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Uganda’s Central bank says that no License is Needed for Foreign Lending

Uganda’s Central bank says that no License is Needed for Foreign Lending

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 Uganda’s central bank said on Wednesday foreign-based banks do not need its license to lend funds originating abroad, reassuring an industry jolted by a court ruling last week that declared some syndicated loans involving foreign banks illegal. The loans affected by the Commercial Court ruling represent at least $1.5 billion worth of debt, according to an industry body. The Bank of Uganda said it did not regulate lending that involved “using funds obtained from foreign banks that do not take deposits from the public in Uganda.” “Foreign banks lending deposits held in jurisdictions other than Uganda are regulated and supervised by their home authorities,” it said in a statement. “It is not mandatory for a foreign bank to establish a representative office in Uganda in order t...
“Syndicated Loan is Illegal” declares Justice Henry Peter Adonyo

“Syndicated Loan is Illegal” declares Justice Henry Peter Adonyo

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The Ugandan High Court on Wednesday ruled that a loan granted to a local company was illegal in a shock judgment that has banks fearing a spike in debt defaults. The case relates to a loan Diamond Trust Bank Kenya Ltd. provided to a Kampala-based firm with interests spanning real estate to agriculture, using its Ugandan subsidiary as the agent. Lenders in the East African nation were taken by surprise when Judge Henry Peter Adonyo said the transaction was illegal because the Kenyan bank didn’t have a domestic license to conduct such business in Uganda. The judgment enables the applicants, Ham Enterprises Ltd., Kiggs International Ltd. and Hamis Kiggundu, to recover more than $32 million from the bank, according to a copy of the judgment seen by Bloomberg. Diamond Trust Bank disag...
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