Real estate and construction in Kenya

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Anjarwalla & Khanna has an excellent reputation for real estate and construction and is widely recognised for its strength in commercial and residential development work. Recent instructions for the team include advising on land sales and acquisitions, leasing, funding arrangements, tax and regulatory matters. Real estate specialist Amyn Mussa jointly heads up the department alongside Adnan Khan and Mona Doshi. Akash Devani has a solid track record in assisting with tax-efficient structures and commercial property agreements. Newly promoted partner Agnes Nicole Gichuhi and senior associate Vivian Kerage are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Amyn Mussa; Mona Doshi; Adnan Khan

Other key lawyers:

Akash Devani; Agnes Nicole Gichuhi; Vivian Kerage; Jessica Maina


‘The team is professional and has a sound understanding of the law and its application. They are excellent legal advisers and efficient in delivering tasks assigned to them.’ 

‘Amyn Mussa is professional, available and offers useful legal advice, meeting the client’s needs and requirements.’ 

‘Agnes Nicole Gichuhi is keen to understand the client’s legal needs. She is professional, has good time management skills and delivers. She is level-headed, accommodates the client’s requirements with ease and is readily available. She is a proven leader in her own right.’ 

Key clients

EH Venture Capital Rwanda

Orbit Chemicals Industries and Orbit Products Africa


Paramount Chief Estate (Edenville)

AMS Properties

Mi Vida Thika Road Limited

Impact North (KE)

Soma Properties Limited (Sarit Centre)

Richard Grenville Russell Evans

Westlands Triangle Properties

Riverbank Apartments – Two Rivers

Work highlights

  • Assisting EH Venture Capital Rwanda with the ongoing development of a financial centre in Kigali Rwanda.
  • Advising the Orbit group of companies on a prominent sale and leaseback transaction, involving the sale of property to real estate company Grit Real Estate Income Group.
  • Provides ongoing advice to AVIC International Real Estate Kenya, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China, a Chinese state-owned aerospace and defence company, on its development of a mixed-use development in Kenya.


Cornelius Kigera heads up the team at Bowmans, which has an excellent reputation for advising on prominent real estate and construction projects in Kenya, and also counts conservation work as a key area of instruction. Alex Njage is recognised for his expertise in handling complex real estate projects. Other key practitioners include conservation law specialist Philip Coulson; Paras Shah, who regularly handles commercial and residential development projects; and construction law expert Simon Kiriba.

Practice head(s):

Cornelius Kigera

Other key lawyers:

Alex Njage; Philip Coulson; Paras Shah; Simon Kiriba; Sarah Kagwe; Njeri Maina

Key clients

Kisima Real Estate Limited

Genesis Park Limited and Genesis Global PVT Limited

Intex Construction Limited

Dew Valley Limited

Black Gold Ventures Limited

Tatu City Limited and Tatu City Phase 2 SEZ Limited

Siana Properties Limited

Kisima Farm Limited

Game Ranching Limited

Vale Royal Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Genesis Global PVT Limited and Genesis Park Limited on negotiating a construction contract with China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited.
  • Advised Kisima Farm Limited on the land law aspects of the reorganisation of its business, including leasing issues.

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

The team at Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews has a solid track record in advising on large-scale conveyancing transactions and industrial, residential and commercial real estate development projects. Recent instructions include handling large land sales and acquisitions and assisting with prominent mixed-use developments. The client base includes investors, high-net-worth individuals and governmental entities. Managing partner Adil Khawaja is an established practitioner in the real estate space. Senior partner Richard Omwela and the 'knowledgeable' Lorna Mainnah co-head the team. Sigee Koech is a key contact for real estate finance.

Practice head(s):

Richard Omwela; Lorna Mainnah

Other key lawyers:

Adil Khawaja; Sigee Koech; Nancy Gitau; Deborah Ontiri


‘The team is knowledgeable but also provides practical advice and solutions.’

‘Lorna Mainnah is very knowledgeable, pragmatic and works for the best interest of her clients.’

