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A Barrister of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple, David worked initially with the Chambers of Godfrey Carey QC and Jonathan Caplan QC at 5 Paper Buildings (now the Chambers of Miranda Moore KC and Julian Christopher KC) in the United Kingdom where he handled criminal litigation. David remains a door tenant associate member of those Chambers. David then returned to Uganda in 1998 and worked with Mugerwa & Masembe, Advocates up to September 2003 when he set out to found AF Mpanga Advocates.
David has cultivated a specialization in handling and advising on complex disputes, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and investigation. David also advises on strategic aspects of commercial transactions.
He has an LLB Hons from the University of Exeter and is a Barrister of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple.
Chambers and Partners 2007 up to 2022 ranked David in Band 1 for General Business Law.
IFLR1000’s 2015,2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 Financial and Corporate Guide rated David as a Highly Regarded Lawyer for Capital markets, Energy and infrastructure, Banking and M&A.
Ranked by Legal 500 2016 up to 2022 as a Leading Lawyer.
David was named Criminal Defence Lawyer of the Year by the Uganda Law Society, 2018.
He is ranked as Leading Lawyer by IFLR1000 2016.
David Mpanga is held in high regard by market commentators, with one hailing him as "fantastic" and a "top, top lawyer," adding that "he is very approachable, flexible and knowledgeable." Engaged by clients on both contentious and non-contentious mandates, he has considerable experience in cross-border transactions and financing initiatives, in addition to asset recovery investigations and antitrust litigation.Chambers and Partners 2020
Leading lawyer David Mpanga is perceived as "the face of Bowmans" in this market by interviewees, who remark that he is a "great lawyer." Recent mandates have seen him advise Catalyst Principal Partners and Standard Chartered Private Equity (Mauritius) on their acquisition of Harris International. He has significant experience acting for financial institutions and corporate clients on transactional and contentious matters.Chambers and Partners 2019
Partner David Mpanga receives high praise from clients, who attest to his "mastery of the law and keen understanding of his clients' business," as well as his "ability to unpack complex situations." He is noted for his expertise handling regulatory and transactional matters in the banking sector.Chambers and Partners 2018
“David Mpanga is extremely active and well regarded by other lawyers. He is noted for his work on major commercial transactions, as well as his strong litigation skills on constitutionally significant cases”.Chambers and Partners 2017
“David Mpanga is a highly regarded practitioner with considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions, as well as commercial disputes. Sources say: "David is an excellent lawyer, one of the best in Uganda. He is very intelligent, able to give advice on the go and has very good knowledge of the law - I know we can count on him."Chambers and Partners 2016