Our Main Experties

Energy and Mining

Our energy team advises clients in building and operating major power projects and securing production, transmission and distribution.

Our lawyers have been involved in Project finance deals and in negotiating and drafting the project documents, including:

  • Concession Agreements,
  • EPC Contracts,
  • O&M Contracts and financing and security documentation,
  • Power Purchase Agreements,
  • Public Private Partnerships,
  • Fuel Supply Agreements,
  • Land Agreements,
  • Construction Agreements,
  • Production Contracts,
  • Implementation Agreement.

Trust Juris Chambers’ lawyers advise our clients on issues relating to renewable energy including solar energy, as well advising them on tax, loan, insurance and guarantee, counter-guarantee documents, joint venture, joint operation and maintenance agreements, and related agreements.

Our team has advised and assisted international organisations on regulatory and environmental compliance related to power, mining and energy projects.

TJC has also assisted clients in application and negotiation for issuance of energy and mining licenses, researches and studies.

Telecommunications

Our lawyers advise clients on license negotiations, drafting and applications as well as government approvals.

We also advise clients on issues pertaining to use and import of telecommunication equipment, acquisition and sharing of telecom tower site,

installation of servers, reselling of bandwidth and telecom resources, tariff and license fees.

Our firm advise clients on comprehensive issues relating to telecommunications including:

 

 

  • Agreements relating to procurement of telecom equipment;
  • Interconnection agreements;
  • Acquisition and sharing agreements;
  • Payment of license fee and reselling of telecom resources;

Registration of Service Providers with the Telecommunications Regulator.

Competition

Trust Juris Chambers’ lawyers understand the workings of all regulating authorities in Burundi and will ensure your organisation remains fully compliant.

We have assisted clients on issues pertaining to notification of mergers to different competition bodies including national and regional.

Trust Juris competition law experts provide a full range of advice to clients on Antitrust and competition law matters, in particular:

  • Abuse of market position
  • Cartels
  • Competition law issues relating to distribution, supply, joint ventures and IP licensing
  • Complaints against competitors and suppliers
  • Risk and Compliance
  • Investigations
  • Merger control
  • Standardisation agreements
  • International Organizations aids

Incorporation of companies and NGOs

Our team advise international companies on entry strategy, regulatory framework, formation of joint ventures, obtaining foreign investment approvals and relevant telecom licenses from the Telecommunications Regulatory and Control Agency (ARCT).

Our lawyers advise clients on license negotiations, drafting and applications as well as government approvals.

We also advise clients on issues pertaining to use and import of telecommunication equipment, acquisition and sharing of telecom tower site, installation of servers, reselling of bandwidth and telecom resources, tariff and license fees.

Our firm advise clients on comprehensive issues relating to telecommunications including:

  • Agreements relating to procurement of telecom equipment;
  • Interconnection agreements;
  • Acquisition and sharing agreements;
  • Payment of license fee and reselling of telecom resources;

Registration of Service Providers with the Telecommunications Regulator.

Corporate and Commercial

 

Businesses have different requirements at different stages of their life cycle. Whether companies are funding growth, merger, acquisition, tax or governance advice or the exit that will realise their value, they will need an expert intervention.

Our corporate department supports them at every stage, delivering the full complement of legal services that businesses need – from venture capital and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures to corporate crime and regulatory compliance.

Clients instruct us first and foremost for our expertise and local knowledge, but they also appreciate the value for money that we provide.

 

Our full range of services includes:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate secretarial services
  • Drafting and negotiating of commercial contracts
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Investment funds and joint ventures
  • Restructurings and Insolvency
  • Corporate governance
  • Tax and Incentives
  • Corporate Crime and Regulation
  • Legal due diligence investigations

 

Trust Juris Chambers’ lawyers understand the workings of all regulating authorities in Burundi and will ensure your organisation remains fully compliant.

We have assisted clients on issues pertaining to notification of mergers to different competition bodies including national and regional.

Trust Juris competition law experts provide a full range of advice to clients on Antitrust and competition law matters, in particular:

  • Abuse of market position
  • Cartels
  • Competition law issues relating to distribution, supply, joint ventures and IP licensing
  • Complaints against competitors and suppliers
  • Risk and Compliance
  • Investigations
  • Merger control
  • Standardisation agreements
  • International Organizations aids

Employment and HR

It is our depth of experience that enables the Trust Juris Chambers lawyers to deliver exceptional results and proactive solutions on behalf of our clients. We assist employers in strategically responding to the wide range of human resources and regulatory issues that arise in the day-to-day management of their businesses in order to reduce workplace conflict and employer liability.

We also regularly act on behalf of individual employees at all levels, providing timely, strategic advice and advocacy for workplace disputes.

