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Property and Real Estate: Managing Land Use and the Built Environment

Over 40% of sub-Saharan Africa’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. The Firm’s growing Land Use Management and Built Environment practice represents a diverse range of clients from large scale developers to individual residential, commercial and agricultural property owners. We apply our skills to the full cycle of a real estate deal, providing a holistic approach for our clients.

The Firm’s services include site acquisition and subdivisions, project permitting and approvals, due diligence investigations, management and leasing, financing advisory, joint venture structuring, and disposition of all asset classes of real estate including mixed use developments, apartment complexes and gated communities.

The Firm’s lawyers have been engaged by UN Habitat to co-author key publications including a Guidebook on Managing and Financing Development through Physical Land Use Planning in Kenya and a Report on Bridging the Affordability Gap on Financing Mechanisms for Slum Upgrading at Scale in Nairobi.

Other recent assignments have included Real Estate Transaction Advisory and FIDIC Red Book Contract Drafting for 1000+ apartment project based in Rwanda; negotiation of Joint Venture and ancillary project agreements for a 1000+ apartment project and a 200+ apartment project in Kenya.

For large real estate developers, we have supported clients in the preparation of internal policies such as Contractor Code of Conduct, Supplier Code of Conduct, Road Use Policy, Animal Control Policy, Noise Management Policies, Effluent Management Policy, and Grievance Policies amongst others in compliance with applicable laws.