ASSOCIATES

PETER DEDE

Associate - Commercial and Property Department

Telephone:
+254 41 2225891| 2225839| 0774 981412|
Mobile:
+254 722 981 412| 0736 426616|
Email:
pdede@wakili.com
Office:
Mombasa Trade Centre, South Wing, 3rd Floor, Nkrumah Road
address:
P.O. Box 90282 – 80100 Mombasa, Kenya

Background
Dede has curved a niche in Banking and Project Finance transactions within the
Coastal Region. Dede advises top Commercial Banks including KCB Bank Kenya
Limited, Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited, Gulf African Bank Limited, African
Banking Corporation Limited, HFC Limited and most recently joining the list of
top clients, NIC Bank Kenya PLC. He also has a vast experience in complex
Real Estate and Property transactions and additionally handles corporate
restructuring transactions and mergers and acquisitions with a bias for
clients within the Coastal Region.

Education
• Bachelor of Laws (LLB) - University of Nairobi
• Diploma in Law - Kenya School of Law


Areas of Expertise
• Banking and Finance
• Real Estate and Property Law
• Corporate Restructuring and Mergers and Acquisitions

Top Matters
Banking and Finance
• Acted for NIC Bank Kenya PLC (“NIC”) in relation to a takeover of facilities
in excess of the sum of KShs. 400 million advanced to one of the largest wholesale
and retail distributors in the country from Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited (“BBK”).
The transaction involved a comprehensive due diligence in relation to the borrower
and the existing securities in favour of BBK and subsequently procured creation of
securities in favour of NIC to secure facilities to the borrower in the sum of
KShs. 900 million.

• Acting for NIC Bank Kenya PLC in relation to corporate finance arrangements
in favour of a leading flagship logistics company in the Coastal Region to secure
facilities in excess of KShs. 2 Billion. The transaction involved a comprehensive
due diligence in relation to the borrower, securities documentation and perfection.

• Acting for KCB Bank Kenya Limited (“KCB”) on the discharge of residential
apartments for sale within the English Point Marina Project at the Coastal City
of Mombasa, Kenya. KCB is the sole financier of the English Point Marina Project,
which has been hailed to be a blue-print project that aims to transform Kenya
into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing high quality of
life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment.
The transaction involved negotiating appropriate terms of undertakings with the
developer’s Advocates, Advocates for various purchasers and Advocates
representing the financier’s offering facilities to prospective purchasers in
facilitating the discharge process for individual units being sold at all times
ensuring that the sale proceeds are remitted into an escrow account with KCB to
offset the existing liabilities.

Real Estate and Property Law
• Participated in the Legal Team advising Kenya Railways Corporation on the
legal issues on the properties affected by the construction of the Standard Gauge
Railway (the Mombasa – Nairobi line) with a view to guiding the Corporation in
making a determination of the compensation sums estimated to be over KShs. 2billion,
payable to the owners of the properties. The transaction involved a comprehensive
legal due diligence exercise at the relevant government registries tapping into
various issues affecting property interests within the SGR Corridor as well as
reviewing on going cases filed in court to challenge the project and reviewing
the previous awards preferred by the Government in favour of various land owners.

• Participated in the Legal Team advising the Industrial and Commercial Development
Corporation in relation to a real estate development in Nyali area in Mombasa
County worth approximately KShs. 364 million in the construction and sale of
luxury apartments development. The transaction involved undertaking a change of
user on the property; restructuring of the management company, structuring of the
development including preparation of the necessary preparation of offer letters,
sale agreements and Leases relating to the end buyers.

• Participated in the Legal Team representing a real estate developer in
developing high end apartments in Nyali area in Mombasa County worth approximately
KShs. 282 Million. This involved undertaking a complex due diligence exercise;
advising on a Joint Venture arrangement with investors, preparing Shareholders
Agreements and restructuring of a Special Purpose vehicle; rendering legal advice
to facilitate the sale of the apartments; negotiating with the purchasers on the
terms of the agreement for sale; and perfecting the registration of the Leases
in favour of end purchasers

Corporate Restructuring and Mergers and Acquisitions
• Participated in the Legal Team advising a local listed Real Estate Investment
Trust (REIT) company in its intended acquisition of two established hotels
situated in the Kenyan tourism hub of Mombasa, a transaction that involves
a share purchase and an asset purchase respectively of the going concerns.

Languages
• English
• Kiswahili

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya

JAMES MARUMI

Associate - Commercial and Property Department

Telephone:
+254 020 2329898 | 2167301| 2167302 |
Mobile:
+254 720585785 | 734 333 339|
Email:
jmarumi@wakili.com
Office:
MMC Arches, Spring Valley Crescent, Off Peponi Road
address:
P.O. Box 75362 – 00200 Nairobi, Kenya

Background
James is an associate in the Commercial and Property Department and has a wealth
of experience in commercial and property transactions including real estate
structuring, project structuring, project finance, conveyancing, land use and
planning successionand estate planning, banking and finance.
He has vast experience in advising on real estate transactions with a bias to
mixed use developments. He also possesses expertise in special economic zones
and he is advising a mixed-use developer interested in acquiring a special
economic zone.



Education
• Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law.
• Bachelor of Laws, University of Nairobi.

Areas of Expertise
• Structuring of Real Estate Developments
• Special Economic Zones
• Banking and Finance
• Corporate and Project Finance
• Land use and Planning
• Real Estate Investment Trusts
• Legal Research and Advisory
• Joint Ventures

Top Matters
Real Estate and Mixed-Use Developments
• Part of the team that advised Tatu City a real estate development company,
on all aspects of the legal structure for a proposed mixed-use development on 2,
500 acres, Tatu City, in Ruiru Municipality. The project, which at completion
will have 60,000 residents, includes elements of public private partnerships in
the development and elements of infrastructure, in particular roads, water and
sanitation. We developed a master declaration of covenants restrictions and
easements which will at as the constitution of the entire city to ensure that
the development controls envisaged by our client will continue to bind the users
of the cities and enhance its viability. I am currently handling the end user
sales and registration of leases with a specific bias to bulk land sales.
• Advising the LANTech (Africa) Limited on the Urban Renewal and Redevelopment
of Buxton Estate in Mombasa County on all legal aspects of the transaction
including the joint venture agreement with the County, land acquisition,
legal structuring of the project and the end sales to the users.
• Part of the team advising Amboseli Golf Resort Hotel and Spa Limited on all
aspects of the legal structure for a golf course, resort and high-end holiday
cottages to be erected on about 400 acres in Kajiado. This includes the
negotiation of the contracts relating to the construction and management of the
golf course and the hotel. We are also handling the end user sales and
registration of leases
• Advising a developer with 1,400 acres of Land in Naivasha. The land owner
wishes to sell a portion of the Land comprising 115 acres. The objective is to
create parcels of about 5-20 acres which will thereafter be sold to end-users.
The proposed project sits in the heart of the Naivasha adjacent to the Lake
Naivasha, an iconic gem in Kenya. More so, the developer owns a conservancy
around the project land where myriad of wildlife is kept under its protection in
its vast land safe from the wildlife bandits. The home owners will be required
to develop at most 40% of the parcel of land leaving the remainder of the land
green. The project shall also accommodate retirement homes providing the elderly
a place to enjoy their prime years. The transaction will require the creation of
a master plan for the project as well as setting out a governance structure for
the project that will take into consideration the conservancy.
• Advising a real estate company unique in the industry for its provision of
unique and affordable property across the country undertaking two projects,
one in Nakuru and the other in Machakos. The transaction involves the
structuring and sale of residential apartments in the 2 projects, change of use
of the property, project finance, negotiating and drafting the various contracts
required in the project and representing the client in the end sales to the home
owners.
• Part of the team advising a Golf Resort and Spa developer in the corporate
structuring of the development company and its related companies including
preparation of shareholder agreements, advising on a management agreement with
Wyndham, advising on the financing structure of its tourism construction
facility afforded by the African Development Bank, fund raising from equity
investors and the real estate structuring of a golf estate.

