Alice Namuli Blazevic

Alice Namuli Blazevic

Associate Partner

Contacts

+256-414-233770 / 233908
+256-752-246442/ 774-830762

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Awards & Accolades

  • 2018 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship (pursued in CapeTown and Said Business School , Oxford University)
  • 2018 ‘Top 40 Influential People under 40’ by the New Vision, Uganda’s Leading Daily
  • 2019 Nominee for Best Woman Lawyer in Legal Practice
  • 2019 Nominee for Leadership Award – Women in Rotary International
  • 2014 ‘Top 40 Influential People under 40’ Nominee by the New Vision, Uganda’s Leading Daily

Education

  • University of Helsinki, Finland – Artificial Intelligence titled ‘Elements of AI’ – 2019
  • Makerere University – Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Hons) – 2003
  • Law Development Center – Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – 2004

Admissions

  • Advocate in the Republic of Uganda

Countries In Which Practiced

  • United Kingdom
  • Uganda

Memberships

  • International Bar Association
  • East Africa Law Society
  • Uganda Law Society Two term vice president 2016 – 2018, (Executive Council Member(Central Region), Chairperson of Female Lawyers Committee
  • Young International Arbitration Group

Publications

  • ‘Blockchain, Crypto currencies and the Law‘ – Lex Africa Newsletter 2019
  • Blockchain, Crypto curriencies and the Law – Asia Mena In house Counsel Magazine 2019
  • ‘The future of Blockchain in Uganda’ – Kleros Blog 2018
  • ‘Blockchain, Crypto currencies and the Law’ – Country Chapter (Uganda) in Chambers Global 2019.
  • ‘The Impact of Blockchain Technology in Africa‘ – Hogan Lovells Africa Journal – 2019
  • Africa Report on Blockchain ( co-authored with Natalie Scott – Werksman Attorneys ) – Legoico – 2019
  • Authored articles for The Africa Law Business and The LegalTechnologist Magazine (UK)
  • Blockchain, Crypto currencies and the Law in Uganda – East African Magazine 2017.
  • ‘Impact of the Public Private Partnership Act of Uganda.‘ Published in the Hogan Lovells LLP Africa Journal, December 2016.
  • Oil and Gas in Uganda and Ghana.’ Article published in the Hogan Lovells LLP Africa Journal – 2015.

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Luganda

Alice is an Associate Partner at Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates, specialising in Commercial transactions.

She has over fifteen (15) years’ experience in Corporate & Commercial Transactions, specialising in Projects and Infrastructure Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, PPP’s, and the Energy Sector.

She also specialises in Technology law with a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and the law. She is one of East Africa’s leading legal authorities on Artificial Intelligence, Block chain and Crypto currencies. She represents several Fintechs and Blockchain Technology  based businesses which are reshaping the mode of doing business in Africa and Europe.

She is currently pursuing a course in Artificial Intelligence titled ‘Elements of AI’ from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

She also has experience in cross border transactions where she has advised various large multinational ventures within Uganda, and across East, South, West Africa, Europe and North America.

