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General Business Law — Uganda


Bowmans (AF Mpanga Advocates) - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: William Kasozi, David Mpanga and Daniel Gantungo

What the team is known for Esteemed firm with an impressive track record advising on high-profile corporate and commercial matters. Highly respected for its experience assisting clients with regulatory and contentious issues, particularly those concerning the finance and banking sectors. Maintains a strong compliance practice, as well as demonstrating noteworthy experience advising key financial institutions on lending and legal audits. Also noted for its handling of pan-African and other cross-border mandates, and regularly collaborates with international law firms outside the continent.

Strengths Clients value the "breadth of expertise of the team" and add: "The lawyers are exceptionally competent and able to step up to any situation."

Another client remarked: "The team is professional, passionate about their work and on top of their game."

Work highlights Acted as local counsel to Global Partnerships Social Investment Fund 6.0 on two financings totalling USD3 million. The borrowers were Fenix International Uganda and the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises.

Assisted Sanlam Emerging Markets with a proposed USD19 million acquisition of 60% shares in PineBridge East Africa.

Significant clients Bank of Uganda, Citibank Uganda, Strasburger & Price, dfcu Bank Uganda, Stanbic Bank Uganda.

Notable practitioners

Partner David Mpanga receives high praise from clients, who attest to his "mastery of the law and keen understanding of his clients' business," as well as his "ability to unpack complex situations." He is noted for his expertise handling regulatory and transactional matters in the banking sector.

William Kasozi is managing partner at the firm's Kampala office. He frequently advises key banks on a range of complex financing mandates. Clients value his considerable experience, praising his "ample knowledge of the market and ability to look at matters from different angles."

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We are known for delivering specialised legal services in Uganda and have extensive experience advising and acting for clients on complex and large-scale transactions. 

We are the go to legal partners for technology companies, especially multinationals entering Uganda. 

We are the market leader in Governance Compliance and Investigations. In this regard we have harnessed our pan- African form and adopted the assistance of the Bowmans South Africa office. 

We handle the biggest volume of IP litigation in Uganda with marked success, of about 90%. The figure includes cases where we have initiated the litigation and those were we have been asked to take over as Counsel.

We have advised a number of international clients on trademark registrations and protection including Johnson and Johnson, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, CO-RO A/S and Ubuntu Capital.

We advise on large acquisitions and due diligence and advised on a transaction which entailed the acquisition of the entire share capital of Sadolin Uganda Limited a leading paint company registered in Uganda, Kenya and Burundi.

Of our knowledge in the projects and infrastructure sector, for example we handled environmental matters such as Total E&P B.V. Uganda Limited in a suit pertaining to disposal of waste products and CNOOC Uganda Limited.

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Katende, Ssempebwa & Co - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sim Katende
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established and renowned firm with extensive experience advising high-profile clients on a range of complex corporate and commercial transactions. Expertise in finance-related deals is a key strength, as is its handling of matters pertaining to the telecommunications, media and technology industries. Often mandated on M&A transactions, as well as handling joint ventures, company formation and competition advice. Well versed in cross-border work and also benefits from its membership of the LEX Africa legal network.

Strengths Sources describe it as "one of the most reputable firms in the country," while one client enthused: "The team has an excellent understanding of the commercial as well as the legal aspects of the transaction. They understand and appreciate our commercial needs."

Another market source praised the firm's "expertise in inbound M&A" and "its good bench of very qualified lawyers."

Work highlights Advised GE on the local aspects of its USD32 billion acquisition of Baker Hughes.

Assisted Sumitomo with its export sales contract with the government of Uganda. This included a USD155 million deal for the purchase of construction equipment.

Significant clients Coca-Cola, Fangda Development Investment Company, ICBC, Agilis, Facebook.

Notable practitioners

Co-founding partner John Katende is considered "an important reference in the market" by sources. Noted for his vast experience in the corporate and commercial spheres, he also attracts noteworthy praise for his academic contributions to the sector.

Professor Edward Frederick Ssempebwa receives all-round praise from interviewees, who describe him as "one of the most distinguished names in the market." Recognised for his litigation expertise, he is also highly experienced in tax and constitutional law matters.

