The five-strong Rwandan arm of this regional firm enjoys a stellar reputation among peers and clients alike. The team is applauded for its capabilities in general business law, and regularly advises on banking, finance and corporate governance matters. It also maintains a strong focus on telecoms, employment law and energy and natural resources, including renewable energy project development. Recent highlights saw the firm act for IHS Holdings on its acquisition of the MTN towers in Rwanda, and represent FMO and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund in connection with the USD21 million financing for an 8.5 MW solar photovoltaic power plant.
Managing partner Désiré Kamanzi is noted for his impressive deal list and is praised as "a real strength and asset - a very good business lawyer who really knows and understands our needs."
This firm is highly regarded for its expertise in cross-border transactions and capital markets. The practice covers a broad range of banking and finance services, including project finance and restructuring. Other areas of focus include construction and natural resources development. The firm also regularly assists clients from the telecommunications and private equity sectors, such as Korea Telecoms, Fanisi Venture Capital and Olleh Rwanda Networks. In highlights, the team acted for PTA Bank on the financing of a four-star hotel in Kigali.
Managing partner Moses Gatama Kiiza focuses on project finance, telecoms and construction mandates, and frequently features on high-profile commercial transactions. One client commented: "He's a very good lawyer, and is doing things well."
Calvin Mitali advises on M&A transactions, private equity and energy projects. Sources say: "He is very good - he's very calm and level-headed, and we appreciate his opinion."
This firm stands out in Rwanda for its highly respected business law practice, which includes activity in banking, mining, telecoms and real estate. It has an impressive portfolio of clients, ranging from international companies and financial institutions to state entities. The team is visible on capital markets and infrastructure transactions, including in the construction sector. Other notable strengths include insolvency and employment law.
Eric Cyaga has a well-established corporate practice incorporating a wide range of legal services, including securities law and capital markets. "He's very good with people and has a very analytical mind," say sources.
"Smart and hard-working" Julien Kavaruganda is "a fantastic lawyer" who is well known for his experience of banking and finance and investment funds. He also has significant expertise in real estate, construction and international arbitration.
This firm upholds an impressive reputation in the Rwandan market, and draws significant recognition for its mining and energy work. It fields an active banking and finance practice, and frequently advises on tax, regulatory and compliance issues. It also offers expertise in environmental law and government procurement, and is growing its focus on litigation. Sources say: "It's a very strong firm."
Managing partner Richard Mugisha is hailed as "a go-to lawyer and a great negotiator." In addition to his mining and banking work, he has experience advising on privatisations.
Apollo Mugisha Nkunda acts on a variety of finance transactions, and has significant experience in tax and public procurement. Clients praise him as a "practical, flexible and reactive" lawyer.
This firm has a long-standing presence in Kigali, and maintains a favourable reputation for its commercial practice. It provides expertise in banking, aviation and insurance law to clients from the financial services, tourism and transportation sectors, among others. Market sources highlight the firm's work in humanitarian law, most notably working alongside NGOs. The firm is also active in litigation.
Founding partner Jean-Claude Batware is well known for his expertise in commercial law, transportation and insurance.
This "excellent firm" draws praise for its experience in advising clients from the transportation and natural resources sectors. It operates a well-developed commercial practice, and regularly advises on banking, finance, tax and debt recovery mandates, as well as litigation.
Isaïe Mhayimana advises on corporate and general commercial issues, TMT and the technology sector. Sources underline his experience in humanitarian law, and highlight his long experience in the market.
Cabinet Kazungu is well respected for its strong commercial practice. It advises on the full range of legal services, and assists clients with matters pertaining to both corporate and criminal law. The firm is commended for its focus on banking, debt recovery and insurance.
Jean-Bosco Kazungu is well regarded for his banking and dispute resolution practice, and is described as "an excellent litigator."
Sole practitioner Faroh Ndahiro "has a strong reputation for transactional work." His clients include a number of international companies and law firms.
Herbert Rubasha of MRB Attorneys is "a very seasoned lawyer" who is well respected in the market, and regularly advises on corporate and commercial mandates.
Richard Rwihandagaza of R & Partners Law Firm is recognised by peers as "a good commercial lawyer" with significant experience in the Rwandan market.
Foreign Experts (Based Abroad)
Brussels-based Patrick De Wolf of De Wolf & Partners has a long-standing presence in Rwanda, and has been active in the country for more than 20 years. He has an established corporate and contentious practice, and regularly features on arbitration mandates.