Banking
• Advised KCB Bank Kenya Limited on its top 20 corporate borrowers with over
KES 1 Billion facilities from the Bank. The transaction involved due diligence
on the securities created and the ancillary contracts and agreements and the
registration formalities.
• Part of the team that advised on structuring and creating various securities
to secure borrowings by one of the largest textile companies in Africa amounting
to KES 3.5 Billion to finance the company’s expansion and working capital.
• Advising a bank client on the structure, operational and legal framework of
mortgage backed securities.
• Conducted trainings on the Companies Act, 2015 and the Insolvency Act to its
bank clients and other financial institutions.
• Advising a Kenyan Bank in the structuring of a syndicated loan facility with
a Mauritian Bank with respect to a Kenyan steel company where the steel company
has taken a facility amounting to USD. 4,000,000.00 from the Mauritian Bank and
USD. 2,015,800.00 from the Kenyan Bank.

Publications
• Client Alert on the judgement with respect to the suspension of the
requirement for payment of capital gains tax before transfer of land.

Languages
• English
• Swahili

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya

Professional Membership
• Law Society of Kenya

MARY KAHURA

Associate - Commercial and Property Department

Telephone:
+254 020 2329898 | 2167301| 2167302 |
Mobile:
+254 720585785 | 734 333 339|
Email:
mkahura@wakili.com
Office:
MMC Arches, Spring Valley Crescent, Off Peponi Road
address:
P.O. Box 75362 – 00200 Nairobi, Kenya

Background
Mary has experience in commercial transactions including public private
partnerships (PPPs), mergers and acquisitions (M&A), project finance and energy
and infrastructure projects. She recently assisted in advising five public
universities in Kenya in undertaking the development of student hostels under a
PPP model. She has also in the past assisted in the structuring of residential
developments in several parts of the Kenya.

Education
• Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law, 2014
• Bachelor of Laws, University of Nairobi, 2013

Areas of Expertise
• Public private partnerships (PPPs)
• Energy and infrastructure
• Competition law
• Project structuring
• Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
• General commercial law
• Banking and Finance
• Employment law







Top Matters
Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), Energy and Infrastructure Projects
• Assisting in advising five public universities in Kenya in undertaking the
development of student hostels under a PPP model.
• Assisted in advising an international firm interested in undertaking the
construction of the Nyali Bridge (under a PPP model) on all legal aspects of PPP
projects in Kenya.
• Assisting in advising a public hospital on all legal aspects in respect of
developing an annex under a PPP model.
• Assisting in advising an international oil company on the legal and
regulatory framework governing the energy sector in Kenya.
• Assisting in advising Tullow Oil Kenya BV on a monthly basis on any changes
in the legislation and policies impacting the energy sector in Kenya.

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
• Assisting in acting as local counsel for a Mauritian global telecommunication
company with subsidiaries in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.
• Assisting in advising three companies specializing in media planning and
buying services, creative agency and digital agency in their proposed restructuring
to create an integrated media group.
• Assisting in advising a local company in its proposed purchase and sale of
10,000 tonnes of maize, a transaction valued at approximately USD 1,500,000.
• Assisting in advising a global telecommunication company in its sale of
267 kilometres of fibre optic cable to a local telecommunication company.
• Assisting in undertaking a due diligence exercise in respect of a statutory
corporation proposing to raise finance through what will be the first asset backed
security transaction in Kenya if successful.
• Assisting in advising a company in the coastal region of Kenyan in its proposed
acquisition of 100% stake in a company in the business of manufacturing edible oil.
• Assisting in advising a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) company in its
intended acquisition of two established hotels situated in the Kenyan tourism hub
of Mombasa, a transaction that involves a share purchase and an asset purchase
respectively of the two proprietor companies.
• Assisting in advising a Trust in the transfer of its microfinance business
and assets to a local company.
• Assisting in advising a media company in its acquisition of core assets of
a television company.
• Assisting in advising an engineering, procurement and construction company
in its acquisition of stake in a company appointed as a national vendor for
Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited (KPLC).
• Assisting in advising a local bank in setting up its custodial business.

Property and Project structuring
• Assisting in structuring Richland Pointe, a residential development consisting
of approximately 300 residential apartments in Kamiti, Kiambu County.
• Assisting in the structuring of Amboseli Golf Resort Hotel & Spa, a luxury
mixed use development in Amboseli incorporating a golf course, resort, commercial
and residential units.
• Assisting in structuring of “The Shaza”, a development of serviced hotel
apartments in Shanzu at the northern coast of Kenya to be owned through
subscription to a private members’ club.
• Assisting in the sale and purchase of residential apartments
in Sycamore Court, a development located in South B, Nairobi.
• Assisting in the sale and purchase of residential apartments in
Prissy Apartments, a development located in Machakos County.

Banking and Finance
• Assisting in advising the Company for Housing and Habitat in Africa
(Shelter Afrique) in its financing of Karibu Homes, an affordable housing development
comprising of approximately 1,000 units in Mavoko County.
• Assisting in advising the Company for Housing and Habitat in Africa
(Shelter Afrique) in its financing of Richland, a residential development comprising
of approximately 350 units in Kamiti, Kiambu County.
• Assisting in advising the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU)
in its financing of Kenya Property Holdings ApS, a Danish company developing
residential apartments in Kinoo, Kiambu County.
• Assisting in advising a Mauritian global telecommunication company with
subsidiaries in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda obtaining financing from an
international fund, on the back of a management buyout transaction.
• Assisting in advising Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited in its financing of
Prissy Apartments, a residential development in Machakos County.

Employment
• Assisting in advising an independent power producing company in
developing its human resource framework.
• Assisting in advising an international company providing renewable energy in
emerging marking in regularizing its employment contracts with its Kenyan employees.
• Assisting in advising an international foundation in its employment of
a Kenyan employee.
• Assisting in advising a local security service provider in aligning its
employment contracts with Kenyan employment laws.
• Assisting in advising a local media company in the process of terminating
employees on account of redundancy.

Languages
• English
• Swahili

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya

KENNETH WILSON

Associate - Dispute Resolutions and Recoveries Department

Telephone:
+254 020 2329898 | 2167301| 2167302 |
Mobile:
+254 720585785 | 734 333 339|
Email:
kwilson@wakili.com
Office:
MMC Arches, Spring Valley Crescent, Off Peponi Road
address:
P.O. Box 75362 – 00200 Nairobi, Kenya

Background
Kenneth has a wealth of experience in various areas of the law including but not
limited to Commercial, Civil, Environment & Land Court, Family and Probate,
Employment and Labour Relations, Election Petition, Telecommunication and
Intellectual Property Litigation.