Sim Katende heads the firm's corporate and commercial practice. Described by market commentators as "a very smart and exceptionally intelligent lawyer," he maintains a strong practice advising key international clients on high-value cross-border transactions.

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MMAKS Advocates - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm with a strong and experienced dispute resolution team. Frequently acts on high-profile commercial and financial litigation matters, as well as local and international arbitrations. Also assists clients with transactional matters pertaining to the oil and gas, mining and energy sectors, and maintains an active intellectual property practice. The firm continues to benefit from its long-standing membership of the acclaimed Africa Legal Network.

Strengths A source remarked: "They were proactive, spotting possible issues that might arise and then working towards a solution."

Another interviewee valued the firm's "strong litigation team."

Notable practitioners

Market sources are quick to praise Timothy Kanyerezi Masembe, remarking: "He is without a doubt one of the best lawyers in the country." He is highly regarded for his expertise in litigious mandates, particularly those related to the banking sector. He has notably served as external counsel to the Bank of Uganda.

About the Team (content provided by MMAKS Advocates)

MMAKS Advocates ("MMAKS") is a leading law firm in Uganda formed by a ground-breaking merger of three respected firms with well developed client bases. The firm specializes in corporate and commercial law, with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private equity, oil and gas, project and infrastructure, mining and natural resources, banking and finance, real estate, and general investment and regulatory advisory across different sectors. MMAKS also has teams specializing in and fully dedicated to litigation, alternative dispute resolution, employment and intellectual property.


As one of Uganda’s largest law firms, MMAKS  is committed to delivering practical and quality legal services with professionalism and integrity. The firm adopts a proactive approach to high quality, timely and efficient legal services and prides itself on a policy of open communication, teamwork, and client satisfaction. The firm provides strategic and commercially insightful transaction advice to an array of high profile local and international clients and has been involved in numerous landmark cases in Uganda.


Some of the firm’s partners are qualified as solicitors of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and its lawyers hold qualifications from  universities across the globe including Harvard Law School, University of Cambridge, the University of Birmingham, Cornell University and University of Liverpool. This is supplemented by secondments to UK magic circle firms.  
 

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Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading practice with a heavyweight bench of experienced lawyers advising on a range of corporate transactions, as well as regulatory and contentious matters. Notably strong in financing mandates, particularly in the infrastructure and energy industries. Further boosted by its association with the DLA Piper Africa alliance, the firm is frequently sought out by domestic and multinational financial institutions for its expertise and long-standing track record in the market.

Strengths Clients remark: "The firm is focused on providing quick and practical legal solutions to the client. They go the extra mile to get us what we need in time."

One client enthused: "They are very meticulous in their work and give utmost attention to detail."

Work highlights Assisted dfcu Bank with the asset purchase and assumption of liabilities of Crane Bank following its placement into statutory management and receivership by the Bank of Uganda.

Acted as local counsel to lenders IFC and African Development Bank in connection with the USD500 million debt refinancing of the 250 MW Bujagali II hydropower project.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic Bank, Citibank Uganda, Total Exploration and Production.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Barnabas Tumusingize continues to receive high praise from clients for his "commercially sound and solution-based legal advice." Noted for his expertise in banking and finance matters, he is frequently sought out by high-profile banks for his experience advising on transactional and contentious mandates alike. Sources add that he is "outstanding" and "without a doubt a top lawyer."

James Mukasa Sebugenyi is described by market sources as a "very experienced and respected lawyer." Noted for his strength in dispute resolution, particularly related to high-value commercial matters, he is often retained by key corporate clients, as well as financial institutions.

Gertrude Karugaba is an expert in financial transactions and has considerable experience advising on high-profile M&A mandates. A client enthused: "She really knows her stuff, bringing fresh insights and solutions to our issues." Another interviewee added: "She is an outstanding and exceptionally skilled lawyer."

Nicholas Ecimu is commended for his experience handling project financing and advisory mandates, notably in the energy and infrastructure sectors. A client remarked: "His advice was highly valuable to our legal strategy," before adding: "He knew how to handle all the challenges that emerged throughout the transaction."

