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Anjarwalla & Khanna continues to lead in big real estate developments, following its prime roles on the marquee Garden City and Two Rivers developments. It advised Avic International Real Estate Kenya on the development of a mixed-use development comprising of one of the tallest office blocks in Kenya, a modern retail and commercial centre, a five-star hotel and three residential apartment blocks. It also advised Sarit Centre on the expansion of the mall to include more retail and commercial space. The department is praised for 'large-scale developments', 'key value-added services for developments' and 'advises the client not only on the matter at hand but what else might be affected'. Amyn Mussa has outstanding large-scale real estate and projects expertise. Mona Doshi's 'knowledge is a breath of fresh air', she is 'always willing to go the extra mile for her clients' and is praised for her 'approach and professionalism'. Senior associates Adnan Khan, Caroline Karugu and Nicole Gichuhi are other names to note.

Bowmans continues to have a significant market share of major projects and mini-city developments. It is building its presence in new areas such as special economic zones and has leading expertise in construction, and community land and conservation issues. It advised Africa Pearl River on its 60% investment in Africa Economic Zones, which owns 600 acres of land which have special economic zone status. Philip Coulson and Alex Njage have outstanding reputations.

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates has remained active in renewable energy project-related real estate matters. Redevelopments and significant land sales remain core to the practice. The firm advised AAR Health Care and International Fund for Healthcare in Africa on the purchase of property for the construction of a hospital. Rachel Mbai is 'professional' and 'has years of experience', while Nigel Shaw is another senior name in this segment.

Daly & Inamdar Advocates' two offices in Nairobi and Mombasa have a high market share of shopping mall commercial lease work in both cities and are engaged on major development projects. Nigel Jeremy and Harpreet Ubhi are key partners.

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews has a broad and multi-skilled practice, advising a range of local, regional and international clients. It advised ALP North on the development of Kenya’s first grade A logistic and distribution warehouse park.  Adil Khawaja and Lorna Mainnah are immensely experienced in the real estate field.

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates is a leader in real estate finance and remains active in low and middle incoming housing developments, and hotel and conference centre projects. The department is commended for its 'exceptional personal service and quick turnaround', its 'attention to client needs', its 'hands-on, prompt and flexible approach' and 'tailor-made solutions'. Real estate finance specialist Anne Kinyanjui is 'good to work with', 'knows her stuff', pays 'attention to detail' and is 'reasonable and practical'. Amrit Soar has experience in real estate conveyancing, as does Norah Mutuku. The firm advised Kipeto Energy on the acquisition of various property rights relating to a 100MW wind power project.

Walker Kontos Advocates has deep traditions in the real estate sector and maintains a strong understanding of land regulations and the legislative environment. It advised the World Bank on a comprehensive legal review of the legal and regulatory framework for the launch of the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company. It is notable for its advisory and structuring experience, and is now exploiting this expertise in a number of secondary market deals. Peter M Mwangi is hugely experienced.

Mboya Wangong'u & Waiyaki Advocates remains active in commercial and housing developments. It advised key client Housing Finance Development and Investment on a development of 1,200 apartment units in the Komarock area of Nairobi. Gladys Mboya is an experienced practitioner in this field and is supported by fellow partner June Njoroge-Ngwele.

TripleOKlaw Advocates is recommended for commercial, residential and mixed-use developments. Jinaro Kibet is the key partner.

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