Bytelex Advocates, the start-up and emerging companies’ focused law firm founded in July 2014 by University of California Berkeley graduate Raymond Asiimwe is convening a startup and investor discourse — at a first of a kind event dubbed Next.Legal — on how to finance tech startups and successfully exit in East Africa. The invite-only session to be held on 5th July 2019, in Kampala, marks the 5-year celebration of the law firm.  

With support from the Berkeley Legal Society, the panel discussion will be graced by Angela Kerubo, a Project Leader at Open Capital Advisers, Ivan Mworozi MD at Print Boda Limited, Chrispinus Onyancha Founder ClinicPesa and Joshua Businge Muleesi a director and co-founder at Matibabu Limited.

The summit shall focus majorly on technology, startups and emerging companies but shall also extend to cover other aspects of firm practice areas like finance, infrastructure, energy, alternative dispute resolution and litigation. 

The firm also intends to use the Next.Legal event to not only give their clients and other stakeholders a peek into exciting new legal-tech products to be launched but to also introduce their new brand to the world. “It will also be an opportunity to assess the startup ecosystem in the country and region while identifying avenues for further synergies between them and the law,” stated Mr Lawoko. 

 “We celebrate the work that the firm has done and look forward to continuing to serve our clients in Uganda and beyond for the next years, building radical ideas and consolidating our unconventional culture,” Mr Asiimwe, the firm’s Managing Partner said.

Meanwhile, Bytelex has launched Touchbase, a programme designed to support startups and emerging companies through free legal advice from the firm’s partners and associates. “Touchbase is our way of honouring our roots and giving back to other people whose journeys remind us of how we have grown to become,” Mr Asiimwe added, “The five-week programme has been running for two weeks now every Friday between 3pm to 5pm at the Bytelex offices on Kisingiri Road in Bulange Mengo.” 

Bytelex has over the five years of its existence grown from a legal startup competition pitch entity to a cross border legal practice running offices in Kampala and Kigali as well as having a work portfolio spanning over five countries which include Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya and important partnerships all over the world. Inspired by a growing startup eco-system in Africa, the firm was founded by partners Raymond Asiimwe, Asingwire Martin, Irene Eyogyiire and Lawoko Jordan.