We assist our clients in all aspects of Employment and HR, including:

 

  • Employment contracts: service agreements, consultancy agreements, terms and conditions of employment
  • Compromise agreements
  • Immigration
  • Conduct of proceedings in Labour Tribunals, Appellate Courts and High Court
  • Redundancy advice and redundancy claims – collective and individual
  • Discrimination claims – ethnical/sexual/religious/disability
  • Restraint of trade, the enforcement of restrictive covenants, confidentiality and ancillary injunctive relief
  • Implementation of company policies on disciplinary and grievance procedures equal opportunities, religious and sexual discrimination, disability discrimination, etc.
  • Transfer of Undertakings and employment and pension issues arising from mergers and acquisitions
  • Employment insolvency issues in receiverships, administrations and liquidations
  • Boardroom disputes
  • Senior executive packages on appointment and termination
  • Employment benefits and employee share option schemes
  • Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation, Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Concerns
  • Termination Agreement
  • Wrongful and Constructive Dismissal Proceedings

Banking and Finance

 

Our firm works with a number of local and international clients on banking and securities. We serve in an advisory capacity for lenders and borrowers on aspects of structuring, negotiating and documenting of financial transactions.

 We also advise our clients on banking regulations, finance leasing arrangements, secured commercial lending, International trade, Project and corporate financing arrangements, equity and loan finance and in the taking, enforcement, perfection and realization of security interests.

Tax

Trust Juris Chambers’ lawyers advise a wide variety of clients. The Tax team provides a number of tax related services to our diverse client base. We have a market understanding of tax law issues to provide bespoke solutions to clients based in Burundi. 

Tax disputes

A tax dispute can be a stressful experience for any individual and/or their business. Trust Juris’ tax team specialises in advising clients on tax matters and assists to resolve disputes as quickly as possible and result in the best possible financial solution.

  • Tax advisory services

Trust Juris Chambers tax team provides advice to clients seeking to ensure that their tax structuring meets their requirements and is compliant with Burundi tax legislation. Our advice is wide ranging, from helping clients to understand how corporate tax may affect their assets and dividends, to advising on structuring for companies with regional wealth. Tax legislation is constantly changing and evolving, so it is imperative that tax structures are compliant and fit for purpose.

The tax team works extremely closely with a number of wealth professionals in a variety of businesses towards the country to ensure that the best in class offerings are constantly made available to our clients.

  • Tax compliance

Our personal tax compliance service compliments our private client offering, allowing the tax team to offer a full taxation service to our clients.

The advice that Trust Juris tax team provides is covered by a professional insurance, and as such guarantees our clients absolute discretion and confidentiality.

Litigation and Arbitration

 

Trust Juris Chambers’ litigation team has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration.

We always strive to resolve disputes quickly and effectively with as little disruption to the business as possible. We regularly negotiate amicable settlements in the best interest of the client’s commercial objectives and the legal risks at stake.

When litigation or arbitration is unavoidable, the team devises appropriate strategies taking into account the business objectives of our client. We resort to summary proceedings should the need arise, and to seizures at the earliest stage if required to secure enforcement.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Commercial litigation: we deal with various commercial disputes arising in the context of agreements, such as cooperation agreements, service agreements, commercial lease, manufacturing, purchasing and sales, debt recovery, general terms and conditions, distribution, agency, franchising.
  • Tax compliance:Our personal tax compliance service compliments our private client offering, allowing the tax team to offer a full taxation service to our clients.The advice that Trust Juris tax team provides is covered by a professional insurance, and as such guarantees our clients absolute discretion and confidentiality.
  • Tax advisory services

Trust Juris Chambers tax team provides advice to clients seeking to ensure that their tax structuring meets their requirements and is compliant with Burundi tax legislation. Our advice is wide ranging, from helping clients to understand how corporate tax may affect their assets and dividends, to advising on structuring for companies with regional wealth. Tax legislation is constantly changing and evolving, so it is imperative that tax structures are compliant and fit for purpose.

The tax team works extremely closely with a number of wealth professionals in a variety of businesses towards the country to ensure that the best in class offerings are constantly made available to our clients.

Intellectual Property

Trust Juris Chambers’ litigation team has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration.

We always strive to resolve disputes quickly and effectively with as little disruption to the business as possible. We regularly negotiate amicable settlements in the best interest of the client’s commercial objectives and the legal risks at stake.

When litigation or arbitration is unavoidable, the team devises appropriate strategies taking into account the business objectives of our client. We resort to summary proceedings should the need arise, and to seizures at the earliest stage if required to secure enforcement.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Commercial litigation: we deal with various commercial disputes arising in the context of agreements, such as cooperation agreements, service agreements, commercial lease, manufacturing, purchasing and sales, debt recovery, general terms and conditions, distribution, agency, franchising.

Corporate litigation: the team assists with all kinds of corporate disputes, such as shareholder’s disputes, joint venture agreements and other corporate agreements, liability of management, disputes arising out of share purchase agreements and investments, dissolution of companies.

  • Insolvency: we serve parties confronted with insolvency proceedings or bankruptcy of its debtors and provide assistance to companies and their stakeholders in restructurings and insolvency situations.

About

Trust Juris Chambers is a full service corporate and business law firm with a variety of clients including local and international corporations, private businesses, non-governmental and international organisations. Our main areas of practice are corporate and commercial, litigation and arbitration, employment, tax, intellectual property, competition, telecommunications, energy and mining.

Address

Trust Juris Chambers
7 Avenue Mwaro 
Rohero I (Quartier INSS)
P.O. Box: 6111
Bujumbura, Burundi
+257 22 27 96 44 / 75 654 000
info@trustjuris.com
www.trustjuris.com

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