Leadership roles in the Tech Industry

  • Alice is a Board Member of the Innovation Advisory Board of the Uganda National Social Security Fund External Innovation Program.
  • Chairperson of the Uganda Legal Tech Network – 2018 to date
  • Founder of the Legal Innovation Hub – Uganda: The Legal Innovation Hub is a co-working space for lawyers and innovators. The first legal tech incubator in Uganda with a focus on building better legal solutions for the consumers of legal services. The Hub helps to support, foster and develop solutions and techniques to improve legal services and the justice system.
  • She organized the first Legal Tech Pitch/ Competition in Uganda under the theme Law meets Tech on the 6th February, 2019 at the Innovation Village, Kampala, Uganda; where lawyers and technologists came together to form collaborations, innovating solutions with new technologies to enhance the legal the profession.
  • Alice organized the first Legal Tech Conference in Uganda with the theme of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and the law.
  • She is the Country Representative and Host of the World Legal Summit (WLS). This is an initiative designed to bring together the legal and technology industries in world wide collaboration toward a globally sustainable future. KATS and WLS will host a Legal Hackathon on 7th to 9th September where the legal industry will come together with technologists and doers for the rapid development of technologies that already are or could contribute to better global systems.  Further KATS and WLS will host the World Legal Summit Conference on 1st August 2019. The topics for discussion will be: ‘Cybersecurity and Data Protection’, ‘Autonomous machines’, ‘Governing Artificial Intelligence.’
  • Host of World Legal Summit on Technology and Global Legal Hackathon (Uganda).
  • Alice has given public lectures and presented papers on AI, Blockchain and Crypto currencies at: the International Bar Association (IBA) Conferences , (Rome and Accra – 2018 ) East Africa International Arbitration Conference (Addis Ababa 2018 and Kigali 2017) East Africa Law Society Annual Law Conference, the International Internet Association Forum (Kampala), Nairobi University School of Law ( Kenya)  Strathmore University Law School( Kenya), Makerere University School of Law (Uganda) the Kampala Digitization Forum, Africa Tech Summit (Kigali), the Legal Tech Conference and Pitch (Kampala), the Commonwealth Lawyers Conference (Zambia), LexAfrica Business Forum , London  UK (Topic – Impact of Cyberlaw , Blockchain and AI on the African Continent), the Brussels briefing No.55 on Blockchain (Brussels, Belgium) and IBA Bar Leaders Conference, Budapest- Hungary.
  • She has authored articles on AI and Blockchain  for: The East African Law Magazine, Lex Africa Newsletter, Asia Mena In house Counsel Magazine, Kleros Journal, Chambers Global 2019, Hogan Lovells LLP Africa Journal and The Africa Law Business.

Other Professional Leadership roles

  • Alice served as the Vice President of the Uganda Law Society for two terms from 2016 – 2018.
  • Alice also served as the Chairperson of the Female Lawyers Chapter of the Uganda Law Society from 2013 – 2016. During her tenure, she introduced categorized ‘Women in Law Awards’ aimed at recognizing women who have excelled in all fields of law.
  • She was also the representative of the Central Region (Uganda) on the Executive Council of the Uganda Law Society.
  • She also serves as the Uganda Country Leader for Legal Business Women For Africa (LABFA), a multi jurisdictional network of women transactional lawyers and corporate leaders in Africa and beyond. The network connects female corporate professionals, financial experts, lawyers, policy makers to mention but a few, to share knowledge, educate and mentor each other.
  • She was appointed as an Executive Council Member of the Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowship Alumni Association of Uganda in July 2015.

Fellowships

  • Alice was awarded a Commonwealth Fellowship to work at Hogan Lovells LLP in the United Kingdom in January, 2015.
  • She is an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, having attended The African Leadership Institute (AFLI)’s flagship program; the ‘Tutu Leadership Fellowship Program’ in Cape Town and Said Business School, Oxford University in April, 2018.

Service roles

  • Alice is the Founder of Coffee With Alice, a mentorship program for aspiring lawyers, law students and young advocates aimed at bridging the gap between the theory learnt at law school and the challenges faced in legal practice. The program is also aimed at nurturing young leaders and teaching them how to give back.
  • Alice is the founder of ‘I Read I Innovate‘,  a children’s Literacy Community based project aimed at teaching children in poor communities how to love reading.
  • Alice was a Panel Judge for the Global Solar Community Innovation Awards 2017/2018, hosted by SEED, ADELPHI, Barefoot College and UN Women and UN Environment, in South Africa.
  • She was also a Panel Judge for the Law Digest Awards 2017/ 2018 aimed at recognizing excellence of lawyers in legal practice on the African Continent, held in Nigeria.
  • Alice is an Executive Producer for ‘Breaking through‘, a documentary based on Florence Alice Lubega, the first Uganda Female MP in 1962. It will feature accomplished African Women to inspire the African girl child to pursue their dreams.

