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Shonubi, Musoke & Co

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Senior Partner: Dr Alan Shonubi
Number of partners: 6
Number of lawyers (Head office): 18
Consultants: 2
Languages:English, French, Kiswahili

Strategic Alliance:
South Africa, Sandton:
Norton Rose Fulbright, 15 Alice Lane, 2196 Tel: +27 116 858 500 Fax: +27 116 858 944
Email: [email protected] [email protected]

Firm Overview:
Shonubi, Musoke & Co. Advocates is one of the largest law firms in Uganda, with a core emphasis on corporate and commercial law practice that spans nearly thirty years. The firm has, over this time, built an impressive East African footprint, including a branch in Bujumbura, Burundi, and transaction specific partnerships with law firms in Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. This regional outreach has perfected the firm’s expertise in providing innovative legal products honed by local knowledge across East Africa, in an era where globalisation and regional integration demand for corresponding cost effective legal solutions that transcend national frontiers.
The 2015 strategic alliance with the global law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa added an Africa wide pool of legal expertise to the firm’s resources; rendering the firm a one stop legal centre for complex continental investments across the greater African landscape (including those with English law competencies). These, together with continued close working relationships with several other global legal firms/brands, continue to earn the firm international recognition for mastery and leadership in business and corporate law.
This leadership spans market dominance and repute in the fields of energy and mining, Public Private Partnerships (continuing to advise on the most significant PPP’s in Uganda to date), in the oil and gas sector and in its traditional strongholds in corporate and commercial law, M&A, project finance, banking and finance (including Islamic banking), telecommunications, real estate and litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
SM Registrars Limited, the firm’s company secretarial subsidiary, caps this impressive menu of services by providing dedicated company secretarial services, regulation and compliance assessments, as well as corporate governance trainings in line with international best practice.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate/ M&A:

■ Advised Eximbank Tanzania on its acquisition of a majority stake in Imperial Bank Uganda Limited. Noah Edwin Mwesigwa, Hellen Nakiryowa
■ Advised Standard Bank of South Africa on an acquisition financing for the purchase of shares in a local leading packaging Company. Noah Edwin Mwesigwa, Brigitte Kusiima.
■ Advising China Export & Import Bank on a transaction involving the landmark expansion of Entebbe International Airport. Dr. Alan Shonubi
Key Clients: Exim Bank Tanzania, Agha Khan Development Network, cfc Stanbic Bank, UAE Exchange, Google, ETIHAD Airways, Emirates, Newrest Group, Jubilee Insurance
Contact: Noah Edwin Mwesigwa
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
■ Representing China Export & Import Bank (CEXIM) in respect of the buyer credit loan facility to the Government of Uganda for the construction of several industrial parks. Andrew Kibaya, Dr Alan Shonubi, Hellen Nakiryowa
■ Representing Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in respect of a proposed term facility to Butama Hydro Electricity company. Innocent Kihika, Hellen Nakiryowa.
■ Advising China Development Bank in respect of a term facility to a PRC Company for the construction of a major housing project in Uganda. Andrew Kibaya, Hellen Nakiryowa.
■ Advised cfc Stanbic Bank on its financing of the acquisition of rolling stock/ railway wagons by East Africa Railway Holdings/ Rift Valley Railways . Noah Edwin Mwesigwa, Janette Ayesigwa
■ Represented MTN Uganda Limited in a UGX 240Billion(Approx USD 70million) local and international facilities agreement from Standard Chartered bank and Stanbic Bank Limited. Noah Edwin Mwesigwa, Janette Ayesigwa.
Key Clients: China Export & Import Bank, Orient Bank, Diamond Trust Bank, NC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank Dubai, Standard BankOPIC, IFC
Contact: Andrew Kibaya
Email: [email protected]

Energy, Mining, Oil & Gas:
■ Representation of Umeme Limited in various concession obligations, compliance and routine matters. Dr Alan Shonubi, Noah Edwin Mwesigwa.
■ Representation of Eskom Uganda Limited in various concession obligations, compliance and routine matters. Dr Alan Shonubi, Innocent Kihika
■ Advising Elgon Hydro Siti (Pvt) and Di Frontier Market Energy & Carbon Fund on establishment of a mini Hydro. Innocent Kihika
■ Advising Baker Hughes on selected logistical issues related to the Oil and Gas sector. Dr Alan Shonubi.
■ Representation of China Export & Credit Insurance (SINOSURE) in respect of the exploration and mining of the Sikulu phosphates and steel/ iron ore project and generation of 20MW for sale to the national grid. Innocent Kihika, Allan Baguma. Key Clients: Umeme Ltd, Eskom Ltd, Kalangala Infrastructure Services Limited,Baker Hughes, Rio Tinto, Neptune Oil & Petroleum, Tororo Cement Ltd
Contact: Innocent Kihika
Email: [email protected]

■ Representation of MTN Uganda in respect of several local law matters. Dr Alan Shonubi, Noah Edwin Mwesigwa, Andrew Kibaya.
■ Representation of Google/ C Squared in respect of its local operations. Dr Alan Shonubi, Brigitte Kusiima.
■ Representation of Nokia Systems in respect of several local law matters. Noah Edwin Mwesigwa, Brigitte Kusiima
Key Clients: MTN Uganda, Nokia Systems, Google, Intelsat, Tower Resources
Contact: Dr Alan Shonubi
Email: [email protected]

Tax & Securities:
■ Advising AAR Health Services on Tax claims and disputes. Dr Alan Shonubi.
■ Successfully advised KK Security Limited on tax claims and disputes. Innocent Kihika
■ Successfully advised Kobil Petroleum and ten other fuel Companies on Tax refund claims and disputes. Andrew Kibaya
■ Routinely advising clients on their listing obligations and also advising several privatised entities on their listing obligations under the PERD Act. Dr Alan Shonubi
Key Clients: Umeme Ltd, AAR Health Services, KK Security, Kobil Petroleum,
Contact: Andrew Kibaya
Email: [email protected]

General Conveyancing & Real Property:
■ Continued representation of Uganda Baati/ Lifestyle Luggogo on the sale of more prime real estate and housing estates in Kampala. Dr Alan Shonubi.
■ Representation of Golf Course Holdings Group in respect of several commercial developments in Kampala. Dr Alan Shonubi.
■ Management of several commercial properties, warehouses and go-downs on behalf of diverse clients Peters Musoke, Noah Edwin Mwesigwa.
Key Clients: Golf Course Holdings, Uganda Baati, Equatorial Real Estate
Contact: Noah Edwin Mwesigwa
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
■ Representation of all corporate clients in key litigation.
■ Representation of the Kampala District Land Board in land matters in the captital city. Peters Musoke.
Key Clients: All Clients
Contact: Peters Musoke
Email: [email protected]

Company Secretarial:

■ Provision of company secretarial and governance support to over 110 local and International companies
Key Clients: NC Bank, Kalangala Infrastructure Services, Umeme Limited, Lake Victoria Hotel, Kyagalanyi Coffee Limited, Eskom Ltd.
Contact: Shane Mugenga
Email: [email protected]

■ Representation of Standard Bank Dubai, Standard Bank of South Africa, cfc Stanbic Bank, China Export and Import Bank, China Development Bank Corporation in respect of several multi- million finance facilities to ugandan companies and government. Andrew Kibaya, Noah