Uganda, as a member of the Common Market for East and South Africa (COMESA) is bound by the terms of the COMESA Competition Rules and Regulations. They affect cross border mergers which involve more than one of the following countries; Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagacar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

Our Firm has advised several clients on the implications of these new regulations on their Mergers & Acquisitions and successfully assisted them in securing the right and relevant competition approvals.

Locally, for industries that have industry specific competition regulations and guidelines like Banking & Finance and Telecommunications, our Firm has advised various bank and telecom clients on the competition regulations in numerous acquisition transactions.

We closely monitor developments in this rapidly evolving area of the law, and advise institutional and individual clients on related regulatory and administrative obligations including designing and implementing compliance programs to discover and deter both inadvertent and purposeful failures to heed laws and regulations.

Key contacts

Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug +256-702-529-937
Alice N. Blazevic Associate Partner anamuli@kats.co.ug +256-774-830-762

Our Firm has the largest aviation practice in the country with the largest number of international, regional and local airlines on our client roster, as well as Uganda's Civil Aviation Authority.

We handle a considerable amount of aviation and aviation related work ranging from; aircraft purchases, sales, leasing and financing, aircraft certification and registration, aviation claims, personal injuries, accident investigations, regulatory and enforcement matters, securities offerings, tax policies, international trade and licensing, cargo and baggage claims.

Both our Senior Partners have been Board Members of Uganda's Civil Aviation Authority.

For a detailed list of our Airline clientele, please email kats@kats.co.ug

Key contacts

Fred K. Businge Associate Partner fkbusinge@kats.co.ug +256-772-464-532
Alice N. Blazevic Associate Partner anamuli@kats.co.ug +256-752-246-442
       

"The group is at the forefront of expansion of Uganda's banking sector, advising international and regional banks on the setting up of new branches and financial services products."  Chambers and Partners: Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business

'The firm boasts expertise in banking and corporate mandates and draws on the skills of some of the most highly trained lawyers in Uganda.'  IFLR 1000 - Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, the 2009 Edition.

We understand your banking and financing needs and work to help you meet them.

We have one of the largest banking practices in Uganda representing several leading international, regional and local banks. We have acted as counsel for numerous foreign and local investors, foreign donor agencies and government bodies seeking to underwrite major loans and transactions within the region and have performed due diligence exercises and monitoring of the projects that have been underwritten. We have also developed a niche specializing in all matters relating to e-commerce and e-banking.

On January 7th, 2016, the Ugandan Parliament passed the Financial Institutions (Amendment) Bill 2015, which permits Islamic Banking. This is a banking system consistent with Sharia Law, some of its key principles include but are not limited to; prohibiting charging of interest on loans, fixed deposits and mortgages, profit, loss and risk sharing between the commercial bankers and customers, unjust enrichment,  unethical purposes. Once assented to, the Law will foster a more inclusive banking experience for clients of different faiths and our Firm is at the forefront, ushering our clients into this new financial dimension in the country.

Our practice includes:

  • general banking
  • structured finance
  • guarantees
  • derivatives
  • debentures and charges
  • organisational structuring
  • regulatory compliance
  • commercial and customer agreements
  • disputes with regulatory bodies
  • regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings
  • litigation and arbitration
  • insolvency
  • commercial and investment banking
  • securities and derivatives
  • syndicated and general lending
  • asset and project finance
  • custody and insurance business
  • Islamic banking

Our Team provides comprehensive coverage and support in relation to the laws and regulations of all the key financial centers in the region. We offer seamless advice and in-depth understanding of issues faced by financial institutions and infrastructure providers.

Key contacts

Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug
Arthur K. Ssempebwa Associate Partner aks@kats.co.ug

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Our firm routinely handles bankruptcy, liquidation, asset tracing and debt recovery, insolvency litigation, corporate rescue, equity capital raising and restructuring, winding up and receiverships for various financial institutions, individuals, companies, whether secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, investors, debtors and borrowers.

Our team has a wealth of experience, and keeps our client's financial interests in mind to provide streamlined result oriented counsel. We advise on the handling of loan defaults, enforcement of our client's rights as creditors of insolvent entities.

We also advise on pre-bankruptcy planning, prosecution and defense of avoidance actions such as fraudulent transfers, voluntary and creditor's liquidation, bankruptcy discharge and non-dischargeability actions, alternatives to bankruptcy, legal and strategic advice to loan officers on potential defaulters, garnishments, foreclosures, execution and other methods of enforcement of judgments.

