General Business Law - Rwanda
International firm ENS has established a solid foothold in the Rwandan market, where it is highly regarded for business law. The five-strong team in Kigali provides services in English and French and benefits from the support of its wider network of offices around the continent. The firm typically advises high-profile banks and financial institutions on M&A and project finance deals in the region. Recent highlights include advising I&M Bank in its acquisition of a controlling stake in Commercial Bank of Rwanda, as well as acting for the African Development Bank and other lenders in the USD76.5 million financing of a cement plant. Managing partner Désiré Kamanzi enjoys a prestigious reputation among international clients, who praise his responsiveness and "extensive and sound local advice."
This firm is a strong competitor in the local market, with significant experience in cross-border M&A, capital markets and project financing deals. Telecommunications is a core area of strength: recent deals of note include advising Korea Telecoms on a government PPP project to set up 4G internet services. The firm lists Tigo Rwanda, OPIC, PTA Bank and Fanisi Venture Capital among its other key clients. Equity Juris is a member of the DLA Piper Africa network, allowing it to draw support from linked offices in the region. Clients praise the team's high-quality work and depth of knowledge, reporting: "They are highly professional and skilled in what they do." Experienced finance, projects and infrastructure lawyer Moses Gatama Kiiza heads the practice. Clients describe him as an "intelligent, confident lawyer with a diverse skill set." Calvin Mitali leads the firm's involvement in bond issuance, M&A and private equity deals. According to client feedback, his calm and efficient demeanour makes him an asset in negotiations.
This firm is a main player for both transactional and contentious work in Rwanda, spanning the banking, mining, telecoms and real estate sectors. The firm has an impressive portfolio of clients, ranging from international companies and financial institutions to state entities. The team has gained good exposure in tax, capital markets and IP law. Work highlights include advising BNP Paribas and Citibank on a USD400 million sovereign bond issuance by the government of Rwanda. The office is also a member of Africa Legal Network, linking it in with a dozen law firms across the continent. Eric Cyaga spearheads the firm's tax department, and is praised for his expertise in employment law. Peers enjoy working with him, while clients attest to the excellent quality of advice he provides. Julien Kavaruganda is described as a particularly responsive lawyer who is also "very professional and has the right attitude." He is seen as strong across the board on corporate and finance transactions.
This firm maintains a standout position in Rwanda, where it is highly regarded for its diverse corporate practice. The sizeable team has built up an excellent reputation as an adviser to the government, while also servicing private companies on diverse aspects of their operations in Rwanda. Areas of notable expertise include banking, labour and employment, and energy and natural resources. The office forms part of Dentons' Africa network, as well as receiving a steady flow of referrals from other international firms. Clients applaud managing partner Richard Mugisha's commercial acumen and broad-ranging experience on large M&A deals and project financings. Apollo Mugisha Nkunda is widely respected for his technical excellence on commercial mandates, as well as his "positive, straightforward" approach.
This firm is a strong choice for litigation, with banking, insurance and criminal law constituting its key areas of activity. It retains a large portfolio of local clients as well as representing a number of international banks, companies and NGOs in the Rwandan courts. Founding partner Jean-Claude Batware is highly regarded by his peers for his depth of experience as a litigator. His broad-ranging experience encompasses commercial, civil, criminal and labour cases.
Local litigation is a key strength of this local firm, which also offers advisory services to foreign investors and NGOs. The six-strong team drafts contracts and provides tax advice for clients from a diverse range of sectors, including banking, mining and tourism. Founding partner Isaïe Mhayimana heads the practice. Peers praise his profound knowledge and experience, while clients applaud his strong presence on transactional work.
This well-established firm has a strong reputation for commercial litigation. The team has a long history in the market, and its lawyers have significant experience in areas such as insurance, contract law and criminal litigation. Founder Jean-Bosco Kazungu is singled out by peers as a market leader for local litigation and has decades of experience in this market.
Faroh Ndahiro of Cabinet Maitre Ndahiro Faroh is recognised by peers as "one of the country's senior practitioners," with notable experience advising international clients on projects in Rwanda.
Richard Rwihandagaza of R & Partners Law Firm is increasingly making his mark on the Rwandan legal market. He is active in business law and commercial dispute resolution, as well as frequently being appointed as an arbitrator.