About the Firm

Founded in 1992, Byenkya, Kihika & Co. Advocates (“BK” or “the Firm”) boasts of a rich heritage of over 27 years providing modern, cutting edge, prompt and solution-oriented legal services to its Domestic and International clients. The Firm is known for its comprehensive corporate and commercial advisory service coupled with a cautious approach that aims at minimizing risk for its clients. In so doing, the Firm has developed an enviable reputation as being one of Uganda’s reliable and most respected full-service law firms.

BK continues to be recognized without solicitation as a leading law firm in Uganda by  the Publishers  of  Chambers Global [- the world’s leading lawyers for Business. Over the years, Chambers Global  has recognised BK as a well-established group respected in the market for its roster of experienced and skilled practitioners. Adept with commercial disputes advocacy, in addition to corporate transactions, project finance and banking matters.

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Mission

At BK, we strive to provide our clients with a network of innovative legal solutions that achieve results that exceed the client’s expectations through our dedication, accessibility, efficiency, flexibility, responsiveness and reliability.

Our team

Oscar Kihika

Managing Partner

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Ebert Byenkya

Founding Partner

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Dinah Mukasa

Partner

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Blaisie Paulsen

Partner

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Anthony Bazira

Senior Associate

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Ruth Birungi

Senior Associate

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Eric Byenkya

Associate
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Abdallah Ogola

Legal Assistant

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Pius Kitamurike

Legal Assistant

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Esther Aruto

Administrator

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Recognition

BK continues to be recognised as a leading reputable Firm by:

Oscar Kihika

Partner

Oscar Kihika is a former President of the Uganda Law Society – a post he held for two consecutive terms. His practice as an advocate spans over a wealthy and diverse 20 years’ experience.

Oscar is  currently the Managing Partner at BK. He is a dynamic lawyer with extensive experience in handling any commercial matter be it dispute resolution, litigation, product liability, mergers, acquisitions, and joint venture transactions.

Oscar is valued at the Firm for being highly intelligent and effective. He has the unique ability of crafting fantastic skeleton arguments, extemporizes brilliantly and possesses a remarkable all round intellectual ability to dissect any legal problem. He is an integral part of our success. Often times his great sense of humour takes the edge off ruffled tempers at the Firm. 

Even though BK is predominantly a civil/ commercial law service provider, Oscar’s earlier experience working as a state attorney at the Ministry of Justice comes in handy when some of our clients are faced with criminal prosecution.

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Ebert Byenkya

Partner

Ebert Byenkya is a founding partner at the firm and is largely responsible for having built up the Firm’s blossoming practice.

He heads the litigation department at the Firm and has done an undeniably impeccable job training up and mentoring a dynamic team that shows great commitment to BK’s clients and its values. Ebert is well respected as one of Uganda’s leading attorneys in the field of litigation and possesses extensive experience in handling complex commercial matters and debt recoveries.

Ebert has been singled out for recognition by the Publishers of  Chambers Global  as a highly regarded and respected practitioner in the Ugandan market, renowned  for his courtroom abilities. An eminent figure at the Bar, he has been engaged as lead counsel in the national Land Probe Commission. 

He has over the years garnered peer endorsements for his impressive clientele skills and quick command of any kind of transaction. He also boasts of a flair for international finance having represented international lenders like the International Finance Corporation and Standard Chartered Bank for over ten years.

Ebert is usually the first port of call if a corporate client requires something innovative because as a lawyer, Ebert is technically and commercially very aware and up to-date. These attributes enable Ebert to offer an insightful overview of the status quo in their respective industries.

Owing to his multifaceted legal prowess, Ebert was most recently appointed as Lead Counsel to the Commission of Inquiry into Land matters which was charged to investigate into the effectiveness of Law, Policies and processes pertaining to Land acquisition and registration.

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Dinah Mukasa

Partner

Dinah holds a Masters of law degree in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources from Tulane University United States. She holds Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Law Development Centre. She pursued a certificate course with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), United Kingdom. She joined the firm in 2011 and specializes in Energy and Environmental law, corporate advisory and commercial transactions specifically, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property. Dinah lectures at the Uganda Christian University where she teaches oil and gas and insurance law.

