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MMAKS Advocates
4th Floor, Redstone House
Plot 7 Bandali Rise - Bugolobi
Kampala, Uganda

Uganda > Leading firms Tier 1

MMAKS Advocates offers a ‘one stop shop for clients' and assists local and international investors and businesses with a wide range of corporate and commercial issues, particularly in the infrastructure, natural resources and energy sectors. Intellectual property law and litigation are further areas of strength. Managing partner Timothy Masembe Kanyerezi is an expert litigator who regularly acts for banks, and the ‘very well connectedApollo Nelson Makubuya leads the commercial and corporate advisory team, assisting with a wide range of transactions. The group also includes Fiona Nalwanga Magona, who assists on multijurisdictional transactions ‘with excellent client care skills’; the corporate law specialist Godwin Kakande; and Flavia Suubo, who focuses on corporate advisory with emphasis on M&A across different sectors.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Masembe Kanyerezi; Apollo Nelson Makubuya; Fiona Nalwanga Magona

Other key lawyers:


‘MMAKS is a full service law firm with capabilities in many disciplines making it a one stop shop for clients. They have recently added capabilities in advisory services such as Forensics and outsourcing. Being a member of ALN also means they can provide cross-border services seamlessly. ’

‘Apollo Nelson Makubuya is not only knowledgeable but very well connected therefore able to help clients navigate legal matters with local knowledge.’

‘Fiona Nalwanga Magona has excellent client care skills and with her broad experience in corporate and project finance can help clients achieve their objectives efficiently.’

Key clients

The East African Venture Capital Association

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V (FMO)

ABSA Bank Uganda Ltd

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Webber Wentzel LLP

Anjarwalla Collins and Haidermota

Allen & Overy LLP

Anjarwalla & Khanna LLP

Diamond Trust Bank Uganda Limited

Cliff Decker Hofmeyr

Central Bank of Uganda

Hogan Lovells

Mandela Auto Spares Limited

Norsad Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Mantra Technologies on its acquisition of Seven Hills Impex.
  • Advised the East Africa Venture Capital Association (EAVCA) on proposed amendments to Uganda’s legal and fiscal framework for structuring locally domiciled private equity and venture capital funds under the limited liability partnership vehicle.
  • Advised Sanlam on its merger with Allianz by conducting a due diligence on two Ugandan subsidiaries of Allianz covering the areas of corporate, material contracts, regulatory, compliance and litigation.

MMAKS Advocates is a leading full-service law firm in Uganda with a long-standing reputation of quality and excellence. It is one of the largest firms in Uganda, with 30proficiently trained lawyers and a staff complement of 35. Two of its partners are qualified as solicitors of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

MMAKS combines a well-established litigation and commercial transactional practice. The MMAKS team specializes in the areas of commercial and corporate advisory, property, banking and finance, litigation, dispute resolution and intellectual property.

The corporate team has a proven track record in structuring innovative and commercially sound transactions for local and international investors and businesses in the areas of energy, oil and gas, projects, infrastructure, mergers, acquisitions, general corporate among others. MMAKS was involved in the negotiation of the project framework agreement for the construction of Uganda’s first ever oil refinery. It has advised on a number of financings by FMO and PROPARCO, and has an impressive debt recovery portfolio.

The property, banking and finance team is specialized in areas of banking, project finance, infrastructure, power and energy, fintech and real estate. The team has handled the largest financing deals in both hydro and solar energy under the GefFit Programme in Uganda. The team is on the panel of the Central Bank and the most leading commercial banks in Uganda for example Absa Bank Uganda Limited, DFCU Bank, KCB Bank and Diamond Trust Bank Uganda Limited. It also works closely with magic circle firms across the globe and development finance institutions like Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V (FMO), Societe De Promotion Et De Participation Pour La Cooperation Economique SA (PROPARCO) and FINNFUND.

The litigation team advises on ground-breaking cases in the areas of contract, enforcement, commercial and criminal litigation, corporate debt recoveries, banking and finance, realization of securities, real estate and intellectual property among others.    It has been involved in groundbreaking cases that have greatly shaped Uganda’s legal landscape. The team advises the Central Bank of Uganda together with several leading commercial banks in the country like Absa Bank,  KCB Bank, DFCU Bank and Diamond Trust Bank etc. The team also has a huge debt recovery portfolio covering the key commercial banks in Uganda. The team has also handled land mark cases litigation cases in the country which have greatly shaped the legal landscape in the country. Key among these are cases relating to taxation, enforcement of foreign judgments and the liquidation of financial institutions.

