Stephen Mallowah


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Practice Areas

  • Corporate and Commercial

Professional Experience

Mr. Mallowah is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He is a Commercial and Corporate Law partner with the prominent regional law firm TripleOKLaw LLP, based in Nairobi, and undertaking projects across the region.

He has demonstrated his true mettle in several specialized areas of law. Examples include: Capital Markets and Financial Services – advising a large commercial bank on setting up a Unit Trust; Structured and Project Finance and Energy – advising a developer on delivering a 140MW geotheral power generation project; Mining, Oil and Gas – advising large multinationals in the extractives sector on legislative engagement on the Mining Act and Petroleum Act; Public Policy and Regulatory Compliance – advising a large telco on regulatory and compliance issues around the rollout of a suite of advanced digital service offerings .

He has a reputation as a consummate deal maker and a go-to lawyer for some of the most complex commercial transactions in the region.  He is one of the pioneering lawyers in Kenya in the area of Public Private Partnerships having advised both the public and private side on two large projects that successfully achieved commercial and financial close.

He has taught law at the Kenyatta University, Catholic University of East Africa, the Kenya School of Law and the Kenya School of Monetary Studies among others. He is also a certified Corporate Governance Trainer with the Centre for Corporate Governance.


Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • Education:
  • Msc. Public policy and Management, University of London
  • LLM (Hons.), University of London
  • LLB (Hons.), University of Zambia
  • JFK school of Government, Havard University
  • Wharton Business School, University of Pensylvania
  • Advanced Management Program, University of Navarra, Spain
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Law, (Kenya School of Law)

Associations and Linkages

  • Law Society of Kenya
  • East African Law Society
  • Commonwealth Lawyers Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Former partner at MMC Africa Law based in Nairobi
  • Corporate law practice with Hamilton Harrison and Matthews and Anjarwalla and Khanna Advocates
  • Involved in setting up of the Anti-Counterfeit Agency, Retirement Benefits Authority, and Insurance Regulatory Authority.
  • An ongoing assignment as a legal advisor on the World Bank funded Public Procurement and concessions reform project for the federal government of Somalia
  • The first Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Anti-counterfeit Agency (ACA)
  • The Board Secretary of the Retirement benefits Authority (RBA)
  • Corporations Secretary at the insurance regulatory Authority (IRA)
  • Drafting Principle and subsidiary legislation based on global best practice template – currently applied in the administration of pensions in Kenya
  • Advised on the reforms to the Kenya Civil Service ( PAYGO) Pensions Scheme
  • Sits on several Boards including ICEA – LION Asset Management Limited and boards of educational and charitable institutions


  • Chevening Scholar 1996-97 (University College London)