Education
• Post Graduate Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Audit from Africa Nazarene University.
• Post Graduate Diploma in Law Africa from the Kenya School of Law.
• Bachelor of Laws from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

Areas of Expertise
• Commercial Litigation.
• Alternative Dispute Resolution.
• Family & Probate.
• Intellectual Property Law.
• Telecommunication Law.
• Employment and Labour Relations.
• Environment and Land Court matters.
• Election Petitions.
• Judicial Review.

Top Matters
Constitutional and Judicial Review
• Acting for East Africa’s leading telecommunication firm in a Petition filed
seeking to quash the decision of the Communications Authority of Kenya to
install a device management system on its network.
• Represented ZTE Corporation in a Petition that sought to cancel the award
of a tender for supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the National
Surveillance, Communication, Command and Control Systems in the
National Police Service worth over Ksh. 17 billion.
• Represented a Member of Nyandarua County Assembly in a suit against the
Clerk of the said Assembly who had refused to swear in the said Member.

Intellectual Property
• Acting for East Africa’s leading telecommunication firm in a suit on
ownership of the trademark OKOA STIMA.

Commercial
• Represented SGS Kenya Ltd in a suit seeking to set aside an Arbitral Award
made in Paris, France in its favour amounting to the sum of USD 1,500,000
exclusive of interest.

Succession
• Part of the team that represented a beneficiary in the Estate of the
Late Mbiyu Koinange.

Languages
• English
• Kiswahili

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya
• Uganda
• Tanzania
• Rwanda

Professional Membership
• A member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK)
• A member of the East Africa Law Society (EALS)
• A Member of the African Bar Association (AFBA)
• Young Lawyers Representative AFBA – Kenya Forum.

KAREN MUTHEE

Associate - Dispute Resolutions and Recoveries Department

Telephone:
+254 020 2329898 | 2167301| 2167302 |
Mobile:
+254 720585785 | 734 333 339|
Email:
kmuthee@wakili.com
Office:
MMC Arches, Spring Valley Crescent, Off Peponi Road
address:
P.O. Box 75362 – 00200 Nairobi, Kenya

Background
Karen is an all-round litigator involved in Commercial and Civil Litigation,
Employment and Labour matters, Judicial Review and Constitutional Matters.

Education
• LLM, University of Cape Town- International Trade Law.
• ACIArb, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
• Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law
• LLB, (Second Class Hons.) Catholic University of Eastern Africa.


Areas of Expertise
• Commercial Litigation
• Judicial Review of Administrative Actions
• Land and Environmental Disputes
• Intellectual Property Disputes
• Employment and Labor Relations Law
• International Trade.

Top Matters
• Represented Enviroserve Kenya Limited, in opposition to Judicial Review
matter filed seeking to stop the clean up of oil spillage in Makueni County.
• Acting for Safaricom Limited in Alternative Dispute Resolution in relation
to the collection, distribution and payment of royalties.
• Acting for Safaricom Limited in opposition to a suit claiming innovative
rights over the NFC Technology used for Mpesa 1 Tap.
• Acting for BRITAM in an Employment and Labor Relations matter where the
employee seeks terminal benefits of Kshs. 55,507,230/=.
• Acting an individual client in a family dispute matter on property worth
over 30 billion.

Languages
• English
• Kiswahili
• German

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya

Professional Membership
• Law Society of Kenya
• East Africa Law Society.

WINNIE ODHIAMBO

Associate - Commercial and Property Department

Telephone:
+254 020 2329898 | 2167301| 2167302 |
Mobile:
+254 720585785 | 734 333 339|
Email:
wodhiambo@wakili.com
Office:
MMC Arches, Spring Valley Crescent, Off Peponi Road
address:
P.O. Box 75362 – 00200 Nairobi, Kenya

Background
Winnie is an associate in the Commercial and Property Department with immense
proficiency in banking and property transactions. She is an integral part of the
team handling real estate structuring, project structuring, project finance,
conveyancing, land use and planning, banking and finance with vast experience
in structuring of developments.

Education
• Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law.
• Bachelor of Laws, Moi University.



Areas of Expertise
• Property Law
• Banking and Finance
• Project structuring
• Legislative and regulatory advisory
• Private Equity and Public Finance
• Land use and Planning
• Real Estate Investment Trusts
• Legal Research and Advisory
• Regulatory Compliance

Top Matters
Real Estate
• Advising Richland Development Limited on the structuring and sale of
residential and commercial units on property measuring approximately 2.280
hectares that is situated in Kiambu County. This includes project finance,
negotiation and drafting of the various contracts required in the project and
representing the client in the end sales to the unit owners.
• Part of the team advising a client that is coming with a word class mixed use
development along Thika Super Highway. At the completion of the development,
the development will comprise of high end residential apartments, middle class
residential apartments, office suits and a mall. The aim of the client is to
provide convenience to the purchasers in the development by ensuring that their
needs are met at the same place.
• Advising Kinoo Roadside limited, a real estate development company on all
aspects of legal structure for a residential development on a parcel of land
measuring approximately 0.477 hectares. We are currently handling the end user
sales to the purchasers and registration of the leases.
• Part of the team that is advising a client on setting up of an exclusive
members club based at the North Coast. The Club shall own extensive world class
luxury hotel apartments together with restaurants, conference facilities,
state of art recreational facilities and grounds. Individual purchasers shall
invest by acquiring memberships in the club and having an exclusive use of the facilities.
The members at the end of the transaction shall have a stake in the assets owned
by the company and may participate in the profits and losses of the club.
• Representing Tatu City Limited in the structuring and sale of residential units
situated within Tatu City, which will be known as Tatu Waters. The project is a
unique lifestyle development that offers good quality and affordable housing units
and its users will enjoy all the amenities within Tatu City.

Banking
• Advised the Company for Habitat and Housing in Africa (Shelter Afrique) in
structuring a facility worth Kenya Shillings one billion and negotiating the terms
of the legal instruments that secured repayment of the facility.
• Represented the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) in drafting
and negotiating the terms of securities securing facility that is worth Kenya
Shillings one billion two hundred million.
• Undertaking a comprehensive securities review for KCB Bank Kenya Limited.
• Reviewed security templates for various banks including but not limited to
Gulf African Bank and Equity Bank Kenya Limited.

