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Bowmans is a leading Pan-African law firm. 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 six offices in four African countries and over 400 specialised lawyers, we are differentiated by our geographical reach, independence and the quality of legal services we provide. 


We draw on our unique knowledge of the African business environment and in-depth understanding of the socio-political climate to advise clients on a wide range of legal issues. Our aim is to assist our clients in achieving 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 have been named Africa Legal Adviser by DealMakers for the last two consecutive years (2014 and 2015). Most recently our South African office was named South African Law Firm of the Year for 2016 by the Who’s Who Legal. We also won the Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year and the IP Team of the Year Awards at the prestigious African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Lawyers Association in 2015.

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Competition law developments in Africa

Competition law in Africa is becoming increasingly active and, in certain respects, complex. Bowmans takes a closer look.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 11 January 2017 | Practice Area: Non-EU Competition Law

The laws governing M&A activity in Africa

In an extract from the Global M&A Guide 2017, four Bowmans partners examine the African landscape.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 06 January 2017 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

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UK Tax Bill shows there’s no need for a sugar rush

Less than a month after South Africa Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced the proposed new tax on sugar sweetened beverages, his UK counterpart Chancellor George Osborne announced a similar initiative.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 04 January 2017 | Practice Area: Central Government

Uganda moves to further regulate the financial sector

The Ugandan government recently introduced new legislation to further streamline and regulate the financial sector.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 20 December 2016 | Practice Area: Banking and Finance

The South African Sugar Tax workshop

On 11 November, the South African National Treasury held a stakeholder workshop to discuss the proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 13 December 2016 | Practice Area: Central Government

High Court of Kenya upholds registrar of trademarks’ decision to admit new evidence

The High Court of Kenya recently declined to interfere with a decision by the registrar of trademarks to admit new evidence after the hearing of an opposition matter.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 12 December 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

The South African labour market in 2016

The challenges facing South Africa's labour market in 2016 have been evident in a number of recent judgments and in a variety of ongoing processes of engagement between social partners.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 22 November 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

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Positive legislative developments afoot for South Africa’s oil and gas industry

Representatives of the Department of Mineral Resources have briefed the National Council of Provinces on significant developments relating to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill 15 of 2013. Here’s what’s new.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 16 November 2016 | Practice Area: Central Government

A guide to the employment consequences of business transfers in 10 key African countries

The African continent has recently seen a significant increase in cross-border transactions and foreign investment. This guide provides an overview of the employment law consequences of business transfers in ten key African jurisdictions, including South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal and Kenya.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 07 November 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

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How to avoid confusion over on-demand guarantees in South Africa

Lischa Gerstle of Bowmans South Africa examines the treatment of on-demand guarantees in the continent’s second largest economy.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 24 October 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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