MUNYANEZA REMY

Remy Munyaneza holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Rwanda and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Institute of Legal Practice & Development (ILPD).

He is a member of the Rwanda Bar Association, the East African
Law Society and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. Remy is a professional trained mediator and is a notary as well.

Remy has acquired great experience in litigation, arbitration, mediation and advisory work having handled for more than ten years numerous criminal, commercial, labor, civil and many other cases. He has got great experience in criminal investigation having participated in big investigations. He is a trainer for the Rwanda Bar Association and a
member of the Rwanda Bar Association legal commission. Remy is a native speaker of Kinyarwanda, fluent in French and English and has a good command of Swahili.

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HERBERT RUBASHA

Herbert is one of the founding Partners of MRB. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the National University of Rwanda, a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Pretoria – South Africa; a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration from the London Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Cert.  CIArb.)

Even before joining MRB Attorneys, Herbert had been involved in Commercial and Corporate transactions advisory assignments involving legal research, negotiations, and legal audits; due diligences, drawing and analysis of security instruments as well as creation of securities for Banks and other financial institutions in Rwanda.

Herbert has extensively negotiated businesses involving International Transactions, participated and led the Rwandan Government delegation in the negotiations relating to the harmonization of  the East Africa Community (EAC) Commercial laws. He has negotiated Joint Ventures for local and International companies, supply contracts, Labour agreements and many others.

Herbert has also done work on the national, regional and international human rights reporting regimes. Herbert has also taught Law at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) and the Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali (INILAK).  He is a member of the Rwanda Bar Association, the East African Law Society (EALS) and the Pan African Lawyers Union.

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EMMANUEL BUTARE

Butare is the Managing Partner and one of the founding Partners of MRB Attorneys. He holds an LLB (Hons) of the National University of Rwanda (NUR), LLM Ottawa University, a Postgraduate Diploma in legal Practice of the Institute of Legal Practice & Development, and a Certificate in Global Arbitration from Hamline University School of Law, Minnesota, USA in conjunction with International School of Business Studies, Queen Mary University, London.

He has worked as a Principal State Attorney at the Rwandan Ministry of Justice. Butare has handled big cases through litigation, mediation and or Arbitration. He also served as a Secretary to the Commission on out-of-court settlement of disputes against the government of Rwanda. He was part of the team that negotiated the Declaration for the launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area negotiations between the EAC, COMESA and SADC.

Butare has been involved in different high profile advisory work including insolvency as receiver for SOPROTEL Ltd.  Emmanuel has got vast experience in research, training management and academia having worked as a Lecturer and consultant with the National University of Rwanda; and as a trainer for the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD). He is a member of the Rwanda Bar Association, the East Africa Law Society where he serves as a council member and Vice President – Strategic Litigation. He is also a member of the Pan African Lawyers Union.

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ATHANASE RUTABINGWA

Rutabingwa Athanase is one of the founding Partners of MRB Attorneys. He holds a Msc in International Trade Policy and Trade Law from Lund University-Sweden. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma from the Institute of Legal Practice & Development (ILPD) and a Fellow in Arbitration (FCIArb) from the London Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Athanase joined the Rwanda Bar Association in the year 2000. He enrolled as an advocate working with Rwanga and Company Advocates, and later with other lawyers established Kigali Allied Advocates in which he served as its Managing Partner until he together with others Partners formed MRB Attorneys in the year 2013. Athanase has got vast experience in commercial law matters and more specifically in commercial advisory services to corporate clients including financial institutions, sponsors, developers and Government institutions. Athanase is a well-qualified attorney in Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms (ADR), litigation in commercial law, banking, labour law, land law, and transport law. He has over the time in the course of his work and position in the Bar Association mastered Rwandan institutional relations. Athanase served as the President of the Rwanda Bar Association for two consecutive terms (2011- 2015). He served as a member as well as a Council Member of the East African Law Society. He served as the sitting President of the Conference International des Barreaux (CIB). He is a lecturer at the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD) in Rwanda.

Athanase served on a number of Boards of corporate entities: he served as a Director for SONARWA General Insurance Ltd (2014 – 2016); a Director for the Development Bank of Rwanda (2013 – 2020); a Company Secretary for several corporate entities. He has also served as the Chairman of the Kigali City Council (2016 – 2019).

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ANITA MUGENI

Anita is the one of the founding partners of MRB. She is a senior member of the Rwandan bar with a great training and experience in the civil law system. Anita possess an LLB degree from the, National University of Rwanda (NUR, 1996), LLM, FUSL- Universite Catholique de Louvain (2005).

Anita is a senior advocate who started her Legal practice as an advocate in 1998 working her way up as one of the most prolific commercial and litigation attorneys in Rwanda. She has worked on many commercial transaction advisory cases including dispute resolution, due diligences and insolvencies.

She has served as acting President of the Rwanda Bar Association (RBA), served as dean and council member of RBA, council member of the East African Law Society, a member of the RBA, the East African Law Society and the International Bar Association.  She has a great grounding in Kinyarwanda and French. Anita brings to MRB more than a decade and a half of immense experience in legal practice and academia having taught law at the National University of Rwanda, the Independent University of Kigali (ULK) and at the Institute of Legal Practice & Development (ILPD).

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GEORGE MUWANGUZI KALISA

Muwanguzi Kalisa is the Senior Partner and one of the founding partners of MRB. He is senior member of the Rwandan bar. He has undertaken a number of consultancy and advisory assignments in Rwanda and has closely worked with the Rwandan Justice Sector Cluster (JRLOS) on Rwanda’s justice sector reforms including working on new legislation, curriculum development and training.

George practiced law in Uganda for more than ten years representing corporate clientele that included companies, banks and government agencies. Having been entered on the roll of advocates of Rwanda for more than five years plus another five years of intensive legal consultancy work for the government of Rwanda as well as other local and international clients. George has two decades of legal advisory and consultancy experience as well as academia having taught comparative law at the National University of Rwanda as well as legal practice at the Institute of Legal Practice & Development (ILPD).

George holds an LLM from Makerere University, a Postgraduate Diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre – Kampala. George is a fellow of modern legal and legislative drafting of the University of Sydney law school in Australia as well as a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. He is a member of the Ugandan bar, the Rwandan Bar and the East African Law Society.

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