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Firm Profile

Kampala Associated Advocates

Firm Profile


  • KAA House, Plot 41
  • Nakasero Road
  • PO Box 9566
  • Kampala
  • Central Region
  • Uganda

Firm profile submitted by Kampala Associated Advocates

Managing Partner: David Mpanga
Senior Partners: Peter Kabatsi, Elly Karuhanga, Dr Kallu Kalumiya, Sam Mayanja, Oscar Kambona, Joseph Matsiko, Bruce Musinguzi, Augustine Idoot Obilil, Jet Tumwebaze, Elison Karuhanga, Zulaika M. Kasajja
Associate Partners: Isaac Kyagaba, Dennis Otatiina, Pearl Nyakabwa
Consultant: Hon Justice Herbert Ntabgoba (ret Principal Judge)
Senior Associates: John Musiime, Catherine Nansubuga
Legal Associates: Leonard Businge, Phoebe Murungi, Raymond Mwebesa, Akantorana Kobusingye, Rayner Muhyezi, Joakim Karaarira
Legal Assistants: Thomas Katto, Barbara Musiimenta
Number of partners: 15
Number of lawyers: 26
Languages: English, French, Swahili

Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) is a leading full service law firm in East Africa. With over 40 staff: a total of 26 lawyers, 1 senior consultant and 15 support staff, KAA is one of the largest legal practices in Uganda. The firm has enjoyed the distinction of handling the largest transactions and litigation matters. KAA provides a strong balance of international as well as local expertise. The partners and lawyers at KAA have on several occasions acted on behalf of private companies, multinational companies, banks, and the Government of Uganda in handling several legal matters. KAA has formal associations with Dentons ( and Simmons & Simmons (www.simmons-simmons). These associations offer the firm international support from time to time as the need arises.

Litigation & Arbitration
Corporate & Finance
Revenue & Taxation
Petroleum & Energy

Main Areas of Practice

Corporate & Finance:
The department is headed by David Mpanga and assisted by Zulaika Kasajja, Pearl Nyakabwa and Dennis Otattiina.
■ Advising FINASI SRI, an Italian Company on a Government of Uganda Hospital project valued at US$ 350 million
■ Advised French oil company Total on the acquisition of GAPCO Uganda Limited from Reliance Exploration & Production DMCC and Reliance Industries (Middle East) DMCC
■ Advised SAB Miller on its acquisition of Rwenzori Bottling (U) Ltd, a leading mineral water producer and its subsidiary Plastics Recycling (U) Ltd.
■ Advised Madhvani group of companies on the restructuring of Muljhbhai Madhvani Limited to separate the sugar business from the non-sugar business
■ Advising Educational Capital Funding Limited on the acquisition of Uganda’s only online university
■ Advising Infra Consulting Services and Uganda National Roads Authority on the implementation of the Resettlement Action Plan for the Kampala Fly over Construction and Road Upgrading Project worth US$147 million
■ Advising Scipion Capital LLP regarding the extension of a US$ 7.5 million facility to Agilis Trading Limited secured by a pledge of agricultural produce
■ Advising the lenders of EUR 300 million facility to the Government of Uganda for the construction of an international airport
■ Acting as local law advisors on the refinancing and restructuring of a US$ 150 million facility to Africell Holding Limited by five European financial institutions
■ Advising a project raising, high-impact agri-business fund of EUR 25 million whose lead financer is the European Union
■ Advising World Vu Satellites Ltd (one web) on the setting up of low earth orbiting satellites to supply and sell satellite signal and connection in East and Central Africa
■ Advising the Government of Netherlands in establishing o the water finance facility in Uganda to provide financing for sustainable management of water and sanitation for approximately 20 million people in East and Central Africa
■ Advising on a PPP between the government of Uganda and a renowned Indian entity to set up a US$ 20 million cancer treatment centre
Key Clients: FINASI SRL, Wood Group Management Services Limited, SABMiller Plc, Sanlam Life Insurance, Apollo Hotels Corporation Limited, Total E&P, Standard Chartered Bank (U) Limited, Stanbic Bank, Centenary Bank, Kimura Capital, World Vu Satelites Ltd
Contacts: David Mpanga, [email protected]; Zulaika Kasajja, [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm’s litigation and arbitration department is headed by Peter Kabatsi and Joseph Matsiko.
■ Representing Standard Chartered Bank in a US$ 18 million loan recovery litigation
■ Successfully represented the telecoms regulator, Uganda Communications Commission in a US$ 4 million claim for economic damages arising from the analog-digital migration
■ Successfully represented UCC with Attorney General in defending a US$ 513 million breach of contract claim against the Uganda Govt. brought by Traces SA
■ Successfully represented UCC against Faisal Islamic Bank in Sudan in a US$ 500 million dispute over a letter of credit issued by the Bank to UCC
■ Successfully defended a client against an action for enforcement of a bill of exchange issued in the UAE worth US$ 40 million
■ Defended MTN in a suit about the legality of mobile money transactions, and succeeded in having the suit dismissed
Key Clients: MTN Uganda Limited, Uganda Communication Commission, Uganda National Road Authority, Rift Valley Railways, Standard Chartered Bank (U) Limited, Nile Breweries Limited, a subsidiary of SABMiller PLC
Contacts: Peter Kabatsi, [email protected]; Joseph Matsiko, [email protected]