For the latest update on the Insolvency and Restructuring legal regimes in Uganda and across Africa, kindly download the Guide to Insolvency and Restructuring for Africa 2015 below:

Insolvency & Restructuring Guide for Africa 2015 

Key contacts

Arthur K. Ssempebwa Associate Partner aks@kats.co.ug +256-752-846-360
Brian Emurwon Principal Associate bkemurwon@kats.co.ug +256-792-332-489

"It has high calibre, dedicated and skilled staff...they have a good rapport with local regulators, the Bank of Uganda and the Capital Markets Authority." - IFLR 1000: Guide to the World's Leading Financial law Firms

Our team advises on all aspects of local and international securities offerings such as Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), cross border listing, bond listings financings, corporate governance and compliance issues for public companies. We have represented different stakeholders such as: issuers, underwriters, agents, investment and venture funds, investors, brokers.

The Firm represents clients in some of the most sophisticated and innovative capital raising transactions in the country and also routinely provides counsel to the Capital Markets Authority on the rules and regulations the Authority promulgates to regulate this sector in Uganda.

We have acted as legal and transaction advisors on:

  • the largest IPO in the history of Uganda
  • one of the first cross border listings in East Africa
  • the first mortgage based securitization in the East and Central Africa
  • the first capital raising transaction at the Rwanda OTC Market. 

We have, in executing these assignments, navigated the complex regulatory regime that governs our clients' businesses and in many instances we have helped to shape the legal practices that implemented and expanded those developments. Our practice and our clients' businesses have grown at an exponential rate as the capital markets continue to diversify.

Sample Transactions

Advisory

We were the legal advisors on the demutualisation of the Uganda Securities Exchange and have provided counsel to the Capital Markets Authority on various rules and regulations they have introduced over governing the operations of the capital markets and securities regime in Uganda.

Bond listings

  • We advised The African Development Bank on the largest bond listing on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE)  worth Billions of Shillings.
  • We advised The Eastern and Southern Africa Development Bank (“PTA Bank”) on its  Billion Shilling bond listed on the USE.
  • We advised the PTA Bank on the Ugandan aspects of its Billion dollar Euro Medium Term Note Programme.
  • We advised Banque Commericale du Rwanda on the introduction on the Rwanda OTC Market. This was the first capital raising transaction of its nature in Rwanda.
  • The Firm also advised PTA Bank on its Medium Term Note listing on the Rwanda Securities Exchange.
  • We advised DFCU Bank Limited while acting as the legal and transactional advisors on all aspects of its then proposed Billion shillings Bond Issue on the Uganda Securities Exchange. The proposed listing was eventually halted as the Bank decided to merge with a management company.

Cross Border Listing On The Uganda Securities Exchange

  • We advised Centum Investment Company Limited on its cross border listing on the USE.
  • We advised Equity Bank Limited on its cross border listing on the USE
  • We advised Kenya Airways on its cross border listing on the USE.

Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)

  • We advised DFCU Bank Ltd on its IPO and listing of its shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange, at the time the largest listing in the history of Uganda.
  • We advised Nile Bank Limited on its proposed listing on the USE which listing was halted when NIle Bank acquired by Barclays Bank of Uganda  on the eve of the listing.
  • We advised Kenya Airways on the Ugandan aspects of its IPO on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

Key contacts

Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug +256-702-529-937
Arthur M. Katende Principal Associate amk@kats.co.ug +256-794-372-357

We are your partners in achieving your commercial and investment goals.

"The Firm is singled our as a good choice for foreign companies looking to do business in Uganda and their reputation is reflected in the group's impressive deals sheet.Chambers and Partners: Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business

"Katende, Ssempebwa and Co is firmly in the premier league of corporate and financial firms."  IFLR1000: Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms.

"Still "the best known firm in town" this practice is admired not only for its excellent Commercial and Corporate departments, but also for the its senior partner's contributions to academic life, government reviews and constitutional law." - Chambers and Partners: Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business

The practice encompasses the full range of legal services required by corporations and other business entities. We advise multinational corporations and assist them in the establishment, registration and restructuring of foreign investment enterprises locally. We handle matters relating to equity and contractual joint ventures, wholly owned foreign enterprises and holding companies, financial and management agreements, shareholders agreements and all contractual matters relevant to the operations of our clients businesses locally and internationally.

