Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants

General Business Law Department

Uganda
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What the team is known for Premier Ugandan firm with a strong bench of sought-after professionals. Engaged for a formidable range of mandates including project finance, PPP, domestic and regional M&A, and corporate restructuring. Has a strong following of clients in the banking sector, as well as standout names in telecoms, energy and power. The team also has noteworthy experience representing clients involved in commercial disputes. Supported through its membership of renowned legal alliance DLA Piper Africa.

Strengths Interviewees identify the firm as "definitely leaders in Uganda," with one asserting that "they stand out with their approach to legal practice" and "are very easy to work with."

Clients consider the firm a "go-to" in the market and appreciate its cross-border capabilities, saying: "They have a platform that we can use in other jurisdictions."

Work highlights Acted for Sinohydro on the procurement process, financing and contractual negotiations for the USD2.2 billion Karuma hydropower dam.

Notable practitioners

Barnabas Tumusingize has cultivated an excellent reputation in the Ugandan market and is particularly known for his stellar work in the banking and finance sector. A distinguished and esteemed practitioner, sources value his approach to client service and local experience.

Gertrude Karugaba is recognised by market commentators for her "amazing work" in corporate and commercial law, particularly regarding corporate restructuring. One client lauded her as a "very knowledgable and skilled" lawyer.

Esteemed disputes lawyer James Mukasa Sebugenyi is a highly experienced litigator with substantial experience representing clients in a range of commercial disputes. He frequently handles intellectual property challenges and landmark challenges to Ugandan legislation.

Clients identify Moses Segawa as an attorney who is "very knowledgable on labour issues." Heading up the firm's employment and benefits practice, he focuses on the labour aspects associated with corporate restructurings and mergers, as well as collective dismissals.

Nicholas Ecimu is a well-respected attorney with acclaimed projects and construction expertise, including invaluable experience providing finance, procurement and contractor-focused advice.