Rubeya & Co-Advocates is a Burundian law firm with an overriding goal to work alongside our clients as a trusted adviser, providing the support they need to thrive in this dynamic economic environment throughout Burundi since November 2001.


Rubeya & Co-Advocates is a member of DLA Piper Africa, an alliance of independent law firms in Africa, a network that benefits from the expertise of DLA Piper Global by sharing knowledge, learning and training leading to the development of the legal profession in Africa.


Rubeya & Co-Advocates  includes ten lawyers: five partners, five associates, and eight support staff members. The team works together in a highly integrated manner to leverage expertise and experience for clients’ benefit.


As a result, our lawyers are involved in many of the most influential commercial ventures and are known for providing clients with pioneering solutions to the toughest legal challenges.

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  •   Claver Nigarura
  •   Managing Partner
  •   Burundi
  •   T+ 257 22 24 89 10
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Summary Profile

Claver Nigarura is the Managing Partner at Rubeya & Co-Advocates. Claver joined the firm in 2005 and advises on corporate, M&A, intellectual property, NTIC, human resource and employment law. He provides clients with legal advice based on theoretical knowledge and the opinion of the courts.

Claver has experience in litigation in front of all the courts in Burundi. He has in depth knowledge of the new technology and communication law, especially internet law.


  • LLB, University of Burundi


  • Burundi Bar Association
  • East African Law Society


  • Advising international clients based in the USA, Kenya, South Africa, Germany and China on trade mark registration procedures, patents, industrial model and design and intellectual property.
  • Advising and international company on the effect of the assignment of a patent in the Burundi jurisdiction.
  • Speaker on legal matters relating to internet governance to public and private sector audiences.
  • Advising international organisations on the effects of fusion acquisition procedures in Burundi.
  • Commenting on decisions made by the Burundi Supreme Court.
  • Team leader in a due diligence investigation on a subsidiary of major oil marketer for its acquisition by a major international company.
  • Involvement in the liquidation of a coffee company.
  • Team leader in a legal due diligence investigation on a large pharmaceutical company on behalf of a regional bank prior to granting a US$3 million loan.
  • Advising on the acquisition of a major telecommunications company in Burundi.
  • Legal opinion on the distribution agreement between an international pharmaceutical company and a Burundi based pharmaceutical company.


  • La responsabilité civile de l'intermédiaire d'assurance, 2005

Training attended

  • Certificate, Centre International de Formation des Avocats Francophones (Bénin).
  • Certificate, Bar Association of Paris (France).
  • Certificate, Diplofoundation on Internet Governance.
  • Certificate, Diplofoundation on Advanced Intellectual Property Rights.
  • Certificate, WIPO and the Graduate School of Business (Cape Town) on Strategic Management of Intellectual Property.


  • French
  • English
  • Swahili
  • Kirundi

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