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Global Guide

General Business Law — Uganda

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From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Strategically positioned law firm that specialises in commercial law. Its seasoned and respected lawyers have expertise in a variety of areas including banking and litigation, often acting for international clients. In 2016 its branding changed from AF Mpanga Advocates to Bowmans, reflecting a wider move by South African firm Bowmans to unite the members of its Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group under one banner. It also has a good working relationship with a variety of international law firms from beyond the continent, on matters as diverse as corporate transactions in the pharmaceuticals sector, banking regulation and power projects.

Strengths Market commentators say: "They're one of the ones you think of as one of the leading firms."

Work highlights Noted involvement with greenfield project financing and an important presence in the hydropower sector.

Notable practitioners  

David Mpanga is extremely active and well regarded by other lawyers. He is noted for his work on major commercial transactions, as well as his strong litigation skills on constitutionally significant cases.

William Kasozi is managing partner of the Kampala office. He has extensive experience in banking law as well as a strong background in mergers and acquisitions.

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From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Dynamic and well-established firm which has been a strong presence in the country for almost half a century. The lawyers have a breadth of knowledge in areas such as litigation, banking and corporate law. Has significant experience working with a variety of clients from, amongst others, the banking, telecommunications and transport sectors. Is also a member of the LEX Africa legal network, which gives it access to referral work from across the continent and beyond.

Strengths In the words of one commentator, "they are still the leading firm."

Notable practitioners  

John Katende is one of the founding partners. He is well regarded by his peers, who laud his "incredible" profile in the market. He is a seasoned corporate and transactional lawyer.

Edward Frederick Ssempebwa is a founding partner, and is recognised by his peers as a strong name in the market. He has expert knowledge of tax law as well as constitutional law.

Sim Katende is a partner and is the head of the corporate and commercial department. He has been involved in many high-value international cases; sources describe him as among the "seasoned and respected" lawyers who lead the market.

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From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 19 other lawyers

What the team is known for A relatively large firm that specialises in commercial law, with areas of strength including finance, litigation, energy and intellectual property. Has acted for many regional and international banks on financings related to the energy and telecoms sectors. Regarded as a market leader, and frequently works alongside UK and South African law firms. Furthermore, is a member of the prestigious Africa Legal Network.

Strengths Clients describe the firm's work as "high-quality."

One source counted the firm as among the few that were "extremely dominant in the market."

Work highlights Advised on the financing of a hydroelectric project in Uganda.

Advised a Dutch financial institution on the financing of Soroti PV, the largest privately owned solar power plant in Africa.

Significant clients Bank of Uganda, Barclays Bank of Uganda, Diamond Trust Bank, Crane Bank, Prudential.

Notable practitioners  

Timothy Kanyerezi Masembe is exceptionally well regarded by his peers. He has extensive experience in banking law and has notably served as external counsel for the Bank of Uganda. One market commentator described him as "the best litigator in the country - his contribution to litigation has been exceptional."

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From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for A well-established and well-respected law firm that has almost 40 years of experience. Has an active presence in a variety of areas including projects and energy, banking and finance and general commercial law. It has also worked on IP disputes and transactions in the agricultural sector. It is a member of the DLA Piper Africa network, further enhancing its influence domestically and internationally. Clients include high-value Ugandan financial companies, regional food companies and international media owners.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very strong on finance - they really have very strong expertise. They are very responsive and respected." 

Other sources say: "They are the firm we see the most in the market, they're growing in leaps and bounds," and add that "they are one of the leaders for sure."

Work highlights Represented CIC Africa in a public offering of shares to co-operative unions and savings and credit co-operative societies - the first transaction of its kind under Uganda's Capital Markets Authority Act.

Advised Standard Chartered Bank Uganda on the negotiation and execution of an ISDA master agreement with the government of Uganda concerning interest rate swaps.

Significant clients Stanbic Bank Uganda, Citibank Uganda, MTN Uganda, Umeme, VivoEnergy Uganda.

Notable practitioners  

Barnabas Tumusingize is lauded as a "banking expert," who has extensive experience and knowledge of banking and finance and has taken on major transactional as well as contentious mandates. He is the managing partner of the firm.

James Mukasa Sebugenyi is the head of the firm's dispute resolution department and has worked on many diverse, high-value cases. He is also the former president of the Uganda Law Society.

Nicholas Ecimu is a well-known and knowledgeable lawyer in the banking and energy sectors. Market commentators say: "He is proactive, takes the initiative - he really knows his stuff."

Gertrude Karugaba is described by clients as an "incredible" lawyer. She has a sizeable knowledge of commercial law and works on both domestic and international matters.