Partner Moses Segawa is noted for his considerable experience advising on complex employment matters. Clients value his market knowledge and attest: "He is up to date on the labour law trends and provides sound practical solutions to us on labour issues."

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Shonubi, Musoke & Co - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Distinguished firm with a long-standing presence in the market. Highly regarded for its strength in project mandates relating to the energy and infrastructure sectors, as well as maintaining a strong practice assisting clients with dispute resolution and corporate and commercial transactions. Often retained by multinational companies for its expertise in cross-border matters, and also benefits from its strategic alliance with Norton Rose Fulbright.

Strengths One client noted: "The team is well qualified, with a very good knowledge of the market," continuing: "They are very responsive, always available whenever called upon, and customer-centric too."

Another client said: "They are very conscious of our needs and pay remarkable attention to detail."

Work highlights Advised UMEME on a USD50 million short-term facility provided by Standard Chartered Bank.

Assisted CfC Stanbic Bank and EAIF with a USD20 million loan to Rift Valley Railways for the financing of the purchase of railway wagons.

Significant clients Eskom Uganda, NC Bank, Jubilee Insurance, Orient Bank, Uganda Development Bank.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman and founding partner Alan Shonubi maintains "an excellent reputation in the market," according to our interviewees. He is highly regarded for his vast experience in the sector, having advised key domestic and international clients on an array of corporate and commercial matters.

Clients are quick to praise Andrew Kibaya, describing him as a "very hard-working and passionate lawyer who is extremely committed to our needs." He maintains a solid practice advising clients on banking and finance matters and is often sought out by high-profile domestic and international financial institutions.

Experienced partner Noah Edwin Mwesigwa is described by market commentators as a "well-rounded lawyer" who is equally proficient in transactional and litigious matters. He frequently assists clients from the telecommunications, infrastructure and natural resources industries across the full spectrum of corporate matters.

Up-and-coming partner Innocent Kihika joins our rankings this year. Described by sources as a "formidable lawyer for energy matters," he heads the firm's energy and infrastructure practice and also has considerable experience advising on oil and gas matters.

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Byenkya Kihika & Co Advocates - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noteworthy practice with strong capability in both contentious and transactional mandates. Particularly commended for its expertise in the banking and finance sectors. Also noted for its experience in commercial litigation, as well as in project matters connected to the energy industry.

Strengths Sources attest to the firm's being "very strong in financing matters" and praise it as a team of "good lawyers."

A market commentator remarked: "They are a very well-known and respected firm."

Notable practitioners

Partner Ebert Byenkya receives high praise for his expertise in contentious matters. An interviewee enthused: "He is incredibly competent and an excellent litigator," going on to add: "I trust him to see a case through." Another market observer reported: "He is without a doubt one of the best litigators in the country."

Managing partner Blaisie Paulsen is noted for her considerable experience advising clients on high-profile transactions, particularly related to the banking and finance sector. A source noted: "She is a good lawyer."

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ENSafrica - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Growing local branch of a pan-African powerhouse with a strong team of experienced and respected lawyers advising on banking and corporate matters. Highly proficient in its handling of finance, M&A and capital market transactions, the firm also has a strong practice related to the real estate, infrastructure and telecommunications industries.

Strengths Clients value the team's responsiveness and "flexibility to meet our needs." They add: "The team provides very good professional advice and has good negotiation skills."

Another client reported: "They have an impressive skill set and knowledge in corporate recoveries."

Work highlights Acted for DEG and Proparco on the USD3 million sale of shares in TPS Uganda, a holding company for Serena Hotel in Uganda.

Continues to advise Bank of Uganda on the introduction of Islamic banking to the country.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Bank, TrønderEnergi, Heineken, Huawei Technologies, CNOOC Uganda.

Notable practitioners

Experienced and distinguished partner Phillip Karugaba receives high praise from interviewees. One noted: "He is definitely one of the best lawyers in the country." Another source went on to add: "He is very attentive to his clients and has a spectacular knowledge of the market."

Clients are quick to praise Rachel Musoke, enthusing: "She's an excellent lawyer who always provided us with very good legal advice. She is also hard-working, constantly trying to improve." She advises on a range of matters related to the real estate, infrastructure and financial sectors.

