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Real Estate

Our real estate lawyers in Rwanda offer a full range of services in areas including acquisitions and disposals, construction law, financing, commercial real estate, land use, planning and development, leasing, environmental law, insurance and tax.

Real estate has emerged as an attractive long-term investment for investors seeking diversification and stable yields within an uncertain economy. These investors now have needs that transcend borders resulting in the emergence of a global real estate industry.

Our clients benefit from our significant experience in orchestrating complex, long-term projects that involve drafting documentation, facilitating negotiations, navigating legal and regulatory issues and, when necessary, litigating on their behalf.

The successful completion of any construction project depends on the quality of the project documents and ensuring that the project is delivered to the required standard, on budget and on time.

Our lawyers are experienced in all sectors of the construction and engineering industry in Rwanda including energy, infrastructure and development. We advise on all manner of procurement methods, from commercial developments to major international, domestic, civil and process engineering and energy projects.

Key contacts

Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Ian Mulisa
Ian Mulisa PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Obtaining consent for your project in Rwanda can be a minefield of political pressure and legal risk. Our focus is always on helping our clients to successfully negotiate that minefield efficiently and effectively.

Our lawyers act for both the private and public sectors, including developers, infrastructure providers, government departments and local authorities. Our clients trust us to lead their most politically sensitive and legally contentious projects.

Key contacts

Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Ian Mulisa
Ian Mulisa PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

An effective real estate strategy must be integrated with business operations. It must enhance flexibility while diminishing cost and risk and, where appropriate, release capital for the business.

Our lawyers' knowledge of our clients’ businesses as well as the underlying legal issues they face is key to our advice to any organization which needs to buy, sell, manage or lease land or buildings in Rwanda.

Key contacts

Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Ian Mulisa
Ian Mulisa PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Our lawyers' experience guiding commercial development projects gives our clients a competitive advantage. Clients seek us out because we deliver the full range of services necessary to conceive, implement and complete significant projects.

In Rwanda, we have handled city center and urban redevelopment projects, office towers with parking and retail components, and multi-phased mixed-use projects.

Key contacts

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

Our real estate finance lawyers in Rwanda advise both lenders and borrowers in finance transactions throughout the real estate industry.

Clients know they can rely on us at all stages of their real estate transactions, from the term sheet and structuring stage, through closing, tranching, syndication and securitization, administration, servicing and, if required, restructuring.

Key contacts

Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Ian Mulisa
Ian Mulisa PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Our lawyers in Rwanda represent clients for whom real estate is a core asset or an alternative investment and clients whose business operations have significant real estate needs.

We can advise in all areas of law including: structuring, financing and tax advisory; due diligence; acquisitions and disposals; property development; and leasing and facilities management.

Key contacts

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

Contentious issues can arise in even the most carefully managed real estate portfolios. Our real estate litigation lawyers in Rwanda have the market understanding to offer legal advice about those issues that reflect our clients' business needs.

We also advise in relation to both high value and complex transactional work and day-to-day portfolio management issues, ranging from covenant and/or rights disputes on development sites to landlord and tenant issues such as the enforcement of tenant repair obligations.

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 Rwandan real estate developer in relation to the financing and development of residential apartments in Kigali.
  • A venture capital firm regarding the development of a USD27 million high rise commercial space property in Kigali.
  • An international bank and two other local banks regarding the financing of a four star hotel in Kigali.