Fred Muwema


Fred Muwema

Founding Partner

Fred is a founding Partner of Muwema & Co. Advocates, one of the premier law firms in Uganda and he has a working experience of over 25 years. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the International Trademark Association, the East African Law Society and the Uganda Law Society.

He is a forthright, focused and an independent minded legal practitioner who needs no introduction when it comes to the delivery of effective and creative legal solutions in various aspects of public and private law.

Fred has a strong bias in corporate and commercial law practice where he has gathered considerable experience in advising local and international companies. For example, he was local counsel in advising Wanainchi Group, a leading East African TV Broadcast and cable network company on competition and television broadcast copy right issues. This assignment was done in collaboration among others with Edward Wildman Palmer LLP, a leading UK Competition Law Firm.

He has handled several multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions over the last 2 decades. Some of them include the mergers and acquisitions involving Trans Africa Bank/Orient Bank, the former Kigezi Bank of Commerce, the Crocodile Tool Company, Sure Telecom and Kisita Mining Co. Ltd, one of the largest gold mines in Uganda which was acquired by Horizon Energy LLC of Abu Dhabi.

Fred is an ardent litigator who stands out for handling complex cases in corporate finance, investment and tax administration, intellectual property, constitutional and administrative law among others.

In 2009, he was part of the team of local counsel that handled the first and only criminal libel case in Uganda by a foreign head of state (the late Col. Maummar Ghadafi, then leader of Libya).

He is also credited with enabling the development of jurisprudence in the regulation of anonymous defamation on social media when he filed the first case of its kind against Facebook in 2016, in Ireland. (Fred Muwema vs Facebook [2016]1 EHC 519).

Currently, he is leading the litigation team in the ground breaking case of Ham Enterprises vs Diamond Trust Bank which has put the legal regime of lending by foreign Banks in Uganda in sharp focus. This case will go a long way in improving the prudential regulation of the lucrative lending market in the region.

Outside legal practice, Fred was instrumental in the establishment of a legal regulatory regime for the Uganda Football Association. He is also a former President of Sports Club Villa, Uganda’s biggest football club and he remains an active sports fan.

During his tenure in football, he was part of the team that introduced Ugandan Football on Satellite Television through a US$5m Sponsorship Contract with SuperSport between 2009– 2013. Since then, the Digital Satellite Television market in Uganda has grown exponentially.

Fred is also a founding member of the Anti-Counterfeit Network (ACN), the leading entity that champions the fight against counterfeits and illicit trade in Africa. ACN continues to work for leading brands in the petroleum, cosmetics, beverages, agricultural and electronics sectors among others in this regard.

ACN is credited with increasing public awareness about the concealed dangers of counterfeits among those who affect and are affected by counterfeits.

Fred was one of the panelists at the first ever Uganda – Europe Business Forum held at Speke Resort Munyonyo on the 9th – 10th March 2020 where he talked about counterfeiting of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

He is currently the host of an online anti-counterfeit production, the league of the Genuine conversations with Fred Muwema which airs on the ACN Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels