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.

Areas of Expertise

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

Education

• Masters in Intellectual Property Law, University of Cape Town
• Bachelor of Laws, Moi University School of Law
• Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law, Nairobi
• 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

• 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.
• Swahili.

Countries of Work Experience

• Kenya .

Professional Membership

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