MMAKS Advocates

Kampala Office

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Managing Partners: T Masembe Kanyerezi, Moses Ariko
Number of partners: 9
Number of lawyers: 26

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 26 proficiently trained lawyers and a total support staff complement of 38. 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:
■ Advising the development finance institutions of the governments of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Norway, (CDC Group plc, Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (“FMO”) and Norfund) on their financing of Greenlight Planet. Greenlight Planet provides clean and green first-time energy access to households in areas with an unreliable or non-existent grid connection
Key Contact: Gloria M Kawooya
Email: [email protected]

Corporate Advisory / Mergers Acquisitions:
■ Advising I &M Holdings Limited on its acquisition of 100% (one hundred percent) of the share capital of Orient Bank Limited, a leading commercial bank in Uganda
■ Advising Echotel Proprietary Limited, one of the largest internet service providers in South Africa in connection with an acquisition of the entire business of iWay Africa Uganda Limited, one the leading African internet service providers offering solutions over satellite, fibre optic and wireless networks
■ Advising Apis Partners & Ascent Africa in connection with an acquisition of Platcorp Holdings Limited including conducting a due diligence in respect of the target’s Ugandan subsidiaries that is Premier Credit Limited and Platinum Credit Limited
■ Advising one of the largest companies in the world in the food ingredients, chilled foods and dairy industry in connection with its acquisition of the Afribon Group which has a subsidiary, Afribon (U) SMC Limited, in Uganda
■ Advising on the divestiture of Norfunds interest in SN Power AS and the subsequent restructuring of Norfund’s shareholding in SN Power’s Sub Saharan entities Key Contact: Apollo Makubuya
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Fiona N. Magona
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
■ Acting for a multinational corporation and technology company in a suit for trademark infringement and passing off of its flagship brand and registered trademark
■Acting for authors in a breach of publishing agreement and copyright infringement matter against the largest publishing house in Uganda
■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
■ Acting for Diageo in the cancellation and removal from the Register of a trademark similar to one of its globally well-known trademarks
■ Acting for Liberty Group Limited in the cancellation and removal from the Register of a trademark similar to its flagship brand and registered trademark
■ 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]

■ Acting successfully for the Central Bank of Uganda in a Constitutional Petition where the main issue was whether the takeover, liquidation, revocation of license and sale of National Bank of Commerce by Bank of Uganda was unconstitutional
■ Acting successfully for Samsung Electronics (EA) Ltd (“Samsung Kenya”) in a tax dispute against URA in which we challenged a Value Added Tax assessment of equivalent to about USD 470,000 for services provided by the Uganda branch to its Head office in Kenya, Samsung
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
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]

MMAKS clients include Bank of Uganda, Absa Bank Uganda Limited, 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.