Languages
• English
• Swahili

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya

Professional Membership
• Law Society of Kenya

MIRIAM KIMONDIU

Academic Qualifications
- Post Graduate Diploma (Kenya School of Law)
- Bachelor of Laws(Moi University)
Areas of Specialization
- Banking Law and Securities
- Conveyance and Property Law
- Project structuring
- Corporate Structuring
Professional Membership
- Law Society of Kenya
- East Africa Law Society
- Federation of Women Lawyers
- International Commission of Jurists, (ICJ-Kenya) Chapter

STEVE BIKO

Academic Qualifications
- Post Graduate Diploma (Kenya School of Law)
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Hons (Moi University)
Areas of Specialization
- Real Estate Development and Conveyancing
- Banking and Finance
- Commercial Restructuring
- Company Secretarial
- Legal Research and Advisory

KELVIN GATHARA

Associate - Commercial and Property Department

Telephone:
+254 020 2329898 | 2167301| 2167302 |
Mobile:
+254 720585785 | 734 333 339|
Email:
gathara@wakili.com
Office:
MMC Arches, Spring Valley Crescent, Off Peponi Road
address:
P.O. Box 75362 – 00200 Nairobi, Kenya

Background
Kelvin is an Associate in the Commercial and Property Department. He is forging
a strong reputation in commercial and real estate transactions. He has an
excellent grasp of the law and an impeccable insight in drafting and reviewing
legal documentation. He has exemplary negotiating skills with attention to
details. He has acted for various developers in coordinating change of use for
mixed use developments and also advised a variety of clients with respect to
project structuring, project finance and REITS.

Education
• University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Laws LL.B. (Hons)
• Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law, Nairobi
• Company Secretary (CS) (KASNEB)
• All Tax Training by Deloitte & Touche

Areas of Expertise
• Project Structuring
• Corporate Restructuring
• Capital Markets
• Corporate Governance
• Company Secretarial
• Real Estate Development and Conveyancing
• Banking and Finance

Top Matters
Real Estate
• Currently part of the team advising major Real Estate Developer in Nairobi
on the creation and set up of Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) to be licensed
by the Capital Markets Authority. This will entail conducting the legal due diligence,
drafting of the Information Memorandum, the Trust Deed, Management and
Custody Agreement and pursuing approval for the same with the Capital Markets Authority.
• Advising Home Afrika Limited, a real estate developer in the acquisition of
1,000 acres and subsequently in the structuring of a mixed used development
comprising of residential, commercial, retail and hospitality precincts.
• Advising the client on the structuring and sale of residential apartments on
property measuring approximately 2.280 ha within Kiambu County this includes
project finance, negotiation and drafting of the various contracts required in
the project and representing the client in the end sales to the home owners
• Part of the team advising a client on the structuring and sale of a
comprehensive sustainable multigenerational community centre having a mixed use
which shall be set up on approximately 350 acres of land in Kiambu County.
The investors shall be allowed to pay for their houses for a period of 20 years
and shall also be entitled to other benefits which include education for 2
children and medical insurance. The homeowners shall be entitled to a share in
the developer as well as a tenant purchase agreement which shall be converted to
a share in the land owner and a lease for their unit upon completion of payment
• Advised a major Real Estate Developer in Nanyuki on mixed use development,
undertaking the change of user on the Grant, preparation of the Project Finance
documents and review of the contract documents with the professionals,
preparation of sale contracts relating to the end buyers.
• Advising Bongo Court Development in Nanyuki the structuring and sale of 56,
two and three bedroomed luxurious holiday apartments comprised in one of a kind
holiday home development coupled with a serene environment and scenic views of
the Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare.
• Acting for Shanzu Beach Resort Limited in the structuring and sale of “The Shaza”
which is said to be the most exclusive holiday homes resort in the East African Region.
The Shaza is a beach front property in Mombasa.
• Advising several developers in the structuring and sale of residential units
in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kajiado and Kisumu Counties. This includes the management of
common areas, application of service charge and drafting and registration of
sales documentation.

Banking
• Part of the team that conducted a securities review and due diligence,
advised Spire Bank Limited in respect of the various securities created by various
borrowers in the favour of Spire Bank Limited prepared the due diligence report.
• Advised KCB Bank Kenya Limited on its top 20 corporate borrowers with over
KES 1 Billion facilities from the Bank. The transaction involved due diligence
on the securities created and the ancillary contracts and agreements and the
registration formalities.
• Conducted trainings on the Companies Act, 2015 and the Insolvency Act to its
bank clients and other financial institutions.
• Undertaking securities review on the various securities perfected in favour
of banks and recommending the way forward to reduce the risk exposure to the
respective banks in the event of recovery.
• Acted for various banks in complex takeover transactions.

Corporate
• Part of the team advising the Privatization Commission of Kenya as part of
Consortium Led by Ernst A& Young, on the ongoing privatization of the five government
owned sugar companies in the western sugar belt of Kenya and on the due diligence
on these companies and on the best structure of privatizing these companies.
• Advising Co-op Trust Investment Services Limited on the creation and set up
of Co-op Unit Trust Scheme, licensed by the Capital Markets Authority.
Specifically involved in conducting the legal due diligence, drafting of the
Information Memorandum, the Trust Deed, Management and Custody Agreement for
their Money Market and Balanced Funds and pursuing approval for the same with
the Capital Markets Authority.
• Part of the team advising the PPP Unit of the National Treasury in the
development of hostels for five public universities through a PPP model, the work
includes designing, building, financing and operating university hostels through
the private sector, and an outline of parameters governing suitable PPP models
to be rolled out to other projects. This involves providing legal advice on
structuring for the specific project but also includes a wide evaluation
including but not limited to assessing current laws, acts, regulations,
administrative directives , policies, university mandates, and institutional
assessment to ascertain the validity and viability of the PPP structure generally
and for the project, including the Contracting Authority’s capacity to manage
and monitor the implementation of the project once operational and recommend
required changes to improve the governance and regulatory regime
• Restructuring and advising Home Afrika Limited in the listing of Home Afrika
Limited in the Growth and Enterprise Segment of the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
• Advised companies on re-structuring and reviewed the related documentation
and drafted document for creation and financing of special purpose joint venture
vehicles and the management agreements related to the structures.

Languages
• English
• Swahili

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya

Professional Membership
• East Africa Law Society
• Law Society of Kenya
• Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK)

CHARLES KYENGO

Associate - Commercial and Property Department

Telephone:
+254 020 2329898 | 2167301| 2167302 |
Mobile:
+254 720585785 | 734 333 339|
Email:
ckyengo@wakili.com
Office:
MMC Arches, Spring Valley Crescent, Off Peponi Road
address:
P.O. Box 75362 – 00200 Nairobi, Kenya

Background
Charles joined the firm in August 2016 from Hamilton Harrison & Mathews Advocates
and has over four (4) years combined experience as both a trainee lawyer and as
an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He has been involved in general
commercial law, corporate law, energy law, competition advisory, legal and
regulatory compliance, business set-up, restructuring and mergers and
acquisitions work. He also has a strong background of practical training as a
commercial litigation lawyer and an introductory professional qualification as
an accountant placing him in an excellent position to advise clients on all
aspects of commercial transactions. He is currently part of the team advising
the shareholders of a Kenyan mid-tier bank in the preparation of due diligence
documents and in negotiating a Share Purchase Agreement for the sale of a
majority stake in the bank to international investors.

