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Litigation, Arbitration and Regulatory

Our litigation and regulatory lawyers in Rwanda are skilled in litigation, arbitration, investigations and alternative dispute resolution and will deploy that experience to help you devise the best strategies.

In an environment where regulation and its enforcement will only increase, we recognize that effective compliance and avoidance of regulatory intervention are business critical issues for our clients.

We have the local knowledge to apply the regulatory, economic, political and cultural context to legal issues and develop case strategies, including technically challenging or complex multi-jurisdictional matters.

Our lawyers in Rwanda are experienced in providing the highest quality public law advice informed by a detailed knowledge and understanding of government and government processes.

We advise both public and private sector clients on a wide range of matters arising from the development, passage, content, interpretation and application of laws and regulations, as well as dispute resolution and investigative processes, including judicial review, public inquiries, statutory appeals and tribunal processes.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Colette Bitali
Colette Bitali AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Understanding global antitrust and competition rules is a necessary and prudent part of any successful business strategy in today's global economy.

Whether your company is large or small, if it is considering forming a business alliance, moving into a new market, taking a new tack with its competitors, implementing a new production, marketing or distribution strategy, or growing through corporate development, our lawyers in Rwanda can assist with the requirements of antitrust and competition laws.

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Moses Gatama Kiiza
Moses Gatama Kiiza PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Ian Mulisa
Ian Mulisa PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

The aviation industry is constantly changing and novel issues regularly arise. The international nature of aviation means that when disputes arise, they tend to be cross-border. Varying business cultures, legal frameworks and business practices can make the resolution of disputes time-consuming and potentially very costly.

Our lawyers in Rwanda are on hand to provide cost-effective assistance aligned to the client's commercial objectives and protection of its business.

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Moses Gatama Kiiza
Moses Gatama Kiiza PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Ian Mulisa
Ian Mulisa PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis and foreign currency exchanges, banks and other financial institutions need now, more than ever, to reduce and manage legal, regulatory, financial and reputational risks.

We are experienced in handling large and complex investigations and claims and are regularly instructed by large financial institutions in relation to their most substantial and sensitive disputes in Rwanda and beyond.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Moses Gatama Kiiza
Moses Gatama Kiiza PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Infrastructure, energy and construction projects are technically complicated, strategically important and high value and often involve multiple parties.

We know that disputes do not take place in a vacuum, but are firmly rooted in cultural, political and economic environments, and we have experience dealing with such disputes in Rwanda.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Moses Gatama Kiiza
Moses Gatama Kiiza PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

When securities litigation arises in the context of a broader corporate crisis, we work closely with our white collar and securities enforcement teams to assist clients in related civil and criminal investigations, enforcement proceedings, congressional inquiries and criminal trials.

Our lawyers in Rwanda represent public corporations, individual officers and directors of corporations, underwriters, accounting firms, and investment advisers in every area of securities litigation.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Moses Gatama Kiiza
Moses Gatama Kiiza PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Our experienced environmental, health and safety lawyers design innovative and practical solutions to complex problems that arise from the laws and policies governing environmental protection, energy, natural resources, health and safety at work, and product safety in Rwanda.

We anticipate, track and find solutions to the traditional, ever-changing and emerging environment, health and safety issues that concern local, national and international businesses.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Moses Gatama Kiiza
Moses Gatama Kiiza PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Our lawyers have experience helping clients with international operations meet the evolving – and sometimes conflicting – expectations of regulatory and enforcement agencies in Rwanda.

We guide clients in all aspects of designing, implementing and managing compliance programs, assessing and mitigating risk, remediating compliance issues and running internal investigations.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Colette Bitali
Colette Bitali AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Our lawyers in Rwanda are experienced in handling complex, large-scale insurance and reinsurance disputes.

We regularly represent insurers and reinsurers in in all forms of dispute resolution — litigation, arbitration and alternate dispute resolution — as well as providing counsel including coverage analyses, claim monitoring and assistance with policy drafting and regulatory issues.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Moses Gatama Kiiza
Moses Gatama Kiiza PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Cross-border disputes are ever more significant in international business. International arbitration has increasingly become the preferred method of resolving such disputes, offering the benefits of greater flexibility, confidentiality and crucially, prospects for enforcement, than national court based litigation.