‘Deborah Ontiri is a very hands-on lawyer which is essential in real estate. Very well networked.’

Key clients

West Park Properties Limited

Shella Resort Kenya Limited

Sergio Giannobile and Damien Wynne

Sunworld Safaris Limited

Africa Logistics Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Africa Logistics Properties on an acquisition of land for the development of a 17,000sq metre build-to-suit warehouse facility.

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates excels in handling energy-related real estate transactions. Led by real estate expert Anne Kinyanjui, the team handles large-scale acquisitions, the preparation of licenses, leases and restructurings. The client base includes real estate developers and corporates. Norah Mutuku is sought after for her expertise in real estate finance matters. Amrit Soar is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Anne Kinyanjui

Other key lawyers:

Norah Mutuku; Amrit Soar; Bonface Abuya; Grace Gitau


‘The team is able to meet requests of clients from abroad even if the requests might not correspond with the local standard approach. They can meet short deadlines.’

Key clients

Unilever Tea Kenya Limited

Kipeto Energy Limited

Centum Real Estate Limited

Benaa Limited

Munga Holdings Ltd

Karume Holdings

Hotel Utu Limited

Tuffsteel Limited

The Salesians of Don Bosco Registered Trustees Kenya

Art Caffe, Coffee & Bakery Limited

KCB Bank Kenya Limited

Atlas Kenya Limited

Nutreco International B.V

Work highlights

  • Advising Kipeto Energy Plc on land rights matters regarding a 100MW wind power project in Esilanke.
  • Acting for Karume Holdings Limited in the sale of 60 parcels of land in Kiambu.
  • Assisted Tuffsteel Limited with the acquisition of property along Mombasa Road, on which the client has constructed a mixed-use development.

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates is well known for advising overseas and institutional investors on complex real estate matters. The team has been kept busy handling redevelopment matters, conservation issues, and acquisitions and disposals of land. Department head Rachel Mbai is highly regarded for her expertise in the space. Nyakio Manga and Caroline Etyang are also noted lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Mbai

Other key lawyers:

Nyakio Manga; Caroline Etyang


Key clients

Bawan Limited

Nodor Kenya EPZ Limited

Driftwood Beachclub Limited

E3 School Support Inc

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Limited

Kenya Registered Trustees

Oryx Energies Kenya Limited

International Fund For Animal Welfare Limited (IFAW)

CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates

The team at CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates regularly advises a client base of construction, education and insurance sector companies on purchases and sales of land. Harpreet Ubhi, who specialises in real estate and property law, heads up the practice, in which Stella Situma and senior partner Hamish Keith are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Harpreet Ubhi

Other key lawyers:

Hamish Keith; Stella Situma


ENSafrica's team primarily focuses on handling acquisition mandates and financing deals for a client base of energy companies, financial institutions and funds. Managing partner Nigel Shaw heads up the practice, and focuses on property management, acquisitions, disposals and developments. Banking, project and infrastructure finance expert Binti Shah is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Binti Shah

MMAN Advocates

Judy Kabubu heads up the real estate practice at MMAN Advocates; recent instructions for the team include advising on construction contractual matters and the structuring of large development projects. Kabubu brings expertise in property law, and is well known for handling conveyancing mandates. Carole Ayugi and Waringa Njonjo are key practitioners to note.

Practice head(s):

Judy Kabubu

Other key lawyers:

Carole Ayugi; Waringa Njonjo


‘It has been evident that the team is well versed with contractual laws in the country. They were readily available whenever we required them.’

‘Carole Ayugi is knowledgeable, articulate, passionate, responsive, a good listener, jovial and organized. She was able to sit in on our long negotiation meetings with a keen eye on very word used in the contract.’

Key clients

Safaricom Staff Pension Scheme

Deerpark Limited

G4S Kenya Limited

Meru Green Wood Limited

Flamingo Tower Limited


Work highlights

  • Advising Safaricom Staff Pension Scheme on its large-scale real estate development project, valued at over KShs 4 billion.
  • Advising real estate company Deerpark Limited on the development of the Deerpark Estate property, valued at over KShs 1 billion.
  • Advising Flamingo Tower Limited on sale and lease agreements concerning its office complex in Upperhill, Nairobi.