Education
• Kenya School of Law, Diploma in Law 2013, admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya in March 2015
• Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (2nd Class Upper Division) University of Nairobi (UON), 2012
• Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Part II, Section IV – Vision Institute of Professionals (VIP), 2011

Awards and Accolades
• Sakarben and Sheth Prize for best overall second year student in the University of Nairobi, School of Law, 2009/2010 academic year

Areas of Expertise
• Business set-up
• Capital Markets
• Competition/Anti-trust
• Consumer Protection
• Regulatory Advice and Compliance
• Energy and Infrastructure
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Joint Ventures
• Private Equity
• Private Public Partnerships (PPPs)
• Privatisation

Top Matters
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
• Part of the legal team that is in the final stages of advising the existing
shareholders of a mid-tier Kenyan bank in the collation of due diligence documents
and in the negotiation of a share purchase agreement for the disposal of a stake
in the bank to a group of international private equity firms.
• Part of the legal team that was advising the shareholders of a Ugandan mid-tier
bank in the conduct of a due diligence exercise on the target bank and in negotiating
a Share Purchase Agreement for the disposal of an 86.001% majority stake in the bank
to a Kenyan listed company and a state-owned overseas developmental finance
institution of the United Kingdom, jointly.
• Part of the legal team that was advising Total Outre Mer S.A., a French oil
giant, which was undertaking one of the largest acquisitions in the downstream
petroleum industry within East Africa region by the acquisition of a stake in
Gulf African Petroleum Corporation (GAPCO), which has a presence in Kenya, Uganda,
Tanzania and Mauritius.
• Part of the legal team that acted as local counsel in advising Watson Bidco B.V.,
a Netherlands-incorporated company with its ultimate beneficial ownership held by
BC Partners Holdings Limited, a private equity firm specialising in buyouts and
acquisitions financing in Europe and the United States, on the Kenyan competition
law aspects affecting its acquisition of 100% shareholding in DNA Green Group B.V.,
one of the world's largest breeders of cut flowers, pot plants, seasonal products
and perennial plants.
• Part of the legal team that was advising the Kenya Commercial Bank Kenya Limited
(now KCB Bank Kenya Limited), the largest financial services organization in East Africa
in terms of asset size, in its restructuring that involved the incorporation of a new bank
, KCB Bank Kenya Limited, and the hiving down of its operations to the new bank and
concurrently restructuring to set up a non-operating holding company, KCB Group Limited,
to oversee its banking business operations in the East African region.
• Part of the legal team that advised Network International LLC, an independent
card solutions company registered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on all the Kenyan
competition law aspects affecting its acquisition of the entire issued share capital
of Emerging Markets Payments Holdings (Mauritius) Limited, a world-class electronic
payments services provider to banks, retailers, governments and consumer finance
institutions across the Middle East and Africa.
• Part of the legal team advising a large state corporation in the disposal of part
of its business in a heavily regulated government to government asset disposal transaction.
• Part of the legal team that was advising Orana A/S (Orana), a Dutch multinational
specialising in fruit processing, packaging and production of food extracts, on its
intended acquisition of Organic Growers and Packers Limited (OGPL), a Kenyan
horticultural company operating within the export processing zone (EPZ).

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
• Part of the legal team that recently advised Astonfield Solesa Solar Kenya Limited
in a largest project financing transaction of its kind for its solar power projects
in an amount of USD 2,500,000 in which Beyond the Grid Fund LLC as lender and
SunFunder LLC the Arranger were advancing the funds to Astonfield. Participated
in the conducting of a comprehensive review and advice on the financing term sheet
and in the preparation of the financing documents, being the Loan Agreement
(LMA format) and the security documents, being an all assets debenture and a
charge over accounts.
• Part of the legal team that provided legal advisory services to China Water
and Electricity Company(CWE), a private party which was establishing a 20-year
wind power project in Marsabit County, Kenya, modelled as a Public Private Partnership (PPP)
with the County Government of Marsabit; which project was estimated to
produce approximately 300MW of wind power once it became operational, under the
Feed-In-Tariff-System FiT in accordance with Kenya’s FiT policy.
• Part of the legal team that provided legal advisory services to a Kenyan company,
Explorer Holdings International Limited, on all aspects relating to an intended
development of a 160 MW Solar Power Project in Nanyuki County, Kenya, including
the incorporation of the project company, negotiations by an equity investor
intending to invest an equity stake in the intended project company and in the
negotiations with the Government of Kenya, through the Kenya Power and Lighting
Company Limited, for a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), and in preparing other
agreements relevant to the project.
• Part of the team that advised an international Italian company, Enel Green
Power SpA, and conducted a due diligence exercise on a Kenyan target company,
granted a Geothermal Resources Licence (GRL) by the Government of Kenya to explore
for and develop geothermal resources within the Longonot area of the Kenyan
Rift Valley in a USD 600 Million investment transaction into the Kenyan target company.
• Part of the legal team that was representing Engelhart CTP (Singapore) Pte
Limited (ECTP) in a one-of-a-kind oil products sale and re-purchase transaction
between ECTP and a Kenyan state corporation which imports oil products into Kenya
through the open tender system (OTS).
• Part of the legal team that is advising a pan-African finance institution
which supports the development of the African real estate and housing sector in
the restructuring of its existing debts to national and international lenders.

Languages
• English
• Swahili

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya

HARRISON MURIITHI

Associate - Dispute Resolution and Recoveries Department
Telephone:
+254 41 2225891| 2225839| 0774 981412|
Mobile:
+254 722 981 412| 0736 426616|
Email:
hmuriithi@wakili.com
Office:
Mombasa Trade Centre, South Wing, 3rd Floor, Nkrumah Road
address:
P.O. Box 90282 – 80100 Mombasa, Kenya

Background
Harrison was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya in March 2016.
He joined the Firm in January 2017. Harrison represents clients in employment
and labour relations matters, banking and related commercial transactions,
land disputes, family and succession matters, constitutional and judicial
(administrative) actions. Harrison handles matters in the Magistrates’ Courts,
the High Court, the Employment & Labour Relations Court, the Environment
and Land and the Court of Appeal.

Education
• Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law
• Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Nairobi

Areas of Expertise
• Environment and Land Court Litigation.
• Employment and Labour Relations Litigation.
• Constitutional Litigation.
• Judicial Review of administrative actions.
• Family Law and Succession.

Top Matters
• Part of the legal team that halted winding up of a premier hotel with
presence across East Africa and whose assets are in excess of KES 4 billion.

• Part of the team that represented Kenya Ferry Services in a dispute seeking
to stop the construction and commissioning of two new ferries in a project
worth in excess of Kshs. 2.4 billion.

• Part of the team that represented East Africa’s leading telecommunications
provider in a dispute relating to the collection and payment of royalties and the
constitutionality of laws regulating the collection and distribution of those royalties.

• Part of the team that prosecuted an appeal that sought to clarify whether
termination of an employee must be by way of an oral hearing or written
communication may suffice. The decision saved the client millions of shillings
in compensation to other employees dismissed in similar circumstances.

Languages
• English
• Kiswahili

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya

CATHERINE KARANJA

Associate - Commercial and Property Department
Telephone:
+254 41 2225891| 2225839| 0774 981412|
Mobile:
+254 722 981 412| 0736 426616|
Email:
ckaranja@wakili.com
Office:
Mombasa Trade Centre, South Wing, 3rd Floor, Nkrumah Road
address:
P.O. Box 90282 – 80100 Mombasa, Kenya

Background
Catherine is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Certified Secretary.
She specializes in banking, project finance and perfection of securities as well
as real estate and conveyancing transactions. Catherine is also an expert in
local and international intellectual property transactions with a wealth of
knowledge in protection of domain names, trademarks, patents/utility models and
intellectual property management. In addition, she is involved in various
commercial transactions and also offers company secretarial services to numerous
corporate clients.

