Raymond Asiimwe

Raymond Asiimwe

Raymond Asiimwe is a Lawyer, practicing advocate of the High Court of Uganda and the East African Bar Association. He is founding and Managing Partner of Bytelex Advocates (bytelexhq.com); a leading firm recognized by Legal500 & Iflr - the firm is one of the first law practices in Africa with a dedicated focus to high growth firms(startups).

Raymond’s work spans a company’s entire corporate life cycle including entity selection, employee & founder share schemes, technology licensings, ip creation & monetisation, venture financings, mergers & acquisitions and securities transactions.

He has a deep understanding of how tech startups and social enterprises are formed, financed, grown, taken public and acquired or merged. While at Bytelex, he has played a crucial role in promoting growth of Tech startups through targeted legal solutions that create value in industries including fintech, drones & robotics, creative media & entertainment, renewable energy, agribusiness & precision agriculture and biotech & medical devices.

Achievements 

  • Honorary Board member and advisor, Berkeley Law Society
  • Panelist on the 1st Annual Innovation Symposium held in Kampala (2018)
  • Techstars coach 2019

Publications 

Work Highlights 

  • Ared limited on a corporate reorganisation - delaware flip transaction.
  • Kray microfinance Ltd on preparing and offering a $90,000 series shield - revenue backed equity repurchase seed round.
  • Ubutaka farm mechanisation Ltd on a £20,000 series shield-convertible revenue loan financing.
  • Fieldcloud SAS, on negotiating software and hardware as a service reversibility plan with Veolia.
  • Sanucoin, Africa’s first gold-backed crypto-coin on the appropriate structure to operate in Rwanda.
  • Giz, i4policy and the Government of Rwanda on the creation of the Rwanda Technology Enabled Innovation Policy. Required to advise on business and innovation laws/policies.
  • Giz, i4policy and the Government of Rwanda on the creation of the Rwanda startup act/law framework, required to make a gap analysis of several business and innovation laws/policies.
  • Hilight Technologies Ltd on preparing and presenting a utility patent application before the Kenya Industrial Property Institute.
  • Eutelsat, a leading European satellite operator on their proposed entry to operate a satellite service on the Uganda market.
  • Vivendi group, a French mass media company on their proposed and potential entry to the Uganda market.
  • Edcorp international Ltd, a local mining company on a $1,150,000 equity financing term sheet and debt financing documentation.
  • Advising ALTX-group on setting up the first Pan-African securities exchange for emerging companies focused on alternative derivatives such as ABS, commodities, and securitization of receivables.
  • DkB partners Ltd on setting up a seed fund investing in early stage technology companies ventures.
  • A group of Rwandan and Nigerian investors on a joint venture arrangement with Mobicash in Nigeria, Rwanda Lithuania and the United States.
  • Advising Innovex on seed round- investment road map strategy in respect of absorption of $154,211 investment.
  • Africa Smart Investments Ltd, a large Rwandan logistics and distribution company on negotiating an agreement with Authors and Copyright owners to distribute their digital works on the Vital Source digital platform.
  • Absolute Energy a mini-grid developer in respect of EPC/Turnkey contract dispute of $260,000. Conducted and completed emergency arbitration proceedings.
  • Advising on a first of a kind Real-Estate/agricultural fund to be domiciled in Rwanda and Mauritius expected to manage over 10 Hectares of Land.
  • Advising on a $ 710,000 spv- joint venture investment vehicle to implement a startup residency program in Kigali Rwanda.
  • Advising on a first of a kind Real-Estate/agricultural fund to be domiciled in Rwanda and Mauritius expected to manage over 10 Hectares of Land.
  • Absolute Energy on a quasi-equity investment structured as a sale and lease back arrangement designed to increase the installed capacity from 25kwh to 100kwh.
  • Zipline a US 1.2bn valued drone logistics startup with operations in Rwanda and Ghana. Notably, involved in advising on the regulatory requirements for use of polythene (part of the delivery mechanism) in Rwanda, corporate governance requirements for entities in Ghana and drafting, review of the human resource manual and creation of country specific appendices.
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency, which is the development finance institution of the Government of Japan retained Raymond Asiimwe as legal consultant in the implementation of the 250-startups accelerator mentorship programme in Rwanda. The accelerator program is being implemented by the Government of Rwanda under the ICT Innovation Ecosystem Strengthening program. Responsible for 10 companies and 10 trainee lawyers each cohort.
  • Think IT on valuing their ip portfolio containing spinoffs of Matibabu and BreastIT.
  • Advising Teheca Limited on their proposed market entry to Kenya and seed round documentation and preparation.
  • Advising Innovex on the structure of their bridge financing and seed round.
  • Matibabu, (U) Limited (subsidiary of ThinkIT (U) Limited), the inventor of a blood-free malarial testing kit engaged the Firm to advise on developing cross-licensing strategies with Penn state university and Glasgow university.
  • Park and Pick (Rwanda) on structuring for investment and investor readiness for their seed round.
  • Olado Business group an e-commerce platform on adoption of terms of use and privacy policies.
  • The Einstein giving (Rwanda) an online crowdfunding platform on its impact investment roadmap strategy.
  • Advising Raisin Ltd, the creators of “Akokanya” Rwanda’s first ticketing system on complying with the requirements of a fintech payments integrator.
Bytelex Advocates Partner - Raymond Asiimwe

Education

  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst cand. (expected 2021)
  • LLM. Business and Technology specialism, University of California - Berkeley
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Law Development Centre Kampala
  • Bachelor of Laws, Makerere University Kampala

T : +256775093264/+250780096039
E : rasiimwe@bytelexhq.com

Languages

English, Luganda, Runyankore

Specialism

Startups and Emerging companies, Technology, and Structured Finance

Memberships

  • Uganda Law Society
  • East African Law Society
  • VC4 Africa