Sim Katende

Sim Katende is a Partner at KATS and heads the Firm’s Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commercial, Energy, OIl & gas, M&A and TMT practices.

Sim is widely acknowleged and internationally recognised as one of the leading transactional lawyers in East Africa. He boasts of over seventeen (17) years’ practice and multi-jurisdictional experience having worked in New York, South Africa and Uganda. He has and continues to handle numerous complex and commercial transactions across East and sub-saharan Africa.

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.

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 has handled landmark transactions in Uganda and the East African region 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 pioneering commercial 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.

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.

Career Highlights

Sim has consistently been internationally ranked as a Star Band 1 Transactional Lawyer by the Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers:

  • In the 2015 Edition, it was observed that; sources highlight Sim Katende’s ability to provide “practical solutions to problems.” One commentator added: “I find him to be one of the most brilliant lawyers in the market.”
  • In the 2014 Edition, the Guide stated that “Transactions expert Sim Katende heads the firm’s Corporate and Commercial department. He frequently handles market-leading M&A deals and is praised for his responsiveness and hard work.”
  • In the 2013 Edition, it was stated that, “Sim Katende heads the firm’s Corporate and Commercial department and is the key contact for transactional and securities related advice. He is a top choice for mandates with an international dimension, and is praised for his responsiveness.
  • The 2012 Edition lauded Sim Katende as a highly regarded transactional lawyer, with considerable experience in tax matters. He is described as ‘very commercial‘ and ‘a guy who gets things done.’
  • The 2011 Edition noted “Corporate specialist Sim Katende is ‘a deal maker who knows how to get things done.’ “
  • The 2010 Edition observed that ‘ The firm was 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: it advised China Development Bank on its UD112.5 million facility to Warid Telecom Uganda, and acted for Total on the merger and acquisition of Chevron’s assets in Uganda. Sim Katende led both those transactions and is a ‘vibrant, down-to-earth,eloquent lawyer who always produces results.’
  • In the 2009 Edition, Sim receives unanimously positive feedback with clients describing him as ‘absolutely ace – he’s incredibly quick at working through problems and providing outstanding and innovative advice.
  • According to the 2008 Edition, Sim Katende is regarded by market sources as one of the ‘next generation of leaders’ and is a flourishing presence at the firm. He has been handling a lot of the firm’s workload: ‘Work has his signature all over it’ one peer commented, whilst clients regard him as ‘excellent, switched on and particularly good at handling securitisations.’
  • Ranked as a Star Transaction Lawyer by IFLR 1000: Guide to the World Leading Financial Law Firms:
  • Sim is ranked as a leading lawyer in its 2015 and 2014 Editions.
  • He is described by peers in the 2013 Edition as “the most respected lawyer...he really is very, very professional and a very rare lawyer”.
  • In the 2012 Edition a commentator noted that ’Sim Katende is the manthey (the firm) have a very good work stream.’
  • In the 2011 Edition, in highlight M & A deals, it was noted that Sim Katende advised Warid Telecom Uganda and its main shareholders (Warid Telecom and Warid Uganda Holding) on a multi-million dollar sale of a majority interest to Essar Group. Sim was lauded as a leading lawyer.
  • In the 2010 Edition, one client stated, ‘Sim Katende is a very bright guy, certainly one of the brightest lawyers in Uganda.’
  • In the 2009 Edition, Sim was recognized for his invaluable contribution to the market.