Who we are

We are legal specialists with unique African knowledge

Bowmans is a leading African law firm. Our track record of providing specialist legal services, both domestic and cross-border, in the fields of corporate law, banking and finance law and dispute resolution, spans over a century.

With six offices in four African countries and over 400 specialised lawyers, we are differentiated by our independence and the quality of legal services we provide.

We draw on our unique knowledge of the African business environment and in-depth understanding of the socio-political climate to advise clients on a wide range of legal issues. Our aim is to assist our clients in achieving their objectives as smoothly and efficiently as possible while minimising the legal and regulatory risks.

Our clients include corporates, multinationals and state-owned enterprises across a range of industry sectors as well as financial institutions and governments.

Our expertise is frequently recognised by independent research organisations. We were ranked first by deal value and second by deal count in Mergermarket’s 2018 Africa league tables for legal advisors. We received awards in five out of six categories at the Dealmakers East Africa Awards for 2018: top legal adviser in M&A for both deal flow and value, top legal adviser in General Corporate Finance for both transaction flow and value, and advised on the Deal of the Year. In the Dealmakers South Africa Awards for 2018, we were placed first for deal flow in the General Corporate Finance category.

We were named South African Law Firm of the Year for 2018 in the Chambers Africa Awards for Excellence and African Law Firm of the Year (Large Practice) at the African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa.  We were also one of only two firms that took home three practice awards – for Property and Construction Team of the Year, Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year and TMT Team of the Year.

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Our African footprint

We provide integrated legal services throughout Africa from six offices (Cape Town, Dar Es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi) in four countries.

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