Leading firms in Burundi

Africase Burundi

Africase Burundi acts for a mix of domestic, multinational and governmental clients across a full range of legal matters. In addition to providing corporate, dispute resolution, financial services and tax advice, the firm’s dedicated expertise in IP and transport, among other areas, is particularly strong. It also has a growing focus on energy and telecoms clients. Founding partner and ‘star’ Abdoul Mtoka has broad international business law experience, across multiple jurisdictions. Faustin Cubahiro is a key name for banking matters and Aloys Nkengurutse has a combined corporate and disputes practice.

Practice head(s):

Abdoul Mtoka; Aloys Nkengurutse; Faustin Cubahiro

Other key lawyers:

Issa Hatibu


‘The firm is very intentional about providing business-relevant advice. They are proactive in protecting and promoting the business through giving key insights on the industry landscape both commercial and legal. The team has a wide range of experience and work jointly to make the overall experience in handling high-risk matters very comfortable.’

‘Abdoul Mtoka is a star. He is available and hands-on in all matters under his care. He is also very good in communicating and advising the business on commercial and legal risk in high-risk transactions.’

‘Faustin Cubahiro, the managing partner has partnered with us very efficiently to work consultatively to advise the business. Faustin is a key partner in handling our litigation and has assisted in pre-empting disputes and putting in place preventive measures to mitigate risks.’

‘Issa Hatibu has been great in handling our corporate filings and compliance in Burundi.’

Key clients

SITA (Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques)

Slanaigh Mining


The United States of America

Ashley Furniture Industries Inc.

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

International Energy Charter

Pfizer Inc.

Rubis Energie Burundi SA

Google LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rubis Énergie Burundi SA in commercial litigation cases worth more than $10m.
  • Advising Pfizer Inc. on the sale of its pharmaceutical products in Burundi.
  • Advising Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques on the acquisition and transfer of a telecoms licence in Burundi.

Rubeya & Co - Advocates

Part of DLA Piper’s Africa Alliance, Rubeya & Co – Advocates offers pan-African legal services to clients including governments, private companies, financial investors and major corporations. In addition to its strength in domestic legal matters, its lawyers offer quality services on cross-border matters in the mining, energy and financial services industries. Practice head Willy Rubeya is particularly noteworthy for his work in the natural resources space, in addition to experience in broader corporate and finance advice. Claver Nigarura is another key name for corporate matters and Ida Djuma has a focus on dispute resolution and financial services matters. Associate Ange-Dorine Irakoze is also noteworthy.

Practice head(s):

Willy Rubeya; Claver Nigarura

Other key lawyers:

Ida Djuma; Ange-Dorine Irakoze

Key clients

World Bank




KCB Burundi

Banque d’Investissement pour les Jeunes (BIJE)

Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA)


Health Net TPO Burundi

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Work highlights

  • Advised Bank Youth Bank for Investment on the drafting of various financing documents.