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Norah Mutuku

Norah Mutuku

Partner, IKM Advocates

Norah Mutuku has extensive experience and excellent technical knowledge in real estate, bank securities and finance matters. She is an all-rounder and represents both local and international clients in high value and complex transactions. She regularly handles various real estate and development projects ranging from conducting real estate due diligence, preparing offer letters and agreements for sale, leases and transfer documents. She also handles finance transactions including acting for commercial banks, DFIs and international lenders in loan financing documentation.

Experience has included advising:

  • A consortium of lenders on a syndicated medium-term loan facility to the Government of Kenya acting through the National Treasury
  • Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank trading as Trade and Development Bank (TDB) on a syndicated term loan facility to the Government of Kenya acting through the National Treasury
  • Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited in a term loan transaction to one of its clients
  • African Development Bank (“AfDB”) in connection with a line of credit and trade line of credit facilities to a local commercial bank
  • A pan-African commercial bank in the sale of a prime commercial building in the central business district of Nairobi
  • As a team member, a fortune 500 energy company in the setting up of a wind energy project
  • A real estate company on a multi-phase apartment complex development project

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate admitted to the High Court of Kenya (2002)


  • Kenya School of Law, Diploma in Law (2001)
  • University of Nairobi , Bachelor of  Laws LLB, (2000)


  • Ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global
  • Highly regarded by IFLR1000

 Prior Experience 

  • 2013 to date, Partner , IKM Advocates, DLA Piper Africa Member firm in Kenya
  • 2009 to 2012, Senior Associate, IKM Advocates, DLA Piper Africa Member firm in Kenya
  • 2004 to 2009, Senior Associate, Nairobi based law firm
  • 2002 to 2003, Associate ,Nairobi based law firm
  • 2000 to 2002, Pupil, Nairobi based law firm


  • Member, Law Society of Kenya

Why foreigners should be allowed to buy agricultural land in Kenya

Policies on ownership of agricultural land vary from country to country. Some countries prohibit ownership of agricultural land by foreigners while others have an open door policy allowing foreigners to own agricultural land. For countries that restrict ownership of agricultural land by foreigners, the differential treatment is premised on the need to localize food security.

How investors can secure viable off-plan purchase

Many Kenyans consider real estate as one of the most stable and secure forms of investment. One of the options available to a person wishing to invest in real estate is to purchase the property “off plan”. An off-plan purchase is an arrangement where the purchaser invests their money into a project or a property that is yet to be developed or to be completed, on the promise that the property will be fully constructed within a particular time span. The purchaser would ordinarily have to pay the entire purchase price or the larger portion of it, which is ideally supposed to be utilised in the construction of the project