Fides Legal Advocates offers boutique services to a select corporate and individual clientele and one ensuring that the clients are certain of the senior partners and associates' attention at all times. The Firm's values and work ethic have enabled it to build a reputable clientele which includes the top tier of local and international entities, including, leading financial institutions, international investors, electronic media houses, international non-governmental organisations, as well as high net worth individuals.
Founded in March 1999, Fides Legal Advocates, Formerly, F. Mukasa & Co. Advocates (“the Firm”) has firmly established itself as a leader in a commercial transactional advise. The Firm is a reputable Ugandan Law Firm fully endowed with in-depth knowledge of Ugandan, East African and International legislation. The Firm has over the years maintained a significant presence in all areas and specialised in civil law, including practice, construction, interpretation and practical application of the civil Law, such as contract law, Banking and Finance, mergers and acquisitions, Corporate law and Governance, Insurance law, International Trade Finance, real estate and intellectual property, Torts, Public and Administrative law, Land law, Environmental law, natural resources law, the law of carriage, Enforcement of Human Rights Law, Civil litigation, to mention a few.
We have broad experience in forming corporations and limited liability companies, advising new businesses, and providing corporate maintenance.
We represent partnerships, limited partnerships, and individuals doing business in the non-corporate form. We regularly attend meetings of our clients' Shareholders and Board of Directors in order to offer legal counsel. We are general corporate counsel to numerous clients ranging in size from small start-up companies to large mature companies, including publicly traded companies.
We advise our clients on diverse legal issues including corporate financing and secured lending, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights, executive compensation, employment law, buy-sell agreements, implementation of employee stock option programs, commercial contracts, real property and equipment leases, business development and the fiduciary obligations of the Board of Directors and corporate officers.
Organizing and Counseling of Start-Up Companies
We have extensive experience in all aspects of assisting entrepreneurs in the planning, organizing and formation of new business entities. We prepare a wide variety of agreements and we assist to establish companies’ capital structure, to locate and secure their funding and to successfully grow
Venture Capital and Financing
We represent both companies and investors in all types of equity financing, and we regularly negotiate, structure, and document venture capital financing transactions. We are active in venture capital transactions involving companies at all stages of business development. We are involved in the review of security documentation, securitization, debt recovery both with and without litigation, receivership and advisory services.
We represent both buyers and sellers in negotiating and structuring the acquisition or disposition of business assets, including real and personal property. We frequently handle transactions dealing with significant intellectual property rights and effectuate the transfer of patents and copyrights.
We counsel clients in the development of proprietary information protection systems, protection of trade secrets, and the use and enforcement of confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. We assist clients with applications for copyrights and trademark protection at both national and regional level. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants in patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark and other intellectual rights litigation.
We draft and prepare employee contracts, employee manuals and we regularly advise and counsel business clients on the prevention of workplace disputes, the implementation of the Employment Act, and termination of employees’ contract.
We advise clients on their real estate transactions including financing, purchase, sale and lease agreements, and general counsel as well as preparing all required securities law and state corporate filings. We advise and consult with clients on matters of real estate finance, development, construction, exchanges, partnerships and joint ventures. This practice area also overlaps with our bankruptcy, litigation and general corporate practices.