Our team also advises clients on all the relevant corporate governance structures including designing and implementing compliance programs to discover and deter both inadvertent and purposeful failures to heed laws and regulations. In industries such as Banking & Finance, our Firm has extensive experience in integrating Corporate Governance and Securities Law compliance with other regulatory structures and operational requirements.

One of our Senior Partners' Mr. John W. Katende is a leading authority on company law matters in Uganda and is the author of, among other publications, 'The Law of Business Associations in East and Central Africa' which is one of the leading texts in all the law schools in East and Central Africa.

Key contacts

John W. Katende Senior Partner jwk@kats.co.ug +256-414-233-770
Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug +256-702-529-937

Our firm routinely handles bankruptcy, liquidation, asset tracing and debt recovery, insolvency litigation, corporate rescue, equity capital raising and restructuring, winding up and receiverships for various financial institutions, individuals, companies, whether secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, investors, debtors and borrowers.

Our team has a wealth of experience, and keeps our client's financial interests in mind to provide streamlined result oriented counsel. We advise on the handling of loan defaults, enforcement of our client's rights as creditors of insolvent entities.

We also advise on pre-bankruptcy planning, prosecution and defense of avoidance actions such as fraudulent transfers, voluntary and creditor's liquidation, bankruptcy discharge and non-dischargeability actions, alternatives to bankruptcy, legal and strategic advice to loan officers on potential defaulters, garnishments, foreclosures, execution and other methods of enforcement of judgments.

For the latest update on the Insolvency and Restructuring legal regimes in Uganda and across Africa, kindly download the Guide to Insolvency and Restructuring for Africa 2015 below:

Insolvency & Restructuring Guide for Africa 2015 

Key contacts

Arthur K. Ssempebwa Associate Partner aks@kats.co.ug +256-752-846-360
Brian Emurwon Principal Associate bkemurwon@kats.co.ug +256-792-332-489

"The firm is probably the most visible on energy and infrastructure projects and it is also the most often recommended port-of-call for international clients." - IFLR 1000, Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firm's, 2015 Edition.

With accurate and timely advice, oil is poised to become the biggest engine of growth in Uganda and the East African region.

KATS has represented and continues to advise emerging and established energy and oil companies on a wide spectrum of legal matters in this area of the law ranging from business establishment and licensing to regulatory compliance. We have represented clients in transactions in the upstream, middle and downstream areas of the Oil & Gas value chain. 

We have advised various clients on numerous Energy Power generation projects including Hydro power dams in Western and Northern Uganda, Solar power projects and companies involved in distribution of solar kits and raising financing for renewable energy projects.

Although the Oil & Gas practice in Uganda is relatively new, KATS has quickly developed expertise in this practice area and has put together a multidisciplinary team of lawyers to accurately advise its clients. The Firm has been the natural choice and perfect fit for almost all parties seeking to explore, develop and grow Uganda's rich oil potential, as well as those seeking to acquire a stake in the concessions that have been issued by the Government of Uganda.

Further, our Firm has been retained to advise clients on matters relating to multi-billion dollar joint exploration agreements, day-to-day exploration and production activities, applications for grant of petroleum rights, compliance with the statutory and regulatory framework, acquisition of petroleum rights, business establishment and structuring, due diligence investigations and risk management.

Our Oil & Gas practitioners are highly skilled and competent to provide a full range of legal services in the  industry with respect to the acquisition, ownership and operation of production, refining, storage and transportation assets, including but not limited to:

