Bowmans’ ‘market-leading’ position across Africa continues to be recognised by independent research organisations

Bowmans expertise in East and South Africa has, once again, been lauded in The Legal 500’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Report for 2021. The report, which was released yesterday (14 April 2021), provides a third-party endorsement of the firm’s market-leading position across Africa. Chairman and senior partner, Robert Legh, says: ‘We are very proud of this hard-earned recognition across our geographical footprint in Africa.’ Bowmans expertise was rated in 20 practice areas, with 11 of these being included in the top tier. A total of 66 lawyers were mentioned by name in the commentary for their standout contributions in various practice areas. Further, three of Bowmans’ lawyers were included in the prestigious 'hall of fame' list; 19 were named ‘leading individuals’; seven were recognised as ‘next generation partners’, and five were included in the ‘rising stars’ category. The rankings are determined by extensive research into the capabilities of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions. According to the publication, the Legal 500 highlights the teams that are providing the ‘most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel’. According to the report, Bowmans has ‘built a major presence in East Africa with the Dar es Salaam office having an integral role in the firm's growth in the region’ (Leading firms, Tanzania); Its Kampala office ‘is well placed to advise on high-value cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, expansion into new jurisdictions, and multi-jurisdictional compliance matters’ (Leading firms, Uganda); The firm continues ‘to be at the forefront of cross-border M&A, with a number of mandates coming from foreign investors. The practice is a growing force in Africa cross-border deals, thanks in part to its mounting number of offices throughout the continent. Private equity is another key forte for the prestigious team’ (Commercial, corporate and M&A, South Africa); Bowmans is ‘frequently cited as a market leader in banking, finance and capital markets’ and have, ‘set the pace in capital markets, fintech, structured trade and commodities finance, and project finance’ (Banking, finance and capital markets, Kenya); and Its dispute resolution expertise in South Africa is ‘focused on key areas such as commercial disputes, class action cases, restructuring litigation and shareholder disputes… and international arbitration is another growth area’ and Bowmans has ‘an established presence in intellectual property disputes, international arbitration, tax litigation and insolvency cases’ in Kenya (Dispute resolution).


Tholinhlanhla Gcabashe

Tholinhlanhla (Tholi) Gcabashe is the Co-Head of M&A in our Johannesburg office.

He specialises in domestic and cross-border private mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and commercial matters, and has also been part of many high-profile M&A transactions in South Africa’s telecommunications, insurance, investment and property industries.



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Dealmakers Africa Awards, 2020

We ranked first for number of M&A transactions worked on in East Africa, with more than 26% of the market share of matters reported in the region. We also advised on the matter named East Africa Deal of the Year.

Dealmakers South Africa Awards, 2020

We placed third for both transaction value and transaction volume in the General Corporate Finance Category and fourth for both deal value and deal volume in the M&A Category.

Mergermarket Rankings, 2020

We were identified in Mergermarket’s African and Middle East league tables as the top ranked legal firm by number of completed deals in 2020.

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.