Professional Mentorship Programs in the Innovation Industry

  • Panel Judge for the Global Solar Community Innovation Awards 2017/2018/2019 hosted by SEED, ADELPHI, Barefoot College and UN Women and UN Environment, in South Africa
  • Mentor and Judge – The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law Uganda (HIIL).
  • Mentor – XL Africa – Afrique Excelle is a unique post-accelerator program designed to support scalable technology ventures in the late seed or pre-series A stage, well-positioned for growth in their domestic market and for cross-border expansion and looking to raise between $250K and $5M. Afrique Excelle is a World Bank Group implemented by a consortium of VC4A, Suguba and SahelInnov.
  • Founder Legal Innovation Hub

Local and International Speaking Engagements – 2017/2018

  • Speaker at the LEXAfrica Business Forum, London  UK. The topic was the ‘Impact of Cyberlaw , Blockchain and AI on the African Continent.’
  • Speaker at the Brussels briefing No.55 on Blockchain (Brussels, Belgium) and the IBA Bar Leaders Conference , Budapest- Hungary.
  • Speaker on two panels at the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali  from the 13th to 15th February, 2019: ‘The Future of Block chain – Opportunities and regulation for Africa’ and ‘Future Stage – Regulating for growth, providing the appropriate regulatory framework for Tech disruption in Africa’.
  • Chief organiser and Speaker at the Legal Tech Conference and Pitch: Artificial Intelligence Block chain and the Law Kampala, Uganda, March 2019.
  • Speaker at the LEXAfrica Annual General Meeting, March 2019, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The topic was ‘The Impact of Artificial Intelligence, Block chain, Crypto currencies and the Law’.
  • Facilitator of the the Legal Tech Workshop in Bamako, Mali under the Afrique Excelle a World Bank Project  on the 26th March, 2019
  • Speaker at the Commonwealth Lawyers Conference in Livingstone, Zambia, April 2019: Crypto currencies and their place in commerce.
  • Gave a public lecture at Nairobi University, Kenya  about Impact of AI and Block chain in January, 2018.
  • Presented a paper on Arbitration or dispute resolution on the Block chain at the East Africa International Arbitration Conference in Addis Ababa 2018.
  • Spoke at the International Bar Association conference in Rome on the LegalTech panel about Impact of Tech (AI and Block chain) on the legal profession.
  • Spoke at the International Internet Association Forum Uganda Chapter conference on the Cybersecurity and Block chain panel on the 7th November, 2018
  • Gave a public lecture at Strathmore University Law School on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Block chain on the Legal Profession: A dispute resolution disquisition on the 9th November, 2018.
  • Spoke at the International Bar Association Regional Conference on Dispute Resolution. The topic was “Procedures and the rules of court in a digital world: what is new and what should African lawyers be doing?” on the 15th November, 2018.
  • Was a panelist on the “Managing the Revolution of Data” panel at the Kampala Digitization Forum on the 16th November, 2018.
  • East Africa International Arbitration Conference in Kigali 2017 about  AI and Block chain and it’s impact on the legal profession.
  • Speaker at the East Africa Law Society Annual Conference about the impact of AI and Block chain on the legal profession in Kampala, 2017.

Sample transactions in the Legal tech  or Fintech industry:

