Flavia Suubo

Legal Associate
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+256 393 260 330

Background

Flavia recently joined the Corporate Advisory team at MMAKS Advocates. Prior to MMAKS, she was a senior tax consultant with Deloitte Uganda Limited where she worked for four and a half years.

Flavia specialises in tax and is routinely involved in advising on corporate restructurings, legal research, preparation of legal briefs and conducting legal due diligences.

Flavia holds a 2nd Upper Class Bachelor’s Degree from Makerere University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre and an LLM with Distinction in International Business Law from the University of Liverpool.

She has recently completed the International Introduction to Securities and Investment offered by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. She is currently a student of the Advanced Diploma in International Tax where she completed the first level of Principles in International Tax.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Uganda Law Society
  • East Africa Law Society

Professional Qualifications

  • 2014: Advocate of the High Court
  • 2012: Dip LP, Law Development Centre
  • 2011: LL.B (Hons.), Makerere University
  • 2015: LLM, University of Liverpool, England

Career Summary

  • Associate, MMAKS Advocates
  • Tax Consultant, Deloitte Uganda Limited
  • Tax Associate, Deloitte Uganda Limited
  • Clerkship, J.B. Byamugisha Advocates

Areas of Expertise

  • Tax
  • Corporate M&A
  • Capital Markets
  • Energy, Natural and Renewable Resources
  • Corporate Advisory

Top Matters

  • 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 on the restructuring of a holding company listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange and whose subsidiary is a financial institution in Uganda. The transaction involved engaging and seeking approval from both the Capital Markets Authority and Bank of Uganda.
  • Acting as local counsel in the proposed acquisition of a stake in a Dutch holding company with assets in forty eight Sub-Saharan countries, including Uganda. The transaction involved assisting with a comprehensive legal due diligence on the target’s operations in Uganda.
  • Advising a multinational oil company based in the United Kingdom on the legality and enforceability of the production sharing agreements and joint operating agreements it signed with the Government of Uganda.
  • Assisting in challenging a decision of the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development regarding the East African Common External tariff on rice imports.
  • Assisting in developing an Anti-Money Laundering Policy and an Accounts manual for an insurance company in Uganda.
  • Assisting in lobbying the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives to exclude conditional sales and leasing agreements from the operation of the Hire Purchase Act.
  • Advising on commercial, operational and service agreements for local financial institutions for example, Diamond Trust Bank.
  • 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 money lending business in Uganda, the regulation of lottery, gaming and betting activities in Uganda, board and shareholder disputes, among others.
  • Preparing transfer pricing documentation for various companies including Liberty Holdings Limited, Operation and Maintenance Energy (Uganda) Limited.
  • Advising companies such as Cipla Limited, a global pharmaceutical company on the taxability of shares issued to its employees under its employee stock option scheme.
  • Conducting tax health checks for companies in various industries for example National Housing Construction Company Limited, a leading property developer in Uganda in respect of tax compliance for the following tax heads; withholding tax, value added tax, corporation tax and customs duty and Citi Bank in respect of payroll taxes.
  • Providing global employer services to Standard Chartered Bank (U) Limited and Diageo Plc. in respect of the tax obligations accruing to their individual employees who have been transferred across various jurisdictions.
  • Advising on international tax compliance on client engagements based on the application of Double Tax Treaties and the OECD/UN Model Tax Conventions.
  • Advising clients on their tax obligations and tax planning opportunities.