  • Applications for the grant of petroleum rights and obtaining access to valuable upstream acreage.
  • Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, particularly in the upstream exploration and production sector.
  • Farm-ins and farm-outs of petroleum interests.
  • Midstream and downstream projects, such as refining.
  • Construction contracting using all forms of Engineering, Procurement and Construction contracts.
  • Host government contracts including Production Sharing Contracts, Risk Service Contracts and Royalty Tax Contracts.
  • Statutory and regulatory compliance.
  • Environmental and health and safety compliance.
  • Risk management through contracts and insurance.
  • Due diligence investigations and reports.
  • Creative tax planning advisory.
  • Operating agreements for both domestic and international clients.
  • Project structure and financing advisory.
  • Marketing arrangements
  • Post-project and ongoing development activities
  • Advised the Government of Uganda on the Billion dollar development and financing of Uganda's first ever oil refinery in conjunction with an interdisciplinary advisory team consisting of globally respected professionals in the oil and gas industry such as Taylor-DeJongh, Jacobs Consultancy and Eversheds.
  • Advised the Sessional Committee on Natural Resources of the Parliament of Uganda during the review of the Petroleum (Exploration Development and Petroleum) Bill.
  • Advised a Supermajor ("Big Oil") on its incorporation in Uganda.
  • Advised Supermajor ("Big Oil") on the Billion dollar acquisition of an oil concession from an international oil exploration company .
  • Advised Talisman Energy Inc. on its proposed bid for a stake in the oil interests in Uganda.
  • Advised Cairn India on its proposed bid for a stake in the oil interests in Uganda.
  • Advised Eni S.p.A on its proposed bid for assets belonging to Heritage Uganda.
  • Advised Swiber on its proposed interest to buy a stake in the oil interests in Uganda.
  • Advised Supermajor ("Big Oil") on the acquisition of all the fuel stations and business of Chevron (trading as Caltex Oil) in Uganda, a company with over 40 fuel stations in Uganda.
  • Advised Puma Energy on its proposed acquisition of Kenolkobil, the largest company in East Africa, a transaction worth Billions of dollars.
  • Advised Triton Petroleum Limited on its proposed acquisition of the business and assets of Petro Uganda Limited and undertook due diligence for this project.
  • Advised Shell Uganda Ltd on its acquisition of all the fuel stations and interests of Uganda Petroleum Ltd (UPET).
  • Advised Gapco Uganda limited on the acquisition of all the assets of Esso Petroleum in Uganda.

Key contacts

Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug +256-702-529-937
Ted Ssempebwa Associate Partner ted@kats.co.ug +256-776-806-175
Sophia Nampijja Senior Associate snampijja@kats.co.ug +256-414-233-770

We know that one of your most important relationships are those with your employers and employees.

Our Employment team advises on the full spectrum of employment issues and laws.

KATS advises corporate and individual clients (both domestic and foreign) on employment contracts, policies and procedures, handling redundancies and relations with trade unions, remuneration and incentive systems, pension funds and social security audits, expatriation.

We are adept at preparing and reviewing employment contracts, such as non disclosure, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, and advising on their enforceability. We offer counsel on legal issues running the gamut from recruitments to terminations, enforcement of post-termination obligations by former employees, non-competition covenants, protection of intellectual property, conducting investigations, compensation disputes.

We represent our clients in suits for discrimination and harassment claims, wrongful termination, worker's compensation in the event of personal injuries sustained by worker's during the course of employment, trade secret theft.

The Firm has done a lot of work including arbitration and actions relating to employee benefits and managerial compensation, primarily on behalf of large corporate bodies and has succeeded in concluding some of the largest class action employment suits in East Africa.  

Sample Transactions

  • Represented and secured a settlement for former employees of the East African Community valued at over USD 45 Million
  • Represented and secured a settlement for former employees of East African Airways valued at over USD 18.5 Million
  • Represented and secured settlements for former employees of Uganda Airlines.
  • Represented and secured a settlement on behalf of Bank of Uganda (the Central Bank) in claims brought by former Bank employees worth over USD 8 Million.
  • Represented, reviewed and prepared employee handbooks and manuals for numerous clients including but not limited to Warid Telecom, American Tower Corporation, Uganda Red Cross, Uganda Virus Research Institute, International Hospital Kampala, Kinyara Sugar Works.
  • Represented Kinyara Sugar works ' Uganda's largest sugar producer in negotiations with workers and out growers and secured negotiated settlement of employee disputes which prevented potential strike action
  • Represented Mcleod Russell Uganda, the Ugandan arm of the World's largest tea producer in all its negotiations with its employees and out growers which averted a potential strike and secured a settlement.
  • Represents Uganda Red Cross in various employee disputes regarding various officials in various branches across the country
  • Represented and secured settlement on behalf of Africa One Airlines and Dairo Air Services with all former employees
  • Participated in reviewing and drafting various legislation involving health and safety standards in the work place in Uganda including the Worker's Compensation Act,the Employment Act 2006
  • Prepared review of relevant legislation, safety handbooks, conducted training seminars for management and staff on legislation for various clients in the manufacturing sector including but not limited to Mcleod Russell, Kinyara Sugar Works, Nilefos Minerals, National Agricultural Research Association (NARO).                                                                   

Key contacts

Soogi Katende Partner soogi@kats.co.ug +256-414-233-770
Fred K. Businge Associate Partner fkbusinge@kats.co.ug +256-772-464-532
Brian K. Emurwon Principal Associate bkemurwon@kats.co.ug +256-792-332-489

KATS has done a tremendous amount of work protecting the rights of persons involved in film, television and music production.

