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ABMAK Associates

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Managing Partner: Denis Kusaasira
Partners: Aisha Naiga, Festus Akunobera, Hakim Muwonge, Joshua Byabashaija and Godfrey Akena
Number of partners: 6
Number of lawyers: 13
Languages: English, Swahili

Firm Overview:
ABMAK Associates (‘ABMAK’ or the ‘firm’) is a Ugandan corporate and commercial law firm that specialises in advising sponsors, lenders, contractors and subcontractors on the regulatory, transactional and structuring (including tax planning) aspects of oil and gas, mining, power, and infrastructure projects in Uganda.The firm also offers legal and commercial advice in the telecom sector and in the public procurement space. ABMAK prides itself in having represented clients on ground-breaking and strategically important projects in Uganda.

Main Areas of Practice:

Oil & Gas & Project Finance:

4 partners, 4 associates
■ Advising, Total E&P on its upstream operations and transactions, including with respect to the tax aspects of the recent acquisition of interests from Tullow oil.
■ Advising, Total East Africa Midstream B.V on all Ugandan law aspects regarding the planning, development, construction and operation of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), including negotiation of the Host Government Agreement with the Government of Uganda and the Tariff, the Transportation Agreement, and other project documents.
■ Advising Schlumberger on its operation in Uganda.
■ Advising China Petroleum Engineering Construction and Construction (CPECC) on the establishment of its operations in Uganda.
Key Clients: Total E&P Uganda, Total East Africa Midstream BV, Schlumberger, CPECC, GCC Services
Contacts: Hakim Muwonge, Denis Kusaasira
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Power & Project Finance:
2 partners, 2 associates
■ Advising African Renewable Energy Fund on the development and financing of a 41MW Achwa II Hydro Power Project (US$ 84M).
■ Advising the developer and negotiating project documents with the Governments and Off-takers of Uganda and Tanzania in respect of the Kikagati/Murongo cross-border Hydro Power Project on the border of Uganda and Tanzania (US$ 64M).
■ Advising Bugoye Hydro Limited on the acquisition of a 13 MW mini hydro power plant from Tronder Energi AS and NORFUND and the refinancing of the project (US$ 50M).
■ Advising Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited on the development of a 26MW Bagasse Co-Generation Power Plant (US$ 64M).
■ Advising African Renewable Energy Fund during negotiation of project documents, of the of a 42MW Achwa II Hydro Power Project (US$ 85M).
■ Advising Senok Wind Uganda Limited – 20mw Rupa Subcounty, Morotto District.
Key Clients: Africa Renewable Energy Fund, Achwa HPPs, Bugoye HPP, Kikagati HPP, Muvumbe HPP, and SCOUL Co-Gen.
Contact: Aisha Naiga Email: [email protected]

2 partners, 2 associates
■ Advising Namekara Mining Company on its operations in the exploration, development and mining of vermiculite from one of the largest vermiculite deposit in Africa.
■ Advising the developer of the Sukulu mineral development project on the acquisition of mineral and land rights as well as negotiation of a mineral development agreement with the Government of Uganda (US$ 620M).
Key Clients: Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group, Namekara Mining
Contact: Denis Kusaasira Email: [email protected] and Joshua Byabashaija
Email: [email protected]

2 partners, 2 associates
Advising American Tower Company on its transactions including the tax aspects acquisition of interests in telecom infrastructure in Uganda, and acting for them in contentious tax disputes before the Tax Appeals Tribunal and the Commercial Court.
Key Clients: American Tower Company
Contact: Festus Akunobera Email: [email protected] and Joshua Byabashaija Email: [email protected]

2 partners, 2 associates
Advised a major EPC Contractor on re-negotiation, with Government of Uganda, of key terms of the EPC/Turnkey Contract (FIDIC, 1999 Edition) for the Standard Gauge Raiway Project Network for Uganda.
Key Clients: China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC)
Contact: Denis Kusaasira Email: [email protected] and Festus Akunobera Email: [email protected]

2 partners, 2 associates
■ Advising SICPA, a global provider of security inks as well as secured identification, traceability and authentication solutions on public procurement law and compliance in Uganda, including negotiating agreements with relevant public authorities.
■ Previously advised the Russian State Corporation (Rostec) leading the TGR Consortium on their successful public procurement bid to construct a refinery in Uganda and subsequently negotiated the relevant project agreements with the Government of Uganda.
Key Clients: China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC)
Contact: Denis Kusaasira Email: [email protected] and Festus Akunobera Email: [email protected]

2 partners, 2 associates
■ Negotiating with the Government of Uganda a special tax regime for the GZDS steel and phosphate project and acting as developer’s tax advisor.
■ Advising Heritage Oil and Gas Limited on Ugandan law aspects of a UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Uganda and acting for them as counsel in on-going tax dispute in court against the Revenue Authority. The tax in dispute is US$ 434M.
■ Tax advisor to AB-InBev during the acquisition of SAB Miller Plc assets in Uganda.
■ Negotiating with the Government of Uganda a special tax regime for the Uganda refinery project.
Key Clients: Heritage Oil and Gas, GZDS, Africa Renewable Energy Fund, Kikagati HPP, Muvumbe HPP, and SCOUL Co-Gen
Contact: Festus Akunobera Email: [email protected]

Corporate / M&A:
2 partners, 2 associates
■ Advising Platinum Credit Uganda Limited on a private Medium Term Note Programme of US$ 10M.
■ Acted for Africell Holdings SAL in the acquisition of all the France Telecom SA stake in Orange Telecom Uganda Limited.
■ Acting for Africa Renewable Energy Fund during the acquisition of Bugoye HPP and advising on refinancing by EIAF worth over US$ 50M.
■ Advising HMH during the acquisition of a stake in the company by RCL Foods Limited worth US$ 4.6M.
■ Acting for the Voxtra Fund during an equity investment in Amos Diaries Limited worth US$ 4M.
■ Providing company secretarial Services to the following entities: - Total E&P Uganda, Africell Uganda Limited, Namekara Mines, GZDS, Bugoye HPP, HMH-Rainbow, and ARPE Limited.
Key Clients: Africell Uganda Limited, HMH-Rainbow, Voxtra Fund, Maji Power Limited, Total E&P, and Namekara Mines
Contact: Joshua Byabashaija Email: [email protected]

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ABMAK Associates rankings

Global Guide 2022
General Business Law
1 Department
3 Ranked Lawyers
General Business Law
Band 2
Aisha Naiga
Band 3
Denis Kusaasira
Band 3
Festus Akunobera
Band 4