Katende, Ssempebwa and Company Advocates (KATS) was ranked as a Band 1 Firm by Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms in its 2020 Global Legal rankings, released on the 13th February, 2020.
KATS is honoured to be recognized as a Band 1 Leading Firm. The Publication notes that KATS is a
‘pre-eminent local law firm renowned for its long-established presence in the Ugandan market. Acts on an impressive spread of mandates, from banking advice and project finance, to telecoms investment and infrastructure development. Additional notable capabilities in dispute resolution, particularly in tax and commercial litigation. Benefits from its membership of the LEX Africa legal network, an alliance comprising firms from across the continent.’
One client praised the firm for being “very strong in the banking sector” and for its “great network of young lawyers.”
Notable practitioners singled out by Chambers include:
Founding partner John Katende, who the Publication notes, is a highly respected individual in the Ugandan market with over 50 years’ experience. He continues to be consulted for advice on both corporate mandates and litigious proceedings.
The Publication comments that co-founder Edward Frederick Ssempebwa is an esteemed individual in Uganda. Peers hold him in high regard for his wealth of experience in tax law and commercial litigation.
Chambers observes that Sim Katende is widely acknowledged as a leading light in corporate and commercial mandates, spanning a broad range of sectors including energy, oil and gas, infrastructure and banking. One source valued his “brilliant mind,” commending him as “approachable, agile and a great lawyer.”
Alice Namuli Blazevic is labelled as “one to watch,” with sources recognising her strengths in TMT work, particularly in the IT sector. One peer noted that she is “increasingly relied on by her firm as part of the next generation” of lawyers.
Chambers ranks the lawyers by carrying out thousands of in-depth interviews with clients in order to assess the reputations and expertise of business lawyers worldwide. The qualities considered (and which determine rankings) include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.