Richard Odongo

Richard Odongo

Nairobi, Kenya: Coulson Harney LLP
T: +254 70 996 6000
  • Overview
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Richard Odongo is an Associate in our Nairobi office and a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice.

Richard has gained extensive experience in Corporate Commercial law; specifically advising on Intellectual Property law, Media and Entertainment law, Data Protection, Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and Information Technology law.

Richard holds an LLB degree from Strathmore University (Nairobi), and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. Richard is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K.) (MCIArb); the Law Society of Kenya; and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya) Young Members’ Group.

Specialist Services

Relevant Experience

*Experience gained prior to joining Bowmans.

  • Advising Uber B.V. and Uber Kenya on various regulatory and compliance matters.
  • Acting as local counsel to Antler, a global early-stage VC enabling and investing in exceptional entrepreneurs in the region. We provide legal counsel across commercial, technology, data protection and intellectual property matters.
  • UAP Old Mutual on data protection advice in respect of the roll-out of a proposed marketing services.
  • Google on general aspects of data protection and privacy in Kenyan law and on the state of legislation and regulation governing certain Google products.
  • Assisted Safaricom with the drafting of a trial partnership agreement for the development of a platform leveraging on technology to create smart impactful insights to enable Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to better understand and target their customers.
  • Assisted Safaricom with the drafting and negotiating of a product collaboration agreement in respect of research and development of innovative tracking technology products.
  • Acting for Helios Investment Partners, a leading Africa-focused private equity fund, in connection with its entry into a joint venture with Acorn Group Africa, a property development and project management firm, for the identification, acquistion, construction and development of real estate properties in Kenya, involving the unwinding of a pre-existing joint venture between British American Asset Management by Acorn and simultaneous entry into the joint venture with Helios.*
  • Acting for Actus Education Holdings in connection with its acquisition of shares in the Riara Group of Schools.*
  • Acting for a large British multinational chemicals company in connection with opposition proceedings instituted against a large British multinational car manufacturer, challenging the improper registration of an invalid trademark in Kenya and other key African jurisdictions.*
  • Acting for Airbnb in connection with the provision of local law advice on transport, alcohol, food, business licensing and public land laws.*
  • Acting for Malindi Solar Group, one of Kenya’s largest solar power project companies, in connection with obtaining tax and related exemptions on imported goods for construction of a solar power plant in Kenya.*
  • Acting for Vodacom (South Africa) in connection with the provision of local telecommunications advice on the regulation of Point of Presence equipment and provision of internet services in Kenya.*


  • Best Candidate – Module 1 Arbitration (2021) – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Kenya.