IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

South African firm ENSafrica opened its first international office in August 2012 in Kigali, Rwanda.  

ENS is a pan-African law firm with over six hundred practitioners across offices in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda. 


Focusses / specialisms 

The firm has a particular focus in its work on the bank lending space. The office not only advises on domestic law, but also on foreign law such as English. 


Key clients 

The firm's key clients include MTN RwandacellSingita Partnership, Kountable, VISA Rwanda, General Electric International Operations Rwanda, International Finance Corporation, PROPARCO, Sanlam Emerging Markets Proprietary, CrossBoundary Energy, HIS Group, HQ Power Group, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Trade and Development Bank, OCP Group, Toyota Rwanda, and Prime Energy. 


Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

During the research period the firm was active in the banking and M&A practice areas.  

In banking, the firm’s work focused on loan work for lenders in the banking sector. These transactions were all domestic.  

In M&A, the firm’s work focused on share acquisition transactions for both buyers and sellers for a wide range of sectors including digital payments, renewables, telecommunications and private security services. 


Deal highlights: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

Agence Française de Développement loan 

International Finance Corporation loan 

MFS Africa acquisition of Beyonic 

Scatec Solar acquisition of Norfund 

3G Direct Pay Online disposal of Network International Holdings 


Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/21) 


Bank lending: Lender side

"They possess mastery in legal and commercial skills, ranging from the drafting of sophisticated financial covenants to creating security over every class of assets for any transaction that the bank has reached out to them for."


Banking and finance

"They were very responsive and precise - clear understanding of the brief and provision of advice and other deliverables in timely and professional fashion."


Project development: Energy

"Multidisciplinary team with legal practitioners having individually specialised knowledge and skills."


Dieudonne Nzafashwanayo

"Highly committed and highly responsive."


Landry Subira   

"Responsive, available for consultation, and knowledgeable."

"Professional, approachable, and knowledgeable."