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A.F. Mpanga, Advocates

Kampala

  • 9th Floor, Northern Wing
  • Workers' House
  • 1 Pilkington Road
  • PO Box 1520
  • Kampala
  • Central Region
  • Uganda
  • Managing Partner: William Kasozi
  • Partners: David F K Mpanga, Frederick J Mpanga, Ernest K Wiltshire, Julius M Musoke
  • Number of lawyers: 16
  • Languages: Ateso, English, French, Luganda, Luo, Runyankole, Rukiga and Swahili

Firm Overview:
A.F. Mpanga was founded in October 2003 and is built on independence, integrity, fidelity and excellence. The firm’s values and work ethic have enabled it to build a reputable clientele which includes leading local and international financial institutions, private investment funds, leading manufacturers and industrialists, international and local non-governmental organisations as well as high-net-worth individuals. Its five partners have a combined experience of over sixty-five years in England and Uganda. The firm’s main practice areas are banking and finance, corporate mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, infrastructure, energy, oil and gas and litigation. A.F. Mpanga forms part of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group. The Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group advises clients throughout Africa. The group has offices in five countries in Africa - Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Uganda and has a best friends relationship with leading Nigerian firm, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie. In addition, the firm has also developed useful links with law firms in South Sudan and Rwanda and is a member of Lex Mundi. Mr David F K Mpanga was appointed as a member of the users council of the LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre while Mr Ernest Wiltshire was elected as the Vice President of the Uganda Law Society.

Main Areas of Practice: 

Banking & Finance:
5 partners, 8 fee earners based in Kampala, Uganda
•The firm advised Standard Chartered Bank Plc and AB Svensk Exportkredit on the Ugandan law aspects of an umbrella project finance facility to a major telecommunications group, covering five jurisdictions in Africa
•The firm advised Wananchi Group, the sponsor of telecommunication projects in East Africa in relation to a USD 82m financing from OPIC and PTA Bank
9The firm advised FMO on a term loan of US$ 20m advanced to one of the leading local financial institution
•The firm advised CDC on a term facility of US$10m to a local financial institution
•The firm advised NC Bank on a credit facility from a French international development institution
•The firm advised Citi Bank (U) Limited on the restructuring of a credit facility amounting to US$10.5m to a leading steel manufacturer in Uganda
•The firm advised American Express Group in relation to provision of payment cards services.
•The firm advised Citi Bank (U) Limited on the amendment, compliance of its internal documentation and policies in regards to obligations imposed by the seminal American Government tax legislation Foreign Account Tax Compliance (FATCA)
Contacts: William Kasozi, David F K Mpanga, Julius M Musoke
Tel: +256 414 254540, +256 414 254540
Email: kas@afmpanga.co.ug, dfkm@afmpanga.co.ug, jmm@afmpanga.co.ug

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions:
4 partners, 4 fee earners based in Kampala, Uganda
•The firm advised Bharti Airtel in its acquisition of the operations of Warid Telecom in Uganda
•The firm advised Guaranty Trust Bank Plc in its acquisition of Fina Bank (U) Limited
•The firm advised the Investment Fund for Health in Africa and AAR Healthcare Holdings in an equity investment in a healthcare services provider
•The firm advised a major internet services provider in relation to the acquisition of the operations of a wholesale and back haul data services provider with operations across East Africa.
•The firm advised Fugro Aerial Mapping BV on establishment of a local subsidiary in Uganda
•The firm advised AECOM on establishment of a local subsidiary in Uganda
Contacts: William Kasozi, David F K Mpanga, Julius M Musoke, Ernest K Wiltshire
Tel: +256 414 254540, +256 414 254540
Email: kas@afmpanga.co.ug, dfkm@afmpanga.co.ug, jmm@afmpanga.co.ug

Infrastructure & Natural Resources:
3 partners, 4 fee earners based in Kampala, Uganda
•The firm advised a leading oil company in respect of requirements relating to lodging an amended and restated Field Development Plan and Petroleum Reservoir Report
•The firm advised a leading oil company in respect of negotiations of Fiscal Terms for Associated Gas, which culminated in the Company, being issued with a production licence for King Fisher Field Block 3A
•The firm advised a consortium of companies on the project documents for the Kenya-Uganda oil pipeline concession
•The firm advised Samsung Electronics Africa on competition and communication law regime applicable to the introduction of certain products in Uganda
•The firm advised Helios Towers Africa in respect of a proposed buy and lease back of tower assets of a telecom operator in Uganda
•The firm advised Eaton Towers on the acquisition of the tower assets of Warid Telecom and Orange Telecom in Uganda
Contacts: William Kasozi, David F K Mpanga, Julius M Musoke
Tel: +256 414 254540, +256 414 254540
Email: kas@afmpanga.co.ug, dfkm@afmpanga.co.ug, jmm@afmpanga.co.ug

