Joseph Buwembo

Joseph Buwembo is our exclusively recommended ADR expert in Uganda on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Joseph directly using the contact details listed above.

This fully equipped commercial law firm is dynamic and progressive, both in its thinking and in the way in which it is building its practice as one of the largest and leading commercial law firms in Uganda. The company has an acknowledged reputation for handling work of quality and substance in a pragmatic commercial manner and at competitive billing rates.

The firm has extensive clientele locally, in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Amongst its clients are reputable International legal firms who are dependent on this firm to handle legal matters affecting this jurisdiction and across East Africa. We are at the moment reviewing our 2011-2016 strategic plan with the intent of enabling better service provision with an ever increasing global demand in efficiency and quality.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to establish a global firm through networking and provision of quality legal services.

Our Vision:

Our vision is to be a leading premium global law firm. Our aim is to achieve our vision Responsibly by living our values in all our transactions with our col-leagues, clients and Communities.

Peter Busiku

Peter Busiku is our exclusively recommended Media Law expert in Uganda on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Peter directly using the contact details listed above.

Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.

Before co-founding the law firm of Angualia Busiku & Co. Advocates, Peter also worked with the law firm of Mukiibi, Kawooya, Onyango & Co. Advocates as a Legal Counsel. He did a lot of consultancies in the area of media and mass communication law, legislative drafting, Intellectual property law and real estate law.

Peter previously worked for Kampala University as its Legal and Public Relations Manager wherein he advised the University on all legal matters affecting it, served as a member of the University Council; represented the University in courts of law and supervised external advocates. He also worked as a Senior Principal Editor of parliamentary Hansards with Parliament of the Republic of Uganda.

Peter Busiku specialises in media and mass communication law, intellectual property law, legislative drafting and real estate law. He is a member of the Uganda Law Society, East Africa Law Society and Uganda Journalist Association.

Firm Overview:

Angualia Busiku & Co. Advocates is a Law Firm in Kampala, Uganda, that represents clients in the areas of company law, trademarks law, foreign investment law, infrastructure / construction law, employment law, due diligence investigations, real estate transactions and family law. We have over time built reputation for providing the highest quality legal care delivered in an honest, transparent professional manner to enrich the lives or businesses of our clients.

Lawyers at the firm have specialised experience in the areas of the firm’s practice. They listen to clients to find out what legal service they need. They work hard to meet those objectives and fill that need. They rely on their experience, technology, law firm global networks to execute instructions within the shortest time possible.

Attorneys at Angualia Busiku & Co. Advocates Law Firm are accessible and responsive, using technology to best serve their clients.

Cephas Birungyi

Cephas Birungyi is an advocate licensed to practise in all courts of judicature in Uganda. He is a distinguished legal and tax consultant and has carried out a number of consultancy assignments within Uganda for various ministries and government bodies and outside Uganda for the EAC, GIZ, IFC and the World Bank. Cephas is the managing partner of Birungyi, Barata & Associates and has previously worked in various capacities with the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), representing the URA in the Parliamentary Committee of Finance and advising on the drafting of the Income Tax Act 1997 of Uganda. He also represented the URA in drafting the Tax Appeals Tribunal Act and represented the Authority on various matters before the Tribunal. He headed the Quality Assurance Section of the Income Tax Department for six years and was the chair of the Quality Assurance Committee of the East African Revenue Authorities Technical Committee. He is currently retained by International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank group) as a consultant in taxation. Cephas is also an approved tax agent.

Firm Overview:

Birungyi, Barata & Associates is a Legal and Tax consultancy firm with its offices at plot 3 Portal Avenue, Crusader House, 3rd Floor, Annex in Kampala. Birungyi, Barata & Associates presently has five partners/consultants with excellent academic and professional qualifications.

Sam Mayanja

Prior to joining KAA, Sam Mayanja was the principal partner of Sam Mayanja & Co. Advocates. His main focus is the banking and financial field and he has represented numerous commercial and banking companies. He is recognised as a leading authority on the Ugandan banking and financial services sector by the International Edition of Who’s Who in Global Banking.

When Sam was Bank Secretary to the Uganda Development Bank, he represented the Uganda Bankers Association in drafting the present code of conduct of Ugandan Banks, and was part of the team that assisted in the drafting of the current Financial Institutions Act. In addition to his role in the banking sector, Sam was appointed as a consultant by the Non-Performing Assets Recovery Trust (NPART) in the recovery of the now defunct Uganda Commercial Bank’s non-performing loans.

Sam has advised the Bank of Uganda (Agricultural Policy Secretariat) on how to handle the Ginnery loans extended to cotton ginneries by the World Bank through the now defunct Co-operative Bank. He assisted the Ministry of Finance in its negotiations with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) on its assumption of the Ginnery loans formerly handled by the Cooperative Bank.

