Hellen Nakiryowa

Hellen Nakiryowa
Senior Associate

M: (+256) 71 256 2063

T: (+256) 41 423 3204


Hellen specialises in corporate and financial services law with experience in the areas of banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate advisory and tax. She is a Senior Associate within the firm, attached to the corporate and commercial department; and is currently recognized by IFLR1000 as a Rising Star within the energy sector in Uganda.

Hellen attained her Master of Laws (International Banking and Finance Law) from the University of Leeds, U.K, and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Upper Division) Degree from Makerere University. She is currently pursuing qualification as a Chartered Secretary from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, U.K.

In 2014, Hellen was seconded to King and Wood Mallesons (Dubai office) and Supreme Group under the prestigious International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) training programme. She co-authored a published article in IFLR1000 2015 providing an overview of the Ugandan Public Private Partnership Bill 2012, that was published by IFLR1000 2015. 

Hellen is licensed to practice in the Courts of Uganda; and is a member of the East Africa Law Society and the Uganda Law Society. 

Experience includes:
  • Advised International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Standard Bank of South Africa and Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited in respect of the provision of a loan facility to a leading telecom tower company for the acquisition, maintenance and operation of telecom facilities in Uganda.
  • Advised a leading energy company in Uganda on a syndicated capital expenditure financing from IFC, Standard Chartered Bank and Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited.
  • Advised Standard Bank Plc on the provision of Islamic finance based facilities to a regional group of companies in the fuel supply industry.
  • Advised Standard Bank of South Africa on a series of complex collateral management and borrowing base facilities to an Africa wide, agricultural supply chain group of companies, which transaction involved security partially comprising of commodities warehoused in Uganda.
  • Advised and assisted in acquiring a banking license for an East Africa regional bank seeking to enter into the Uganda banking industry.
  • Advised a world leading aviation catering and hospitality group on the acquisition of a majority stake in Uganda inflight catering company, a Uganda Inflight Services Limited.