John W Katende is one of the two Founding Partners and Senior Partners of KATS. He is also the Firm’s Managing Partner.
His experience spans over forty-six years practice in Uganda and the East and Central African region.
In his career, Mr. Katende has been involved in any and everything that has to do with law and legal practice in Uganda. Ask any judge or legal practitioner and with unanimity, they concur that without doubt Mr. Katende is one of the finest lawyers in the country’s history.
Mr. Katende has lectured law at Uganda’s premier tertiary institution, Makerere University and has served as an external examiner for the Universities of Dar-es-Salaam, Zambia, Malawi and Nairobi for several years. He has authored many a learned treatise including ‘The Law of Business Associations in East and Central Africa’ which is one of the leading texts in all the law schools across East and Central Africa.
His distinguished career in the academic field is rivalled by equal merit in the practice of law. He has been involved in a lot of groundbreaking and law-creating litigation that has significantly contributed to the evolution of jurisprudence and legal practice in Uganda. Outside the courtrooms, Mr. Katende has been involved in the structuring and planning of many of the largest commercial ventures in Uganda and he continues to routinely advise leading commercial concerns in Uganda on a day-to-day basis.
He has over the years developed expertise in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration, Corporate and Commercial Law, Capital Markets, Banking & Finance, International Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions.
He has served in various capacities as a Director or as Chairperson of the Boards of several large domestic and multinational corporations. For over thirteen (13) years, Mr. Katende was the Honorary Attorney General and Chief Legal Advisor to the Kingdom of Buganda and to His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda. He was also the Chairperson of the Buganda Constitutional Review Commission.
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