Managing Partners: Yusufu Kagumire
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 12
Languages: English, Swahili
Kateera & Kagumire Advocates (formerly Hunter and Greig) established in 1903 is Uganda’s leading and most distinguished practice. The team consists of barristers, solicitors and attorneys of international repute, praised for their expertise in transactional advice and dispute resolution.
Over the course of 115 years, the firm has drawn from institutional memory and broad expertise to provide an unparalleled service across a range of specialised practice areas. The firm retains the largest and most diverse client base in Uganda with instructions from leading financial institutions, multi-national organisations, international agencies, state enterprises and non-governmental organisations.
Main Areas of Practice:
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The firm has vast experience in advising and representing clients at litigation, mediation and arbitral proceedings. The appellate team has advanced jurisprudence in matters related to banking, finance, property, energy contracts, employment disputes, pensions entitlement, judicial review, enforcement of foreign awards, constitutional matters, tax, health and the life sciences.
Banking, Finance & Projects:
Kateera and Kagumire is the nation’s leading banking and finance practice. Over the course of a century, the firm has offered advice on various transactions from asset-based mortgage securitisations to complex syndicated financing arrangements.
The firm is the largest securitisation practice dealing with personal mortgages, corporate debentures and other charges. Consequently, the firm is retained by financial institutions to advise on disputes, refinancing options, recoveries and administration.
The firm possesses unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise in advising on commercial and personal property transactions. It advises on all phases of the transaction from acquisition, development, leasing, financing and disposal of real estate.
The firm has developed expertise in the electricity sector. It advises on Power Purchase Agreements, acquisition of way leaves, project financing, hydro-electricity dam construction projects and sector regulatory compliance.
Oil & Gas:
The firm draws from its specialised qualifications and full service offering to provide comprehensive advice on legal, regulatory and policy considerations involved in the acquisition and development of assets.
Corporate Advisory Practice:
The firm advises leading local and foreign investors on incorporation, market entry strategies, formation of strategic partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, licensing, internal administration, bidding for public works, due diligence and regulatory compliance.
The firm advises on the protection accorded to patents, trademarks, copyright, design rights, utility models, licenses, trade secrets, technology transfer agreements, collective marks, plant breeders’ rights, highly specialised bio-technology rights, geographical indications and traditional knowledge. The firm further engages in objection proceedings, revocations, appeals against registration and actions for infringement at both administrative and judicial levels. With the assistance of public authorities, it has developed advanced expertise in the enforcement of remedies.
Health & Life Sciences:
The health and life sciences practice is divided into three sub sectors: medical research, drug development and medical malpractice claims. The team advises regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, non-governmental organisations and academic research institutions on the policy and legal issues that affect clinical practice, medical research and the development of drugs, biologics and devices.
Charity/Non-Governmental Organisations Practice:
The specialised services include registration of international NGOS and local affiliates, applications for taxexempt status, immigration and work permit applications, employment contracts; tax refunds; due diligence and accountability investigations and compliance with local regulations.
Tax Advisory & Resolution:
The firm provides advisory services to companies, international organisations and non-resident entities in relation to individual income tax, stamp duty, customs, value-added tax, deductibles, refunds, withholding, corporation tax, exemptions, transfer pricing, international tax structures and dispute resolution at administrative and judicial levels.
The firm advises providers and beneficiaries on all aspects of the policy. The firm provides guidance on risk mitigation, appropriate coverage ratios, claims, investigations, defences, subrogation and dispute resolution.
The firm is located on 10th Floor (Tall Tower), Crested Towers, Plot 16/17 Hannington Road in Kampala with well-facilitated and spacious Offices. The physical library and database offers the most significant private legal collection in the country drawn from several years of practice.