Partner Bernard Katureebe is noted for his strong banking and finance practice, being equally proficient in equity and debt mandates. An interviewee commended his "very pro-commercial outlook" and went on to praise his "detailed and astute advice that fits with the business needs of the transaction."

Donald Nyakairu is widely recognised for his considerable expertise in matters related to the telecommunications industry, while also frequently advising on the full spectrum of commercial mandates. One client noted: "He is quite enthusiastic, approachable and keen to understand what the client wants."

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ENSafrica is strategically positioned throughout the African continent to provide clients with seamless, world-class service in their complex, high-value and cross-border matters. The firm’s accumulated know-how and solid on-the-ground experience in Uganda, as well as in Rwanda and Tanzania, enables the firm to provide its clients with an excellent East African, and broader African, offering, with an ability to expertly guide clients in minimising risk and leveraging business opportunities across the continent.

ENSafrica is uniquely placed to provide local clients, as well as African and international investors, with the expertise and resources required to execute large and complex mandates not only in Uganda, but throughout Africa.

ENSafrica’s Kampala office provides a full-service offering to local, African and international clients, covering a broad range of sectors and business areas, including mining, oil and gas, energy, banking and financial services, competition, employment, IP, telecommunications, insolvency, legislative and regulatory regime review, as well as commercial litigation and arbitration.

ENSafrica’s practitioners understand and are familiar with the key political, economic, regulatory and legal issues associated with doing business in Uganda, and specifically have an extensive high-level network in Uganda (and Africa in general), making ENSafrica well equipped to guide investors through unfamiliar commercial environments.

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Kampala Associated Advocates - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid firm with a multidisciplinary team advising clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters. Highly commended for its handling of complex litigation mandates, notably in tax-related disputes, and also assists domestic and international clients with financial transactions. Has considerable experience in energy and natural resources, advising on licensing and regulatory matters, as well as disputes. The firm is also associated with international law firm Dentons.

Strengths One source lauded the team for its client service: "The firm has a dedicated team that is passionate and dedicated to achieve customer satisfaction."

Another client went on to praise its "excellent and very qualified team."

Work highlights Advised MTN on an estimated USD120 million tax dispute against the Uganda Revenue Authority.

Local counsel to Total on its USD400 million acquisition of GAPCO Uganda from Reliance Exploration & Production.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic Bank, Tullow Uganda Operations, Bank of Uganda, Toyota Uganda.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned partner Peter Kabatsi is described by sources as an "excellent" and "celebrated" lawyer. Having previously served as Uganda’s Director of Public Prosecutions and Solicitor General, he is widely regarded as an expert in contentious matters, as well as having a wealth of experience acting on international and cross-border matters.

Oscar Kambona receives high praise from market commentators, who say: "He is the foremost expert in tax litigation matters in Uganda; his reputation for tax litigation is unmatched." He is frequently sought out by important domestic and international corporate clients and financial institutions.

Interviewees describe Joseph Matsiko as "a very well-known lawyer" and go on to praise his expertise in litigation and arbitration matters, in both the domestic and international spheres. He is also noted for his leading role on the recent presidential election petition.

Managing partner David Mpanga is recognised for his noteworthy experience advising key clients on corporate and financial transactions. Clients describe him as "knowledgeable in his opinions" and enthuse: "He pays exceptional attention to detail and is also always available on call."

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ABMAK Associates - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Specialist boutique firm with a market-leading natural resources practice, advising on matters relating to the oil and gas as well as energy and mining sectors. Frequently sought out by corporate clients for its expertise in major projects. The firm also has noteworthy experience advising on infrastructure and telecommunication mandates.

Strengths Market commentators enthuse: "ABMAK is a very specialised firm, strong in the oil and gas sectors."

Work highlights Acted as local counsel to project sponsors Total East Africa Midstream and Total E&P Uganda on the USD4 billion Hoima-Tanga East African Crude Oil Pipeline.

Advised developer Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group on the development of the USD620 million Sukulu Phosphate Project, which will produce phosphate fertilisers, steel products and rare earth minerals, as well as generating electricity.

