M&A specialist Stimela Mokoena joins Bowmans as partner

Leading African law firm Bowmans is growing once again. The firm has appointed mergers and acquisitions lawyer Stimela Mokoena as a partner in its Johannesburg office M&A Practice with effect from 1 April 2022. Mokoena joins Bowmans with 11 years’ experience as an M&A attorney. He specialises in M&A, corporate reorganisations and restructurings, corporate finance, empowerment ventures, stock exchange securities transactions as well as capital markets, private equity and regulatory work involving the JSE and Takeover Regulation Panel. He has represented government bodies as well as clients in both listed and unlisted environments and worked on cross-border transactions in Africa. He has extensive experience in the mining industry and has also worked in the construction and engineering, transport and renewable energy sectors. Bowmans chairman and senior partner, Ezra Davids, says: ‘This is an opportune time for a lawyer of Stimela’s calibre to join Bowmans. M&A activity is on the resurgence across Africa and his experience, much of it gained in international transactions on African soil, will serve our clients well.’ Mokoena has an LLB from the University of Johannesburg and qualifications in advanced company law, international business transactions law and private equity from the University of the Witwatersrand and the Gordon Institute of Business Science. Davids concludes, ‘We are delighted that Stimela has decided to join us. His skills in the M&A space will augment those of our renowned M&A team, with a strong presence in the mining sector. His experience will serve us well as we continue in our quest to build the pre-eminent African law firm.’


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Chambers Africa Awards, 2022

Our Kenyan practice was named Kenya Law Firm of the Year and our chairman and senior partner, Ezra Davids, was named South Africa Lawyer of the Year.

IFLR Africa Awards, 2021

We received three awards including the awards for National Law Firm of the Year in both South Africa and Zambia. We were also named National Law Firm of the Year: South Africa (Project Finance) for our work on various project finance matters including the Beitbridge Border Post Modernisation Project, which was named Project Finance Deal of the Year.

African Legal Awards, 2021

We won awards in five categories, more than any other single firm. We were named Capital Markets Team of the Year,  Environmental and Renewables Team of the Year, Restructuring Team of the Year, and Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year, and won the Crisis Management Initiative of the Year Award.

Dealmakers South Africa Awards, 2021

We placed first by deal flow and second by deal value in the Unlisted M&A Transactions category; first by deal flow and third by deal value in the BEE Deals category; third and fourth by value and flow respectively, in the Listed Company M&A Transactions category; and fourth by deal value and deal flow in the General Corporate Finance category.