Education
• Masters in Intellectual Property Law, University of Cape Town
• Bachelor of Laws, Moi University School of Law
• Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law
• Certified Secretary, Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya
• Introduction to Arbitration and ADR, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Kenya Branch
• Advanced WIPO Summer School on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, South Africa

Areas of Expertise
• Commercial and Corporate
• Company Secretarial Services
• Intellectual Property Law
• Banking and Finance
• Real Estate Development and Conveyancing
• Electronic Transactions Law

Top Matters
• Part of the team currently advising KCB Bank Kenya Limited in a syndicated
loan facility worth USD. 25,000,000/= in favour of a leading grain milling company
in the East African Region. The transaction includes inter-alia negotiating an
inter-lenders agreement with Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited and perfecting securities
in favour of KCB Bank Kenya Limited which should rank pari passu with
the Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited securities.

• Acted for KCB Bank Kenya Limited in one of its first sharia compliant facility
in favour of one of the largest packaging companies in the country.
This included preparation, stamping and registration of a Master Musharakah Agreement,
Conventional All Asset Debenture worth Kshs 50,000,000/= and perfection
of a SAHL facility worth Kshs 75,000,000/=.

• Acting for a leading real estate developer based in Mombasa on a mixed use
development within Shanzu-Serena Area. This includes formation of a special
purpose vehicle and thereafter issuance of shares for the purpose of construction
of a conference facility; drafting of a shareholders and share subscription
agreement; negotiating with the purchasers on the terms of the Agreement for
Sale; preparing the instrument of transfer and registration of the same on behalf
of the respective purchasers.

• Advising a real estate company with country wide presence in the intended
disposal of its stake in a development based in Mombasa. This transaction involves
obtaining the relevant approvals from the Capital Markets Authority/ Nairobi
Securities Exchange as well as issuing the relevant notices; formation of a
special purpose vehicle for purposes of transferring shares from the company;
drafting of the share subscription agreement and shareholders agreement; undertaking
a change of user on the property; drafting and negotiating the letter of offer,
Agreement to Lease and subsequent registration of the Lease documents.

• Part of the team advising a technology service provider which has developed
a mobile application for the provision of pharmaceutical and health related products.
This inter alia includes drafting of terms and conditions for its mobile app users;
non-disclosure agreements; registration of its intellectual property products
and providing advisory services in relation to the various regulatory framework
in the region affecting the mobile application. In addition, we are advising the
company on the fund raising aspect of the transaction which involves drafting of
documents in respect to a proposed private placement together with other
transactional documents.

• Currently advising a civil and electric engineering company in the drafting
and implementation of a Joint Venture with a technology company wherein the
companies have entered into a joint venture to supply and install a secondary
data center for Kenya Airports Authority in respect to a tender worth
Kshs 113,000,000/=.

Languages
• English
• Kiswahili

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya

Professional Membership
• Law Society of Kenya.
• Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.
• Golden Key International Honour Society.

MAGDALINE MWANGI

Associate - Commercial and Property Department

Telephone:
+254 020 2329898 | 2167301| 2167302 |
Mobile:
+254 720585785 | 734 333 339|
Email:
mnyambura@wakili.com
Office:
MMC Arches, Spring Valley Crescent, Off Peponi Road
address:
P.O. Box 75362 – 00200 Nairobi, Kenya

Background
Magdaline has experience in commercial transactions including employment,
legal regulatory advice, mergers and acquisitions, corporate set ups, project
finance, energy, conveyancing and banking. She was recently involved in one of
the biggest energy related project finance projects in Kenya.

Education
• Moi University, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Second Class Honours).
• Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law 2015.





Areas of Expertise
• Commercial and Corporate Law Practice
• Legal & Regulatory Advice
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Public Private Partnerships
• Public Finance
• Banking and Finance
• Conveyancing

Top Matters
Commercial & Corporate Law Practice
• Part of the MMC Africa Law team that is advising a large cement manufacturer
based in Kenya on the acquisition of a prospecting and mining licence and the
requisite land approximately 4,000 acres approximated to have a limestone reserve
tonnage of about 3,598 million metric tonnes.
• Part of the team from MMC Africa Law that is undertaking legal due diligence
for a leading energy generating company in Kenya for a proposed asset backed
securities transaction.
• Acting for a United Kingdom company, The Siemon Company Limited, in
establishing a subsidiary in Kenya, the Siemon Company Kenya Limited and drafting
and reviewing the employment contracts of its employees.
• Part of the MMC Africa Law team that conducted a securities review,
due diligence and advised Spire Bank Limited in respect of the various securities
created by various borrowers in favour of Spire Bank Limited and preparing the
due diligence report.
• Part of the MMC Africa Law team that conducted a due diligence exercise in
the privatization transaction of seven public sugar companies in Kenya.

Legal and Regulatory Advice
• Part of the MMC team in the provision of the legislative tracking services to
Tullow Kenya BV, including, tracking the progress of key national, senate and
county bills, subsidiary legislation, polices international and regional
legislation and trends with potential impact on Tullow Kenya BV, throughout the
entire legislation cycle and share status and analysis of potential impact by way
of a monthly report, providing monthly report to also capture reports and analysis
of key judgments or rulings delivered in the month with potential impact on
Tullow Kenya BV’s operations, operations; Monthly report to also capture relevant
Gazette Notices with potential impact on Tullow Kenya BV’s business.
• Reviewing the Statutes of an African based international organization,
the Charter establishing the organization, its By-Laws and proposing amendments
that would secure compliance by shareholders when the organization makes capital
calls, to ensure proper corporate governance by the organization and secure immunities,
tax breaks and tax reliefs for the organization, its officers and employees.

Mergers and Acquisitions
• Part of the MMC Africa Law team that is acting form a major real estate developer
in Kenya in an acquisition of a company which owns a hotel in Mombasa by undertaking
due diligence on the corporate matters, land matters, contracts matters, regulatory
compliance matters, permits and licences matters, insurance matters, loans and borrowing,
employment matters of the hotel.

Public Private Partnerships
• Acting for a leading international real estate development and investment
company based in Nairobi on the redevelopment of old housing estates within
Nairobi City County under a public private partnership with the City County of Nairobi.

Project Finance
• Part of the MMC Africa Law team that recently advised Astonfiel Solesa Solar
Kenya Limited in a project financing transaction for its solar power projects for
USD 2,500,000 in which Beyond the Grid Fund LLC was the lender and SunFunder LLC
the Arranger. MMC’s role included a comprehensive review and advice on the term sheet,
the financing document, being the Loan Agreement (LMA format) and the security documents,
being an All Assets Debenture and a Charge Over Accounts.

Conveyancing
• Acting for a major Real Estate Developer in Kenya, Paddington Holdings Limited
in the sales of thirty-four (34) units in the development known as Trident Baraka
Estate including negotiating and drafting the Agreements for Sale and drafting and
registering Transfers of land.
• Part of the MMC Africa Law team that advised and acted for a major Real Estate
Developer in Kenya, Precious Heights Limited in the sales of units in the development
known as Precious Heights Limited including negotiating and drafting of Agreements
for Sale, drafting and registering transfers.

