Ranked in 1 Practice Areas

Band 3

General Business Law


1 Years Ranked


Provided by Jean Claude Mutabazi Abayo


Practice Areas

Corporate and commercial law

Banking and Finance

Real estate


Intellectual property

Capital market

Infrastructure, Energy and natural resources


Data protection, privacy and cyber laws.

Professional Memberships

Rwanda Bar Association

East African Law Society

Languages Spoken






Lawyer by career

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Work Highlights

Jean Claude Mutabazi Abayo stands as a beacon of excellence in the Rwandan legal sphere, boasting a distinguished career marked by unparalleled expertise and unwavering dedication. With a profound understanding of corporate and commercial law, he hase seamlessly guided multinational corporations through intricate mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards while fostering growth and innovation. His adept negotiation skills have facilitated numerous high-value transactions, earning the trust of clients across diverse industries.

In the realm of banking and finance, Jean Claude Mutabazi Abayo has served as a trusted advisor to major financial institutions in Rwanda, offering strategic counsel on complex financing arrangements and regulatory compliance. His commitment to excellence extends to the real estate sector, where he has orchestrated landmark transactions and provided strategic guidance on property development projects, zoning regulations, and land use matters. Through meticulous attention to detail and astute negotiation tactics, he has consistently delivered favorable outcomes for developers, investors, and commercial entities alike.

Moreover, Jean Claude Mutabazi Abayo has been at the forefront of legal innovation, particularly in emerging fields such as fintech, intellectual property, and data protection. He spearheaded the development of legal frameworks for fintech startups, navigated complex intellectual property landscapes, and crafted robust data protection policies to safeguard clients' sensitive information. His comprehensive understanding of capital markets, infrastructure development, and energy ventures has further solidified his reputation as a trusted advisor in high-stakes transactions.


Jean Claude Mutabazi Abayo has been the Managing Partner at Abayo & Co. advocates since 2009 up to date while he was admitted to the Rwanda Bar Association in 2010.

Prior to establishing Abayo & Co. Advocates, Jean Claude Mutabazi Abayo served as the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Rwanda from 2006 to 2009, following his role as Registrar of the High Court of Rwanda from 2004 to 2006.

Additionally, Jean Claude Mutabazi Abayo is qualified as an ordinary private notary, private land notary, insolvency administrator, and arbitrator.


University of Rwanda

Masters Degree

2006 - 2008

Kigali Independent University (ULK)

Bachelors Degree

2000 - 2004

Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD)

Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

2017 - 2018

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