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Francis Kalanda’s practice covers projects and infrastructure and corporate and commercial advisory. He acts for corporate and infrastructure entities on legal, regulatory and transactional matters, including legal due diligence, corporate finance, commercial contracts and compliance and risk.

Experience has included advising:

  • EGIS Road Operations in a procurement-related dispute and other contractual and compliance matters in connection with EGIS’ appointment as the operator for the operation and maintenance of the Kampala‐Entebbe Expressway Project.
  • A leading alcohol beverage company on the establishment of an off-grid, own-consumption steam energy generating biomass plant for exclusive internal energy requirements.
  • An Indian multinational power transmission, engineering, procurement and construction company in relation to a procurement-related dispute with a statutory authority arising from the design, supply and construction of a transmission line.
  • Adrift Uganda, the Ugandan subsidiary of Tourvest Group, on environmental compliance and other regulatory matters regarding the operation of its existing eco-tourism resort and related facilities at Kalagala Falls.
  • World Trade Organization and the World Bank Group for the performance of a detailed survey on barriers to services trade and investment in Uganda.
  • Aquafalls Ventures in relation to a corporate reorganization of its 100% shareholding in a textile manufacturing and cotton ginning company.

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate admitted to the High Court of Uganda.


  • Nottingham Trent University: Master of Laws (International Trade and Commercial Law).
  • Makerere University: Bachelor of Laws.
  • Law Development Centre: Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (bar qualification).


  • Member of the East African Law Society.
  • Member of the Uganda Law Society.

Implications of party conduct and key risks for parties who frustrate arbitral proceedings

The High Court (Commercial Division) in Kampala delivered an important decision relevant to arbitral practice in Uganda. In Miscellaneous Cause No. 021 of 2021 (Lakeside Dairy Limited v International Centre for Arbitration and Mediation in Kampala (ICAMEK) and Midland Emporium Limited), the Court declined to set aside an arbitral award rendered by an arbitral Tribunal under the auspices of ICAMEK as the administering institution under the ICAMEK Arbitration Rules.