Apollo Nelson Makubuya

Corporate Advisory
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Apollo Makubuya is a leading lawyer in the IFLR100


Apollo is a Partner at MMAKS Advocates in Kampala, Uganda and works in the Corporate Advisory Team.

Apollo advises mining companies, banks, regional and international investors on corporate, commercial law and tax issues. He also has extensive experience in the field of international human rights law. Before going into private practice, Apollo worked as a legal advisor at a private bank and was the Assistant Head of the Financial Sector Adjustment Credit (FSAC) division of the Bank of Uganda.

While at the Uganda Law Reform Commission, Apollo was in charge of reforming the laws applicable to business associations in the country. Apollo has also consulted extensively on human rights, development and corporate law issues with the Uganda Human Rights Commission, DANIDA and UNDP.

Apollo is a graduate of Cambridge University, UK and holds a first class honours Bachelor’s law degree from Makerere University.

Professional Memberships and Qualifications

  • Advocate, High Court of Uganda
  • Member, Uganda Law Society
  • Attorney General, Kingdom of Buganda
  • LL.M, Cambridge University, England
  • LL.B (Hons), Makerere University

Career Summary

  • Partner, MMAKS Advocates
  • Central Law Offices, Uganda
  • Company Secretary and Manager, Legal Department, Sembu Uganda (now Allied Bank)
  • Legal Assistant, Katende, Sempebwa & Co. Advocates

Awards and Accolades

  • Apollo is endorsed by Who’s Who Legal 2011 as a leading mining lawyer
  • Apollo is ranked as a leading lawyer in IFLR 1000, 2015

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate M&A
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Tax

Top Matters

  • Lead advisor to several mining companies in Uganda on the legal and regulatory framework governing all aspects of investment, licensing and extraction of minerals in Uganda
  • Lead advisor to private equity and other strategic investors on acquisitions and sales of majority and minority stakes in companies in the industry
  • Advised on joint venture agreement between Ugandan mining company and UK publicly registered company