MMC ASAFO has a longstanding presence in the real estate market. The firm stands out for its niche expertise in advising on the structuring of joint ventures concerning real estate development and investment matters. The team is well versed in assisting private clients and land developers with redevelopments, sale and leases of land, and subdivisions of land. The practice is jointly led by managing partner Esther Njiru-Omulele, real estate department head Jessica Mwenje Mayavi, and Isaiah Mungai Kamau.

Practice head(s):

Esther Njiru Omulele; Jessica Mwenje Mayavi; Isaiah Mungai Kamau


‘MMC Asafo is very unique. The team has guided us through investment plans and ideas and safeguarded our assets.’  

‘The team offers personalised advice, and is available and committed. It is satisfying to work with this team.’ 

Key clients

KPMG Kenya

Urban Housing and Renewal Development LLP

Tatu City Limited

Oaklands Properties Kenya Limited

Tilisi Developments PLC

New Makongeni Development LLP

Women of Kiambu Association

National Social Security Fund (NSSF)

Housing Finance Development Investment Limited (HFDI)

Work highlights

  • Representing KPMG Kenya as part of a consortium assisting the State Department of Transport and the Kenya Railways Corporation with a transaction concerning the redevelopment of the Nairobi Central Railway Station.
  • Advising Women of Kiambu Association as landowners on all aspects of a joint venture arrangement between the client and a developer in relation to a housing project.
  • Advising Urban Renewal Housing Development LLP on all legal aspects of a transaction concerning an urban regeneration project.

Oraro & Company Advocates

Oraro & Company Advocates has an established track record in assisting real estate and investment companies with residential and commercial development projects, licensing matters, leases, joint ventures and transfers of land. Managing partner Pamella Ager leads the team, in which James Kituku is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Pamella Ager

Other key lawyers:

James Kituku


‘The team offers professional and timely service.’

‘Pamella Ager is a professional and provides updates on the matter.’

Key clients

Tembuland Limited

Cytonn Investments Management PLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cytonn Investments Management PLC on the purchase of a 5 acre property in Ruaka.
  • Advising Tembuland Limited on letting a commercial space in its business park in Nairobi.

TripleOKlaw Advocates

At TripleOKlaw Advocates, the real estate team continues to advise on high-value residential, commercial and industrial development matters. The client roster includes companies from the banking, infrastructure and telecoms sectors; project finance work is also prominent in the group's workload. Practice head Tom Onyango has extensive expertise in cross-border real estate transactions, construction issues, and real estate finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Tom Onyango

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Muroki


‘Tom Onyango and Daniel Muroki are readily available. The team has a holistic approach, adapts well and has excellent knowledge of the changes occurring in this space. The firm communicates well, resolves issues in a business-friendly manner and has a solution driven mindset when handling complicated real estate deals.  The real estate team collaborates well with the litigation team and there is good integration.’

‘Senior partner Tom Onyango is one of the best lawyers in the legal practice.’

‘Associate Daniel Muroki approaches matters well and we are happy to work with him. He is very hard working and is good at communication. His drafting of agreements and understanding of matters and clauses is very good.’

‘Tom Onyango is very supportive in providing legal and advisory services to clients, demonstrating excellence in security perfection.’  

‘TripleOKlaw is a full-service legal firm.’

‘Tom Onyango is very knowledgeable in land laws & regulations, especially pertaining to land conversion and sectional properties.’ 

Key clients

Safaricom PLC

Mashujaa Cement PLC

Hayer Marquis Limited

Bay Tree Realty Limited

Bluebell Properties Limited

National Bank of Kenya Limited

Uhuru Heights Limited

National Bank of Kenya Limited

KCB Bank Kenya Ltd

Absa Bank Kenya Limited