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Firm Profile

MMAKS Advocates

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Diamond Trust Building
  • 3rd Floor
  • 17-19 Kampala Road
  • PO Box 7166
  • Kampala
  • Central Region
  • Uganda

Firm profile submitted by MMAKS Advocates

Managing Partners: T Masembe Kanyerezi, Moses, Ariko
Number of lawyers: 26
Number of partners: 8

MMAKS Advocates is a leading full service law firm in Kampala with a longstanding reputation of quality and excellence. It is one of the largest firms in Uganda, with a total of 26 proficiently trained lawyers and a total support staff complement of 35. The firm combines a well-established litigation practice and commercial transactional practice. Two of the firm’s partners are qualified as solicitors of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and its lawyers hold qualifications from reputable universities across the globe. MMAKS is a member of ALN, a leading independent association of top tier African law firms. ALN firms are committed to working together to provide extensive coverage and share on-the-ground experience. MMAKS is also a member of the Employment Law Alliance, a worldwide alliance of commercial law firms.

Banking & Finance:
■ Advising a consortium led by Africa Export Import Bank under syndicated financings to Smile Telecom Holdings in the sum of USD 315,000,000
■ Advising Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) on its financing of 2 (two) solar photovoltaic projects and 2 (two) hydro power projects under the GET FiT programme in the total sum of USD 57,000,000
■ Advising a syndicate of lenders including Stanbic Bank and Standard Chartered on a USD 150, 000, 000 financing to MTN Uganda, the leading telecom company in Uganda.
Key Contact: Apollo Makubuya
Email: [email protected]

Corporate Advisory / Mergers Acquisitions:
■ Advising Umeme Holdings Limited on a sale of its shareholding in Umeme Limited, a company listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange and the sole electricity distributor in Uganda. This is the largest secondary market transaction in Uganda, worth over USD 85,000,000. The deal saw Investec Asset Management, one of Africa’s largest investment funds enter the Ugandan market
■ Advising on an acquisition worth USD 4,000,000 by Prudential Plc of the life insurance business of GoldStar Life Assurance Company Limited which was split from GoldStar Insurance Company Limited
Contact: Apollo Makubuya
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Fiona N. Magona
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:

■ Acting for Walmart Stores Inc. in a trademark infringement and passing off suit worth USD 300,000
■ Acting for Cipla, a multinational pharmaceutical company to defend its Efavir 600 trademark
■ Acting for Monster Energy in an opposition and infringement matter
■ Acting for WM Wrigley, an international confectionary business in a trademark cancellation application Rendering intellectual property advice to Radisson Hotels, Chivas Holdings, BMW, Hyundai Motors, Smith-Kline Beecham, Diageo and Mitsubishi as well as acting as Trademark Agents for a number of local and international clients
Key Contact: Mathias Ssekatawa
Email: [email protected]

■ Successfully defending three individuals and two corporate guarantors in an action by an international bank seeking to recover in excess of USD 10,000,000, the guarantees having been declared unenforceable on the basis of variation
■ Successfully defending a commercial bank and a development bank in an action brought by a borrower seeking damages in excess of USD 25,000,000 for alleged breaches of lending agreements
■ Successfully defending the Central Bank in an action questioning the legality of Mobile Money operations
Key Contact: T Masembe Kanyerezi
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Moses Adriko
Email: [email protected]

Mining, Oil & Energy:
■ Advising the Government of Uganda and National Oil Company on the construction of the first ever oil refinery project in Uganda
■ Advising a Swiss mining company on the acquisition of a majority stake in a mining company in Uganda valued at approx. USD 100,000,000
■ Advising a Private Equity fund based in the UK, on its proposed acquisition (through an SPV) of shares in Bujagali Holding Power Company Limited (BHPCL), which is a shareholder in Bujagali Energy Limited (BEL).
Key Contact: Apollo Makubuya
[email protected]

Projects & Infrastructure:
■ Advising a government agency on a Public Private Partnership for the construction of a proposed 77km express highway in Kampala, funded by the IFC
Key Contact:
Fiona N. Magona
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Apollo Makubuya
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
■ Advising MTN Uganda Limited on the acquisition of a commercial property to house their headquarters in Uganda valued at USD 11,000,000
■ Advising on an additional boarding house facility for GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala under a Development and Lease Agreement valued at USD 4,000,000
Key Contact: Apollo Makubuya
Email: [email protected]

MMAKS clients include Bank of Uganda, Barclays Bank Uganda, Cavendish University Uganda, Crane Bank, DEG, Development International Desjardins, DFCU Bank, Diamond Trust Bank Uganda, FMO, Exim Bank Uganda, International Finance Corporation, KCB Bank Uganda, MTN Uganda, Norfund, Proparco, Stanbic Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Umeme, Simba Group, Uganda Telecom, National Insurance Corporation, Prudential Plc, SBI International, Reynolds International, East African Development Bank, Jubilee Insurance, ABC Capital Bank, Google Uganda. The firm has notable relationships with and is regularly instructed by leading international law firmsnternational law firms.