Significant clients Africa Renewable Energy Fund, Heritage Oil and Gas, Africell Uganda, Namekara Mining Company, Schlumberger Oilfield Eastern.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Denis Kusaasira is highly regarded for his experience in the natural resources industry and recognised as an expert in contentious mining mandates. Sources report: "He is a very good oil and gas lawyer, very knowledgeable and truly knows his way around matters."

Partner Aisha Naiga is described by sources as "an excellent corporate lawyer" and has notable experience advising clients on corporate finance and banking matters. She is particularly strong in project matters related to the power and electricity sectors.

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Kateera & Kagumire Advocates - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Significant practice advising domestic and multinational clients on corporate and commercial matters. Well known for its considerable strength in banking and finance transactions and also maintains a robust dispute resolution practice. The team also has considerable experience advising on matters relating to the real estate and energy industries.

Strengths Market sources are quick to praise the firm's "strong team of lawyers," pointing out its strong market standing and experience.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner John Fisher Kanyemibwa is described by interviewees as an "excellent lawyer" and "good litigator." He maintains a long-standing presence in the market, with noteworthy experience advising key financial institutions on legal compliance and regulatory matters.

Dennis Lubega Wamala receives equal recognition for his transactional and dispute resolution practices. Described as a "good lawyer" by market commentators, he is particularly strong in matters pertaining to the energy and electricity sectors.

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Ligomarc Advocates - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dynamic firm with a robust team advising on a range of corporate and commercial matters. Noted for its acclaimed insolvency practice and experience in banking law. Also assists clients with regulatory compliance, dispute resolution and infrastructure projects, particularly in the mining and energy industries.

Strengths Sources attest to the firm's "important activity in the insolvency sector" and recognise the team for being "good lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Partner Kabiito Karamagi is described by interviewees as a "distinguished insolvency lawyer." Alongside his expertise in insolvency and debt-related matters, he also assists clients on finance and corporate mandates concerning the mining and energy industries.

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Mukumbya Musoke Advocates - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Julius Mukumbya Musoke and Judith Mugisha
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recently established and emerging firm with an active transactional practice. Often advises key financial institutions in matters related to capital markets, finance and M&A transactions. Experienced partners advise on project financing and development matters, mainly in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "The firm has a very good team with a strong knowledge of the local market and regulations. They were very efficient and gave fast responses to our demands."

One source reported: "The service provided has always been prompt and relevant with no hesitation to give clarifications as and when required."

Work highlights Advised a group of lenders, including DEG and Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, on the development and financing of a hydropower project in Northern Uganda.

Acted for KMR Infrastructure and other project sponsors on the development and financing of the Sindilla hydropower project.

Significant clients African Development Bank, Cipla, FMO, KFW, Fieldstone Africa.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Julius Mukumbya Musoke is noted for his expertise advising key financial institutions across a range of transactional mandates, notably related to project financing. Client enthuse: "He is very knowledgeable, helpful and has always provided prompt and relevant legal advice. He is a pleasure to work with and we highly recommend him."

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Senior Statespeople

Joseph Byambara Byamugisha

J. B. Byamugisha Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Experienced partner Joseph Byambara Byamugisha of J. B. Byamugisha Advocates is highly regarded by sources for his "immense experience in litigation matters" and is described as a "brilliant lawyer." He advises on contentious and transactional matters alike.

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Senior Statespeople

Peter C R Kabatsi

Kampala Associated Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Seasoned partner Peter Kabatsi is described by sources as an "excellent" and "celebrated" lawyer. Having previously served as Uganda’s Director of Public Prosecutions and Solicitor General, he is widely regarded as an expert in contentious matters, as well as having a wealth of experience acting on international and cross-border matters.

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Senior Statespeople

Katende, Ssempebwa & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-founding partner John Katende is considered "an important reference in the market" by sources. Noted for his vast experience in the corporate and commercial spheres, he also attracts noteworthy praise for his academic contributions to the sector.

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Senior Statespeople

Shonubi, Musoke & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior statesman and founding partner Alan Shonubi maintains "an excellent reputation in the market," according to our interviewees. He is highly regarded for his vast experience in the sector, having advised key domestic and international clients on an array of corporate and commercial matters.