MMAKS is a member of the Africa Legal Network, a leading independent association of top tier African law firms. It is also a member of the Employment Alliance, a worldwide alliance of commercial law firms, and TrustLaw, a Thomson Reuters global probono legal programme.  Our litigation and Corporate  teams also routinely contribute to notable international law firm directories, and other directories like Bloomberg Tax, World Compass, World Bank and  Afriwise.  Please visit for further information. 

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation & Debt Recovery Timothy Masembe +256 772 776611
Head of Corporate Advisory Apollo Makubuya + 256 752 785666
Co head of Litigation and Arbitration Adriko J. Moses (SC) +256 772 785330
Head of Intellectual Property Mathias Ssekatawa + 256 772 212142
Partner, Litigation Isaac Walukagga + 256 772453010
Partner, Debt Recovery Ernest Sembatya +256 752 779922
Corporate Advisory Fiona Magona +256 784 905775
Partner, Debt Recovery Steven Zimula +256 776 613611
Partner, Corporate Advisory Godwin Kakande +256 782 148 999
Partner, Banking & Finance Fred Ssenyonga +256 782701697
Photo Name Position Profile
Moses Adriko photo Mr Moses Adriko Mr. Adriko is a partner in MMAKS Advocates and co-head of the…
Miriam Atim photo Ms Miriam Atim Miriam is an Associate with the Corporate Advisory team at MMAKS Advocates.
Gulam Hussein photo Mr Gulam Hussein Gulam is an associate with the Litigation Department at MMAKS Advocates.  
Daniella Kagina photo Ms Daniella Kagina Daniella is a legal trainee in the firm’s corporate advisory team.
Brian Kajubi photo Mr Brian Kajubi Brian is an associate with the firm’s litigation and intellectual property teams.
Godwin Kakande photo Mr Godwin Kakande Godwin is a Partner with the firm’s corporate advisory team.
James Kalibbala photo Mr James Kalibbala James is a Senior Associate in the MMAKS litigation team.
Kenneth Kiapi photo Mr Kenneth Kiapi Kenneth is a legal trainee with the firm’s litigation team.
Derrick Kizito photo Mr Derrick Kizito Derrick is an associate with the Litigation department of MMAKS Advocates.
Racheal Kugonza photo Mrs Racheal Kugonza Racheal is an Associate with the Property, Banking and Finance Team.
Timothy Lugayizi photo Mr Timothy Lugayizi Timothy is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Litigation Team and is…
Fiona Magona Nalwanga photo Ms Fiona Magona Nalwanga Fiona Magona Nalwanga is a Partner in the MMAKS Corporate team with…
Timothy Masembe Kanyerezi photo Mr Timothy Masembe Kanyerezi Timothy Masembe Kanyerezi is the Managing Partner and also heads the firm’s…
Victor Mathias Ssekatawa photo Mr Victor Mathias Ssekatawa Mathais is a partner at MMAKS Advocates. He has a wealth of…
Eriya Mikka photo Mr Eriya Mikka Eriya is a principal associate within the firm’s Litigation Team.
Norman Mulira photo Mr Norman Mulira Norman is a principal associate in the firm’s corporate advisory department.
Prisca Nagujja photo Ms Prisca Nagujja Prisca is an Associate with the Banking and Finance team.
Apollo Nelson Makubuya photo Mr Apollo Nelson Makubuya Apollo Nelson Makubuya is one of the founding partners of MMAKS Advocates.…
Alex Ntale photo Mr Alex Ntale Alex is a principal associate in the firm’s litigation team.
Ernest Sembatya Kaggwa photo Mr Ernest Sembatya Kaggwa Ernest is a Partner in the MMAKS Advocates Litigation team with over…
Flavia Suubo photo Ms Flavia Suubo Flavia is a senior associate in the firm’s corporate advisory department.
Laura Taaka photo Ms Laura Taaka Laura is a legal trainee in the firm’s Banking and Finance Team.
Lilian Tumwizere photo Ms Lilian Tumwizere Lilian is an Associate with the firm and works with the Intellectual…
Isaac Walukagga photo Mr Isaac Walukagga Isaac Walukagga is a Partner in the Firm’s litigation team. He focuses…
Stephen Zimula photo Mr Stephen Zimula Stephen Zimula is a partner the in the litigation team of the…
Professional Staff : 30
Support Staff : 35
English (fluent)
Africa Legal Network (ALN)
Employment Law Alliance