Stephen Mallowah

Partner and Head of Climate Change and Sustainability

+254 (20) 272 7171, 272 71533


Corporate and Commercial Law
Public Private Partnerships
Capital Markets and Financial Services
Structured and Project Finance,
Energy, Mining, Oil and Gas
Regulatory Compliance
Public Policy

Steve has a reputation as a consummate dealmaker and a go-to lawyer in structuring or unlocking unconventional commercial transactions as a partner in the Commercial and Corporate Law Department as well as heading a couple of specialized practice areas in the firm.

He has demonstrated expertise in several specialized areas of law, including capital markets and financial services, structured and project finance, energy, mining, oil and gas. Additionally, he provides advisory services to clients on regulatory compliance, public policy and legislative engagement. Steve is constantly pushing the knowledge boundary in emerging areas of practice. This is evidenced by the fact that he is one of the pioneering lawyers in Kenya in the area of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and has advised both the public and private sides on large PPP projects that have successfully achieved commercial and financial close. Steve also heads the firm’s new Climate Change and Sustainability Practice.

Steve also has a passion for teaching and has taught at several leading institutions including the Kenya School of Law. He is also a certified Corporate Governance Trainer. As a former senior public sector executive, he has extensive networks with key decision-makers across the region.


Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public
KIPI Agent

LLB (Hons), University of Zambia
Diploma in Law (KSL)
LLM (Hons), Corporate and Commercial Law
Msc. Public Policy and Management
Advanced Management Program

Law Society of Kenya
Institute of Certified Public Secretaries
International Bar Association


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Public Finance Management Act Legal alert

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The Climate Change & Sustainability  Team