Integrity Relationship Excellence
Ruth Sebatindira is a Senior Counsel and served as President Uganda Law Society (2013 – 2016).
Ruth has built her expertise out of twenty three years’ commercial litigation and transactions advisory assignments mainly in; corporate insolvency, company/shareholder disputes and lender enforcement actions. Other areas of expertise include: tax and corporate advisory, intellectual property and commercial projects contracts and negotiations.
Current assignments comprise of tax and corporate advisory majorly in financing agreements, oil agreements, energy transactions and Infrastructure. Also working on reorganizations, joint ventures and due diligence’s relating to various acquisition deals.
Ruth Sebatindira is a Commissioner at the Judicial Service Commission which advises the President of Uganda on the appointment of Judges, exercises disciplinary control over Judicial officers and advises on the administration of Justice in Uganda. In this role, Ruth focuses on improving access to justice and restoring judicial integrity.
Ruth helped to set up the Women Lawyers Committee at the Uganda Law Society in 2011, and served as its first Chair. Ruth is a regular speaker at women’s and leadership conferences. She mentors young professionals in their careers and leadership journey. Ruth also speaks to children in schools about responsible leadership.
As Board Chair, Special Olympics Uganda, Ruth works to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities through Olympic-type sports.
Ruth has an LLM from The University of Manchester, UK. She is a member of Uganda Law Society, East Africa Law Society, International Bar Association, International Fiscal Association and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
Kabiito Karamagi, currently the Managing Partner of the Firm, is an advocate of seventeen years standing, and specializes in corporate insolvency and restructures. As one of Uganda’s leading Insolvency practitioners, Kabiito has been at the centre of major corporate debt restructures and turnarounds in Uganda. He also served as a Government of Uganda Consultant on the reform of the laws governing Corporate, individual and cross border insolvency.
He is also an expert in leasing law and has been retained by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation on numerous occasions to undertake various consultancy assignments on finance leasing in Rwanda and Cameroun. A seasoned and respected litigator, his wide experience includes representing financial institutions in creditor enforcement claims; serving as Lead Counsel of a consortium of lawyers and successfully representing the electricity regulator in the biggest regulatory dispute in Uganda; and successfully representing dissatisfied bidders for two of the largest infrastructure projects in Uganda.
Kabiito is a Fellow of INSOL International. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) Hons. from Makerere University, Kampala and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (DIP.LP) from Law Development Centre, Kampala.
Partner Finance, Power and Infrastructure practice
Joshua heads Ligomarc’s Finance, Power and Infrastructure practice under which he oversees the Firm’s advisory on infrastructure transactions. Joshua is a leading financial lawyer in Uganda of seventeen years standing. He has significant experience in providing financial and infrastructure law advisory, including advisory on development and restructuring of electricity projects, advice on compliance and regulatory issues, and project finance.
Prior to joining Ligomarc, Joshua worked within Uganda’s Financial Services Industry as an in-house counsel. He led teams at Dfcu Group (DFCU), a financial services group in Uganda, where he rose to the position of Head of Legal and Corporation Secretary. He also worked with the East African Development Bank (EADB) as Principal Legal Officer where he advised on several financing transactions in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. During his employment in the financial sector, Joshua participated in several complex financial and commercial transactions, including: Syndicated loan transactions, Corporate and Project Finance transactions, Public Private Partnerships, Equity finance transactions and derivative transactions. He has also had significant Company law and Corporate Governance experience, having advised both the Boards of DFCU and EADB.
Joshua holds a Masters of Science (MSc.) degree in Finance and Financial Law from the University of London (Centre for Financial and Management Studies) and is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda
Partner Dispute Resolution
Olivia heads the Dispute Resolution practice of the firm. Her ten years’ experience covers representing financial institutions and corporate entities in contractual disputes, security enforcement and employment matters.
Prior to focusing mainly on dispute resolution, Olivia spear headed the firm’s securities audit and perfections practice to support risk teams in financial institutions. She has also worked on tax transaction assignments in the areas of corporate tax and customs.
Olivia is keen on sharing the knowledge she has acquired over the years. As such, she is a member of the Ugandan Faculty of the Justice Advocacy Africa, a non-government organization, affiliated to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Minnesota, that trains Advocates and Lawyers in Trial Advocacy skills, where her services in this regard are on pro-bono basis.
She is a member of the Uganda Law Society, East African Society, Young International Arbitration Lawyers and the Editorial Board of the Uganda Law Reports. She is also a lecturer at the Law Development Centre where she shares her knowledge and skills with upcoming advocates.
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