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Senior Statespeople

Edward Frederick Ssempebwa

Katende, Ssempebwa & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Professor Edward Frederick Ssempebwa receives all-round praise from interviewees, who describe him as "one of the most distinguished names in the market." Recognised for his litigation expertise, he is also highly experienced in tax and constitutional law matters.

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Byenkya Kihika & Co Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Ebert Byenkya receives high praise for his expertise in contentious matters. An interviewee enthused: "He is incredibly competent and an excellent litigator," going on to add: "I trust him to see a case through." Another market observer reported: "He is without a doubt one of the best litigators in the country."

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Band 1

ENSafrica

From the Chambers Global guide

Experienced and distinguished partner Phillip Karugaba receives high praise from interviewees. One noted: "He is definitely one of the best lawyers in the country." Another source went on to add: "He is very attentive to his clients and has a spectacular knowledge of the market."

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Katende, Ssempebwa & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Sim Katende heads the firm's corporate and commercial practice. Described by market commentators as "a very smart and exceptionally intelligent lawyer," he maintains a strong practice advising key international clients on high-value cross-border transactions.

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Timothy Kanyerezi Masembe

MMAKS Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Market sources are quick to praise Timothy Kanyerezi Masembe, remarking: "He is without a doubt one of the best lawyers in the country." He is highly regarded for his expertise in litigious mandates, particularly those related to the banking sector. He has notably served as external counsel to the Bank of Uganda.

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Bowmans (AF Mpanga Advocates)

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner David Mpanga receives high praise from clients, who attest to his "mastery of the law and keen understanding of his clients' business," as well as his "ability to unpack complex situations." He is noted for his expertise handling regulatory and transactional matters in the banking sector.

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Barnabas Tumusingize

Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Barnabas Tumusingize continues to receive high praise from clients for his "commercially sound and solution-based legal advice." Noted for his expertise in banking and finance matters, he is frequently sought out by high-profile banks for his experience advising on transactional and contentious mandates alike. Sources add that he is "outstanding" and "without a doubt a top lawyer."

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John Fisher Kanyemibwa

Kateera & Kagumire Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior partner John Fisher Kanyemibwa is described by interviewees as an "excellent lawyer" and "good litigator." He maintains a long-standing presence in the market, with noteworthy experience advising key financial institutions on legal compliance and regulatory matters.

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Band 2

Kampala Associated Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Oscar Kambona receives high praise from market commentators, who say: "He is the foremost expert in tax litigation matters in Uganda; his reputation for tax litigation is unmatched." He is frequently sought out by important domestic and international corporate clients and financial institutions.

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Band 2

Shonubi, Musoke & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients are quick to praise Andrew Kibaya, describing him as a "very hard-working and passionate lawyer who is extremely committed to our needs." He maintains a solid practice advising clients on banking and finance matters and is often sought out by high-profile domestic and international financial institutions. 

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Band 2

Kampala Associated Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees describe Joseph Matsiko as "a very well-known lawyer" and go on to praise his expertise in litigation and arbitration matters, in both the domestic and international spheres. He is also noted for his leading role on the recent presidential election petition.

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Band 2

ENSafrica

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients are quick to praise Rachel Musoke, enthusing: "She's an excellent lawyer who always provided us with very good legal advice. She is also hard-working, constantly trying to improve." She advises on a range of matters related to the real estate, infrastructure and financial sectors.

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Band 2

Noah Edwin Mwesigwa

Shonubi, Musoke & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Experienced partner Noah Edwin Mwesigwa is described by market commentators as a "well-rounded lawyer" who is equally proficient in transactional and litigious matters. He frequently assists clients from the telecommunications, infrastructure and natural resources industries across the full spectrum of corporate matters.

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Band 2

Nangwala, Rezida & Co Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Name partner James Nangwala of Nangwala, Rezida & Co Advocates receives high praise from market commentators, who highlight his corporate law skills and impressive versatility. One client enthused: "He is an exceptional lawyer for complex matters. He has superb legal knowledge of the market." He frequently advises clients on dispute resolution mandates.

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Band 2

Blaisie N Paulsen

Byenkya Kihika & Co Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Blaisie Paulsen is noted for her considerable experience advising clients on high-profile transactions, particularly related to the banking and finance sector. A source noted: "She is a good lawyer."

