September 14, 2016: Iseme Kamau & Maema (IKM) Advocates, an Africa member of DLA Piper
Group has received recognition for its role in advising the Kenyan Government on the Medical
Equipment Services (MES) project – Africa’s largest health sector Public Private Partnership deal.

The DLA Piper Africa team comprising lawyers from IKM and DLA Piper, UK, picked the award for “Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year” at the 2016 African Legal Awards for their work in advising the Government of Kenya on the US$500 million MES PPP project, which is one of the largest sustainable healthcare projects in Africa.

The high profile project involved the central procurement of supply, installation, testing, maintenance and lifecycle of medical equipment, training and construction and fit out works at 94 hospitals, each with diverse geographical and clinical needs.

IKM’s Managing Partner, James Kamau, said: "It is fantastic to see the efforts of our lawyers recognized by such established awards as these. The success and strength of DLA Piper Africa relies on true collaboration between firms in the group, as transactions require us to work together across single and multiple jurisdictions in order to assist our clients in reaching their goals. The recognition of the novelty and impact of the MES Project to the Kenyan people is most welcome and fits squarely with the IKM mission to offer our clients quality service while ensuring the highest ethical standards and positive impact to our community”

The team also scooped the coveted African Network of the Year title at the ceremony, which was held at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg and hosted by Legal Week in conjunction with the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA).

The African Legal Awards seeks to recognize exceptional achievement in the African legal community at a time when the legal sector is facing rapid change. The award for Africa Network of the Year called for firms to demonstrate "significant progress over the past 12-18 months" on the continent. Comprising 15 African member firms, covering Francophone, Lusophone and Anglophone Africa, DLA Piper Africa was able to show outstanding collaboration across sectors and jurisdictions.