Moses Segawa is a well-known and respected specialist in employment law. He has experience working on sensitive, high-value cases.

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From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 18 other lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading firm which is one of the longest practising in the jurisdiction. Has expertise in several areas, including commercial law and dispute resolution. Has a strong presence in the energy and infrastructure sector. Often handles complex and high-value cases and is retained by both domestic and international clients. Notably, the firm is part of an alliance with global firm Norton Rose Fulbright which includes market-leading African firms in Kenya and Zimbabwe, and it also has an associated office in Burundi.

Strengths With regards to its practice, clients say: "They are very efficient, effective, diligent, professional and meticulous." 

Other clients say "the quality of the advice is first-rate," adding: "They build and nurture their relationships with clients."

Work highlights Advised MTN Uganda on a USD54 million loan from Standard Chartered, Citibank Europe and Stanbic Bank Uganda.

Significant clients Orient Bank, Jubilee Insurance, Toronto Cement, Diamond Trust Bank, Kyagalanyi Coffee.

Notable practitioners  

Alan Shonubi is the highly regarded founding partner of the firm. With extensive legal knowledge and experience. He is a recognised force in the region and is on the boards of several major organisations in Uganda.

Andrew Kibaya is a partner of the firm. His focus is mainly on banking and finance. Sources say: "He is very efficient and always has a solution for any issue that may arise."

Noah Edwin Mwesigwa is a commercial lawyer with over 20 years of legal experience. He has experience in a variety of areas, having notably led on the MTN Uganda loan case. Sources aver that he is an "accomplished" lawyer and "an expert."

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Band 2

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From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Well-rounded business law firm with a particular strength in banking and finance. Its track record includes acting for lenders in corporate finance matters. Has additional expertise in energy projects. Furthermore, the firm is respected for its litigation skills.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very strong on finance," and go on to say that the firm is also a "very respected firm for litigation."

One commentator was happy to compare the firm favourably with the wider market, saying that it is "a smaller firm, but a notch above the rest."

Notable practitioners  

Ebert Byenkya is respected by his peers. Sources say: "He is a very strong litigator." In 2016 he was one of several lawyers assisting President Yoweri Museveni with issues concerning the presidential elections.

Blaisie Paulsen is the firm's managing partner and is exceptionally well regarded by her peers, while clients say that she is "very responsive." Market commentators say: "She has been doing incredible work, she has been behind some of the biggest deals. She is a fantastic lawyer."

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Band 2

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From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Has substantial experience on many government-related projects, as well as working with a variety of domestic and international clients. The practice covers a wide range of areas, though its main expertise is in litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration. The firm has worked alongside international arbitration heavyweights on major cross-border disputes. Transactional work highlights include acting for the borrowers on an energy project, and separately on an infrastructure project. The firm is also associated with international law firm Dentons.

Strengths Clients say of the lawyers: "All of them have strengths, we think they're great." 

Market commentators describe them as "leading in a number of areas."

Notable practitioners  

Peter Kabatsi has extensive legal knowledge and international experience. Notably, he has served as the president of the UN International Law Commission and as a judge for the Permanent Court of International Arbitration.

Oscar Kambona has garnered a good reputation among his peers. He focuses his strengths mainly on tax law and litigation.

Joseph Matsiko has significant experience and breadth of knowledge in commercial law. Over the years he has handled a significant amount of large, high-profile cases.

David Mpanga is described by clients as a "banking expert who comes up with creative solutions to complex problems." He has a strong understanding of multiple aspects of commercial law.

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Band 3

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From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Boutique law firm mainly specialising in energy and infrastructure. Has acted as counsel on many large and complex projects, frequently working with leading global law firms. From hydroelectric plants to oil refineries, the team is experienced in numerous industries. Also active in the telecoms sector.

Work highlights Advised on a high-value hydroelectric project sponsored by Vidullanka.

Advised Arpe on the development of a large-scale privately owned hydroelectric project.

Significant clients Heritage Oil and Gas, Africa Renewable Energy Fund, Africell Uganda, Sugar Corporation of Uganda, Onomo Hotels.

Notable practitioners  

Denis Kusaasira is a specialist in mining and metals as well as oil and gas. He is the managing partner and also serves as head of the firm's dispute resolution and litigation team.

Aisha Naiga Kiwola is a specialist in power and electricity. She is also active in corporate and finance law. On top of her work in Uganda, she also works in Tanzania.

