Firm Profile > ENSafrica > Kampala, Uganda


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Under the leadership of Phillip Karugaba, ENSafrica’s Uganda office goes from strength to strength, continuing to expand its market share while also maintaining longstanding relationships with existing clients. 2018 was a busy year for the team; its banking and finance and corporate departments saw particularly high volumes of work. In a recent highlight, a team led by Bernard Katureebe advised Netherlands Development Finance Company on the financing of a 15MW hydro-power dam. Rachel Musoke’s expertise includes banking and real estate; Donald Nyakairu draws on over 30 years’ experience in corporate and commercial matters, particularly in the TMT space; and Rehema Nakirya Ssemyalo specialises in M&A, private equity and corporate restructurings.

The firm: ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and more than 200 years of experience in high-level, complex commercial work. The firm’s focus is on what’s best for the client and striving for excellence, in both offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients’ preferences and pricing structures.

While many recognise the unique opportunities for trade, investment and growth that Africa represents, predicting in-country and across-region risks is not easy, particularly given the rate of exponential change impacting multiple indicators, whether economic, political, technological or social. ENSafrica is an independent law firm with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa and Mauritius. The firm offers clients many years’ accumulated know-how and solid experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.

ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, as well as practitioners who are fluent in African and international languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Portuguese and Swahili. The firm also has a dedicated Asia practice group.

Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.

Recent work:

  • Advising Barclays Africa Group Limited on its complex and high-profile GB£765m separation from Barclays plc, which spans the United Kingdom and ten African countries.
  • Acted as lead counsel to leading African communications company Vodacom Group Limited in its transformative cross-border acquisition of a 34.94% indirect interest in the premier East African telecommunications operator, Safaricom Limited, valued at ZAR35bn.
  • Advised Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (“AB InBev”) on its US$106bn acquisition of the entire issued share capital of SABMiller plc, which triggered merger notification obligations in a number of jurisdictions globally, including Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia.
  • Advising Southern African FMCG giant Tiger Brands Limited on the strategic protection, maintenance and enforcement of its 2 000+ trade marks and other IP assets across 95 jurisdictions.
  • Acting for investment companies First Global Funds Limited PCC and Weston International Asset Recovery Company Limited in a US$829m lawsuit, believed to be the largest in Mauritian courts to date and which forms part of one of the biggest fraud cases in the African/Asian region.
  • Advised energy and commodities company Vitol Upstream Ghana Ltd and its parent company on the development and financing of the Offshore Cape Three Points integrated oil and gas facility and the sale of gas. This US$7.6bn project is, arguably, the biggest gas investment in the West African sub-region.
  • Acting as lead South African legal advisor to global precious metal mining group Sibanye Gold Limited in its US$2.65bn transformative cross-border acquisition of NYSE-listed Stillwater Mining Company, the only United States PGM miner.
  • Advised the largest non-food retailer in South Africa, the Edcon Group, on its complex ZAR28bn debt restructure, which involved operations in several African jurisdictions.
Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate commercial/M&A
Banking and finance
Capital markets: debt and equity
Infrastructure, project development and project finance
Regulatory: anti-trust/competition, mining, health and safety, and environment
Number of lawyers : 400+
Other offices : Accra
Other offices : Cape Town
Other offices : Dar es Salaam
Other offices : Durban
Other offices : Johannesburg
Other offices : Kigali
Other offices : Port Louis
Other offices : Stellenbosch
Other offices : Swakopmund
Other offices : Walvis Bay
Other offices : Windhoek