Richard Mugisha

Mr. Richard Mugisha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA), a Bachelor of Laws degree(LLB) from the University of Lesotho in 1994 and Master of Laws (LLM) from New York University.

He is the Senior Partner of the firm that he founded in 2004. Formerly, he was the Manager, Procurement Policy and Legal affairs at the Rwanda National Tender Board for over five years. In the academic domain, he has taught and conducted tutorials at the University of Rwanda and Kigali Institute of Management, Science and Technology

He has led numerous assignments in Energy, Infrastructure & Mining as well as Banking and Finance and has been at the forefront of almost all the privatization deals in Rwanda.

He is cited by Chambers & Partners as a band 1 Attorney who is “go-to lawyer and a great negotiator” and “a leading Lawyer” by IFLR1000 legal directories.

He is the current President of the East African Law Society (EALS). He is also the former Chairman of the Business Law Reform Commission which reviewed all legislation affecting the commercial environment in Rwanda and serves on various National Committees, foundations and Company Boards in Rwanda.

He is a member of the Rwanda Bar Association & the East African Law Society, He is also a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

He is a native speaker of Kinyarwanda, has excellent command of English and a working knowledge of French.

Firm Overview:

Trust Law Chambers is a leading corporate and commercial law firm in Rwanda that has been providing world class legal advice and transaction services to a wide range of international and local clients since 2004.

Through our associations, we are integrated into an international network of leading law firms across the world.

This enables us to combine international best practices with our thorough knowledge of the Rwanda legal system and current government strategy to provide the most appropriate counsel.

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett is a partner in the firm’s Financial Services and Project Finance groups and leads the firm’s Project Finance team in Toronto.

Chris’ practice focuses on financial services with an emphasis on project finance, public-private partnerships, infrastructure and structured finance. Chris has extensive experience acting for domestic and international lenders, developers, equity sponsors and other participants in connection with complex project financings in many Canadian jurisdictions. He has led major transactions in a variety of industry sectors and asset classes, including social infrastructure, transportation, electricity and renewable energy. Chris’ experience includes a number of innovative project financings, including the first major healthcare P3 transaction in Canada to reach financial close, the first Canadian domestic monoline wrapped bank financing and the first combined bank-bond transportation project. He has represented all major categories of project finance lenders in the Canadian market, including domestic and foreign banks, private placement investors and bond underwriters.

Chris has spoken and written extensively on matters relating to project finance and public-private partnerships, including co-developing two courses on the law and policy of private partnerships at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, of which he has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 2007

Osler:

Osler is a leading business law firm practising nationally and internationally from offices across Canada and in New York. Our clients include industry and business leaders in all segments of the market and at various stages in the growth of their businesses. We have built our reputation on our commitment to our clients’ success and the experience, expertise and collaborative approach for which we are recognized. We believe that our success is a reflection of our clients’ success.

Osler is recognized for the breadth and depth of its practice in business law and is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top firms. We have leading lawyers in the specialized areas that allow our clients to succeed in their business objectives and deep industry expertise in the various sectors of the North American economy. We strive to provide innovative, solution-oriented advice in a practical and cost effective manner.

With more than 400 lawyers working together from offices across Canada in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Ottawa and our office in New York, we undertake mandates that cross Canada’s provincial borders as well as mandates that cross international borders. Increasingly, our clients are looking for seamless legal support across the United States – Canada border and we are well positioned to offer this support in the areas sought most often by our clients.

Takao Higuchi

Takao Higuchi is a partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. Mr. Higuchi graduated with an LL.B. from the University of Tokyo in 1987 and with an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 1995. He was admitted to practice law in Japan in 1989. He worked at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York (1995-1996) and Linklaters & Paines in London (1996-1997) as a visiting attorney.

He specializes in banking, energy, infrastructure and other projects (including PFIs and PPPs) and project finance

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu:

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is widely known as a leading law firm and the foremost provider of international and commercial legal services in Japan.

We represent domestic and foreign companies and organizations involved in every major industry sector and in every legal service area in Japan.

Olga Revzina

Olga is the head of our infrastructure and private-public partnership (PPP) practice in Russia. She specialises in infrastructure development projects, including PPP (concession) projects. Olga advises public clients (state authorities, state-owned companies), Russian and international sponsors and lenders, as well as subcontractors and operators on all aspects of transport projects (airports, toll roads, rail roads, ports, parking), utilities (water services, heating systems, waste disposal) and energy projects.

Olga was one of the few lawyers involved in the very first attempts to implement PPP projects in Russia in the early 2000s. Olga actively participates in the elaboration of PPP legislation in the Council of Experts of the State Duma and Council of Experts of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

Chambers Europe has ranked Olga Revzina in the 1st tier for PPP in Russia since 2007.

Olga graduated from the Moscow State University law school. She is a member of the Paris Bar and the St Petersburg Bar. She speaks fluent Russian, English and French

PPP Law Practice:

We have been a leading force in international PPPs since the earliest days of the Channel Tunnel (more than two decades ago). Since then we have led the evolution of the model across many jurisdictions and sectors, having advised on all major PPP projects completed to date in Australia.

We have a leading reputation for providing commercially focused advice to all the various parties involved in major public transport and infrastructure projects around the world — from governments and project sponsors to key ancillary parties such as consultants, lenders, contractors and property developers — on all aspects of such projects, including the development of both appropriate regulatory frameworks and contractual structures together with review and advice on sector governance, economic, commercial and environmental regulations.

We are particularly good at getting to the core of complex, novel issues, being creative, and delivering commercial outcomes in extremely difficult circumstances. We have developed a reputation for advising on the large, complex, bespoke PFIs and other PPPs where the standardised approach does not work or requires significant modification

Herbert Smith Freehills:

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we advise many of the biggest and most ambitious organisations across all major regions of the globe. Our clients trust us with their most important transactions, disputes and projects because of our ability to cut through complexity and mitigate risk.

We can help you thrive in the global economy. Operating from over 20 offices spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, we can deliver whatever expertise you need, wherever you need it.

Because technical ability alone is not enough, we seek to build exceptional working relationships with our clients. By doing so, we are able to develop a deeper understanding of our clients’ businesses, provide commercially astute, innovative advice and create better business outcomes for our clients.