Revenue & Taxation:
The firm’s taxation department is headed by Oscar Kambona and assisted by Bruce Musinguzi.
■ Successfully represented Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Limited in a US$ 490 million tax dispute against Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) before Commercial Court of Uganda, revolving around Capital gains tax arising from disposal of interest in oil blocks
■ Representing Standard Chartered Bank in a US$ 30 million tax dispute against URA, challenging taxes allegedly arising from SCB’s treatment of bad debts
■ Representing MTN in a tax dispute against URA for an assessment of US$ 326 billion concerning corporation tax and VAT
■ The firm represented MTN in a UGX 900 million customs tax dispute against Uganda Revenue Authority challenging the valuation and reclassification of network rollout equipment
■ Advised Eskom Uganda Ltd, a power generation company on the pending dispute with Uganda Revenue Authority in respect of eligibility to claim capital allowances on assets that came into use after the concession date with the Government of Uganda
■ Advised Toyota Uganda Limited on the tax implications on the transfer of Toyota Tsusho Corporations’ interests in Toyota Uganda Limited to Compagne Francaise l’Afrique Occidentale (CFAO)
■ Represented UMEME Ltd(Power Distribution Co.) in a US$ 33.8 million dispute against URA before the Commercial Court regarding the taxability of assets that were passed over from government to the Co. under a concession agreement
Key Clients: Tullow Oil Uganda Limited, Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited, Umeme Limited, Toyota Uganda Limited and Standard Chartered Bank (U) Limited
Contacts: Oscar Kambona, [email protected]; Bruce Musinguzi, [email protected]

This department is headed by Sam Mayanja who is supported by partners David Mpanga, Zulaika Kasajja and Dennis Otatiina.
■ Advising on various facilities and securities by Standard Chartered Bank Uganda to its various Ugandan entities
■ Conducting due diligence checks on several existing and potential bank customers
Key Clients: Standard Chartered Bank (U) Limited, Barclays Bank (U) Limited, Stanbic Bank (U) Limited, Centenary Rural Development Bank, DFCU Bank, NC Bank, Orient Bank
Contacts: Sam Mayanja, [email protected]; David Mpanga, [email protected]; Zulaika Kasajja, [email protected]

Energy, Mining & Natural Resources:
This team is headed by Hon Dr. Elly Karuhanga.
■ Advised the developer on the development of the 18 MW hydro power project on Nyamwamba River in Kamwenge, Western Uganda
■ Advising Absolute Energy Servizi in connection with the development, construction, and operation of various independent renewable hybrid generation and distribution systems for the supply of electricity to off grid areas in Uganda
■  Advised Vidullanka PLC in connection with the development of a 6.5 MW hydro power project on Muvumbe river in Kabale, western Uganda
■ Advised Africa EMS Mpanga Limited in connection with the development and financing of an 18 MW hydro-power project on Mpanga River in Kamwenge district in western Uganda
■ Legal advisors to the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum
Key Clients: Tullow Uganda Operations (Pty) Ltd, EMS Africa Mpanga Limited, EMS Africa Nyamwamba Limited, Absolute Energy Africa Limited, Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum
Contacts: Elly Karuhanga, ekaruhanga; Elison Karuhanga, [email protected]


  • KAA House, Plot 41,
  • Nakasero Road,
  • PO Box 9566,
  • Kampala,
  • Central Region
  • Uganda
  • Tel +256 414 344 123
  • Fax +256 414 349 954
  • Email : [email protected]
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