Banking and Finance | Mergers and Acquisitions | Real Estate and Conveyancing | Intellectual Property
- Law Society of Kenya
- East Africa Law Society
Esther Wanjiku joined the Firm of Lesinko Njoroge & Gathogo Advocates as an Associate Advocate in January, 2023. She has been able to hone her professional skills in advocacy, research, drafting, reviewing, presentation and negotiation. She holds an LLB degree from the University of Nairobi.
Esther has undertaken a vast array of corporate, conveyancing, commercial and probate and administration matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, conducting due diligence, undertaking registration of various instruments, and advising on regulatory, compliance and legislative issues affecting different transactions and operations of various entities as well as drafting wills, trusts and representing personal representatives, applicants, beneficiaries, contestants and creditors in probate proceedings.
- Real estate: WAS part of the Team that advised Laureland Homes Limited, a property development company, on the legal structure for acquisition, development and sale of high-end residential apartments in Kilimani Area, one of the highly sought-after residential neighborhoods in Nairobi. The brief entailed offering legal advice on a continued basis and undertaking work relating to procuring from the relevant authorities, development permits and change of user of the land, drafting the contract documentation (agreements for sale and leases) and incorporation of a management company to manage the development.
- Advisory: Offering legal advisory to property owners on how best to handle transactions with the view of protecting their interests, payment of tax particularly capital gains tax on the issues of exempt transactions, identification of transfer value, adjusted costs and incidental costs.
- Conveyancing: Undertaking due diligence, preparing, negotiating and reviewing transfer, lease and licence documents, procuring completion documents, and undertaking stamping and registrations of the instruments.
Undertaking due diligence, preparation, stamping, registration and perfection of bank securities involving immovable and moveable properties for various banks and lending institutions including Equity Bank (the large bank in Kenya by customer numbers), Kimisitu Sacco (one of the largest Saccos in Kenya by assets) and Tower Sacco.
Esther is involved in preparation and review of a wide range of documentation including non-disclosure agreements, put and call agreements, share purchase agreements, buyout agreements, asset purchase agreements, shareholder and board resolutions, amendments to the constitutional documents, waivers, completion check lists as well as dealing with merger notifications to the Competition Authority of Kenya and obtaining approvals.
Advising clients on various classes under which to register their marks in order to achieve maximum protection of their rights, preparing and lodging for registration relevant documents for registration of the marks culminating in issuance of certificate of registration from the Kenya Industrial Property Institute.