Our lawyers offer counsel to directors, performers, producers, politicians, authors, radio personalities among others. We assist with contract drafting and intepretation, general tax and financial planning, investment strategy, recommendations. We regularly counsel clients regarding potential claims for defamation, invasion of privacy and advertising disputes.

We represent one of the leading newspaper dailies, the largest filming, editing and music production company in Uganda, the largest private commercial radio in Uganda and Uganda's leading theatrical and music group.

We help clients to license, enforce and defend their rights to music, photographs, videos, films, graphics, trademarks, advertising and other modes of content.

We liase with the Intellectual Property Team to  protect our client's content by obtaining and enforcing rights to copyrights, trademarks and service marks. We also represent licensees and licensors in transfers of rights to content.

Key contacts

Alice B. Namuli Associate Partner anamuli@kats.co.ug +256-752-246-442
Arthur M. Katende Principal Associate amk@kats.co.ug +256-794-372-357

The major emphasis of our Environmental practice is legal and regulatory compliance. This translates to aiding clients in obtaining, renewing and complying with permits and regulatory requirements for facility construction and operation. These include industries such as Oil & Gas production, transport, power generation, mining and waste management, telecommunication masts.

We have prepared numerous legal opinions for Uganda's National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) and National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS). We have also handled a number of due diligence exercises involving environmental audits of projects being undertaken by our clients.                                                              

Key contacts

Fred K. Businge Associate Partner fkbusinge@kats.co.ug +256-772-464-532
Judith N. Tumusiime Principal Associate jnamazzi@kats.co.ug +256-784-925-314

Competent legal advice is the best insurance you can ever have.

We represent several international and insurers, re-insurers, insurance intermediaries and do substantial insurance work including advising individuals and corporations intending to take out insurance, drafting insurance contracts and enforcement of insurance claims.

With more than fourty six (46) years’ experience in the field we have developed substantial contacts within the industry and its leading bodies, placing our team of expert insurance lawyers at the forefront of the sector.

Key contacts

Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug +256-702-529-937
Arthur M Katende Principal Associate amk@kats.co.ug +256-794-372-357

KATS' International Trade practice encompasses advisory services, regulatory compliance and enforcement, litigation and arbitration, interpretation of international agreements especially with regard to inco terms and regulation of foreign investment. Our indepth understanding of our clients industries enables us to render practical solutions and implementation strategies.

We assist our clients with international agreements under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and have expanded the scope of trade agreements to include areas such as; Intellectual Property, Insurance, Telecommunications, Transportation, Foreign Investment, Environmental Regulation interalia.

Key contacts

Arthur Ssempebwa Associate Partner aks@kats.co.ug +256-752-846-360
Alice N Blazevic Associate Partner anamuli@kats.co.ug +256-774-830-762

KATS is particularly noted for our leading practice in mining. 

We have built a wealth of experience advising the Ugandan Government, international and local clientele, coupled with excellent industry knowledge having worked with several mining companies. 

We have advised clients on how to secure prospecting, exploration, retention, location and mining licenses, how to to negotitate to secure funding for their mining activities, entering into joint ventures with foreign and local investors and counterparties and all legal and regulatory aspects relating to the mining operations including employment matters, export licenses and logistics.

For more information about the developments and opportunities in the mining sector in Uganda kindly download the attached flyer. 

For more information about the prevailing mining regimes and legislation in Uganda and across the African continent kindly download the Lex Africa Guide to Mining in Africa 2015

Key contacts

Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug +256-702-529-937
Sophia Nampijja Senior Associate snampijja@kats.co.ug +256-414-233-770

We work with you on your transaction from thought to finish.

Our Firm has the strength and depth and has consistently provided quality legal services to its local and international clients involved in M & A transactions, and restructurings in a cross section of sectors including Energy, Oil & Gas, Banking & Finance, Telecommunications, agriculture and retail. We routinely carry out due diligence processes and provide legal and tax assistance with regard to joint infrastructure and energy projects between the Private sector and Government.

