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Katende, Ssempebwa And Company
PO BOX 2344

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Head of KATS’ Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Oil & Gas, M&A and TMT practices


Partner and Head of Department


  • Sim is a Partner at the Firm and serves as the Head of KATS’ Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Oil & Gas, M&A and TMT practices.

    Sim is widely acknowledged and internationally recognised as one of the leading transactional lawyers in East Africa. He boasts of 20 years’ multi-jurisdictional practice experience having worked in New York, South Africa and Uganda

    Sim works collaboratively with global and emerging corporate leaders to execute complex transactions and achieve tax-efficient growth. Sim provides high-level insight into all aspects of complex transactions and brings clarity to time-sensitive and nuanced deals and issues.

    Sim has worked closely with most of the leading commercial law firms in East Africa, South Africa and the United Kingdom including most of the magic circle firms and has developed an excellent working relationship with many of the key transactional lawyers in these firms. He is known for strengthening bargaining positions and moving deals forward by understanding interests of all parties and all moving parts of complex transactions.

    Sim has structured, negotiated, and executed landmark multimillion-dollar deals and financial transactions in Uganda and  East and sub-saharan Africa in the fields of; Capital Markets, Banking, Telecom, Media & Technology, Insurance, Private Equity, PPPs, Energy, Oil & Gas, Project Finance  and Mergers & Acquisitions.

    Having handled some of the largest and most cutting edge transactions in Uganda, Sim has become a go to advisor for several local and multinational companies with new and unusually complex or large scale transactions in the region.

    Clients have come to rely on him to provide thoughtful analysis, plain English explanations of complex legal issues and to find creative solutions focused on overall business objectives.

    Sim is licensed to practice law as an Attorney and Counsellor-at-law in the State of New York as well as an Advocate, Commissioner For Oaths and a Notary Public in Uganda.

    Sim is also certified as a Commercial Arbitrator and Mediator by the Ugandan Center for Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADER).

    Sim sits on the boards of local entities of several multinational companies in Uganda, he is a member of the Uganda Law Society’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and an external examiner and guest lecturer at the Law Development Centre in Kampala, Uganda.  He also spends a large amount of time mentoring and training young lawyers.

  • New York State Board of Law Examiners – Certification (Bar course) – 1999
  • Law Development Center – Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice -1999
  • Centre For Arbitration & Dispute Resolution (CADER) – Mediator & Arbitrator’s Certification License Certification – 2002
  • Attorney and Counsellor at Law– State of New York, USA
  • Notary Public
  • Commissioner for Oaths
  • Advocate in the Republic of Uganda


English, Luganda


  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • East African Law Society
  • Uganda Law Society
  • Uganda Arbitration Society


  • Columbia University – Master of Laws (LL.M) with Distinction – 1999
  • Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar 
  • Awarded Sidney O. Friedmann Fellowship 
  • Makerere University – Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Hons) – 1998
  • Twice Dean’s List Scholar at Makerere University
  • ‘Winner’ – The Third All Africa Moot Court Competition
  • ‘Best Oralist’ &n


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Katende, Ssempebwa And Company

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.