Who we are

Bowmans exists to help our clients overcome legal complexity and unlock opportunity in Africa.

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 seven offices in five African countries and over 400 specialised lawyers, we draw on our unique knowledge of the business and socio-political environment to advise clients on a wide range of legal issues.

Everywhere we work, we offer clients a service that uniquely blends expertise in the law, knowledge of the local market and an understanding of their businesses. Our aim is to assist them to achieve 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. We also received the 2019 awards for Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year and TMT Team of the Year at the African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa.

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Our African footprint

An African firm within a global network

We provide integrated legal services throughout Africa from seven offices (Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg, Kampala, Nairobi and Moka) in five countries.

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