Our lawyers have experience in conducting international arbitration including acting as counsel or sitting as arbitrator under Rwandan ad hoc tribunals and the Kigali International Arbitration Center, as well as assisting in matters before other international arbitral institutions.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Moses Gatama Kiiza
Moses Gatama Kiiza PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Understanding human rights impacts is an essential component of integrity, risk management and citizenship. In addition to minimizing litigation risks, demonstrating respect for human rights is vital to building a culture of trust and integrity, protecting brand profile and enhancing reputation, managing investor and shareholder relations and making companies attractive business partners.

Our business and human rights lawyers in Rwanda have multi-jurisdictional, cross-practice experience to support business in this emerging area.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Casandra Kabagyema
Casandra Kabagyema Senior AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Our international trade lawyers offer trade, lobbying and communications support to public and private sector clients in Rwanda and beyond.

Our objective is to help our clients, whether business or government to navigate their way through the complex network of regulation, legislation and standards that govern global policy making; to understand policy creation and decision making processes and to ensure their opinion is heard and heeded in global capitals.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Colette Bitali
Colette Bitali AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Comprising white collar crime and regulatory defense lawyers, dedicated investigative lawyers, and former regulators, government attorneys and prosecutors, our multi-disciplinary and cross-border team can deal with all kinds of investigations, in particular relating to audit inquiries, bribery and corruption, fraud, money laundering, market abuse, tax evasion, product liability, labor law issues, sanctions breaches and anti-competitive behavior.

We manage complex cross-border investigations and asset recovery exercises and we can assist to prepare for and respond to cyber-attack in Rwanda and beyond.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Colette Bitali
Colette Bitali AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

IT and telecommunication services are business critical. It is of paramount importance for businesses to have at their disposal lawyers who understand the IT and telecoms sector, are experienced in handling large-scale commercial, regulatory and competition disputes and who can deliver value for money.

Our lawyers in Rwanda are experienced in all methods of dispute resolution including litigation, international arbitration, mediation and expert determination.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Colette Bitali
Colette Bitali AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Our lawyers in Rwanda are well placed to assist clients with all aspects of merger control.

We are accustomed to navigating the complexities of different merger control regimes and coordinating our efforts across the globe to ensure a timely and consistent approach.

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Moses Gatama Kiiza
Moses Gatama Kiiza PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Ian Mulisa
Ian Mulisa PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Our lawyers assist our manufacturing clients on risk, compliance and business management at every stage of the product life cycle.

We are positioned to defend claims of any scope in Rwanda. We help our clients keep ahead of the game on compliance with product safety legislation, lobbying and engaging if necessary with government legislatures and the public regulatory authorities.

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Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Colette Bitali
Colette Bitali AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies globally are now more powerful than ever before. They are showing greater willingness to use the powers made available to them, encouraged by government initiatives, to persuade companies that regulation must be taken seriously.

Our lawyers can help clients manage a crisis, provide guidance through an investigation and provide advice on becoming fully compliant with specific regulations in Rwanda and beyond.

Key contacts

Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Colette Bitali
Colette Bitali AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Experience has included advising:

  • A subsidiary of a multinational telecom company in a tax dispute
  • A leading international development organization in resolution of a management contract dispute
  • A multinational company in enforcement of its claims in an insolvency matter

The development of the digital economy: Competition regulation in Africa

Digital transformation is a driving force for innovative, inclusive and sustainable growth. The digital economy encompasses the economic and social activities that are boosted by platforms such as mobile and sensor networks, including e-commerce. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents an opportunity to boost growth, reduce poverty and expand economic inclusion in Africa.

Data collection in the health and education sectors: An African perspective

Many African countries are still grappling with the impact of the lockdown initiatives caused by COVID-19.1 Adapting to the health and safety protocols across Africa has meant a significant increase in the sheer volume of data being processed, particularly in the health and education sectors.

Decision Support Systems: Using technology to enhance decision-making in the African legal industry

Whether drafting legal documents, litigating, or managing a law firm, legal professionals are expected to predict, with a relatively high degree of certainty, the possible consequences of every step they take and every word they communicate. Then, having considered all the possible consequences, they must decide on the best course of action. Any such decision typically involves having several alternatives, comparing them and evaluating their outcomes.

Litigation funding in Africa: Maximizing opportunities

Third-party funding is not new; however, it is about to enter a period of unprecedented global growth – notably in Africa. The measures implemented by governments in response to COVID-19, coupled with the rapid economic downturn and ongoing uncertainty arising from the pandemic, have created the perfect storm. The outlook may seem bleak, but third-party funding offers a ray of hope for beleaguered boardrooms looking to maximize cashflow in this unpredictable period.