Dinah radiates confidence and exacts finesse that few of her peers can match. She is a terrific draftswoman where complex documents are concerned. In addition to being credited as a partner at the firm, Dinah is attached to the litigation and the securitization departments where she is considered ‘concise and on top of things’.

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Blaisie Paulsen

Partner

Blaisie Paulsen previously  served  as Managing Partner and currently heads  the Firm’s Corporate Finance, Banking and Securitization department. She represents both lenders and borrowers in secured and unsecured financing, refinancing and debt restructuring. Blaisie undeniably excels at tailoring creative solutions in complex securitization transactions. She has been involved virtually in every major financing deal that the firm handles.

Blaisie is held in high esteem by market commentators like the publishers of Chambers Global who commended her as a ‘very professional’ and ‘very responsive’ attorney. She is highly experienced at representing clients in the banking and finance  sector, as well as advising on real estate and other commercial transactions.

She continues to offer support to the commercial department by amongst others, routinely advising the firm’s corporate clients on tax compliance and regulatory issues.

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Anthony Bazira

Senior Associate

Bazira is a Senior Associate working with the firm’s dispute and litigation department. His practice specializes in commercial litigation and regulatory enforcement, with a focus on banking, land and property law, conveyance, contract law, defamation suits, company law, white collar crime and corporate commercial law. He has significant experience handling a wide range of high profile litigations, including company disputes, banking, constitutional petitions, energy law and employment law.

Bazira is a teaching assistant at Uganda Christian University, Mukono, where he tutors students in the subjects of contract law, labour law, banking & negotiable instruments, administrative law and environment law. He’s also a recipient of the UCU Law Society, Outstanding Tutor of the Year Award, 2019. Bazira has a competent and engaging personality, with ability to get right down to the point. He is conscience and disciplined in approach.

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Ruth Birungi

Senior Associate

Ruth holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Makerere University, a Post Graduate Diploma from the Law Development Centre and a certificate in International Taxation from East African School of Taxation.

Ruth is a member of Uganda law society and East African Law society.

She previously worked with URA and advised the firm on International and domestic taxation matters. She currently specializes in all aspects of Family Law, with emphasis on complex financial matters, including those involving business assets, trusts, custody, adoption and those with an International element. 

Ruth is a confident, young woman with a pleasing personality and excellent communication skills. She is patient, dynamic, innovative, optimistic and result-oriented.

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Eric C. Byenkya

Associate

Eric holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Carleton University, Canada and an LLM in International Commercial Law from the University of Kent, UK.

He has years of experience working in Energy, Power and utilities sector, particularly in the field of Renewable Energy, Oil and Gas, Power Purchase Agreements and Energy Transactions. Eric understands the opportunities, technologies and the challenges the sector presents. His focus areas include; Project5 Finance, Energy Regulation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Venture Development Agreements and Turnkey Project Structuring. Eric is also a Certified Mediator and an Accredited Court Mediator.

Eric joined the Firm at Associate level and continues to demonstrate strong commercial instincts. He is currently working in the Commercial and Corporate departments and also offers support in the banking and securitization field. Eric is appreciated for his creative nature and voice of reason.

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Abdallah Ogola

Legal Assistant

Ogola holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Uganda Pentecostal University. He specializes in matters of contracts, company law, land and NGO matters. He is a diligent, proactive team player that can be relied on to deliver results expeditiously.

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Pius Kitamirike

Legal Associate

Pius holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Uganda Christian University.

He specialises in banking and financial services and general commercial law with particular interest in asset and project financing, mutual funds, private equity investment, capital markets and corporate governance.

Pius is an extremely intelligent analyzer of complex situations, blessed with a good head on his shoulders.

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Esther Aruto

ADMINISTRATOR

Esther manages the day to day running of the Firm and is a fundamental link between our clients and legal team.

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