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Partners: Barnabas Tumusingize, James Mukasa Sebugenyi, Joseph Luswata, Nicholas Ecimu, Moses Segawa, Gertrude Wamala Karugaba, Andrew Munanura Kamuteera, Alice Nalwoga, Michael Mafabi and Paul Mbuga

Firm Overview:
Sebalu & Lule is a leading business law firm in Uganda. It is a full-service commercial law firm with expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, projects and infrastructure, corporate and commercial law, power (energy, oil and gas and mining), employment and employee benefits, tax, telecommunications and technology, real estate and commercial dispute resolution. Sebalu & Lule is a member of the DLA Piper Africa Group. The DLA Piper Africa Group is an alliance of leading independent law firms working together across Africa.

Main Areas of Practice:

Finance & Banking:
■  Acting as local counsel to Trade and Development Bank for the US$ 30.5 million limited recourse financing of the development of a luxury hotel in Uganda
■ Advised Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on the Ugandan-law aspects of the transfer of OPIC’s functions, personnel, assets, and liabilities to the United States International Development Finance Corporation
■ Acted as local counsel to Standard Chartered Bank London, FMO, European Investment Bank and BNP Paribas, as the outgoing lenders, in connection with the US$ 403 million project re-financing of the 250 MW Bujagali II hydro power project
■ Acting for the Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) for a US$ 11.5 million project financing to the developer of a 9.6 MW run-of-river hydropower plant
Contact: Barnabas Tumusingize
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Alice Nalwoga-Atwine
Email: [email protected]

Corporate, Commercial & M&A:
■ Advised NC Bank Uganda in relation to its horizontal merger (by way of a transfer of business) with Commercial Bank of Africa Uganda
■ Advising Centenary Rural Development Bank, Uganda’s largest indigenous bank, on a corporate reorganisation by which the bank is altering its corporate structure by creating a holding company, transferring the banking business undertaking to a banking subsidiary and forming specialist subsidiaries
■ Acted for Nakasero Hospital, a leading private hospital, and the disposing majority shareholder for a combined US$ 10.6 million equity purchase and share subscription by Investment Fund for Health in Africa II
■ Advising an Asian financial services group on its proposed acquisition of a 71% stake in a leading microcredit bank in Uganda in a competitive auction
■ Advising the target in relation to a proposed 100% equity acquisition by a top-ten ranked Kenyan commercial bank
■ Advising MTN Uganda Limited, Uganda’s largest telecommunications company, on the renewal process for its telecommunications license
Contact: Gertrude Wamala Karugaba
Email: [email protected]

Projects & Infrastructure:
■ Acting for the National Social Security Fund (as the private counterparty) for the development of a multimillion-dollar government campus on a public-private partnership basis (build, own and transfer) with the Government of Uganda
■ Advising AMEA Power on the establishment of a 10 MW solar power plant in Uganda
■ Acting for Metier Private Equity South Africa and African Clean Energy Solutions for the establishment of a grid-connected 20 MW biomass power plant
■ Acting as local counsel to a strategic governmentbacked private equity investor in connection with the proposed indirect acquisition of a 99% equity interest in a mini hydro-electric power station
■ Advising a solar energy developer and project sponsor on the involuntary acquisition of a further 50% equity interest in a solar power station in Uganda
■ Advised the sponsors on the disposal of a 100% equity interest in a 10 MW solar power plant to a consortium of Asian-based renewable energy developers
Contact: Nicholas Ecimu
Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets:
■ Acted as Ugandan counsel to Vivo Energy plc in connection with Vivo Energy plc’s listing on the London Stock Exchange, and to listing and trading as a secondary inward listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
■ Acted as legal advisor to dfcu Limited, a financial services group, on its US$ 55 million rights issue and listing of additional shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange
■ Advised the Uganda Securities Exchange on its demutualization (conversion from a member-owned exchange to a self-regulating for-profit entity)
Contact: Gertrude Wamala Karugaba
Email: [email protected]

Employment & Employee Benefits:
■ Acted for African Field Epidemiology Network in landmark proceedings before the Court of Appeal which clarified the jurisdictional basis of the Industrial Court and the scope of statutory and common law remedies that can be awarded in an unfair dismissal claim
■ Advising Centenary Rural Development Bank, Uganda’s largest indigenous bank, on the transfer of employment aspects of its corporate reorganisation
■ Advised a telecommunications-sector regulated entity on an employee restructuring
■ Advised a leading insurance company on the resolution of its retirement benefits scheme
■ Advised a reproductive health organization on the corporate reorganization of its operational entities in Uganda resulting into a merger of operations into one entity, including the migration of employees into one single entity and a number of redundancies
Contact: Moses Segawa
Email: [email protected]

Tax/Tax Disputes:
■ Acting for Vivo Energy Uganda in appellate proceedings before the Commercial Court relating to a dispute over the tax treatment of advance rent and premium on lease properties
■ Acting for TOTAL E&P, Tullow Operations and CNOOC Uganda in a complex, multi-million-dollar tax dispute with the Uganda Revenue Authority
■ Acting for British American Tobacco Uganda in a tax dispute with the Uganda Revenue Authority arising out of the tax treatment of royalties paid in respect of the importation and sale of a premium cigarette brand
■ Advised British American Tobacco Uganda in proceedings before the Tax Appeals Tribunal to challenge the implementation of digital stamps regulation by the revenue authority
Contact: Joseph Luswata
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution (Litigation and Arbitration):
■ Acted for Stanbic Bank in proceedings before the Court of Appeal which examined the validity of loan facilities granted to an undeclared illiterate
■ Acting for dfcu Bank Limited in defending high-value litigation arising out of dfcu Bank’s purchase of the assets and assumption of liabilities of Crane Bank Limited (following the placement of Crane Bank Limited into receivership by the Central Bank)
■ Acting for the Central Bank in connection with a landmark breach of trust and fiduciary duty claim against the former shareholder of a distressed financial institution and a related party to the shareholder
■ Acting as Ugandan counsel for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in defending breach of contract claims (over US$ 100 million) brought by transport contractors
■ Acting for TOTAL E&P, Tullow Operations and CNOOC Uganda in a landmark and complex lawsuit that challenges the validity and legality of exploration and production licences issued to the oil companies, including a challenge of the Government of Uganda’s constitutional trustee ownership of mineral resources
■ Acting for AkzoNobel NV in relation to a landmark trademark cancellation claim against business competitor
Contact: James Mukasa Sebugenyi
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Joseph Luswata
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Michael Mafabi
Email: [email protected]