Patricia Wanjama Head of Legal & Company Secretary

‘The human mind is the steering wheel that determines the direction of one’s destiny; we can only transform our lives by the way we tune our minds.’ - TD Jakes

As Head of Legal and Company Secretary at Cytonn, my day-to-day work involves looking at the present and upcoming legal risks and ensuring that Cytonn is adequately covered through the legal team. This involves document reviews, legal research and partnering with the Cytonn business leaders to come up with viable solutions that require legal, technical and business creative skills to get the right solutions. I am passionate about delivering to promise to all. Any commitment is a big commitment to me, be it client (both internal and external) or team - I strive to be a woman of my word and most times you can take it to the bank!

I hold a bachelor’s degree (LL.B) in Law from the University of Nairobi, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Strathmore Business School and I am a registered Certified Public Secretary. In addition to being an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, I am also a Commissioner of Oaths and a Notary Public. I would, therefore, summarize my professional persona to being a Corporate and Commercial lawyer with a focus in Financial Services legal practice. I am also well versed in Intellectual Property Law, Family Law, and Probate Law.

I have over 12 years of work experience. I worked at Britam Asset Managers from 2008 to 2014 during which time I grew from a Legal Assistant to the Head of Legal and Assistant Company Secretary in the Asset Management Company. Prior to that, I worked as a Legal Associate at Ndungu Njoroge and Kwach, a mid-size general practice Law Firm where I rose from a pupil (legal intern) to an Associate in the Commercial Department from 2004 to 2008.

I am proud of being part of Cytonn and it is possibly because I am one of the founder members. I was completely sold to the idea of joining a team that was focused and determined to give the best to its clients and leave a positive mark in the investments industry. However, it has not always been easy; one of the challenges I have faced, which has made me stronger is facing business battles with the team, and coming out of the other side, stronger and wiser. It has all been worthwhile.

So why do I do what I do and how do I derive deep meaning from it? I find meaning in my work when I am part of the solution and not the problem. Watching Cytonn and its people grow and succeed makes every day worthwhile. If you are considering a similar career path or interested in joining us at Cytonn, I advise that you understand the business you are trying to get into. Ask yourself if you are ready to get fully immersed and be infected with the passion that all the Cytonn folk have. If your answer to this is yes, get your application in and get started!

It is amazing how the attempt at daily perfection within Cytonn inspires others. So, this is bigger than us, it is making a difference in changing the business landscape, one effort at a time.

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