Raffaele Cavani

Raffaele Cavani is a founding partner of the firm.

Qualified to plead before the Supreme Court, his practice includes both litigation and non-contentious work.

Adjunct professor of European Commercial Law at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

He deals mainly with corporate and commercial law matters, mergers, acquisitions and private equity, international contract issues, anti-trust and competition law.


University of Modena J.D, graduated cum laude (1988)
University of Chicago Law School, LL.M. (1993)
University of Sassari, Ph. D. Law and Economics (1994)


Italian, English, French, Spanish

Selected publications:

“Dispute Resolution 2013” (Italian Chapter) and “Dispute Resolution 2014” (Italian Chapter), published by Law Business Research Ltd. (co-author with Alessandra Fossati and Paolo Preda)

“L’agente e la rappresentanza”, in Contratti di impresa e restrizioni verticali. Agenzia Franchising, Commissione, Mediazione, Spedizione, Milano, 2004

“CRS e tutela dei dati nel codice di condotta: una nuova ricetta in cucina?”, ne Il nuovo diritto aeronautico, Milano, 2002, 767.

“Aiuti per ristrutturazioni nel settore aeronautico: sulla procedura per il controllo comunitario e la prassi della Commissione delle Comunità Europee”, in Studi in Onore di Gustavo Romanelli, Milano, 1997, 224.

“The New Italian International Private Law”, European Business Review, 1996, 124.

“Computerized Reservation Systems for Air Transport: Remarks on the European Community Legislation”, Fordham International Law Journal, 1994, 441.

“Linee e sviluppi della disciplina comunitaria sui sistemi telematici di prenotazione per il trasporto aereo”, Il diritto dell’informazione e dell’informatica, 1992, 613.


We chose a path of independence and professional attention to the quality of work, in a structure that represents us as individuals and in which those who believe in the values of research, culture and versatility, could identify themselves.

The synthesis resulted in an agile, dynamic, creative, working style with select and never oversized teams, in an environment founded on commitment to critical spirit and mutual cooperation among professionals.


Charles Waweru Gatonye

With over 30 years of experience, founder of the firm & Senior Partner Mr. Charles Waweru Gatonye is widely regarded as a “high-class and outstanding lawyer” in his field of commercial litigation. He graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1974 with L.L. B (Honours). He is also an advocate having worked in the office of the Attorney General and rose to become a deputy to the then Director of Public Prosecutions.

He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, the National Advocates’ Disciplinary Committee, East Africa Law Society, international Commission of Jurists as well as the International Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a Certified Public Secretary. He has had the singular honour to be appointed by His Excellency the President of Kenya as an Assisting Counsel to the just concluded Goldenberg Inquiry investigating the loss of billions of shillings of public funds.

Mr. Gatonye was also appointed by the Central Bank of Kenya as lead counsel to the Commission of Inquiry into the sale and transfer of the Grand Regency, (the Kimunya Commission).

He has a lot of experience in court work and has litigated at the highest levels in our country. Some of the big litigations Mr. Gatonye has handled in the past include Central Bank of Kenya Versus Uhuru Highway Development Authority worth KShs 13.5 billion and Block Hotels Holdings Versus Kamlesh Pattni, again worth billions of shillings. He is currently involved in a number of litigious briefs for the Kenya Revenue Authority relating to unpaid taxes for sums of more than USD 45 million.

Waweru Gatonye & Company Advocates

Established in May, 1985, Waweru Gatonye & Company Advocates has built a name for itself as one of Kenya’s finest commercial practice firms.

The firm maintains a very good team of litigators and has made an impression in several important fields, including corporate/commercial litigation, conveyance & property matters and arbitration. Specializing in commercial litigation as well as conveyance & property matters, the firm provides pragmatic, solution driven services that add value to our clients’ businesses.

The Firm has grown rapidly in recent years, and embraces an internal culture of motivation, commitment, enthusiasm, and reward. For our clients, their interests are paramount and with that in mind, we offer sound commercial legal services, delivered with total professional commitment. For our employees, we have created an environment of energy, expertise, reward and enthusiasm.

Our objective is to provide professional and excellent legal services and advice while remaining sensitive to the clients’ needs and professional ethics. We aim at being efficient, remaining faithful to the law while sustaining professional relationships with our clients.