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Sarah Kagwe

Senior Associate | Nairobi

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Overview

Sarah Kagwe is a senior associate in our Nairobi office and a member of the Banking and Finance department.

Her key areas of specialization include but are not limited to securities, banking and finance, construction, property development and conveyancing law as well as general corporate and commercial law.

Sarah has vast experience in banking, finance and securities transactions with her practice focusing on structuring, negotiating and documenting financial as well as real estate transactions. These include real estate and mortgage financing, aircraft and asset finance to mention a few.

As part of her role, Sarah has been involved in advising a range of domestic and international banks and financial institutions, corporate and individual borrowers and other entities seeking to borrow; as well as institutional and private real estate developers. She is also involved in carrying out legal and compliance audits of listed companies with a specific focus on property and securities.

Experience

  • Advising the developer of an iconic mixed-use residential estate named 33 Wind Chimes being developed on a 1-acre parcel of land in the exclusive suburb of Westlands, Nairobi along a most sought after residential address known as General Mathenge Drive. The development will comprise of 33 spacious all en-suite 4 bedroom apartments containing by measurement, approximately 4,309 sq. ft. The high-end apartments will be constructed in 3 towers containing 11 storeys each that is set to transform the landscape and skyline along General Mathenge Drive. Sarah is the lead senior associate in deal execution of this brief.
  • Advising a local property developer in the sale of a controlled gated community in the exclusive Diani Beach at the Kenyan Coast, comprising of 19 footprint plots on a 5.5 acre beach front parcel of land.
  • Advising the developer and executing the sale of go-downs and office space in a commercial cum industrial business park in Nairobi’s Ruaraka area.
  • Advised Siana Properties Limited, and handled deal execution in the purchase of prime property in one of Nairobi’s upmarket suburbs for redevelopment and sale.
  • Counsel to Vantage Capital on a USD 8 million acquisition of the Rosslyn Riviera Shopping Mall (Rosslyn) in Nairobi. As Vantage’s local counsel, we undertook due diligence on borrower; drafting, negotiating and perfecting the entire security documentation.
  • Carrying out due diligence investigations for various clients in land acquisition or real estate investments.
  • Advised real estate developers, Hello Properties Limited and Lagoon Developments Limited, on project structuring and transaction documentation for the Mandharini development in Kilifi and led execution of the sale of 130 homes on 150 acres of land in Kilifi. The development received international acclaim and won the international development award for the best residential development in Africa – 2011.

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Degree from the University of Nairobi.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Law, from the Kenya School of Law.
  • Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, and a member of the Law Society of Kenya.

INSIGHTS

Overview

Sarah Kagwe is a senior associate in our Nairobi office and a member of the Banking and Finance department.

Her key areas of specialization include but are not limited to securities, banking and finance, construction, property development and conveyancing law as well as general corporate and commercial law.

Sarah has vast experience in banking, finance and securities transactions with her practice focusing on structuring, negotiating and documenting financial as well as real estate transactions. These include real estate and mortgage financing, aircraft and asset finance to mention a few.

As part of her role, Sarah has been involved in advising a range of domestic and international banks and financial institutions, corporate and individual borrowers and other entities seeking to borrow; as well as institutional and private real estate developers. She is also involved in carrying out legal and compliance audits of listed companies with a specific focus on property and securities.

Experience

  • Advising the developer of an iconic mixed-use residential estate named 33 Wind Chimes being developed on a 1-acre parcel of land in the exclusive suburb of Westlands, Nairobi along a most sought after residential address known as General Mathenge Drive. The development will comprise of 33 spacious all en-suite 4 bedroom apartments containing by measurement, approximately 4,309 sq. ft. The high-end apartments will be constructed in 3 towers containing 11 storeys each that is set to transform the landscape and skyline along General Mathenge Drive. Sarah is the lead senior associate in deal execution of this brief.
  • Advising a local property developer in the sale of a controlled gated community in the exclusive Diani Beach at the Kenyan Coast, comprising of 19 footprint plots on a 5.5 acre beach front parcel of land.
  • Advising the developer and executing the sale of go-downs and office space in a commercial cum industrial business park in Nairobi’s Ruaraka area.
  • Advised Siana Properties Limited, and handled deal execution in the purchase of prime property in one of Nairobi’s upmarket suburbs for redevelopment and sale.
  • Counsel to Vantage Capital on a USD 8 million acquisition of the Rosslyn Riviera Shopping Mall (Rosslyn) in Nairobi. As Vantage’s local counsel, we undertook due diligence on borrower; drafting, negotiating and perfecting the entire security documentation.
  • Carrying out due diligence investigations for various clients in land acquisition or real estate investments.
  • Advised real estate developers, Hello Properties Limited and Lagoon Developments Limited, on project structuring and transaction documentation for the Mandharini development in Kilifi and led execution of the sale of 130 homes on 150 acres of land in Kilifi. The development received international acclaim and won the international development award for the best residential development in Africa – 2011.

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