Banking and Finance
• Drafting and perfection of various securities created by Golf View Office Suites
Limited in favour of HFC Limited to secure advances in the sum of Kshs. 180,000,000
made to Golf View Office Suites Limited.
• Part of the MMC Africa Law team drafting and registering securities including
debentures, charges, Deeds of Guarantee, Deeds of Assignment of Receivables etc.
for Kenyan financing institutions including Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited,
KCB Bank Kenya Limited, the Cooperative Bank of Kenya Limited,
Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited, Gulf African Bank Limited.

Languages
• English
• Swahili

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya

REBECCA NDUNG'U

Associate - Commercial and Property Department

Telephone:
+254 41 2225891| 2225839| 0774 981412|
Mobile:
+254 722 981 412| 0736 426616|
Email:
rndungu@wakili.com
Office:
Mombasa Trade Centre, South Wing, 3rd Floor, Nkrumah Road
address:
P.O. Box 90282 – 80100 Mombasa, Kenya

Background
Rebecca is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Certified Secretary.
She specializes in banking and finance, perfection of securities as well
as project finance. Having completed her training as a Certified Secretary,
Rebecca also offers company secretarial services to corporate clients and
advising them on legal compliance requirements. In addition, she is involved
in various commercial transactions.

Education
• Bachelor of Laws, The University of Nairobi
• Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law
• Certified Public Secretaries, Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) (CPS K)

Areas of Expertise
• Real Estate
• Banking and Finance
• Company Secretarial Services
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Corporate Law

Top Matters
• Acting for New Generation Self Service Stores Limited, a Kenyan company
based in Taita Taveta County dealing in wholesale and retail of general merchandise,
in the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Voi Industries Limited.
The transaction involved undertaking a due diligence exercise and preparing
a due diligence report with respect to the structure, assets, liabilities,
undertakings, statutory books and contracts (employment or otherwise).
Further, it involved preparation of the legal instruments necessary to effect the
purchase of the company and subsequent transfer of shares to the new shareholders
and appointment of new directors respectively. Lastly, we oversaw the handover of
the company and all its assets to our client as part of our post completion obligation.

• Acting for a local investor in the acquisition of 1,502 acres of unregistered
land in Kilifi County. The investor is a key player in the growth and exportation
of fresh produce sector in Kenya. The land is strategically located near a river
and the investor intends to use the same to expand his business.
The transaction involves conducting comprehensive due diligence on the land to
ascertain the category of land and any claims of ownership if any, engaging the
Land Adjudication Officer in Malindi on the process of adjudication of the section
in which the land is located, rendering legal opinions on the procedures involved
and the steps to be taken in such an intended acquisition and ultimately the transfer
of land to the investor.

• Advising a Kenyan subsidiary company, which has its headquarters in London and
is one of the large scale global tea, coffee and botanical extracts producers and
suppliers, on the contents, effects and implications of the letter of offer and
facility agreements in respect of banking facilities to be advanced to them in
the sum of USD 11,000,000.00. The facility will be an uncommitted credit facility
available for utilization by our client by way of advances on a loan/current
account in their name. The facility agreements to be prepared were Trade Finance
(Pre-export financing) facility, Invoice/Letters of Credit Discounting
(Post-export financing) and Pre-settlement Risk on Foreign Exchange Transactions
which would be supported by inter alia: Corporate Guarantee from the parent company
issued under the English Law, Letter of Negative pledge from our client
and Master Agreement and Indemnity for Advance Payments of Trade Receivables
and supporting Board Resolution.

• Part of the team that advised a group of One Hundred (100) notable investors
on the incorporation and structuring of an appropriate investment vehicle.
This transaction involved preparation of the necessary documents to facilitate the
incorporation of a public company limited by shares. A small part of the shareholders’
contribution was used as subscription fees while the rest was considered a loan
advanced to the company. Accordingly, we prepared Share Subscription and Loan Agreements,
procured execution as appropriate and undertook stamping. Thereafter,
we prepared documents to facilitate issuance of the shares to all the subscribers
and issued them with share certificates. We are currently in the process of drafting
a Shareholders’ Agreement to govern the relationship between the shareholders
and the company.

• Advising a local public limited company on the issues of statutory and regulatory
compliance and assisting in offering company secretarial services.

• Currently part of the team acting for a local commercial bank in a transaction
aimed at redeeming a Senior Partially Secured Fixed Note for the sum of
Kshs. 200,000,000.00 before maturity. This note was partially secured by a charge
over a piece of land measuring 24.65 acres located in Kiambu County.
The note holders have agreed to subdivide the land into two portions measuring
20 acres and 4.65 acres and sell the bigger portion and the proceeds be utilized
to redeem the bonds. The other portion will be retained as security for the
residual value of the notes. Accordingly, this transaction will involve the
following: Discharge of the existing Charge, subdivision of the secured property,
creation of a Replacement Charge, sale and purchase of one of the resultant
portion and eventual distribution of the sale proceeds as provided with a view of
redeeming the immature bonds.

Languages
• English
• Kiswahili

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya

MICHAEL OKUMU

Academic Qualifications
- Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law (KSL)
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Hons (Moi University)
Areas of Specialization
- Real Estate Development and Conveyancing
- Banking and Finance
- Commercial Restructuring
- Company Secretarial
- Legal Research and Advisory
Professional Membership
- Member, East Africa Law Society
- Member, Law Society of Kenya

LULE ANNE KALEKYE

Associate - Commercial and Property Department

Telephone:
+254 020 2329898 | 2167301| 2167302 |
Mobile:
+254 720585785 | 734 333 339|
Email:
akalekye@wakili.com
Office:
MMC Arches, Spring Valley Crescent, Off Peponi Road
address:
P.O. Box 75362 – 00200 Nairobi, Kenya

Background
Anne specializes in intellectual property law and specifically in protection and
enforcement of trademarks, patents, copyright and industrial designs; commercial
aspects intellectual property rights such as IP licensing, due diligence; legal
advisory on IP rights and IP litigation. Anne has been responsible for
registration of numerous IP rights including successful registration of over
thirty (30) trademarks by Safaricom Limited in 2017 which include “Safaricom Beats”,
“Safaricom Music” “M-PESA 1 TAP” “Safaricom TV” “Safaricom Home” and on-going
registration of over fifty (50) of its trademarks. She is also part of the
MMC Africa team providing legal advisory services to Safaricom with respect to
operation of the “SKIZA PLATFORM” in light of international treaties that Kenya
is party to and national laws in Kenya on Copyright. She recently advised
Kenafric Industries Limited, one of the largest manufacturers of Confectionery,
Food, Footwear and Stationery products in Kenya, on protection of its trademarks
in ARIPO countries and is assisting the company in registration of over thirty
(30) of its trademarks in several countries under ARIPO.

Education
• Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law 2015
• University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) (Second Class Honours, Upper Division)

Areas of Expertise
• Filing, and maintenance: Trademarks, patents, industrial designs, domain names, and utility models including searches;
• Registration of copyright and plant breeders’ rights;
• IP Litigation including:
- Opposition proceedings;
- Removal or revocation proceedings; and
- Enforcement actions before the High Court of Kenya.
• Commercial aspects of IP including:
- Drafting of license agreements, deed of assignments and franchise agreements;
- Intellectual property audits;
- Intellectual property valuation;
- Due diligence; and
- Transfer of IP rights in mergers and acquisition transactions.
• Legislative and regulatory advisory.

