Juliet has a wealth of experience in commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), project finance and energy and infrastructure projects. She was involved in the preparation of a business plan to develop up to 350MW of geothermal power under a government-to-government arrangement.
She was recently involved in the financing of one of the first road annuity projects in Kenya. She has in the past also worked on exclusive Islamic finance transactions in Kenya.
Juliet was in 2016 ranked by IFLR1000 as a “Rising Star” in the practice areas of Banking, Islamic Finance and M&A in the Energy and Real Estate industry sectors.

Areas of Specialization

  • Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), Energy and Infrastructure Projects.
  • Project Finance.
  • Islamic Finance.
  • Intellectual Property.
  • Aviation

Education

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

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Acted as local counsel for Biobest NV (which has its headquarters in Belgium and has been described as a leading global player in pollination and biological control of pests and diseases) in its acquisition of shares in The Real IPM Company (Kenya) Limited (a leading Kenyan company in biological crop solutions and pest control in East Africa).
  • Acting as a shareholder in a share swap with another shareholder involving a group of companies in various counties in Eastern Africa which both the shareholders each had shares in
  • Advised on the acquisition of the business of Ukwala Supermarkets (a Kenyan supermarket chain) by Choppies (a regional supermarket chain) based in Botswana with a transaction value of over KES 1 Billion and subsequently negotiated an asset purchase agreement in respect of the said acquisition.
  • Advised clients on the grounds of appeal against the conditional approval given by CAK regarding the acquisition of part of the business of Ukwala Supermarket by Tusker Mattresses Limited (Tuskys), one of the leading supermarkets in Kenya.
  • Prepared and negotiated the letter of offer, subscription agreement, the share purchase agreement, shareholders agreement and other ancillary documents for acquisition of 50% shares in a company owning a high-end shopping mall in Nairobi.
  • Advising and preparing documents for the acquisition of paint manufacturing group of companies in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania .
  • Advised the minority shareholder in the restructuring of the shareholding in an actuarial, employee benefits and retirement fund administration and consulting provider in Kenya.
  • Advised an international security firm with a head office based in Australia looking to meet and engaging local security services firms with an intention to partner, acquire a stake or complete acquisition to gain an entry into East Africa and the general African market.
  • Negotiated an asset purchase agreement in respect of the acquisition and transfer of the business of a sellotape-making company.
  • Undertook a due diligence exercise in respect of the acquisition of a company that owned a flagship business park located in Nairobi.
  • Acted as a Tanzanian investor on the acquisition of a petrol station in Mombasa. The work involved advice on licenses required from the regulators.
  • Advised on the acquisition of a mining company with a special license to mine phosphate and limestone in Kilifi County.
  • Acted as legal counsel to Oman Expo and advised on in its joint venture activities in Kenya with a company incorporated in Germany and its subsequent establishment of a legal presence in Kenya.
  • Advising on a joint venture agreement regarding the management of a chain of hotels in Kenya and a review and amendment of the relevant articles of association.
  • Advised on a joint venture agreement between various stakeholders in an asset management company that is to be licensed by the Capital Markets Authority.
  • Advised CCTV, the major broadcaster in China on establishing a legal presence in Kenya and on setting up an African regional hub.
  • Prepared a shareholders’ agreement between various families holding shares in a company owning a hotel in Kenya.
  • Advised clients on a joint venture relating to the construction of a proposed residential apartment complex in Pangani and prepared the relevant joint venture agreement between the developer and the Nairobi property owner.
  • Advised a company on the establishment of a peer-to-peer lending platform in Kenya.
  • Undertook due diligence in respect of the acquisition of a petroleum company that had petrol stations all over Kenya.
  • Prepared a joint venture agreement in respect of the supply of petroleum and petroleum products between two oil companies.
  • Advised a client on the environmental laws and regulations governing sand harvesting in Kenya and prepared a sand harvesting agreement between the client and a sand harvesting SACCO.
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), Energy and Infrastructure Projects

  • 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 joint venture partnership with the Government of the Nairobi City County.
  • Negotiated and prepared a revenue collection agreement between a county government and a client company that had won a tender to collect revenue on behalf of the county government in terms of rates, rent and parking fees.
  • Legal advisor on the government-to-government collaboration between GOK and China National Petroleum Corporation (a state corporation based in China)) in a Proposed Transaction to develop up to 350MW of geothermal power.
  • Providing advice and acting for a Tanzanian independent power producer and its Costa Rican holding company in an ICC arbitration against a Tanzanian state corporation.
  • Part of a team that acted on behalf of a regional investor who had won a tender to extend an oil pipeline from Eldoret, Kenya to Kampala, Uganda.
  • Acted for a company contracted by a Tanzanian state corporation to provide emergency electricity supply in the preparation of an equipment lease agreement in respect of a gas-based 112 MW power generation plant.
  • Advised on the establishment and construction of an LPG facility at the Port of Kilindini in Mombasa and in this regard prepared a Licence Agreement and General Works and Installations Agreement between the Kenya Ports Authority and the client.
  • Prepared a compliance manual applicable to a leading oil marketer in Kenya.
  • Acted on behalf of Stima SACCO in the preparation of a water reticulation agreement with regard to its residential development in Vipingo, Kilifi County.
  • Project Finance

