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Uganda’s Kasirye Byaruhanga & Co lawyer appointed Attorney General and firm hosts MI’s first African standalone regional conference

William Byaruhanga, founder of MI’s Uganda member Kasirye Byaruhanga & Co, has been appointed Attorney General of Uganda by the country’s President, Yoweri Museveni. The appointment comes just weeks before the firm hosts MI’s first standalone African regional meeting for the network’s six African members. A recent report from Thomson Reuters also highlights the growth of M & A activity in East Africa over the last 18 months with 95 completed acquisitions.

Kasirye Byaruhanga & Co is one of Uganda's leading business law firms and provides a full range of corporate legal services to Ugandan and international businesses, financial institutions, the Government, charities and private individuals. The firm has been an MI member for four years.

Clive Mieville, managing director of MI said; “On behalf of MI, I am pleased to congratulate William on being appointed to the highest legal office in the country.”

MI’s first African regional meeting will be held in Kampala, July 22nd to 24th, and the agenda will focus on how members across the continent can join forces to provide integrated legal advice to global companies, especially inward investors, now doing business in Africa. They will also look at network growth with Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe top of the shopping list for new members.

Clive Mieville; “Africa is a top priority for MI, now a standalone region in the network, and we’ve seen a tangible increase in the number of MI member clients looking to Africa as a supply and customer base. They are also looking to Africa for growth. Our members are well placed to advise clients with the perfect combination of pan-African relationships, international outlook, sector expertise and local contacts. For firms in other African countries not yet in the network, MI provides the perfect platform to reach and service a global business market and to compete with the international firms now operating in these countries.”

In June, the UK legal magazine The Lawyer published analysis of a Thomson Reuters report which highlighted how ‘East Africa’s M&A market has grown in recent years as dealmakers flock to the region to get a slice of growing business and lawyers are starting to follow’. The report shows that 95 acquisitions have completed since 2015 involving a party from Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda. Three of the 95 deals covered in The Lawyer article are;

• FTSE-100 finance business Old Mutual took control of Kenya-based insurer UAP Holdings in July 2015

• In February 2016 Danish business Maersk Oil completed its purchase of 50 per cent of Africa Oil Corp shares in three onshore exploration licences in the Turkana region of Northern Kenya and two further licences in Southern Ethiopia.

• Mid 2015, Mumbai drugmaker Cipla Ltd completed its acquisition of a 51 per cent stake in Uganda-based Quality Chemicals (QCL) for $30m.

Uganda's economy generates export income from coffee, tea, fish and other products. The country has substantial natural resources, including largely untapped reserves of crude oil and natural gas, fertile soils, regular rainfall, and sizeable mineral deposits of copper and cobalt. It also serves as an economic hub for neighboring countries Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Rwanda.

MI’s other African members are;

Algeria - Ghellal & Mekerba

Mauritius - The Chambers of Gavin Glover S.C.

Nigeria - Giwa-Osagie & Company

South Africa - Ramsay Webber Inc

Tanzania - Astute Attorneys

For more on William Byaruhanga and the Ugandan cabinet please see and

New Member for Romania

Mackrell International (MI) has recruited Iordache & Partners as the new member for Romania. Bucharest based Iordache is a commercial law firm with expertise in litigation, start-ups and the public sector. The seven-strong firm prides itself on providing ‘legal support for good ideas’. MI has full coverage across Eastern Europe with members in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Clive Mieville, managing director, said; “Our members from Eastern Europe are among the most globally focused in our group with a real ambition to deliver international legal services to their local clients. We are thrilled to have such a dynamic firm on board. Clients want and expect the comprehensive global coverage MI is able to offer. Having Romania in the mix completes our coverage in this rapidly up-and-coming economic region.”

Adrian Iordache

Iordache Partners

Mackrell International firms advise Groupe Mimran on A$28 million transaction with ASX listed Avenira

Mackrell International (MI) members Stehlin & Associés in France and Hive Legal in Australia advised West African Groupe Mimran on its A$28 million (£14 million/$US 20 million) transaction with Avenira Limited, a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Groupe Mimran is a Senegal based family owned conglomerate with interests in various industries including mining and agriculture. It is also Senegal’s largest private sector employer through Compagnie Sucrière Sénégalaise (Senegal Sugar Co). Avenira’s main business is the Baobab Project, a phosphate mine in Senegal. The transaction provides funding for the project, including obtaining a full mine permit, and other Avenira investment activities.

Cyrille Boillot, M & A partner at Stehlin advised on the M & A aspects, while Simon Davidson, Principal at Hive, provided Australian securities law advice.

Clive Mieville, managing director of MI said; “All day, every day, there are MI member firms working with each other on global transactions and cases. The Mimran transaction is a typical one for us, members playing to their strengths in their respective countries and using their sector and industry expertise combined with local knowledge to deliver exceptional client work.”

DLA Piper acted as lawyers for Avenira.

Unanimous member vote for new incoming Chair with sight set on new business, profile and growth.

Nigel Rowley, managing partner of member firm in London Mackrell Turner Garrett, has been elected MI’s incoming chair. The unanimous membership vote was taken at the network’s 2016 AGM in Hong Kong. Nigel’s manifesto for the network’s 93 members includes finding new sources of business, raising the network’s global profile and growth to 100 members.

Nigel Rowley said; “All business is global and we are experiencing a rapid increase in demand for our services. MI can compete with any global law firm on critical mass, sector expertise and client commitment. In addition, our independent firms across the world are incredibly well-connected on the ground in 170 offices across 60 countries. At a time when buyers of legal services are looking at global networks as a potential provider, particularly attracted to the value we bring, the time has come to ensure more buyers of legal services know about that offer.”

Mackrell Turner Garrett is one of London’s leading law firms and a founder of MI in 1987. Known for his visionary outlook and as the driving force behind the network’s recent expansion, Nigel has been a member of the firm’s International Committee since 2009 and leads many of MI's special projects including business development and trade delegations.

Nigel Rowley will take over the three year tenure from current chair Michael Connolly of New York firm Morrison Cohen at the 2017 AGM in Santiago.

Nigel Rowley

Mackrell International

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