business, security or other fields.
Kamau Karori, MBS has been involved in many complex and high profile cases and arbitration matters for both local and international clients, some of which involved novel issues which he helped develop jurisprudence. He has also represented the Government of Kenya and other government agencies in a number of commercial matters both in Kenya and internationally. Most recently he led a team of Kenyan and DLA Piper lawyers in defending the Government of Kenya against the USD 2 billion Cortec Mining arbitration claim.
Kamau Karori said: “I am greatly humbled by the President’s recognition. The Government of Kenya has shown real belief in Kenyan lawyers to advise on high stakes international court and arbitration matters, and this is not something I have ever taken for granted. It is an honor to repay the faith and trust that our clients have shown in me. I wish to thank my colleagues in DLA Piper for their invaluable support and look forward to our continued collaboration.”
James Kamau, the Chairman of DLA Piper Africa and the Managing Director of IKM Advocates said “As a firm we are extremely proud of Kamau Karori for this recognition. He has gained the trust of clients due to his client focused approach to matters, expertise, innovative thinking and boldness. In partnership with colleagues from DLA Piper, he has demonstrated his ability to weave his deep local law knowledge with international law expertise to win landmark cases.”
Charles Servers, DLA Piper’s Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, said: “We are pleased that one of our own has received presidential recognition for his contribution and service in Kenya. We congratulate and applaud him for delivering an exceptional quality of service to our clients and truly living by our values as a firm.”
Ms. Jane Karuku the Managing Director of Kenya Breweries Limited said: “I have known Karori Kamau, KK as we refer to him for a long time now over which period we have developed a very good working relationship. He is a hard-working, dependable and highly-regarded litigation lawyer. He has handled some of the most complex cases for us with the highest degree of professionalism. KK is very thorough and passionate and always has the company’s best interest at the center of any legal strategy for the cases he is charged with. He is responsive and dependable and authentically discusses the legal impacts of key decisions in the business. It was therefore not a surprise that he received great recognition from the President of Kenya. Very well deserved KK, and I would like to pass my sincere congratulations to you and wish you all the best. Looking forward to a continued fruitful partnership into the future”.