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From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Phillip Karugaba 
- 4 partners
- 5 other lawyers

What the team is known for Burgeoning firm with a global platform. Specialises in banking and corporate law and has expert knowledge of the local market. The ENSafrica presence throughout Sub-Saharan and Southern Africa gives the firm access to a broad range of expertise and work.

Strengths Clients say that they are "sensitive and responsive to client needs" and add that "they are extremely competent at what they do."

Work highlights Advised the Bank of Uganda on the introduction of Islamic banking to Uganda.

Advised the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries on the disposal of its shares in Trønder Power, which owned a hydroelectric generation facility in Bugoye, for USD56 million.

Significant clients Heineken, Standard Chartered, American Tower Corporation, Huawei, Pepkor.

Notable practitioners  

Phillip Karugaba is a respected lawyer with considerable knowledge of commercial law. He works with private corporations as well as public bodies and is described by sources as "a leading corporate lawyer." He recently joined the firm from MMAKS Advocates.

Rachel Musoke has a strong presence in the energy ambit. She assists with property, and banking and finance matters for a number of the country's leading financial institutions. She recently joined the firm from MMAKS Advocates.

Bernard Katureebe is a partner at ENSafrica. He has over 15 years of experience and specialises in banking and finance. He also has extensive experience on public contracts, including bidding and reviews concerning the TMT and infrastructure sectors.

Donald Nyakairu is an expert in commercial and telecommunications law. He has over 30 years of experience and is visible on work including M&A, financial restructurings and public law disputes. 

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From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for A recognised practice in commercial work, with origins stretching back over a century. Noted for banking, with international and local names among its client base. The practice is also active on energy and real estate.

Notable practitioners  

John Fisher Kanyemibwa is a senior partner and has over 20 years' worth of legal knowledge. He is esteemed by his peers, who commend his litigation skills.

Dennis Lubega Wamala is well regarded by his peers. He is a partner, and has substantial experience in corporate and commercial law. He is also prominent in litigation.

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From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Young and dynamic law firm on the rise. Sources say the firm is worth recommending as it is "a cut above" the wider market. Well known in insolvency, but also active in general transactional and advisory work. Experienced partners with a strong expertise in finance and commercial law.

Notable practitioners  

Kabiito Karamaji is a partner at the firm and is highly respected by his peers. His strength lies in his finance and insolvency work.

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Senior Statesmen

Katende, Ssempebwa & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

John Katende is one of the founding partners. He is well regarded by his peers, who laud his "incredible" profile in the market. He is a seasoned corporate and transactional lawyer.

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Senior Statesmen

Shonubi, Musoke & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Alan Shonubi is the highly regarded founding partner of the firm. With extensive legal knowledge and experience. He is a recognised force in the region and is on the boards of several major organisations in Uganda.

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Senior Statesmen

Katende, Ssempebwa & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Edward Frederick Ssempebwa is a founding partner, and is recognised by his peers as a strong name in the market. He has expert knowledge of tax law as well as constitutional law.

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ENSafrica

From the Chambers Global guide

Phillip Karugaba is a respected lawyer with considerable knowledge of commercial law. He works with private corporations as well as public bodies and is described by sources as "a leading corporate lawyer." He recently joined the firm from MMAKS Advocates.

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Katende, Ssempebwa & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Sim Katende is a partner and is the head of the corporate and commercial department. He has been involved in many high-value international cases; sources describe him as among the "seasoned and respected" lawyers who lead the market.

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MMAKS Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Timothy Kanyerezi Masembe is exceptionally well regarded by his peers. He has extensive experience in banking law and has notably served as external counsel for the Bank of Uganda. One market commentator described him as "the best litigator in the country - his contribution to litigation has been exceptional."

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Bowmans (AF Mpanga Advocates)

From the Chambers Global guide

David Mpanga is extremely active and well regarded by other lawyers. He is noted for his work on major commercial transactions, as well as his strong litigation skills on constitutionally significant cases.

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Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants

From the Chambers Global guide

Barnabas Tumusingize is lauded as a "banking expert," who has extensive experience and knowledge of banking and finance and has taken on major transactional as well as contentious mandates. He is the managing partner of the firm.

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J. B. Byamugisha Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Joseph Byambara Byamugisha of J. B. Byamugisha Advocates is a highly experienced lawyer who garners a lot of respect from his peers. He is noted for his transactional work as well as his litigation expertise.

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Byenkya Kihika & Co Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Ebert Byenkya is respected by his peers. Sources say: "He is a very strong litigator." In 2016 he was one of several lawyers assisting President Yoweri Museveni with issues concerning the presidential elections.

