Walter Bwire (Host)
Managing Partner | BKCA Business Attorney M&A, Private Equity and PPP'S
I am a Business Attorney and the Managing Partner of Bwire, Kalinaki & Co. Advocates | BKCA, an international legal and investment consulting firm providing services in complex corporate and commercial matters. I am also the Executive Chairman of the M&A Summit Africa. I advise and represent market Leading Businesses, Governments, Multinationals, Multilaterals, Global Investment Firms, Private Equity Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Hedge Funds, Family Offices and other Private Corporations and Individuals in key economic sectors dealing with M&A Deals, Project Finance and Public Private Partnerships for Large Scale Infrastructural Projects, Private Equity, Banking, Finance & Innovation, Real Estate Investment, Corporate Finance, and Foreign Investments.
Richard Kazibwe (Host)
M&A, Strategy & Transactions (Financial Services, EMEIA) EY-UK
Richard is a seasoned transactions professional at EY’s Strategy and Transactions practice specialising in M&A and divestments. He is responsible for advising on integrations, separations and synergy assessments for a range of Corporate and Private Equity owned clients across EMEIA.
Previously Richard worked within KPMG’s Deal Advisory and Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practices where he led and advised on 40+ deals across multiple industry domains.
Prior to Big4, Richard has eight years’ experience leading and advising on large scale technology-driven business transformations and complex system integration programs spanning the UK, mainland Europe, India and Africa.
Richard Mugera (Key-Note Speaker)
Associate Partner of Ascent Capital
Richard is the Uganda Country Director of Ascent Capital- a regional fund manager investing in enterprises in enterprises in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Richard possesses over 21 years of experience in energy, telecommunications, real estate, and investing.
Eva Warigia (Moderator)
C.E.O of EAVCA
Eva Warigia is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the East Africa Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EAVCA).
Jarl Heijstee (Panelist)
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of XSML Capital
Jarl Heijstee is co-founder and Managing Partner of XSML- a fund manager investing in frontier markets in Central and East Africa. Jarl has over 18 years of experience in selecting, setting up and managing investment funds in emerging markets.
Edward Isingoma (Panelist)
Managing Partner, Pearl Capital Partners (PCP) Uganda Ltd
Edward is the Managing Partner, Pearl Capital Partners (PCP) Uganda Ltd- a specialist agriculture investment firm- managing among others, the Yield Uganda fund- the first Ugandan locally domiciled fund. He is a seasoned finance and accounting professional possessing over 19 years’ experience.
Roeland Donkers (Panelist)
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of iungo Capital-
Roeland is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of iungo Capital- the first impact investment company in East Africa to provide finance and support exclusively to SMEs in the missing middle, leveraging the resources of local business angels as co-investors. He possesses over 13 years of hands-on experience in creating and managing start-ups in emerging markets.
Russ Hartz(Key Note Speaker)
VP of Corporate Development, Ansys, Inc.
Russ Hartz is a deeply experienced Corporate Development professional, with specific expertise in strategy development, M&A, investments and post-merger integration. He manages global M&A activity at Ansys, Inc., the worldwide leader in engineering simulation software. Prior to joining Ansys, Russ served in a similar role for 12 years on SAP’s global Corporate Development team, negotiating and managing M&A and strategic investment transactions of all sizes, from multi-billion-dollar deals to small IP acquisitions. Russ began his M&A career in 1999 practicing corporate and securities law at a large Philadelphia law firm, advising clients on M&A deals as well as a broad range of other commercial transactions, corporate governance and securities law compliance.
Managing Partner and head of Technology at KTA Advocates
Kenneth is the Managing Partner and head of Technology at KTA Advocates. Kenneth specializes in intellectual property, technology, media and telecommunications. Kenneth holds a master’s degree, LLM (International Commercial Law) from The University of South Wales, Bachelor’s Degree in Law LLB (Hons) from Uganda Christian University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre.
Dr. Anthony C.K. Kakooza(Panelist)
Partner in the law firm of Byenkya, Kihika & Co.
Dr. Anthony C.K. Kakooza is an Advocate and academician. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Makerere University, a Master of Laws Degree from Warwick University in the U.K and a Doctorate Degree in Law from the University of Illinois in the U.S. Both his LL.M and J.S.D (Doctorate) degrees were focusing on Intellectual Property (I.P) Law. He is very passionate about Intellectual Property Law and has been teaching and practicing in this area for over sixteen years. Dr. Kakooza is a Partner in the law firm of Byenkya, Kihika & Co. Advocates in charge of the IP docket. His academic footprint is currently in the Law Schools of Makerere University, Uganda Christian University, as well as Visiting Professorships held at Cornell Law School and University of Illinois in the U.S, and Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. He is the current Head/Convener of the Intellectual Property Cluster of the Uganda Law Society and has been branded as “the Godfather of Intellectual Property law in Uganda” by the 2021 issue of the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR 1000) Magazine.
Mr. Von Bogdandy (Key Note Speaker)
Leader M&A for Slalom
Mr. von Bogdandy is currently leading M&A for Slalom. Slalom is an international consulting firm with over 8000 employees, focused on strategy, technology, and business transformation. Mr. von Bogdandy’s professional focus is deal value realization of acquisitions by developing integration strategies and overseeing the execution of the integration. His experience spans over 20 years in M&A in various roles. Prior to his consulting career, Mr. von Bogdandy has worked as an employee of Cisco Systems and Symantec, driving multi-billion dollar acquisition integrations. Today, Mr. von Bogdandy is a frequent contributor at the M&A Academy and various online outlets. Topic of the presentation: Preparing and optimizing Inorganic Growth for Strategic Buyers.
