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Désiré  Kamanzi

Désiré Kamanzi



  • Banking and finance
  • Commercial intellectual property
  • corporate commercial
  • capital markets

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Désiré Kamanzi is Head of ENSafrica in Rwanda. He is an advocate in business law, with a focus on commercial, contract, banking and finance, energy and infrastructure, labour and employment, mining, telecommunications and alternative dispute resolution.

Désiré’s experience includes assisting leading local and international investors in establishing their businesses in Rwanda, and he has acted for a number of major listed and unlisted clients in the mining, telecommunications, transport and financial services sectors.

Désiré serves as the secretary general for the Rwandan Law Society and has advised the Rwandan government through its Investment and Export Promotion Agency (currently the Rwanda Development Board) as its chief legal counsel and director for trade and investment promotion.

He has lectured at the law faculty of the National University of Rwanda and has been intricately involved in the drafting of key priority areas of Rwandan law.


  • Bachelor of Law (with Honours) (National University of Rwanda)
  • LLL (National University of Rwanda)
  • LLM in International Business Law (University of Ottawa)
  • Member of the Kigali Bar Association
  • Advocate of the High Court of Rwanda
Areas of Practice

Banking and finance | capital markets | Commercial intellectual property | corporate commercial | data privacy and protection | dispute resolution | Employment | intellectual property | international trade | Mining | natural resources and environment | oil and gas | Technology, media and telecommunications | technology, media and telecommunications (TMT)

Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

Désiré is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

  • Chambers Global Guide 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 – General Business Law (Rwanda)
  • IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 (Banking, Disputes, Energy and Infrastructure, M&A, Project Development, Project Finance) – Leading Lawyer – Highly Regarded (Rwanda)
  • The Legal 500 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers 2016 – Legal Market Overview (Burundi)


Rwanda: Measures Issued to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and their Potential Legal Implications
ENSafrica, March 2020

With effect from 14 March 2020, Rwanda’s Ministry of Health and other governmental bodies have issued several measures that will be implemented in order to mitigate the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This was turned into an almost total lockdown with immediate effect by a communiqué issued by the Office of the Prime Minister on 21 March 2020 and which will be in force during a two-week period (with possibility of extension)...

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