Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants

General Business Law Department

Uganda
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What the team is known for

Prestigious full-service law firm which provides specialist expertise and strength across departments. Highly regarded bench with notable prowess in corporate law. Experienced in advising banks and financial institutions on mandates such as capital markets, corporate restructuring and project finance. Acts on big-ticket work in the telecommunications, infrastructure and energy sectors for domestic and multinational corporations. Associated with the DLA Piper Africa alliance.

Strengths

Impressed clients describe the characteristics of the team as "integrity, professionalism, discretion, attention to detail and knowledge."

Other market commentators have equally positive experiences of working with the group: "They were responsive in terms of timeliness, their report was good and they highlighted the issues well."

Work highlights

Advised Stanbic Bank Uganda on its corporate reorganisation, involving approximately USD1.4 billion of assets. The mandate included the creation of a holding company structure and required approval from both the Central Bank of Uganda and the South African Reserve Bank.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Barnabas Tumusingize impresses interviewees in his role at the firm, where he notably advises major banks. "He runs a pretty tight ship," admire sources, adding that they find him "absolutely brilliant" and appreciate his client service. "A superb litigation lawyer," he continues to receive praise for his work in both commercial transactions and disputes.

The "brilliant" Gertrude Karugaba attracts high praise from interviewees for her expertise in capital markets. Clients appreciate her "articulate and precise" style, and add that she is "fantastic for M&A transactions." Her recent highlights include advising Stanbic Bank Uganda on its extensive corporate reorganisation.

Partner James Mukasa Sebugenyi impresses interviewees as an experienced litigator. He has acted as commercial litigation counsel for Barclays Bank of Uganda and British American Tobacco Uganda. He also represented AkzoNobel in trade mark cancellation proceedings against Kansai Plascon.

Moses Segawa continues to garner praise for his expertise in employment law and employee benefits. His practice includes advising prestigious corporate clients, as well as governmental agencies, on complex contentious and non-contentious matters in this sector.

Nicholas Ecimu is well regarded in this market, with interviewees noting his significant profile in project development and financing. A satisfied client sang his praises: "He personally handled our litigation issues and we had considerable success with him." He advised Sinohydro Corporation, the EPC contractor, on the USD2.2 billion Karuma hydropower dam.