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 succession and 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.

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

Education

• Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law, Nairobi
• University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Laws LL.B. (Hons)

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.

Languages

• English.
• Swahili.

Countries of Work Experience

• Kenya .