Top Matters
Trade Marks
• Acting for Safaricom Limited , the largest telecommunications company in Kenya,
in registration and renewal of numerous trademarks in Kenya including but not
limited to ‘”SAFARICOM FLEX” which identifies the new data bundles services
offered by the company, “BE YOUR OWN BOSS” which made a huge impact on the youth
through promoting and inspiring entrepreneurial spirit in the young people,
“G-ONEE”, “FUNZIKA” “TAPLAY” “SAFARICOM GENERATION” “M-PESA 1 TAP” which
identifies a product used as a card or a phone sticker device that simplifies
payment services through the M-PESA account “SAFARICOM HOME” which identifies
Safaricom’s product that allows fast, reliable and unlimited internet access in
the comfort of their homes and “#TWAWEZA”.
• Acting for Solpia Kenya Limited, a well-established hair manufacturing company
in Kenya, in protection, registration and enforcement of numerous trademark in
East and Central Africa including but not limited to “SOLPIA”, “CROCHET BRAID”,
“IT’S A BRAID” “BRAZILLIAN HAIR”, “ASANTE BRAID”, “SHAGGY CUT”, “OUTRE”,
“LOOSE CURL” and “VOGUE CURL”.
• Acted for The Legal Group, Dubai, UAE in registration and assignment of various
trademarks such as “HUNTSMAN” “ARADUR” and “ARALDITE” in Kenya.
• Advised Kenafric Industries Limited, one of the largest manufacturers of Footwear,
stationery products, confectionery and food in Kenya, on protection and registration
of its trademarks under ARIPO and assisting in registration of over thirty of its
trademarks under the ARIPO including “Chewy”, “Oyo”, “Lollipop”, “Squeezy”, “Ki Lotto”,
“Ki Special Veve”, “Ki Milk Munch”, “Ki Creamy Yoghurt”, “Ki Fruit Drops”, “Ki Orange Drops”,
“Sparky” “Atomic”, “Faba”, “Pago Pago” and “Ki fresh”.
• Advising Tanga Cement Limited, a cement manufacturing company in Tanzania,
on its branding strategy and assisting in registration of its trademarks “MKOMBOZI”
and “TOFALI CHUMA” in Kenya.
• Advised the Meru County Investment & Development Corporation on protection
and registration of its logos in Kenya. Acted for the Company in registration
of its logos in Kenya.
• Acting for P. Bhavanbhai Family Trust of Johannesburg, South Africa,
the sole proprietor of trade mark NIKKI, in opposition proceedings against
registration of a similar mark NICKI by Style Industries Limited.
• Acting for Toto Limited, the proprietor of the world-famous and internationally
recognized trademark “VOLT” which it uses in its popular energy drink products
available in a number of countries worldwide, in opposition proceedings against
registration of a similar mark VOLT by International Distillers Uganda Limited.
Toto Limited is a Maltese company and a beverage producer in South America,
Africa and Asia.
• Advised Parallel Media Limited, a medium level television and digital
production company, on its branding strategy as well as protection of its
trademarks in Kenya. Acting for the company in registration of trademarks
for its television platforms.
• Advised Neotech Kenya Limited, a software company that provides lead
generation to pharmaceutical and health related products to retailers,
on protection if its software applications and assisted in registration
of its logos in Kenya.

Copyright
• Advising Safaricom Limited which operates the SKIZA Platform on Copyright law
and is part of the MMC Africa Law team that is spearheading consultative talks and
forums on creation and protection of collective rights in the musical works in light
of the current copyright laws in Kenya. The SKIZA Platform is a value- added service
for Safaricom’s customers under which digital music content is uploaded for downloading
by Safaricom’s subscribers.
• Acting for Safaricom Limited in protection and registration of its copyright
works in “BLAZE BY SAFARICOM M-PESA CARD” which is artistic work in the Blaze by
Safaricom M-PESA Card and “MY KENYA” which is a computer generated artistic work
comprising a single image depicting mountains, an elephant, wildebeest and a
series of lines and patterns of the Kenya national flag namely black, white,
red and green. We are currently undertaking registration of “MPESA 1 TAP NFC CARD”
which is copyright to the artistic work on the NFC card which enhances M-PESA
monetary settlement services.
• Acted for Trimble Solutions, owner of copyright in TEKLA structures software
in prosecution of infringement against its software.

Patents
• Acted for Crystal Lagoons (Curacao) B.V, an international company with about
16 offices around the world and a leader in innovation and technology, in renewal
of its patents in Rwanda.
• Acting for Iceutica Pty Limited in renewal of its patents in Rwanda which provide
clinical benefits for patients with respiratory diseases.
• Acted for Sanofi Aventis, a global life science company that transforms
scientific innovation into healthcare solutions in human vaccines, in renewal of
its patent in Rwanda which is used in the treatment and prevention of malaria.
• Acted on behalf of Schwarz Pharma AG and SABMiller Investments II B.V. in
renewal of their patents in Rwanda and Burundi respectively.

Industrial designs
• Advised Just Plastics Limited, a manufacturing company in Kenya specialised
in production of plastic products on protection and registration of Industrial
Designs in Kenya, Assignment and licensing of the IP rights from their mother
company. Just Plastics Limited situated in the UK and who have registered their
industrial designs under ARIPO and OAPI.

Languages
• English
• Kiswahili

Countries of Work Experience
• Kenya
• East Africa
• ARIPO member states
• OAPI member states

FAITH ROTICH

Academic Qualifications
- Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law
- Bachelor of Law (LLB) Hons Moi University
- Certificate in Strategic Human Rights Litigation, Central European University
- Certificate in Constitution Building in Africa, Central European University
- Certificate in Adjudication of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, University of Pretoria.
Areas of Specialization
- Constitutional law
- Human Rights
- Land law
- Public Interest Litigation
Professional Membership
- Member, Amnesty International - Kenya
- Member, Law Society of Kenya
- Member International Commission of Jurists (Kenya)

GIDEON MUTURI

Academic Qualifications
- Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law
- Bachelor of Law (LLB) Hons Kenyatta University
Areas of specialization
- Civil Litigation.
- Criminal Litigation.
- Employment and Labour Relations.
- Environment & Land Court Litigation.
- Commercial Litigation.

MIRIAM TATU

Academic Qualifications
- Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law
- Bachelor of Law (LLB) University of Nairobi, School of Law
Areas of specialization
• Property Law
• Banking and Finance
• Project structuring
• Legislative and regulatory advisory
• Private Equity and Public Finance
• Land use and Planning
• Real Estate Investment Trusts
• Legal Research and Advisory
• Regulatory Compliance
• Company Secretarial Services

PETRONILA NJOKI

Academic Qualifications
• Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law
• Bachelor of Law (LLB) Hons University of Nairobi
Areas of Specialization
• Civil Litigation.
• Criminal Litigation.
• Employment and Labour Relations.
• Environment & Land Court Litigation.
• Commercial Litigation.