Rankings & Accolades

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The Firm is singled out as a good choice for foreign companies looking to do business in Uganda, and this reputation is reflected in the group's impressive deals sheet."

⦿ An appreciative client highlighted the firm's "keen understanding of our business and concentration on areas where the firm's services were most needed."

⦿"They were good in their response times," mention other interviewees, adding that after completing the matter, the team were "also good with their follow-up."

⦿"Clients appreciate the 'responsive and informed' nature of the service, and value the fact that 'we are always treated with the utmost care and respect."

⦿ "Commentators praised the firm's 'unprecedented level of work, professionalism and sheer commitment' during the landmark constitutional petition to abolish the death penalty in Uganda."

⦿ "One client enthused: "The team has an excellent understanding of the commercial as well as the legal aspects of the transaction. They understand and appreciate our commercial needs."

⦿ "Sources describe the Firm as "one of the most reputable firms in the country."

⦿ "Go-to practice for clients in the financial sector seeking advice on commercial transactions. Leading team with renowned capabilities in banking, corporate and financing mandates. Has expertise in both contentious and advisory matters. Additional experience in assisting international corporations, particularly those in the telecom sector, with multi-jurisdictional deals."

⦿ Described as one of the longest-established practices in Uganda, "this Firm continues to be one of the most dominant in the market. Sources appreciate the depth of expertise on offer and the international background that the team brings to its work."

⦿ "The 24 - lawyer team is distinguished by its wealth of resources: "They don't just assign you one lawyer - I have three other people I can call if I can't get hold of the key partner."

⦿ 'Market sources affirm that this ‘well established and respected’ firm founded in 1969 is a top-class outfit with very strong individuals.Clients appreciate the ‘responsive and informed’ nature of the service, and value the fact that ‘we are always treated with the utmost care and respect’.

⦿ Peers feel that the Firm houses ‘some of the best-trained senior lawyers in the country’ adding; ‘They have some high-quality young people as well.’ This Firm, the largest and oldest in the country, is particularly admired for its pro bono and cross-border work.'

⦿ "Still the ‘best known firm in town’ this practice is admired not only for its excellent Commercial and Corporate departments, but also for its senior partners’ contributions to academic life, governmental reviews and constitutional law."

⦿ This long established firm continues to take a leading role in top-level work, and advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues.

⦿ "A top-tier Firm." "They've done really good work - very thoughtful and helpful."

⦿ "Katende Ssempebwa has one of the best reputations. ‘It is the oldest Firm in the market and heavily respected for its longevity and the calibre of lawyers at the senior level,’ says a peer. ‘Their depth, reputation and level of expertise is top class’ says another."

⦿ "With over 40 year’s experience in the market and 24 full-time lawyers on board, this Firm is the country’s oldest and largest, and provides ‘thoughtful and effective advice’. The team’s depth ensures it can provide the full range of services to clients, who appreciate that the lawyers ‘can handle multiple complex cases without any disruptions."

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Katende, Ssempebwa is as close as you get to a market leader in Uganda. The Firm is very well established and very reputable and is the first port of call on big ticket deals for many international firms and global companies."

⦿ "The Firm is probably the most visible on energy and infrastructure projects and it is also the most often recommended port-of-call for international clients."

⦿ "Katende, Ssempebwa & Co. is one of the oldest and largest Firms. They have been around for a very long time and virtually all of us were part of the Firm and learnt our law there...it is a brand and an aura."

⦿ "This Firm has maintained a significant and pioneering presence in all areas of general and specialised transactional and litigation practice."

⦿ "Most of the more challenging legal problems and assignments in Uganda have been handled by the Firm and many of the Firm's lawyers have behind them, a wealth of experience and backgrounds that have collectively enabled the Firm to pool its resources and consistently give comprehensive advice, even in the most unusual circumstances."

⦿ "Its lawyers have received their legal training from the leading universities in the world and therefore have the unique capability to handle matters in a manner that incorporates and balances legal considerations of various jurisdictions."

⦿ "Their depth, reputation and level of expertise is top class."

⦿ Katende Ssempebwa & Co. is the country's longest standing premier league corporate commercial firm. The team boasts impressive credentials and includes numerous dual or triple qualified lawyers, as it encourages all its members to get a second degree. It is the biggest full service firm in terms of numbers and a member of the LexAfrica network.

⦿ "The qualification and background of the senior and junior partners was impressive, they have a strong presence across all Africa with their network and every person we talked to had good things to say about them".

⦿ "It has high calibre, dedicated and skilled staff..they also have a good rapport with local regulators, the Bank of Uganda and the Capital Markets Authority,"

⦿ "You are also sure that their reputation will not be undermined, there are no skeletons in the closet."

⦿ Katende, Ssempebwa ‘is a very prominent Firm in the country.’ The Firm is part of the LexAfrica network, which allows it relationships with foreign firms such as Werksmans in South Africa

⦿ "Katende Ssempebwa has one of the best reputations. ‘It is the oldest Firm in the market and heavily respected for longevity and the calibre of lawyers at the senior level."

⦿ "Katende, Ssempebwa & Co. is firmly in the premier league of corporate and financial firms."

⦿ "The Firm boasts expertise in banking and corporate mandates and draws on the skills of some of the most highly trained lawyers in Uganda."

Legal 500

The Firm is ranked as a leading firm by the Legal 500. The publication writes:

Full-service firm Katende, Ssempebwa And Company has a diverse client base that includes leading banks, insurance companies, airlines, energy companies and NGOs, among others. Commercial litigation is a particular strength, and the firm stands out for its ability to take on complex public interest litigation. Senior partners Fredrick Ssempebwa and John Katende and corporate and commercial expert Sim Katende are leading figures in the team.

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