Firm Profile > MMAKS Advocates > Kampala, Uganda

MMAKS Advocates

Leading firms Tier 2

MMAKS Advocates, an affiliate of Africa Legal Network, is one of the larger firms in Uganda, and offers a full range of legal services to domestic and international corporate clients. It’s pan-African capabilities allow it to handle cross-border matters, including multi-jurisdictional regulatory compliance, contracts, reorganisations and restructurings, and M&A work. In recent work, the group has advised clients in a range of sectors, including banking and finance, energy, telecoms and infrastructure. Managing partner Timothy Kanyerezi Masembe is the head of litigation and counts Barclays Bank of Uganda and Uganda Breweries among his clients, while transactional work is mainly led by Apollo Nelson Makubuya. Fiona Magona has advised clients in the private equity, energy, mining, and infrastructure spaces. Gloria Matovu Kawooya specialises in banking and finance.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Kanyerezi Masembe; Apollo Nelson Makubuya; Fiona Magona; Gloria Matovu Kawooya


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 26 proficiently trained lawyers and a staff complement of 38. 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 judgements 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 Moses +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 & Banking & Finance Fiona Magona +256 784 905775
Partner, Debt Recovery Steven Zimula +256 776 613611
Photo Name Position Profile
 Fiona Magona Nalwanga  photo Fiona Magona Nalwanga Fiona Magona Nalwanga is a Partner in the MMAKS Corporate team with…
 Timothy Masembe Kanyerez  photo Timothy Masembe Kanyerez Timothy Masembe Kanyerezi is the Managing Partner and also heads the firm’s…
 Victor Mathias Ssekatawa  photo Victor Mathias Ssekatawa
 Apollo Nelson Makubuya photo Apollo Nelson Makubuya Apollo Nelson Makubuya is one of the founding partners of MMAKS Advocates.…
 Ernest Sembatya Kaggwa  photo Ernest Sembatya Kaggwa Ernest Sembatya Kaggwa is a partner of the MMAKS litigation team. He…
 Isaac Walukagga  photo Isaac Walukagga Isaac Walukagga is a Partner in the Firm’s litigation team. He focuses…
 Stephen Zimula  photo Stephen Zimula Stephen Zimula is a partner the Litigation Team of the firm. 
Professional Staff : 25
Support Staff : 28
English (fluent)
Africa Legal Network (ALN)