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Nicholas Ecimu is an established practitioner in the power and infrastructure sector (electricity, oil and gas and mining). He acts on the mandates of the world’s leading development financial institutions, the Government of Uganda, governmental agencies, global infrastructure entities and project sponsors.

Transactional highlights include acting as local counsel to the lenders for the project financing and refinancing of the 250 MW Bujagali II hydro-power project, advising the Government of Uganda for the concession of assets of Uganda’s sole copper mine and advising Sinohydro Corporation, the EPC contractor for the 600 MW Karuma dam. Nicholas also acted for two global renewable energy companies on the set-up of the first-ever solar power plants in Uganda under the GET FiT Program.

Nicholas also possesses corporate expertise and has headlined a number of significant M&A and private equity mandates.

Experience has included advising:

  • National Social Security Fund (as the private counterparty), for the development of a USD222 million government campus on a public-private partnership basis (build, own and transfer) with the Ugandan government
  • The lenders, led by the International Finance Corporation and African Development Bank, as mandated lead arrangers, for the project refinancing of the 250 MW Bujagali II hydropower dam
  • Access Power MEA, on the establishment of a 10 MW solar power station in Uganda, including acting as borrower’s counsel for project financing by FMO
  • Building Energy, on the establishment of a USD17 million 10 MW solar power station in Uganda, including acting as borrower’s counsel for project financing by FMO
  • The Ugandan government, represented by the privatization and utility sector reform unit of the ministry of finance, planning & economic development, for the concession of assets of Kilembe Mines, Uganda’s sole copper smelting plant, to a private partner
  • Sinohydro Corporation, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, on its procurement to construct the USD2.2 billion 600 MW Karuma hydropower dam, including advising Sinohydro on parallel contracting arrangements with the Ugandan government, concessional loan financing from the Export-Import Bank of China and compliance obligations during the construction phase
  • Total E&P, Tullow Operations and China National Offshore Oil Corporation, on the performance of a detailed legal feasibility study for the proposed construction of an export pipeline from the Albertine Graben to the East African coast
  • African Development Bank and the Trade and Development Bank, for the project financing of the 9 MW Buseruka hydropower dam

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate admitted to the High Court of Uganda (2001)


  • Graduate Member, Chartered Governance Institute (2006)
  • Law Development Centre, Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (bar qualification) (2000)
  • Makerere University, Bachelor of Law (1999)


  • Ranked as leading lawyer in Chambers & Partners Global


  • Member of the East Africa Law Society
  • Member of the Uganda Law Society
  • Member of the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum

Africa Energy Futures: Uganda

Due to the need to diversify Uganda’s energy mix and fulfill the country’s climate change commitments, the government’s emphasis will be on renewable forms of energy such as wind, solar and biogas. Nevertheless, it is anticipated that large and mini-hydro will continue to be Uganda’s principal energy supply source in the medium to long-term.