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Katende, Ssempebwa & Co

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Managing Partner: John W Katende
Senior Partner: Professor Frederick Ssempebwa
Number of partners: 11
Number of lawyers: 22
Number of Dual qualified Lawyers: 5
Languages: English, Luganda, Swahili

Firm Overview:
Katende, Ssempebwa & Co. was established in 1969 and is the largest and leading law firm in Uganda boasting of some of the most highly trained and experienced lawyers in the region, several of whom are licensed to practice in Uganda, New York and the United Kingdom.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Energy, Oil & Gas:
Advises emerging and established oil companies on a wide spectrum of legal matters.

  • Advising the Lenders to the East African Crude Oil Pipeline(EACOP)
  • Advised the Government of Uganda on the Billion dollar development and financing of Uganda's first ever oil refinery .
  • 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.

Banking & Finance:
The firm's practice includes but is not limited to: fintech (a developing industry in Uganda, utilising technology to improve activities in the finance realm, for instance mobile banking and cryptocurrency), agency banking, Islamic finance, 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.

Telecommunications: 
The firm advises various international telecommunications companies on multi-billion dollar acquisitions, due diligences, business structuring, licence transfers, regulatory compliance and act as external legal counsel to many telecom companies in Uganda.

Employment & Labour Law:
The firm advises clients on dismissals, and terminations, employment contracts, redundancies and restructurings, remuneration and incentive systems, pension funds and social security audits.

M&A, Corporate Restructurings & Privatisations:
The firm provides quality legal services to clients involved in M & A transactions, and restructurings in a cross section of sectors.

Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Patents & Product Liability:
The firm has a thriving and dedicated IP department that handles all aspects of intellectual property including trademark and patent application procedures, declarations of use and renewal of the same, due diligence, licensing, franchising, merchandising agreements and anti-counterfeiting.

Real Estate & Conveyance:
The firm specialises 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.

Tax:
The firm is a top-ranking Tax Law Firm in Uganda, providing a complete set of tax compliance and advisory services to assist our clients navigate through both routine and complex business transactions. 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.

Aviation:
The firm represents numerous international and domestic airlines in aircraft purchases, sales, leasing and financing, certification and registration and cargo and baggage claims. Also handle the litigation matters for our airline clients

Non-Profit Organisations:
Routinely advises both domestic and international (NGO)s from their incorporation to raising financing, compliance with the legal and regulatory framework and actual monitoring of their performance and general legal work

Bankruptcy & Liquidation:
Routinely handle 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.

PPPs and Project Finance:
The firm offers 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 to mention but a few.

AI & Blockchain: 
The firm was one of the first legal industry players to acknowledge and embrace the technological revolution ushered in by the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain. It has an entire department devoted to serve the needs of its clients in this sector, or those that are curious about it.

Entertainment, Media & Sports:
KATS has done a tremendous amount of work protecting the rights of persons involved in film, television and music production. It protects the rights of leading singers and songwriters in Uganda.

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Edward Frederick Ssempebwa
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