In international circles, Sam was engaged by the World Bank in drawing up legal structures for the Northern Transport & Transit Corridor covering the countries of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was also a legal adviser to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa on the Trans-African Highways Programme, where he helped set up the Secretariat of the Trans-Africa Highway Authority (Lagos-Mombasa) at Bangui, Central African Republic.

Sam is also a senior lecturer at Nkumba University, where he teaches Insurance, Banking and Commercial Law. In past years, he was also a lecturer at the Law Development Centre and the Uganda Christian University, Mukono. As a member of the Uganda Institute of Corporate Governance, he is a regular contributor to its quarterly magazine, Sustainable Wealth.

As of August 2012, Mr. Mayanja was prestigiously appointed to the Transport Practice group of World Bank and assigned as a lead consultant.


– 1976, LLB (Hons), Makerere University, Kampala

– 1977, Dip. L.P, Law Development Centre, Kampala

– 1980, Master of Laws (LLM) (specialised in Insurance), Makerere University, Kampala

Practice Areas:

– Banking and Finance
– Corporate Governance, Capital Markets and Securities
– Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy
– Negotiating And Drafting Interstate Protocols Especially In Areas Of Interstate Transport

Certifications & Membership:

– Member, Law Society in Uganda
– Advocate, High Court of Uganda
– Advocate, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Uganda
– Member, Uganda Bankers Association (representing Uganda Development Bank from 1990 to 1999)
– Member, Panel of Arbitrators of the Uganda Centre for Arbitration and Conciliation (specialising in bank laws in particular and commercial laws in general)
– Member, United Nations Institute for Training and Research of the East African Development Bank
– Member, Commonwealth Association for Corporate Governance

Law Firm:

At KAA we aspire to be a market leader in the legal profession and a world class law firm of choice in Uganda through provision of innovative practical legal solutions and maintain the highest levels of customer service and professional integrity, through our professional, dynamic and responsive teams.

– Great teamwork requires a shared vision and passion. At the heart of KAA is a team working together to ensure that that we deliver first class legal services to our clients by providing practical, innovative and legally sound solutions. But effective teamwork also requires leaders who put the team’s interest before their own and inspire others to reach their full potential.

– At KAA, we believe that our reputation is important and behaving with the highest levels of integrity is fundamental to who we are. We demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainable, responsible business practices.

– We will anticipate and understand our clients’ needs. We will share knowledge, opportunities and best practices for the benefit of our clients and development of our people. At KAA, we work together to bring resources and expertise to serve all client needs promptly, proactively, effectively and efficiently. We always communicate regularly and clearly with our clients looking to achieve the end result desired by our clients.

– At KAA, we strive to become one of the most sought-after providers of legal services by always endeavoring to be better tomorrow than we are today, investing in our people development while attaining the highest level of competence in our areas of practice and achieving the highest standards of quality and innovation in everything we do as a firm.

David Mpanga

David Mpanga is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Uganda on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact David directly using the contact details above.

Prior to joining KAA, David was in charge of all legal services at PwC Uganda, as Legal Services Manager. In this role, he provided tax and legal advisory services to PwC and its clients.

David has extensive regional experience, especially in Tanzania and Kenya, in corporate practice, financial services and banking. He has been involved in the operation of well-established, highly-regarded companies in the banking sector and has acted as engagement leader for several syndicated facilities for some of the top banks and corporates.

Firm Overview:

At Kampala Associated Advocates, we believe that our success is dependent on an engaged team that benefits from meaningful work, clear organisational direction and performance accountability in a conducive and inclusive environment. KAA capitalises on the diverse backgrounds, knowledge, skills, creativity and motivation of her people. By valuing our people, we commit to their engagement, satisfaction, development and wellbeing. We deliberately mentor our people by sharing knowledge and establishing strategic partnerships with some regional and international partners like HHM, Dentons, Simmons & Simmons, and Baker & McKenzie. Kampala Associated Advocates provides a strong balance of international as well as local expertise. Our combined resources allow the firm to meet all the needs of our clients efficiently and with the utmost attention, whenever our clients need us.

Fiona N. Magona

Fiona is a Partner in the corporate team at MMAKS Advocates. She has previously worked with leading firms in Johannesburg and Kampala.

Fiona specialises in corporate mergers and acquisitions, private equity, mining, energy and natural resources, projects and infrastructure and general corporate commercial and regulatory advisory.

She has highly commendable skills and a wealth of experience in both local and multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions cutting across sectors like telecom, insurance, banking, mining and energy.

She routinely handles legal due diligences, advises on corporate transactional structuring, negotiates local and cross border transactional agreements, commercial operational agreements, in addition to having an impressive knowledge of the local regulatory framework for advice on compliance issues, licensing regimes, and issues affecting local and foreign investors. Some examples of these transactions are listed further below.

