MMAKS Advocates > Kampala, Uganda > Firm Profile

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

Uganda > Leading firms Tier 1

MMAKS Advocates routinely handles local and cross-border corporate and commercial transactions. Apollo Nelson Makubuya leads the projects, M&A, and banking and finance groups and has significant expertise within the oil and gas sector. Fiona Nalwanga Magona stands out for her 'wide experience’, particularly for regulatory work, compliance issues, and licensing regimes for local and foreign investors. Timothy Kanyerezi Masembe is the managing partner at the firm and head of litigation; he is frequently instructed in banking litigation.

Practice head(s):

Apollo Makubuya; Fiona Nalwanga Magona; Timothy Kanyerezi Masembe


‘High quality, efficient and legally sound’

‘What makes MMAKS unique for me is their deep sector experience and the fact that they are part of the Africa Legal Network, meaning through MMAKS and its affiliates, clients are able to get advice on a range of matters, spanning various jurisdictions in and out of Africa.’

‘I like the fact that they are very quick on their turn around times and their quality of work.’

‘What has stood our for me while working with Fiona Magona is her professionalism and her wide experience in corporate and commercial matters and mergers and acquisitions.’

‘MMAKS is a leading corporate law firm in Uganda. We choose to work with them because of their unparalleled expertise in Ugandan corporate law. They are very responsive and adhere to tight timelines. They accommodate client’s requests and are fairly flexible in fees.’

They are flexible in their billing and are available whenever they are called upon. They invest a lot in growing their staff and exposing them to be able to do better at their work and we can testify and see that the investment has paid off.

‘The MMAKS team can withstand any pressures and still deliver.’

Timothy Masembe is very good in litigation.’

Key clients

Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and the Uganda National Oil Company.

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

Societe De Promotion Et De Participation Pour La Cooperation Economique SA (PROPARCO)

KFW Development Bank

Webber Wentzel

Allen & Overy LLP

Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates, Nairobi including Anjarwalla, Collins and Hadermoita Advocates Dubai

Trinity LLP

DFCU Bank Uganda Limited

Diamond Trust Bank Uganda Limited

Trinity LLP

Asante Finance Limited

Finnish Fund for Industrial Development Corporation (FINNFUND)

Absa Bank Uganda Limited

Uganda Breweries Limited

Prudential Assurance Uganda Limited

ICEA Lion General Insurance Company Limited

World Vision Uganda Limited

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 29 proficiently 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 specialised 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 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. 

Litigation & Debt Recovery Timothy 772 776611
Head of Corporate Advisory Apollo 256 752 785666
Co head of Litigation and Arbitration Adriko 772 785330
Head of Intellectual Property Mathias 256 772 212142
Partner, Litigation Isaac 256 772453010
Partner, Debt Recovery Ernest 752 779922
Corporate Advisory & Banking & Finance Fiona 784 905775
Partner, Debt Recovery Steven 776 613611
Fiona Magona Nalwanga photo Fiona Magona NalwangaFiona Magona Nalwanga is a Partner in the MMAKS Corporate team with…
Timothy Masembe Kanyerez photo Timothy Masembe KanyerezTimothy Masembe Kanyerezi is the Managing Partner and also heads the firm’s…
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Apollo Nelson Makubuya photo Apollo Nelson MakubuyaApollo Nelson Makubuya is one of the founding partners of MMAKS Advocates.…
Ernest Sembatya Kaggwa photo Ernest Sembatya KaggwaErnest Sembatya Kaggwa is a partner of the MMAKS litigation team. He…
Isaac Walukagga photo Isaac WalukaggaIsaac Walukagga is a Partner in the Firm’s litigation team. He focuses…
Stephen Zimula photo Stephen ZimulaStephen Zimula is a partner the Litigation Team of the firm. 
Professional Staff : 30
Support Staff : 34
English (fluent)
Africa Legal Network (ALN)