ENSafrica Rwanda is a corporate law firm based in Kigali.

We are uniquely placed to guide investors through unfamiliar commercial environments, and we have the expertise, experience and resources required to execute large, complex mandates in the Great Lakes region for investors and local clients alike.

We have unrivalled experience in banking and finance, tax, corporate commercial, mining, TMT (technology, media and telecommunications), intellectual property, employment and commercial dispute resolution, property and real estate.

We are the only fully multilingual law firm in the country, with the ability to assist you in French, English, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi and Kiswahili.

Our practitioners are not only authorities in civil and common law, but they also have relevant sector and industry knowledge and are well versed in the political, economic, regulatory and legal environments which nuance doing business in Rwanda, Burundi and beyond.

We have more than a dozen staff members and our client base includes major banks and financial institutions, major telecom companies, multilateral institutions, international investors, listed and non-listed multinational corporations, government, mining houses, energy companies, and international NGOs.

We have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. ENSafrica has a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

Our key differentiator is that we operate as one firm across Africa. All of our offices are fully integrated and work as one team. By leveraging the complementary expertise, skills and resources of each of our offices, work is always done by the practitioner who can do it best, at the most affordable rate.

Over 200 years experience Over 600 practitioners 12 offices in 7 countries

Our corporate commercial team advises on various matters, including business structuring, shareholders arrangements, corporate governance, drafting and negotiation of constitution documents and various commercial agreements, business reorganisations, and mergers and acquisitions.

Our tax team advises and assists client on various tax matters ranging from transfer pricing and thin capitalisation rules and taxation of intra-group transactions in general, business reorganisations, tax structuring in light of DTAs to which Rwanda is a party, VAT on cross-border service and intangible transactions, taxation of business transfer transactions, securing advance tax rulings, and representation of clients in tax disputes before the tax administration and Rwandan courts.

Our banking and finance team advises on various matters, including bilateral and syndicated financing transactions, derivative transactions, and financial sector regulation.

Our infrastructure and project development team assists various clients, including developers, finance parties, and sponsors involved in energy, transportation and real estate development projects. Our experience includes drafting and negotiating various project documents such as power purchase agreements (corporate and utility scale), rooftop lease agreements, EPC contracts, concession agreements and land documents.

Our labour and employment team advises and assists clients on matters including collective dismissal of employees due to business restructurings, drafting employment contracts for senior, medium-level and junior employees, restraint of trade, employee stock ownership plans and other benefits schemes, and representing clients before the labour inspectorate and Rwandan courts.

Our competition law team advises on various aspects of competition law such as vertical and horizontal agreements, abuse of dominance, unfair competition, and merger control both under national and EAC and COMESA laws.

Our charitable organisations team advises various charitable organisations on various aspects, including structuring their establishment in the Republic of Rwanda, drafting and negotiating agreements critical to their operations such as host country agreement and memorandum of understanding with relevant ministries, taxation of charities, and employment of expatriates.

Our dispute resolution team represents clients before all levels of State courts, and in arbitration and other dispute resolution forums. The team has represented clients in precedent-setting disputes, including taxation of business transfer transactions, setting aside arbitral awards, and application of VAT on cross-border supply of services.

the firm is frequently involved in the biggest deals in the market
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this team is widely recognised as one of the strongest in the market and receives high praise from sources, who say... they are the ones we see on big transactions, projects and financings
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they are attentive, professional, realistic and thorough in their research
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it has extensive experience dealing with international investors expanding into Rwanda, and is adept at handling the unique regulatory issues posed by doing business in the region
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experiENS

AMALGAMATION
Amalgamation of four Rwandan insurance companies.
ACQUISITION
Acquisition of a controlling stake in a Rwandan bank and subsequent merger of the acquirer’s subsidiary into the target.
TAX DISPUTE
Successful representation of a leading Rwandan petroleum company up to the Supreme Court in a precedent-setting multi-billion Rwandan francs tax dispute.
TAX
Provision of advice to a Swiss multinational company dealing in petroleum products in respect of application of VAT on imports and exports, taxation of bonded goods and Rwandan transfer pricing rules.
FINANCE
Financing of FRW50-billion for the leading telecommunications company in Rwanda from a syndicate of eight local banks.
DEBT FINANCING
Debt financing of USD140-million for a syndicate of multilateral lenders for the development of a 50 MW methane gas-to-power plant.
COLLECTIVE DISMISSAL
Collective dismissal of the employees of one of the largest insurance companies in Rwanda due to economic reasons, and successful representation of the same company in a labour dispute with its Executives.
RESTRUCTURE
Restructure of a Rwandan energy company into a holding company, including SPVs to separately run greenfield and brownfield projects.
PRIVATE EQUITY
Provision of advice to a private equity firm from the USA on the legal framework of C&I and utility scale solar PV projects in Rwanda.
DEVELOPMENT
Development of a USD22-million high-end luxury ecotourism lodge and village for a safari company operating luxury lodges in five African countries.
the team in Kigali benefits from an expansive African network and offers its clients fluent advice in English, French and Kinyarwanda
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contact

contact details

Kigali offices
Kacyiru KG 7th Avenue #35
Blue Star House 1st Floor - Wing B
Kigali
20093
Rwanda
tel: +250 252 551 500
www.ENSafrica.com
 

expertise

expertise

African regulatory and business intelligence
agribusiness
Asia
aviation
banking and finance
Broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE)
competition/antitrust
corporate commercial
dispute resolution
employment
environment
fiduciary
fintech
forensics
immigration
India
insolvency, business rescue and debt recovery
insurance
intellectual property (IP)
intelligENS
mine and occupational health and safety
mining
private clients
private equity
pro bono and corporate social investment
project development and project finance
real estate / property
shipping, ports and logistics
tax
technology, media and telecommunications