Who We Are

Founded 1969

Our Vision

To be the “go-to” law firm for our clients’ most important matters in East Africa.


Our Mission

To exceed our clients’ expectations by constantly improving our client care and providing timely, affordable and creative solution – oriented advice.

⦿ Founded in 1969. We are celebrating 55 years of providing world class legal and advisory services in 2024!

⦿ Founding Partners are John W. Katende and Prof. Frederick Ssempebwa.

⦿ Uganda’s largest and leading law firm. Over sixty (60) full time legal and support staff

⦿ Full service law firm providing all legal and advisory services categorised under: Transactional & Advisory, Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Business Support and Pro bono.

⦿ Internationally ranked as the number one law firm in Uganda year after year by Chambers and Partners: Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers For Business, IFLR 1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms and the Legal 500; the premier benchmark league tables for lawyers worldwide.

⦿ Unparalleled client roster. Our major clientele comprise of major international and local corporations, financial institutions, the Government of Uganda and other nations, non-governmental organisations, airlines, oil companies, insurance companies, cutting edge technology firms, most of the prominent individuals in the nation’s economy and other sectors.

⦿ Member of LEXAfricaAfrica’s first and largest Legal Alliance comprising of over six hundred (600) lawyers in twenty five (25) jurisdictions across Africa.

⦿ Boasts of talented, highly qualified and experienced lawyers some of whom, uniquely in this market :

¤ Recognized as market leaders in their areas of expertise and specialization.

¤ Are dual qualified and licensed to practice in the State of New York, London and across East Africa.

¤ Graduated from some of the world’s leading law schools including Harvard, Columbia, Cambridge, London School of Economics etc.

¤ Have had practical legal training at other world renown international firms like Slaughter & May, Hogan Lovells, Eversheds, Doughty Street Chambers, Covington & Burling and Morse, Barnes-Brown Pendleton.

KATS has the size, strength and resources to provide quality results and has been a leading advisor on many ground breaking transactions that raise new and complex questions of law that have never been addressed in this region.

We have consistently been the number one choice for clients with groundbreaking and unusually challenging transactions in the region and are a major player in the facilitation of the legal and economic development of the East African Community.