Capital Markets & Regulatory:
3 partners, 3 fee earners based in Kampala, Uganda
•The firm acted as local counsel to Overseas Bank of China / Bank of Singapore on the regulatory aspects of the cross border capital markets / securities regime in Uganda
•The firm advised Barclays Bank International on amendment and review of its internal capital market documentation in relation to cross border transactions in Uganda
•The firm advised an international client on the feasibility of the capital markets regime in Uganda for the issuance of infrastructure bonds
•The firm advised Deutsche Bank AG on the legal and regulatory aspects of financial products offered through an electronic trading platform
Contacts: William Kasozi, David F K Mpanga, Julius M Musoke
Tel: +256 414 254540, +256 414 254540
Email: kas@afmpanga.co.ug, dfkm@afmpanga.co.ug, jmm@afmpanga.co.ug

Intellectual Property:
1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Kampala, Uganda
•The firm successfully acted for Nice House of Plastics, a leading manufacturer in intellectual property litigation
•The firm acts for Bayport Financial Services in relation to the registration of trademarks
•The firm advised Easy Coach Limited on registration of a trademark in five countries under African Regional Intellectual Property Organization
•The firm successfully acted for the proprietor of services under the brand ‘city cabs’ in legal proceedings
•The firm advised Google Inc and Youtube LLC on the Youtube Partner Expansion program in Uganda
•The firm acts as adviser to the Uganda Performing Rights Society, the umbrella body of performing artists in Uganda, in relation to copyright and neighboring rights
Contact: Frederick J Mpanga
Tel: +256 414 254540
Email: fjm@afmpanga.co.ug

Litigation & Arbitration:
4 partners, 8 fee earners based in Kampala, Uganda
•The firm has a highly acclaimed litigation team that has successfully represented clients in Ugandan cases involving commercial disputes, land, product liability, procurement law and tax disputes
•The firm is acting for parties in various landmark public interest civil and criminal litigations including cases that have defended and defined the right to bail, and advance disclosure in litigation
•The firm is currently defending a leading financial institution in a constitutional petition that will set a ground breaking precedent in the area of public interest litigation
•The firm is currently defending an insurance company in a claim against it based on a performance bond amounting to a total sum of US$ 2,500,000
Contacts: David F K Mpanga, Ernest K Wiltshire
Tel: +254 414 254540, +254 414 254540
Email: dfkm@afmpanga.co.ug, ekw@afmpanga.co.ug

Clients:
Included: Citibank Uganda Limited, CNOOC, You Tube LLC, Google Inc, Century Bottling Company Limited, DFCU Bank Uganda Limited, Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited, Standard Chartered Bank Plc, Fugro Aerial Mapping BV, AECOM, Deutsche Bank AG, Helios Investors Genpar and Vitol SA, Engen International Holdings Limited, Phillip Morris International, FEXCO Merchant Services, Engen International Holdings, Samsung Electronics, Schlumberger Oilfields Limited, Eaton Tiwers, East African Development Bank, FMO, CDC, Bharti Airtel, Barclays Bank International, American Express Group

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Finance  
  • Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions  
  • Litigation  
  • Oil & Gas  
  • Securities & Real Estate  
  • Intellectual Property  
  • Telecommunications  
  • Tax Advisory & Litigation  
  • Arbitration  
  • Project Finance & Infrastructure

Branches

  • 9th Floor, Northern Wing,
  • Workers' House,
  • 1 Pilkington Road,
  • PO Box 1520,
  • Kampala,
  • Central Region
  • Uganda
  • Tel +256 312 263747
  • Fax +256 312 263757
  • Email : afmpanga@afmpanga.co.ug
  • Website : www.afmpanga.co.ug

General Business Law - Uganda

This esteemed five-partner practice maintains a commanding position in the Ugandan market. The group's A-list client roster includes household names such as Citibank and Google. The team is lauded by clients as "very responsive, quick, business-oriented and practical." David Mpanga is a leading figure at the firm. "I rate him very highly on every score," said one source, adding: "He is a nice guy, into the bargain." Mpanga led the firm's advice to Eaton Towers Uganda on its acquisition and leaseback of the tower assets of Warid Telecom Uganda and Orange Telecom. Partner William Kasozi advises financial services clients on matters such as project and corporate finance and regulatory issues. Appreciative clients observe: "He has a strong balance between the legal and the commercial approach, which is often hard to find." Ernest Wiltshire's areas of specialism include tax law and product liability litigation. He is well recognised as an active figure in Kampala.