• +250 727 000 973
  • julien@ksolutions-law.com
  • KN 50ST Ganza - Kiyovu , Nyarugenge, Kigali City, Rwanda
  • P.O Box: 4062 Kigali, Rwanda.

Julien Kavuruganda | Senior Partner | K-Solutions & Partners

Background

Julien is the Founder & Senior Partner of K-Solutions & Partners in Kigali, Rwanda.  He is the President of the Rwanda Bar Association and Board member of the East African Law Society, Bank of Kigali and Kigali International Arbitration Center, and New Bugarama Mining Company Ltd.  Julien has over fifteen years of experience in real estate.  His practice covers corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, privatisation, banking and finance, investment funds, capital markets, arbitration, real estate and construction, energy and natural resources, and infrastructure law.

Julien is also actively involved in a number of environmental and ecological issues in the local community.


Membership in Professional Societies

  • Member, Brussels Bar Association
  • Member, East African Law Society
  • President of the Rwanda Bar Association
  • Board Member, Kigali International Arbitration Centre
  • President, African Business Law Harmonization – OHADA Rwanda
  • President, Rotary Club Kigali Mont Jali
  • Board Member, Bank of Kigali
  • Board Member, Starbucks Farmer Support Center Rwanda Ltd
  • Board Member, New Bugarama Mining Company
  • Vice Chairman of Rwanda Insolvency Administrator Board

Professional Qualifications

  • 2004 Master in Law  , LL.B., with distinction, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Kinyarwanda

Career Summary

  • 2007 – to date    Senior Partner, K-Solutions & Partners
  • 2004-2007         Associate,  De Wolf & Partners Law Firm

Awards & Accolades

  • Julien was ranked in Band 1 and described as the“face of the practice” and is vastly experienced in real estate matters as well as M&A, corporate, energy and banking law by Chambers 2019.
  • Julien is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Chambers Global, since 2015 to 2018 which recognizes that he is  “Smart and hard-working“.
  • Julien is “strong in banking, financing and contract negotiations.” – Chambers Global 2013
  • Julien is “a bright guy, practical and quite remarkable” – Chambers Global 2012.

Areas of Expertise

  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Mergers and Acquisition
  • Energy, Natural and Renewable Resources
  • Projects and Infrastructure
  • Real Estate, Property and Construction
  • Receivership and Insolvency
  • Arbitration

Top Matters

Institutional Reforms:

  • Advising BNP Paribas and Citibank London in the first Eurobond of Government of Rwanda worth US$ 400 million (April 2013)
  • Advising the East African Community on the harmonization of Business law in the Partner States  (On going)
  • Advising the Ministry of Finance for the first IPO in Rwanda: BRALIRWA IPO: government of Rwanda selling 25% of its shares in BRALIRWA (2011)
  • Drafting the law establishing and organizing the Capital Market in Rwanda (2010)
  • Advising the government of the Rwanda (Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Commerce) under Belgian financing for the harmonization of domestic business law with OHADA Uniform Acts (On going)
  • Advising the government of Rwanda for the review and evaluation of the New Company Act of Rwanda (On going)
  • Advising the Rwanda Development Board in the review of the domestic business law and licensing reform (2011)
  • Drafting the statutes of the new Kigali International Arbitration Center (2011)

Mining:

  • Advising the consultant drafting the new Mining Law in Rwanda and advising, assisting and representing  several mining operators in relation to the granting and/or transfer of their mining permits (On going)
  • Advising a Belgian company on the acquisition of mining interests and the setting up of joint ventures, Negotiating a concession agreement for the Company signed with the Government of Rwanda in January 2013 and now seating on Board of that Company

Tourism and Fair Trade:

  • Advising and assisting an International Foundation in the creation of Public Private Partnership for the management of the National Park (On going)

Real Estate:

  • Advising a Belgian Real Estate Company (THOMAS & PIRON GRANDS LACS) for the Construction of 234 houses in Rwanda (2009)

Power, Water and Electricity:

  • Advising a South African company for the granting of a concession for the operation of converting gas to power and the setting up of a local structure
  • Legal adviser and representing in Court EWSA’s (Energy Water Sanitation Authority)
  • Advising a French Company willing to secure a license to extract Methane Gas in the lake Kivu and convert it in electricity

Banking and Finance:

  • Advising and Assisting a European Investment Bank for the legal due diligence and negotiations for the acquisition of a local commercial bank (2008)
  • Handling giving legal advice and handling all litigation on the behalf of Banks, Microfinance, Investment Fund (2008)