Fiona holds a LLM in commercial law from the University of Birmingham, and has previously served a six months placement at mining giant and former FTSE 100 mining company, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (Johannesburg). She has recently returned from a placement with Slaughter and May in London.

She is a Rotarian, a wife and mother.

Membership In Professional Societies:

– Committee Member, Professional Development Committee, Uganda Law Society (ULS)
– Committee Member, Female Lawyers Committee, Uganda Law Society (ULS)
– Uganda Law Society (ULS)
– East Africa Law Society (EALS)

Professional Qualifications:

– M (Commercial Law), Birmingham University, England
– Diploma in Legal Practice (Bar Course), Law Development Centre, Kampala
– B (Hons.), Makerere University, Uganda

Career Summary:

– 2017 > Present Partner, MMAKS Advocates
– 2013 > 2016 Senior Associate, MMAKS Advocates
– 2008 > 2012 Senior Associate, Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys, Johannesburg
– 2004 > 2007 Associate, A F Mpanga Advocates
– 2003 > 2004 Clerkship, Kasirye Byaruhanga & Co Advocates

Areas Of Expertise:

– Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
– Private Equity
– Mining and Energy
– Projects and Infrastructure
– Corporate and Regulatory Advisory

Top Matters:

– Advising a Private Equity fund based in the UK, on its proposed acquisition (through an SPV incorporated by it) of shares in Bujagali Holding Power Company Limited (BHPCL), which is a shareholder in Bujagali Energy Limited (BEL). The transaction involved conducting a comprehensive legal due diligence on the operations and existing contractual status of both BHPCL and BEL with the Government of Uganda, completing detailed regulatory questionnaires on foreign investment and hydro power regulation in Uganda, and reviewing and commenting on the transaction agreements from a Ugandan law perspective;
– Currently advising a government agency on the regulatory framework applicable to a proposed Public Private Partnership for the construction of a highway in Kampala, funded by the IFC. Our advice covers a cross section of regulatory issues including but not limited to procurement of contracts with the government, environment matters, employment and immigration matters, finance and tax, etc;
– Advising a leading communications company in Uganda, on the proposed acquisition of a majority stake by Dentsu Aegis Network, a multinational media and digital marketing communications company headquartered in London. The transaction involved advising on the structure of the transaction, negotiating the Letter of Intent, assisting with a comprehensive legal due diligence on the target’s operations, and reviewing and negotiating the transaction agreements.
– Advising (as local counsel), a Middle Eastern Private Equity investor on a potential acquisition of a stake in a prominent hydro power project in Uganda. The advice involves corporate governance and compliance issues, regulatory permits, environmental compliance, employment laws, property laws, insurance, etc);
– Advising a leading gaming company in Europe, on its proposed acquisition (through an SPV) of majority shares in an entity holding the national lottery business in Uganda. The transaction involved conducting a comprehensive legal due diligence on the operations and existing contractual status of the target company, advising on the regulatory environment for lottery, gaming and betting services in Uganda, and drafting and negotiating the transaction agreements;
– Advising a Swiss mining company on the acquisition of a majority stake in a mining company in Uganda valued at approx. USD 100,000,000;
– Advising on the acquisition of a telecommunications operator in Uganda valued at USD 100,000,000;
– Acting as local counsel in the verification of an acquisition of a stake in a Ugandan hotel by an SPV in Uganda wholly owned by a private equity fund based in the Isle of Man;
– Advising a foreign based aerospace defence company on setting up business in Uganda, as a government defence contractor in the aviation and aerospace activity sector. This involved advice on the best suited corporate structure, the regulatory environment relevant to the activities proposed by client (including but not limited to entering into contracts with government, employment laws, property laws, aviation laws, immigration, tax, etc);
– Advising on the legalities of a profit sharing business structure involving various entities in Uganda, Dubai and South Africa;
– Advising on a share purchase by a company based in the British Virgin Islands, of a majority stake in a Ugandan Company;
– Advising on a joint venture business structure between a local company and a Chinese company jointly bidding for contracts awarded by the government of Uganda;
– Drafting commercial, operational and service agreements for local financial institutions e.g Diamond Trust Bank, Crane Bank for mobile money solutions, ATM Cash dispensing, security vetting, etc…
– Drafting various opinions to both local and foreign clients on various regulatory issues including and not limited to setting up business in Uganda, the investment regulatory regime in Uganda, the regulation of aviation, unmanned ballons, telecommunications, prepaid cards issued by non-financial institutions businesses, the regulation of mobile money payments in Uganda, the regulation of lottery, gaming and betting activities in Uganda (including tax implications), etc…

Other Transactions:

– Asset purchase by Eaton Towers Holdings LLC of towers from Orange Uganda;
– MMC UK Group’s acquisition of Alexander Forbes subsidiaries across Africa;
– Sale by Barclays Bank of its custody business across Africa, to Standard Chartered; and
– Proposed Bharti Airtel acquisition of a stake in MTN South Africa.