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Prior to joining MFA, Mr Bernardes Neto was a founding partner of Xavier, Bernardes, Bragança – Sociedade de Advogados; a partner at Bomchil, Castro, Goodrich, Claro, Arosemena and Associates; and was with Dr Graf von der Goltz, Dr Wessing & Partners in Düsseldorf and London. His main areas of expertise are mergers and acquisitions, general corporate law, private equity, antitrust, contracts and arbitration.

Goals of the conference

The  theme for this  year’s  conference “EAC @20:  THE ROLE OF LAWYERS IN DEVELOPING REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES” has  been carefully selected to celebrate the  twenty years of existence of the  EAC.

The following sub-themes shall be explored, in addition to the main theme:

  1. “Role of the Legal Profession in the 4th Industrial Revolution”   
  2. “The Promise of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) Agreement”
  3. “Rule of Law and Development  in the East African Community”
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EALS Institute

This is an initiative of the East Africa Law Society to promote the profession and build the capacity of lawyers in the region through training. The EALS institute provides world-class training in key areas of practice, governance and other key sectors to spur integration and development. The trainings are conducted by way of partnership with world leading institutions for collaborative trainings and accreditation.

Trainings are conducted both onsite and online. Trainers are sourced from our massive database of experts across East Africa as well as internationally recognized experts. The institute also serves as the research arm of East Africa Law Society and is a respectable source of information on governance, rule of law, EAC integration, constitutionalism, human rights among others.

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The Conference will bring together several activities, with the climax being the Main Conference on 8th November, 2019.
The events are structured based on lessons learnt from the past conferences, especially from the 23rd Edition held in Mombasa, Kenya in 2018. A brief flow of the events is set out below.
Day 1
29 Nov 2022
Day 2
04 Nov 2019
Day 3
05 Nov 2019
Day 4
06 Nov 2019
Day 5
07 Nov 2019
Day 6
08 Nov 2019
Day 7
09 Nov 2019

Main conference

Hon. David Ouma Ochieng
Tunde Ogunseitan

Women Laywers Forum

Justice (Rtd) Joyce Aluoch

Welcome Remarks-AGM

Welcome Remarks Recognition of Guests Honor to Departed Members
Willy Rubeya

Business of the AGM

– Confirmation of the Minutes of the 2018 AGM & Matters Arising – Presentation of 2018/2019 Report of the Governing Council – Presentation of the Treasurer’s Report and Audited Financial...
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Maggie Baingana
Willy Rubeya

LEA candidate registration

Opening Remarks
Sonal Sejpal

General Banking workshop (Part one)

• Introduction to term sheets, facility types and common structures • Introduction to financing techniques
Nicole Kearse
Sonal Sejpal

General Banking workshop (Part two)

• Principles and approaches to finance documentation • The role of guarantees and indemnities
Nicole Kearse
Sonal Sejpal

Networking Lunch

Networking Lunch

Project finance workshop Understanding syndication and club deals – White & Case

• Guarantees and security in Project Finance • Foreign investment considerations in Project Finance
Andrea McKaiser-Walbrugh
Deji Adegoke
Gareth Hodder

Strategies & tips to effectively handle and present evidence

Dr. Didas Muganga Kayihura
Jacqueline Lule
Dr. Fidèle Masengo, PhD, FCIArb
Harriette Chiggai

Main Conference

Willy Rubeya
Mr. Richard Mugisha

East Africa Community Focused Workshop and Launch of EAC Integration Index

This event will take  place alongside the main conference is aimed at a selected delegation of judges, legislators, officers and select lawyers from the region. The EAC workshop aims at...
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Gala Dinner and Awards

An entertainment packed gala  event awaits delegates this  year  featuring top class acts from  Rwanda and  around East Africa. Focusing on the  rich cultural diversity of the East African Region,...
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Annual General Meeting

The final event of the conference will be the AGM which features discussions by members of the  organization’s health, finances and  governance. The half-day event will be led by the...
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Category D
350.00 USD


Persons who are not paid up members of EALS are eligible to attend the conference on payment of $350. Early bird rate of USD $300 applies until 20th October 2021.

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Category C
200.00 USD

Young Lawyers

Admits to all events except Leading Law Firms’ Forum. An early bird rate of USD $170 applies to payments received before 20th October 2021.

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Category B
300.00 USD

Members of over 5 years’ experience or above 35 years

Admits  to all events except Leading Law Firms’ Forum. Early Bird Rate USD $ 250 for payment received before 20th October 2021.

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Category A
2,000.00 USD

Leading Law Firms

Admits three representatives to all events, exclusive branding in conference publication and at the conference venue and other year-long exclusive benefits.

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