Bowmans recognised in IFLR1000’s Financial and Corporate Guide for 2020

Less than a month after confirming Bowmans’ status as the leading multi-jurisdictional M&A adviser in Africa, IFLR1000 has once again recognised the firm’s expertise in its Financial and Corporate Guide for 2020. Eighteen of Bowmans’ practices across five jurisdictions (Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda) were ranked (eight in the top tier) and 37 of its lawyers were recognised. Bowmans is rated in the top tier in Kenya for Financial and Corporate, and Mining; in South Africa for Capital Markets, Power, and Mergers and Acquisitions; and in Uganda for Financial and Corporate, and Project Development. Of the 37 recognised lawyers, 30 were identified as ‘Highly Regarded’, four were named as 'Notable Practitioners' and three were labelled as ‘Rising Stars’. This is the thirtieth edition of the publication, which identifies and ranks ‘leading financial and corporate law firms and lawyers’ in around 170 countries. According to the publishers, the research and rankings are assessed ‘on the basis of transactional advice’. Chairman and senior partner Robert Legh says, ‘These results are very pleasing. We aim to help our clients with their most complex legal problems in Africa. Because IFLR’s research is based on the work that we’ve been doing for clients over the past year, they provide a good indication of how we’re doing on this front.’

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Bwalya Chilufya-Musonda is a partner in our Zambian practice.

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Accolades

African Legal Awards, 2020

We won awards in three categories and were highly commended in a further four categories. We were named Competition Team of the Year, Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year and Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year. In addition we were highly commended in the African Law Firm of the Year – Law Practice, the Innovation Team of the Year, the Intellectual Property Team of the Year and the Mergers and Acquisitions Team of the Year categories.

IFLR1000 Awards for Sub-Saharan Africa, 2020

We received 10 awards across four jurisdictions confirming our leadership when it comes to advising on multijurisdictional mergers and acquisitions in Africa. We were named Tanzania Firm of the Year, Uganda Firm of the Year, and were recognised as the overall M&A Team of the Year. We were also acknowledged for: advising on the Domestic Deal of the Year (Commercial Bank of Africa and NIC Bank transaction) in four jurisdictions: Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda; advising on the M&A Deal of the Year (American Tower Corporation and Eaton Towers Africa transaction) in two jurisdictions: Kenya and Uganda; and being the M&A Firm of the Year in South Africa

Dealmakers East Africa Awards 2019, held in 2020

We received awards in in three out of four categories: top legal adviser in the M&A Category for both deal flow and value and advised on the Deal of the Year (the NIC/CBA merger).

Dealmakers South Africa Awards 2019, held in 2020

We were placed third for deal value in the M&A Category and advised on the Deal of the Year (PepsiCo’s acquisition of Pioneer Foods) and the BEE Deal of the Year (Isanti Glass’ acquisition of Nampak Glass).