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MMAKS Advocates

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Managing Partners: Timothy Kanyerezi Masembe
Co-Managing Partner: Moses Jurua Adriko
Number of partners: 9
Number of lawyers: 23


Firm Overview:
MMAKS Advocates is a leading full service law firm in Kampala with a long-standing reputation of quality and excellence. It is one of the largest firms in Uganda, with a total of 23 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.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
Acted for Ecobank Development Corporation, Ecobank Kenya Limited, Ecobank Republique Democratique Du Congo S.A, Ecobank Rwanda Plc, Credit Suisse, Credit Suisse AG London Branch, Guaranty Trust Bank (Kenya) Limited, Investec Assurance Limited in connection with a Facility Agreement for a USD 114m medium term commercial facility
■Advising AgDevco Uganda Limited, a subsidiary of a multinational private equity fund on a proposed equity and debt investment in Biyinzika Poultry International Limited Key Contact: Gloria M Kawooya 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 Nintendo Co., Ltd against the registration of a mark similar to one of its well-known trademark
■Acting for DC Comics in the cancellation and removal from the Register of a trademark similar to one of its well-known trademarks
■Acted for PZ Cussons International in a trademark opposition against the registration of its well-known ‘Venus’ trademark
■Currently defending ten commercial banks in a copyright litigation matter for a claim of copyright infringement on the software applied in the agency banking model in Uganda
■Rendering intellectual property advice to Diageo, Cipla, Apple Inc., Union Des Association Europeenes De Football (UEFA), The Procter & Gamble Company, The Gilette Company, Harvard University, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Nike International Ltd, Puma S.E, Duracell Batteries BVBA, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, Novartis AG, KIA Motors Corporation, Unilever Plc, Huawei Technologies Co. and Nine West Development Corporation
Key Contact: Mathias Ssekatawa
Email: [email protected]

Litigation:
■Acting for an international development bank in recovery of USD 118m against a defaulting Hotel Group in Uganda
■Successfully acting for Absa Uganda Limited in an Appeal in the Supreme Court resulting in overturning the decision of the lower courts and confirmation that the Appellant was indebted to Absa Uganda Limited in the sum of over USD 20,000,000 ■Acting for Uganda Breweries Limited in a tax dispute against the Uganda Revenue Authority involving a VAT assessment of over USD 70M
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 ResponsAbility on its USD 16,000,000 acquisition of a stake in the Nyamwamba and Mpanga hydropower projects
Key Contact: Apollo Makubuya
Email: [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 an international real estate development company on its USD 10,000,000 acquisition of a shopping mall in Kampala
Key Contact: Apollo Makubuya
Email: [email protected]

Clients:
MMAKS clients include Bank of Uganda, Barclays Bank Uganda, Cavendish University Uganda, 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 firms.

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