  • Acting for a local bank in the financing of the construction of roads in Kenya contracted by the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KERRA) under the Road Annuity Programme through debt finance in the amount of USD60M.
  • Acting as legal counsel for a company manufacturing and supplying cement in Kenya in relation to the financing of the expansion of its cement plant through equity and debt finance totaling about USD45M.
  • Prepared financing and security documents in respect of the financing of the development of a cement plant in Vipingo in Kilifi District by one of the leading banks in Luxembourg in the amount of USD17M.
  • Prepared financing and security documents in respect of a multilateral bank’s financing of the construction and finishing of a 10-storey, 3-tower office complex in Westlands, Nairobi.
  • Part of the legal team who acted for IFC in its financing of a regional group of companies in respect of their construction contracts including roads, water, sewage, and building works in Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and other Eastern and Southern African countries where the group of companies operated.
  • Islamic Finance

  • Acted for a leading Islamic bank in Kenya in a security agency arrangement entered into with a multilateral development financing institution located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (whose purpose is to foster the economic development and social progress of member countries and Muslim communities) for the financing of the acquisition of a commercial building under a Murabaha financing arrangement.
  • Acted as counsel for an African regional development financial institution in a wakala transaction (a Shari’ah compliant type of financing facility) in respect of Tier II financing to a local bank for up toUSD17M.
  • Acted as a leading Islamic bank in the financing of the acquisition of petroleum by an oil marketer for up to USD3M.
  • Prepared a compliance manual for a leading Islamic bank in Kenya.
  • Prepared and standardized Shari’ah compliant precedents for a leading Islamic bank in Kenya and also for a conventional bank with an Islamic banking window.
  • Prepared Shari’ah compliant precedents (on behalf of a bank) for their security documents including but not limited to debentures, charges, and chattel mortgages.
  • Advised a leading Islamic bank in Kenya on the review of registerable and non-registerable security documents and remedial steps to be taken in the case of faulty or defective securities.
  • Prepared template facility agreements on behalf of a leading Islamic bank in Kenya including but not limited to facility agreements relating to Murabaha, diminishing musharakah and ijara facilities.
  • Prepared for a leading Islamic bank in Kenya the terms and conditions for the operation of various bank accounts.
  • Intellectual Property

  • Advised Oilibya and undertook the trademark registration of over 30 of their brands in Kenya including “Oilibya”, “MyAutocare”, “MyCafe”, “MyChemist”, “MyLube”, “MyShop”, “MyTyrecentre”, “MyWash”, “Qwetu”, “Accel”, “Deomax”, “Gearoil”, “Hydrol”, “Rev”, “Tempo”, “Torq” and “Mpishi”.
  • Advised Mara Group Holdings Limited in the registration of their trademarks in the hospitality and telecommunications sectors including “Mara Group”, “Mara Telecoms” “Mara Hospitality” and “Mara Financial Services” and “Mara Technologies”.
  • Advised Global Tea & Commodities Limited in respect of the registration of trademarks for their various brands of tea including “Baraka Chai”, “Gold Crown Tea”, “Good Morning Tea”, “First Choice”, “Gold Crown Jewels Macadamia Nuts”, “Lion Tea”, “Mama’s Choice”, “President Tea”, “Savoy Tea” Simba Viva and “Sunrise Tea”.
  • Advised Gold Crown Foods (EPZ) Limited in respect of the registration of trademarks for their various brands of tea including “Livingstone Tea”.
  • Advised Fine Soaps Limited and undertook the registration of their marks in respect of various brands of soap including Advised Fine Soaps Limited and undertook the registration of their marks in respect of various brands of soap including “Savon Citron”, Savon Citron Plus”, “Medisun” and “Kimsa”
  • Advised Multi Tools (Kenya) Limited undertook the registration of their trademark “Masalta”
  • Undertook the registration of trademark of the logo for Riley Packaging Uganda Limited, a company based in Uganda who have been described as “one of the largest, most modern corrugated-board factory in East Africa”.
  • Undertook the renewal of registration on behalf of Gold Crown Beverages (Kenya) Limited in respect of its trademark “Kericho Gold”.
  • Advised on the assignment of a trademark used by a regional water bottling company.
  • Advised local poets on the local and international intellectual property laws relating to the protection of their literary works.
  • Advised a spare engine financing and leasing company based in that specializes in providing short, medium, and long-term spare engine support packages for the airline industry on the laws relating to aircraft engine leasing arrangements in Kenya.
  • Advised on the purchase of an aircraft (Eurocopter EC130B4) and reviewed the relevant aircraft sale and purchase agreement.
  • Countries of Work Experience

  • Kenya.

Awards and Accolades

  • Juliet was ranked by IFLR1000 as a “Rising Star” for the year 2017 in the practice areas of Banking, Islamic Finance and M&A in the Energy and Real Estate industry sectors.