Elly Obegi

Elly Obegi

Associate | ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna

Physical Address:

ALN House, Eldama Ravine Close, Off Eldama Ravine Road, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya

Postal Address:

P O Box 200-00606, Sarit Centre, Nairobi, Kenya


+254 20 364 0000

Email Address:

  1. Background

    Elly Obegi is an Associate in Anjarwalla & Khanna LLP’s Dispute Resolution department. Obegi advises and represents clients on a wide array of civil, commercial and tax disputes. He principally acts on direct and indirect tax matters, employment matters, domestic and international arbitration, regional integration matters and land and environment matters.

    He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Registered Tax Agent. Prior to joining A&K, Obegi was a Senior Associate in the Tax Controversy & Dispute Resolution practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Kenya. 

  2. Professional Membership
    • Law Society of Kenya
    • Law Reform, Devolution and Constitutional Implementation Committee, Law Society of Kenya
    • East African Law Society
    • Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitration
    • Registered Tax Agent (Kenya)
  3. Professional Qualifications

    2019: Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law

    2017: Bachelors of Laws (LL.B), University of Nairobi, School of Law

    2014: Certified Public Accounting (Kenya), Section 4

  4. Career Summary

    2021 – Date: Associate, Anjarwalla & Khanna LLP, Nairobi

    2019 – 2020: Trainee Lawyer, Anjarwalla & Khanna LLP, Nairobi

    2019 – 2019: Senior Associate, Tax Controversy & Dispute Resolution, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Kenya, Nairobi.

    2017 – 2019: Associate, Tax Consulting & Solutions, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Kenya, Nairobi.

    2016 – 2016: Legal Intern, Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews, Nairobi

    2016 – 2016: Tax Intern, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Kenya, Nairobi.

    2015 – 2016: Legal & Regulatory Affairs Intern, Communications Authority of Kenya, Nairobi

    2014 – 2014: Legal Intern, Ochoki & Co. Advocates, Kisii

  5. Top Matters
    • Successfully representing a Tanzania’s largest glass manufacturer against the Government of Kenya in an interim application in an ongoing dispute before East African Court of Justice (EACJ). The suit at the EACJ seeks to invalidate amendments to the Excise Duty Act, 2015 to introduce excise duty of 25% on imported glass into Kenya from East African Community (EAC) Partner States contrary to Kenya’s regional integration obligations under the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC, the Protocol on the Establishment of the EAC Customs Union and the Protocol on the Establishment of the EAC Common Market. The interim orders have provided a reprieve to the company from the impugned excise duty pending the determination of the case.
    • Representing an Ugandan oil marketer against the Government of Uganda in an ongoing case at the East Africa Court of Justice (EACJ) in connection with an international trade law and customs duty dispute. The suit arises from breach of rules of origin provisions under the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community (EAC), the Protocol on the Establishment of the EAC Customs Union, the Protocol on the Establishment of the EAC Common Market.
    • Acting for Heineken Group, a Dutch brewing company, at the Kenyan Court of Appeal in connection with the disputed termination of distribution agreements in East Africa.
    • Representing a private equity fund at the High Court of Kenya in connection with ongoing recognition and enforcement proceedings in respect of a London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) arbitral award and defending the company in related proceedings for setting aside of the LCIA award and interpleader proceedings.
    • Acting for a global telecommunications company, in an appeal to the High Court of Kenya Court in connection with a Value Added Tax dispute on exported services.
    • Defending Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, a Japanese multinational electronics and electrical equipment manufacturing company, in connection with contesting a suit filed in the High Court of Kenya at Nairobi by MITS Electrical Company (MITS) on account of alleged breach of various distributorship agreements. In the suit, MITS have sought damages of about KES 1.3 billion.
    • Acting for the family of Mr. Nazmuddin Habib Kassam Kurji in connection with a property dispute arising from the illegal eviction of the Kurji family from their home by unscrupulous land grabbers who demolished the Kurji family’s residence overnight.
    • Acting for East African Exploration Kenya, a local subsidiary of Afren (In Administration), an international oil exploration company formerly listed on the London Stock Exchange, in insolvency proceedings in Kenya.
    • Assisting in advising various clients in respect of domestic and international arbitration law issues.
    • Assisting in advising various clients in respect of Kenyan employment law issues including the procedures for termination of employment, disciplinary proceedings, redundancies, and reviewing and updating contracts of employment.
    • Acting for Access Bank, a full-service commercial Bank operating through a network of about 305 branches and service outlets located in major centres across Nigeria, Sub Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom, in connection with the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Transnational Bank, a commercial Bank in Kenya.

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