Nature of practice and clients
Bowmans is a leading Pan-African law firm. Its track record of providing domestic and cross-border legal services in the fields of corporate law, banking and finance law, and dispute resolution, spans over a century.
With 400 specialised lawyers, Bowmans is differentiated by its geographical reach, independence and the quality of the legal services it provides.
The firm delivers integrated legal services to clients throughout Africa from six offices (Antananarivo, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi) in four countries (Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa and Uganda) and provides coverage of francophone OHADA jurisdictions across the continent from its office in Madagascar.
Bowmans works closely with leading Nigerian firm Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, which has offices in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, and has strong relationships with other leading law firms across the rest of Africa. It is a representative of Lex Mundi, a global association with more than 160 independent law firms in all the major centres across the globe.
Clients include corporates, multinationals and state-owned enterprises across a range of industry sectors as well as financial institutions and governments.
Bowmans's expertise is frequently recognised by independent research organisations. The firm has been named Africa Legal Adviser by DealMakers for the last two consecutive years (2014 and 2015) and South African Law Firm of the Year for 2016 by the Who’s Who Legal. Most recently Bowmans won the Banking, Finance and Restructuring Team of the Year, the Employment Team of the Year and the Property Team of the Year Awards at the prestigious African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa in 2016.
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