We have represented both the Government and private investors and therefore bring a unique experience and can offer cogent advice having handled negotiations from both sides of the divide.

Sample Transactions

  • Advised a supermajor ("Big oil") entity and on its multi-billion dollar acquisition of an oil concession from another oil company in Uganda.
  • Lead Legal advisor to a supermajor ("Big oil") entity on the acquisition of all the fuel stations and business of Chevron (trading as Caltex Oil) in Uganda.
  • Advised ABSA on its multi-billion dollar acquisition of a 100% stake in Barclays Bank Uganda, as part of the group effort to streamline the African operations of Barclays and ABSA.
  • Advised Equity Bank on its 100% acquisition of Uganda's then largest microfinance institution, Uganda Microfinance Limited
  • Legal advisor to American Towers Corporation on all aspects of its multi-million acquisition of the tower business of MTN Uganda.
  • Advisor to Warid Telecom on its multi-million dollar sale of its tower business to Eaton Towers.
  • Advised Wal-Mart, the world's largest public company when it acquired Massmart a South African store chain with seventeen (17) representative stores in Africa, on all aspects of the acquisition of the Uganda subsidiary of Massmart, a transaction valued in millions of dollars.
  • Advised Mcleod Russel on its multi-million dollar purchase of Tea plantations owned by James Finlays Limited in Uganda.
  • Advised Telkom SA on its acquisition of Uganda Online and AFSAT Telecommunications Limited.
  • Advised AFSAT communications on its merger with Africa Online
  • Advised VTEL Limited on its proposed acquisition of majority shareholding of one of the leading telecommunications companies in Uganda.
  • Advised Shell Uganda Ltd on its acquisition of all the fuel stations and interests of Uganda Petroleum Limited (UPET).
  • Advised Gapco Uganda Limited on the acquisition of all the assets of Esso Petroleum in Uganda.

Key contacts

Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug +256-702-529-937
Soogi Katende Partner soogi@kats.co.ug +256-414-233-770
Alice N. Blazevic Associate Partner anamuli@kats.co.ug +256-752-246-442

The firm routinely executes numerous instructions for Non Governmental Organizations (NGO's) both domestic and international, from their incorporation to raising financing, compliance with the legal and regulatory framework and actual monitoring of their performance and general legal work.

We aid non profit clients in negotiating important contracts with partners and vendors of all kinds. We provide legal advice on relevant agreements and extensive experiene in minimising tax liability. We also assist with contract termination or enforce contract requirements with vendors, negotiate settlements and release of claims.

Key contacts

Ted Ssempebwa Associate Partner ted@kats.co.ug +256-776-806-175
Judith N. Tumusiime Principal Associate jnamazzi@kats.co.ug +256-784-925-314
Yusuf Kanyike Principal Associate ykanyike@kats.co.ug +256-772-860-182

The recent enactment of the Public Private Partnerships Act, 2015, provides a consolidated legal framework and institutional structures to regulate and streamline the development and implementation of PPPs in the country. Our Firm is at the cutting edge in handling projects in the PPP sector.

We offer innovative solutions to clients on all aspects of projects in different sectors such as: Oil & Gas pipelines, information and computer technology, telecommunication and telecommunication networks, road construction and highway maintenance, education, health care facilities, power and energy related facilities, agricultural processing industries, extraction and processing of mineral raw materials, tourist infrastructure facilities, sports and recreational facilities, public housing, court facilities to mention but a few.

We advise on every legal aspect from:

  • project assessment
  • procurement strategy,
  • tax structuring and planning
  • negotiating and drafting of project contracts and other documents
  • environmental planning and cleanups, risk allocation, financial structuring and documentation
  • insurance
  • operations and management
  • asset management
  • dispute resolution
  • consolidation and restructuring

Key contacts

Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug +256-702-529-937
Alice N Blazevic Associate Partner anamuli@kats.co.ug +256-774-830-762

This Firm is a frontrunner in the field of Project Finance.

KATS is highly regarded for its innovativeness in the area of Project Finance; aiding in finding long-term financing of infrastructure and industrial projects based upon the projected cash flows of the projects.

We act for several leading international corporate and investors and support them in all their financing transactions, making us the preferred advisers for major project finance transactions.