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Kateera & Kagumire Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

John Fisher Kanyemibwa is a senior partner and has over 20 years' worth of legal knowledge. He is esteemed by his peers, who commend his litigation skills.

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Kampala Associated Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Kabatsi has extensive legal knowledge and international experience. Notably, he has served as the president of the UN International Law Commission and as a judge for the Permanent Court of International Arbitration.

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Kampala Associated Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Oscar Kambona has garnered a good reputation among his peers. He focuses his strengths mainly on tax law and litigation.

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Shonubi, Musoke & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrew Kibaya is a partner of the firm. His focus is mainly on banking and finance. Sources say: "He is very efficient and always has a solution for any issue that may arise."

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Kampala Associated Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Joseph Matsiko has significant experience and breadth of knowledge in commercial law. Over the years he has handled a significant amount of large, high-profile cases.

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ENSafrica

From the Chambers Global guide

Rachel Musoke has a strong presence in the energy ambit. She assists with property, and banking and finance matters for a number of the country's leading financial institutions. She recently joined the firm from MMAKS Advocates.

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Shonubi, Musoke & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Noah Edwin Mwesigwa is a commercial lawyer with over 20 years of legal experience. He has experience in a variety of areas, having notably led on the MTN Uganda loan case. Sources aver that he is an "accomplished" lawyer and "an expert."

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Byenkya Kihika & Co Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Blaisie Paulsen is the firm's managing partner and is exceptionally well regarded by her peers, while clients say that she is "very responsive." Market commentators say: "She has been doing incredible work, she has been behind some of the biggest deals. She is a fantastic lawyer."

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Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants

From the Chambers Global guide

James Mukasa Sebugenyi is the head of the firm's dispute resolution department and has worked on many diverse, high-value cases. He is also the former president of the Uganda Law Society.

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Band 3

Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants

From the Chambers Global guide

Nicholas Ecimu is a well-known and knowledgeable lawyer in the banking and energy sectors. Market commentators say: "He is proactive, takes the initiative - he really knows his stuff."

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Arcadia Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Francis Gimara of Arcadia Advocates is described by market commentators as "exceptional" and "the star of the firm." He is well regarded by his peers and is currently the president of the Uganda Law Society.

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Ligomarc Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Kabiito Karamaji is a partner at the firm and is highly respected by his peers. His strength lies in his finance and insolvency work.

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Bowmans (AF Mpanga Advocates)

From the Chambers Global guide

William Kasozi is managing partner of the Kampala office. He has extensive experience in banking law as well as a strong background in mergers and acquisitions.

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ENSafrica

From the Chambers Global guide

Bernard Katureebe is a partner at ENSafrica. He has over 15 years of experience and specialises in banking and finance. He also has extensive experience on public contracts, including bidding and reviews concerning the TMT and infrastructure sectors.

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Kateera & Kagumire Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Dennis Lubega Wamala is well regarded by his peers. He is a partner, and has substantial experience in corporate and commercial law. He is also prominent in litigation.

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Kampala Associated Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

David Mpanga is described by clients as a "banking expert who comes up with creative solutions to complex problems." He has a strong understanding of multiple aspects of commercial law.

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Mukumbya Musoke Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Julius Mukumbya Musoke formed Mukumbya Musoke Advocates after leaving A.F. Mpanga, Advocates. He is a well-established practitioner, and is singled out for his project finance work, as well as his wider transactional experience.

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Nangwala, Rezida & Co Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

James Nangwala of Nangwala, Rezida & Co Advocates is noted for his litigation skills. He is well respected by his peers with regards to his dispute resolution expertise.

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ENSafrica

From the Chambers Global guide

Donald Nyakairu is an expert in commercial and telecommunications law. He has over 30 years of experience and is visible on work including M&A, financial restructurings and public law disputes. 

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Up and Coming

Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants

From the Chambers Global guide

Gertrude Karugaba is described by clients as an "incredible" lawyer. She has a sizeable knowledge of commercial law and works on both domestic and international matters.

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Up and Coming

ABMAK Associates

From the Chambers Global guide

Denis Kusaasira is a specialist in mining and metals as well as oil and gas. He is the managing partner and also serves as head of the firm's dispute resolution and litigation team.

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Up and Coming

ABMAK Associates

From the Chambers Global guide

Aisha Naiga Kiwola is a specialist in power and electricity. She is also active in corporate and finance law. On top of her work in Uganda, she also works in Tanzania.

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Up and Coming

Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants

From the Chambers Global guide

Moses Segawa is a well-known and respected specialist in employment law. He has experience working on sensitive, high-value cases.

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