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Band 2

James Mukasa Sebugenyi

Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants

From the Chambers Global guide

James Mukasa Sebugenyi is described by market sources as a "very experienced and respected lawyer." Noted for his strength in dispute resolution, particularly related to high-value commercial matters, he is often retained by key corporate clients, as well as financial institutions.

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Band 3

Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants

From the Chambers Global guide

Nicholas Ecimu is commended for his experience handling project financing and advisory mandates, notably in the energy and infrastructure sectors. A client remarked: "His advice was highly valuable to our legal strategy," before adding: "He knew how to handle all the challenges that emerged throughout the transaction."

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Band 3

Arcadia Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Francis Gimara of Arcadia Advocates is the current president of the Uganda Law Society. Clients value his "extensive knowledge of the legal matters and good grasp of the matter at hand." He advises on a range of corporate and commercial matters.

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Band 3

Ligomarc Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Kabiito Karamagi is described by interviewees as a "distinguished insolvency lawyer." Alongside his expertise in insolvency and debt-related matters, he also assists clients on finance and corporate mandates concerning the mining and energy industries.

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Band 3

Gertrude Karugaba

Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants

From the Chambers Global guide

Gertrude Karugaba is an expert in financial transactions and has considerable experience advising on high-profile M&A mandates. A client enthused: "She really knows her stuff, bringing fresh insights and solutions to our issues." Another interviewee added: "She is an outstanding and exceptionally skilled lawyer."

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Band 3

Bowmans (AF Mpanga Advocates)

From the Chambers Global guide

William Kasozi is managing partner at the firm's Kampala office. He frequently advises key banks on a range of complex financing mandates. Clients value his considerable experience, praising his "ample knowledge of the market and ability to look at matters from different angles."

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Band 3

Bernard Katureebe

ENSafrica

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Bernard Katureebe is noted for his strong banking and finance practice, being equally proficient in equity and debt mandates. An interviewee commended his "very pro-commercial outlook" and went on to praise his "detailed and astute advice that fits with the business needs of the transaction."

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Band 3

ABMAK Associates

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Denis Kusaasira is highly regarded for his experience in the natural resources industry and recognised as an expert in contentious mining mandates. Sources report: "He is a very good oil and gas lawyer, very knowledgeable and truly knows his way around matters."

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Band 3

Dennis Lubega Wamala

Kateera & Kagumire Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Dennis Lubega Wamala receives equal recognition for his transactional and dispute resolution practices. Described as a "good lawyer" by market commentators, he is particularly strong in matters pertaining to the energy and electricity sectors.

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Band 3

Kampala Associated Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner David Mpanga is recognised for his noteworthy experience advising key clients on corporate and financial transactions. Clients describe him as "knowledgeable in his opinions" and enthuse: "He pays exceptional attention to detail and is also always available on call."

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Band 3

Julius Mukumbya Musoke

Mukumbya Musoke Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding partner Julius Mukumbya Musoke is noted for his expertise advising key financial institutions across a range of transactional mandates, notably related to project financing. Client enthuse: "He is very knowledgeable, helpful and has always provided prompt and relevant legal advice. He is a pleasure to work with and we highly recommend him."

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Band 3

ENSafrica

From the Chambers Global guide

Donald Nyakairu is widely recognised for his considerable expertise in matters related to the telecommunications industry, while also frequently advising on the full spectrum of commercial mandates. One client noted: "He is quite enthusiastic, approachable and keen to understand what the client wants."

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Up and Coming

Shonubi, Musoke & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Up-and-coming partner Innocent Kihika joins our rankings this year. Described by sources as a "formidable lawyer for energy matters," he heads the firm's energy and infrastructure practice and also has considerable experience advising on oil and gas matters.

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Up and Coming

ABMAK Associates

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Aisha Naiga is described by sources as "an excellent corporate lawyer" and has notable experience advising clients on corporate finance and banking matters. She is particularly strong in project matters related to the power and electricity sectors.

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Up and Coming

Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Moses Segawa is noted for his considerable experience advising on complex employment matters. Clients value his market knowledge and attest: "He is up to date on the labour law trends and provides sound practical solutions to us on labour issues."

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