Katende, Ssempebwa & Co

General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for

A member of the LEX Africa legal network, this well-established firm is held in high esteem for its wide-ranging experience in complex commercial and corporate transactions. Notably active on prestigious cross-border mandates. Acts for a number of significant clients in the financial, oil and gas, energy and TMT sectors. Additionally involved in commercial litigation for major clients.


An appreciative client highlighted the firm's "keen understanding of our business and concentration on areas where the firm's services were most needed."

"They were good in their response times," mention other interviewees, adding that after completing the matter the team were "also good with their follow-up."

Notable practitioners

Professor Edward Frederick Ssempebwa co-founded the firm, where he is now a senior partner. Market commentators hold him in high regard: "He commands respect because of the work he's done over many years." A skilled litigator, he is also known for his tax expertise.

Senior statesman John Katende is highly regarded in this market, with interviewees pointing to his "contribution to shaping legal practice over the years." A founding partner at the firm, he is known for the breadth of his legal experience, spanning all aspects of corporate and commercial law.

Clients enjoy working with the esteemed Sim Katende and describe him as "pleasant to deal with and knowledgeable on commercial matters." He is experienced in banking and finance work, notably in the energy, oil and gas, and TMT arenas. Head of the corporate and commercial department, he is admitted to practice in both Uganda and the USA.