  • Advised BitPesa, (a digital foreign exchange and payment platform that leverages blockchain technology to settle for fast, cost-effective payments to and from Africa connected to the bank through integration) on regulation of Virtual Financial Services (a business model that is not currently envisaged in local Ugandan laws), engaging with various regulators to understand the value chain of the business / business model and lobbying for policy and regulation.
  • Advised BT Payments on regulation of Virtual Financial Services ( a business model that is not envisaged in local Ugandan laws), engaging with various regulators to understand the value chain of the business / business model and lobbying for policy  and regulation.
  • Restructuring of the shareholding of the company which process also required separating the business model of BT Payment Uganda (A payment services company using mobile money accounts to banks) from the holding company BTC Africa SA registered in South Africa whose major business is trading in crypto currencies.
  • Advised Airsave Fintech (a Tier 4 Virtual Financial Institution that provides Digital Financial services (DFS) and payment services to all mobile phone users in communities across Uganda) on regulation of Virtual Financial Services (a business model that is not currently envisaged in the local Ugandan laws),  engaging with various regulators to understand the value chain of the business and lobbying for policy and regulation. Representing in court and settling through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), an Intellectual Property (IP) related dispute where Airsave had been sued for infringement of IP rights, registration of patent and trademark.
  • Setting up Mazima Voluntary Retirement Benefit Scheme, the first voluntary Retirement Benefit Scheme in Uganda established under the Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority Act.  It is a virtual payment scheme where subscribers use MTN mobile money for deposits and to receive payment. The scheme has raised over 1 Billion Uganda Shillings with 500 active subscribers. Ensuring all regulatory requirements for a voluntary Pension Scheme under the law are fulfilled, regulation for operating a Fintech and providing advisory services for management of  a voluntary pension schemes, the first of its kind in Uganda.
  • Advisory Services on the Data Protection and Privacy laws to the Fintech community (FITSPA). The Financial Technology Service Providers Association of Uganda (FITSPA) was rolled out as an independent organization aimed at bringing the fintech community together so that they can pave the way to battle their challenges under one voice.
  • Regulation of Virtual Financial Services for Four One Financial Services ( which are presently not provided for in the local Ugandan laws), engaging with various regulators to understand the value chain of the business and lobbying for policy registration trademark. Four One Financial Services is a micro financial services company providing Micro Social Security services using an e-wallet platform and connected to various banks through integration and Health Tech services using blockchain technology.
  • Advice to Jur on applicable laws for dispute resolution in Africa through our LEX Africa Network. This is a decentralized Dispute Resolution platform that is using Artificial Intelligence and blockchain technology to enhance access to Justice. The platform is soon to be launched in Uganda as a product of the Legal Innovation Hub. Advice on the payments systems of awards –  payments will be settled using blockchain technology payment platforms or from crypto to mobile money (vice versa ) or from crypto to the bank (vice versa) through integration.
  • Intellectual Property advice, registration of innovation and trademarks to Yunga, a local rescue digital network for neighbors that allow them to communicate to each other in real time in case of an attack or emergences. It is technology that uses both a mobile app and remote-like hand-held device. Also gave advisory services on the Data Protection and Privacy laws and on digital payment platforms.
  • Gave regulatory advice to Coin Pesa (a Crypto currency forex exchange based on blockchain technology using mobile money accounts through integration), lobbying various regulators for policy and regulation of the blockchain industry.
  • Gave regulatory advice to BitLand Uganda (a land registration system on the blockchain technology), lobbying various regulators for policy and regulation of the blockchain industry.
  • Gave regulatory advice to Blockchain Assets Group (a Digital Assets Investment Company), lobbying various regulators for policy and regulation of the blockchain industry.
  • Gives legal counsel to UGMart, fintech, an integration company that channels payments between individuals and institutions. Advises on data protection and privacy regulation and IP rights.
  • Advised Thomson Reuters and Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global membership network of organizations that propels entrepreneurship in emerging markets, on existing tax regimes in Uganda and recommending most suitable tax policies to facilitate the right eco – system for small and growing businesses or SME’s in the field of micro – finance whose investment capital is above 20,000 USD.Also benchmarked tax regimes for Queensland, Australia, Rwanda and South Africa through a global network of lawyers.Further advised on how regulators can use new technologies like Artificial Intelligence and blockchain to enhance tax systems in Uganda.

For detailed information regarding transactions handled by this lawyer, please email kats@kats.co.ug.