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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  •   Willy Rubeya
  •   Chairman 
  •   Burundi
  •   T+ 257 22 24 89 10
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Summary Profile

Willy Rubeya is the Founding Partner of RUBEYA & Co-Advocates. He has been the Managing Partner for over 12 years, with significant experience in public private partnerships and concessions.

He is now the Chaiman of RUBEYA & Co-Advocates. He has been involved in the improvement of the business sector and has been a member of various official missions aimed at stimulating investment into Burundi.

Willy is highly recommended from clients in the infrastructure projects and focuses on infrastructure and finance projects, concession agreements, telecommunications, procurement and mining.


Willy Rubeya’s career began in Burundi in 2001 when he became a member of Burundi Bar Association. He started Rubeya & Co - Advocates five years later.


  • LLM (Philosophy, Peace building and Development), Trinity College, Dublin
  • LLB, University of Burundi


  • Burundi Bar Association
  • East African Law Society


  • Drafting a concession agreement for a hydroelectric project.
  • Drafting an opinion on legal aspect of the creation of Administrative and Business Center of Bujumbura.
  • Advising on a real estate transaction worth US$1 million.
  • Drafting a concession agreement concerning the Hotel Source du Nil of Bujumbura.
  • Reviewing of legal provision of the statistic and economical institute of Burundi (ISTEEBU).
  • Drafting PPP and a concession agreement affecting fibre optic cable scheme worth in excess of US$20 million.
  • Advising the IFC on various transactions worth US$5 million.
  • Advising PTA Bank in a transaction valued US$5 million.
  • Advising in a real estate project worth US$70 million.


  • La problématique du fondement de la responsabilité civile (2000)

Training attended

  • Professional Certificate (Law of Development (DLC – 24F), emphasis on negotiation, arbitration, PPP), International Development Organisation, Rome.
  • Professional Certificate, Centre International en Afrique de formation des avocats francophones, Bénin.
  • Professional Certificate (Public Procurement), International Development Organisation.

Market recognition

  • Chambers and Partners ranks Willy Rubeya in Band 2, General Business Law. Willy is rated as one of the preeminent lawyers in commercial practice, dynamic and committed whilst providing reliable and prompt services.


  • French
  • English
  • Swahili
  • Kirundi

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