Key contacts

Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug +256-702-529-937
Arthur K. Ssempebwa Associate Partner aks@kats.co.ug +256-752-846-360
Sophia Nampijja Senior Associate snampijja@kats.co.ug +256-414-233-770

KATS executes a tremendous amount of conveyancing work which is one of its largest areas of practice.

We specialize in all kinds of land transactions including but not limited to; mortgages, charges, purchases, sales, leases, expropriated properties, transfers and all manner of litigation attendant thereto.  

We also advise foreign and local institutional investors, property developers, and surveyors and do a lot of due diligence work regarding development projects in Uganda.  We also act routinely for construction corporations, and we have acted as property and estate managers for landlords based locally and abroad.

Sample transactions

  • We are the sole external counsel for the  Buganda Land Board, the largest land owner in Uganda after the Central Government. We have handled all their land and compensation matters for the last 25 years.
  • Advised on the acquisition of land required to construct over 500 BTS site masts for an telecom client in less than six months dealing with over seven hundred fifty (750) different landlords.
  • Advised the world's largest tower operartor on the acquisition of land for over 1000 BTS a process involving dealing with over nine hundred (900) different land lords.
  • Handled all land compensation disputes during the consruction of telecom masts by Huawei Technology Limited for and on behalf of major telecom companies in Uganda.
  • Advised Spring Hills Ltd on its multi-million dollar real estate development projects and created the template followed on most major housing developments in the country.             

Key contacts

John W Katende Senior Partner jwk@kats.co.ug +256-414-233-770
Soogi Katende Partner soogi@kats.co.ug +256-414-233-770
Judith N. Tumusiime Principal Associate jnamazzi@kats.co.ug +256-784-925-314

"It has high calibre, dedicated and skilled staff...they have a good rapport with local regulators, the Bank of Uganda and the Capital Markets Authority." - IFLR 1000: Guide to the World's Leading Financial law Firms

Our team advises on all aspects of local and international securities offerings such as Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), cross border listing, bond listings financings, corporate governance and compliance issues for public companies. We have represented different stakeholders such as: issuers, underwriters, agents, investment and venture funds, investors, brokers.

The Firm represents clients in some of the most sophisticated and innovative capital raising transactions in the country and also routinely provides counsel to the Capital Markets Authority on the rules and regulations the Authority promulgates to regulate this sector in Uganda.

We have acted as legal and transaction advisors on:

  • the largest IPO in the history of Uganda
  • one of the first cross border listings in East Africa
  • the first mortgage based securitization in the East and Central Africa
  • the first capital raising transaction at the Rwanda OTC Market. 

We have, in executing these assignments, navigated the complex regulatory regime that governs our clients' businesses and in many instances we have helped to shape the legal practices that implemented and expanded those developments. Our practice and our clients' businesses have grown at an exponential rate as the capital markets continue to diversify.

Sample Transactions

Advisory

We were the legal advisors on the demutualisation of the Uganda Securities Exchange and have provided counsel to the Capital Markets Authority on various rules and regulations they have introduced over governing the operations of the capital markets and securities regime in Uganda.

Bond listings

  • We advised The African Development Bank on the largest bond listing on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE)  worth Billions of Shillings.
  • We advised The Eastern and Southern Africa Development Bank (“PTA Bank”) on its  Billion Shilling bond listed on the USE.
  • We advised the PTA Bank on the Ugandan aspects of its Billion dollar Euro Medium Term Note Programme.
  • We advised Banque Commericale du Rwanda on the introduction on the Rwanda OTC Market. This was the first capital raising transaction of its nature in Rwanda.
  • The Firm also advised PTA Bank on its Medium Term Note listing on the Rwanda Securities Exchange.
  • We advised DFCU Bank Limited while acting as the legal and transactional advisors on all aspects of its then proposed Billion shillings Bond Issue on the Uganda Securities Exchange. The proposed listing was eventually halted as the Bank decided to merge with a management company.

Cross Border Listing On The Uganda Securities Exchange

  • We advised Centum Investment Company Limited on its cross border listing on the USE.
  • We advised Equity Bank Limited on its cross border listing on the USE
  • We advised Kenya Airways on its cross border listing on the USE.

Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)

  • We advised DFCU Bank Ltd on its IPO and listing of its shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange, at the time the largest listing in the history of Uganda.
  • We advised Nile Bank Limited on its proposed listing on the USE which listing was halted when NIle Bank acquired by Barclays Bank of Uganda  on the eve of the listing.
  • We advised Kenya Airways on the Ugandan aspects of its IPO on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

Key contacts

Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug +256-702-529-937
Arthur M. Katende Principal Associate amk@kats.co.ug +256-794-372-357

The right tax advice can be the difference between the survival or failure of any business venture.

Our Firm advises clients on varied tax issues, with an emphasis on corporate advice including Takeovers, Mergers & Acquisitions, Reorganizations, and financing as well as tax planning for managing directors and shareholders. 

We provide specialized advice on several issues of local and international taxation with regard to resident and non-resident corporations and maintain close relationships with the four major audit firms and law firms not just in Uganda but in all the world's major financial centres and tax havens.

We serve as trusted counsel to various clients in all aspects of tax planning to enhance the tax efficacy of their transactions, to minimise their exposure, and help them comply with the tax regime.

We have represented and advised our clients in numerous tax related litigation matters before the High Court, Arbitration Tribunals, the Tax Appeal Tribunal; including multi-million dollar tax cases involving major oil players in the economy, alongside international law firms.

One of the Firm's Senior Partners, Prof. Edward F. Ssempebwa is widely acknowledged as one of Uganda's leading Tax Law specialists as he helped draft much of Uganda's basic tax legislation.

Key contacts

Prof. Edward F. Ssempebwa Senior Partner efs@kats.co.ug +256-414-233-770
Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug +256-702-529-937
Sophia Nampijja Senior Associate snampijja@kats.co.ug +256-414-233-770

Telecom, Media and Technology

"(The firm) maintains its reputation as a go-to firm for a variety of complex transactional work, including banking and telecom matters"   - Chambers and Partners: Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business.

This Firm has been very active in this practice area advising the Government of Uganda on the unbundling of its parastatal - Uganda Posts and Telecommunications- into three separate and independent entities, Uganda Telecom Ltd, Posta Bank, The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the Regulator in the telecom sector.

We advise various international telecommunications companies on multi-billion dollar acquisitions, due diligences, business structuring, licence transfers, response to consumer complaints and regulatory compliance and act as external legal counsel to many telecom companies in Uganda where our advice ranges from legal, regulatory and governmental compliance.

We regularly prepare and negotiate various contracts for our carrier clients like access contracts, customer contracts, agency and distribution agreements. Our Firm has also drafted and negotiated numerous tower facility leases for Telecom companies.

The Firm represents several large Telecom and Technology service providers including the local subsidiaries for several brand name international technology firms.

For a more detailed list of our Telecom, Media and Technology clients kindly contact us at kats@kats.co.ug  

Sample Transactions

  • Legal advisor to American Tower Corporation on all aspects of its multi-million dollar acquisition of the tower business of MTN Uganda.
  • Advisor to Warid Telecom on its multi-million dollar sale of its tower business to Eaton Towers.
  • Advisor to a local telecom provider on its proposed multi-million sale to a prospective investor
  • Advised another telecom provider on its corporate restructuring regarding another investor aiming to purchase a minority stake in the operator for Millions of dollars.
  • Advised AFSAT communications on its merger with Africa Online
  • Advised VTEL Limited on its proposed acquisition of majority shareholding of one of the leading telecommunications companies in Uganda.
  • Advised Telkom SA on its acquisition of Uganda online and AFSAT telecommunications Limited.    

Key contacts

Sim Katende Partner sim@kats.co.ug +256-712-529-937
Alice N. Blazevic Associate Partner anamuli@kats.co.ug +256-774-830-762
Arthur M. Katende Principal Associate amk@kats.co.ug +256-794-372-357

ABOUT KATS

We are a full service advisory Law Firm providing any and all legal and related advisory services in a variety of legal practice or business areas. KATS has over forty six (46) years' experience in the industry, providing world class legal services and has been consistently and internationally recognised year after year as the number one Law Firm in Uganda by Chambers and Partners: Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business, IFLR 1000 - Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms and the Legal 500 the benchmark league tables for lawyers worldwide.

Get in touch

  • Physical Address
    Radiant House
    Plot 20, Kampala Road
    P.O.Box 2344, Kampala
    Uganda
  • +256 - 414 - 233770/ 233908
  • kats@kats.co.ug