CEO/CIO at Ortus Africa Capital
Kenneth is the CEO/CIO at Ortus Africa Capital. He is responsible for providing leadership and strategic oversight towards achieving the firm’s vision and mission to harness investment into and finding capital for entrepreneurs and businesses to drive Africa’s growth. As the CIO he oversees venture and debt investment vehicles managed by Ortus Africa Capital.
He has prior experience co-founding and ang
Partner at Frontier Advisory Partners
Yosia is a Partner at Frontier Advisory Partners where he is actively involved in corporate and project finance advisory across East Africa.
Alice Namuli Blazevic(Panelist)
Tech and Innovation Lawyer
I am an award winning lawyer ( Most notable for Top 5 Most Influential Women in LegalTech by the International Legal Tech Association 2020 and Top 5 Cybersecurity Professional Global Influencer by IFSEC Global 2021) , innovator , international speaker and author.
I have over 16 years’ experience. I specialize in Technology and the law with a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence , Blockchain, Crypto currencies, Fintechs , Cyberlaw and Data Protection.
I represent some of the largest Fintechs and Blockchain Technology based businesses which are reshaping the mode of doing business in Africa.
My background is in PPP’s, Infrastructure projects, Project Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions.
Co Founder and Team Leader – Legal Innovation Hub (Africa)
Co- Founder – Kampala Legal Hackers
Board Member of the Innovation Advisory Board of the Uganda National Social Security Fund.
Cybersecurity expert for the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa at the University of Stellenbosch.
Faculty Advisor- Digital Legal Exchange ( A Global training institute for leaders in a digital world)
Fiona N Magona(Panelist)
Corporate Advisory, Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer
Fiona is a Partner in the MMAKS Corporate team with over 15 years’ experience in multi-jurisdictional commercial transactions cutting across corporate M&A, Private Equity, Energy, Mining and Natural Resources, Projects & Infrastructure, and general corporate commercial, regulatory and investment advisory.
Fiona is consistently ranked by IFLR1000 as a highly regarded lawyer, and described by Chambers and Partners as highly efficient, effective and customer oriented. She provides legal and strategic commercial advice on cutting edge transactional work across sectors like telecom, broadcasting, insurance, education, banking, manufacturing, gaming, mining and energy.
She routinely handles legal due diligences, advises on corporate transactional structuring, negotiates local and cross border transactional agreements, commercial operational agreements. She has an impressive knowledge of the local regulatory framework and is commended for her advice on compliance issues, licensing regimes, and issues affecting local and foreign investors. Some of her clients include SN Power, Africa Rivers Fund, SN54
Fiona holds a LLM in commercial law from the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom), has previously worked with a top tier law firm in Johannesburg South Africa, has served placements at a former FTSE 100 mining company in Johannesburg, and also with Slaughter and May, a magic circle law firm in London.
Professor Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal(Trainer)
Professor in Banking and Finance Law International Sovereign Debt Expert Consultant at Queen Mary, University of London.
LLB, LLM, PhD, Dip., Esq. is an international finance expert and a legal specialist on contract law as well as an acclaimed consultant in Europe, Asia, Africa, America and the Middle East. Prof. Olivares-Caminal has worked for several multilateral institutions in Europe and Washington DC on various legal and investment projects. Prof. Olivares-Caminal’s workshops, given all over the world, have been effusively praised by participants.
He is a Professor in Banking and Finance Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to joining CCLS he was a Senior Lecturer in Financial Law and the Academic Director at the Centre for Financial & Management Studies (SOAS), University of London and a lecturer at University of Warwick.
DR. Machebe Victor Chinwuba Ozioko,
Associate Professor in Law at the NnamdiAzikiwe University
Dr. Ozioko is an avid member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He was a former Social Secretary as well as Secretary of the Enugu Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association. He was also a former Secretary of Nigerian Bar Association Section of legal Practice. He was equally a member of the National Executive Committee of the NBA. He was a former Head of Department of International Law & Jurisprudence, NnamdiAzikiwe University Awka, a former member of Senate of the University and has also served in many other capacities in the institution. He is currently an Associate Professor in Law at the NnamdiAzikiwe University, Awka and a founding Partner in the law firm of Amucheazi, Ozioko& Co. He is an expert in Intellectual Property Law and has published extensively in these areas. He is married with children.
President Uganda Law Society
Pheona Wall is an advocate and Chartered Mediator with a Bachelors’ Degree in Law, a Diploma in Legal Practice and an MBA in Management. She is a governance professional and a public relations practitioner with over 15 years’ experience currently serving as the Senior Manager Legal Services National Water and Sewerage Corporation, a position she has held since June 2014. She is also a Registered Trustee of Zamara Retirement Fund.
She is currently the President Uganda Law Society, having served as Secretary then Vice President and the Chairperson of the Legal Aid and Pro Bono Project of the Uganda Law Society.
Pheona also currently serves as a Council Member of the Judiciary Council and also serves on the Governing Council of the East African Law Society
Pheona is a Governance Expert who trains Boards in Governance under the Institutefor Corporate Governance Uganda and has also served on various Boards including Zamara Retitement Fund, Water FC, Future Investments Group, East African Young Water Professionals, Uganda Law Society, and Public Relations Association of Uganda.