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who we are

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group 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 eight offices in six 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 we 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. 

Our Footprint in Africa

We provide integrated legal services throughout Africa from eight offices (Antananarivo, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Gaborone, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi) in six countries (Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda).  

We work closely with leading Nigerian firm, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, which has offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, and have strong relationships with other leading law firms across the rest of Africa. 

We provide coverage of francophone OHADA jurisdictions across the continent (including Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal and Togo) from our office in Madagascar. 

Our Kenyan, South African and Ugandan offices are representatives of Lex Mundi, a global association, with more than 160 independent law firms in all the major centres across the globe. This association gives us access to the best firms in each jurisdiction represented.

latest news

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group continues to grow with the appointment of three new partners in South Africa

Johannesburg 2 May 2016: Leading Pan-African law firm, Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, has welcomed three new partners to its expanding teams in South Africa.

Bonnie Steyn has been appointed as a partner in the firm’s Cape Town Dispute Resolution Practice. Warren Hamer joins its Real Estate Practice and will be operating from a new satellite office in Durbanville. He brings a team of eight people with him. Zano Nduli has been appointed as a partner in the firm’s Johannesburg Mergers & Acquisitions Practice.
LNG Imports – Fuel for the Future?

Last December, and again earlier this month, international shipping publication TradeWinds reported that the South African Government planned to secure three liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) in order to help ease South Africa’s energy difficulties.

An FSRU is a vital component of being able to import LNG without a land based terminal. This is a special type of ship which is used to receive and transfer LNG. In order to become viable, the LNG must be “regasified” on board the FSRU and then piped on shore where it can be stored or diverted where necessary.
Contempt of court judgment highlights debate around efficacy of labour court strike interdicts

A recent judgment by the Labour Court of South Africa highlights the debate around the efficacy of court interdicts in prohibiting unlawful conduct in the context of strike action. In November last year, the trade union, South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) and its members, who are employees of Pikitup, commenced unprotected strike action. Pikitup is owned by the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) and conducts the business of waste collection and disposal in the greater Johannesburg area and its surrounds.

The strike was unprotected and was accompanied by violence and intimidation by striking employees. On 24 November 2015, Pikitup successfully obtained an interim Labour Court order, inter alia, interdicting the strike, precluding employees for participating in such strike action and preventing employees from committing various acts of unlawful conduct aimed at interfering with Pikitup’s waste collection business.
An Achilles Heel Perspective on Ports Regulation

The role and challenges of the Ports Regulator of South Africa (PRSA) were under the spotlight at the Exporters Club seminar held at the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s Cape Town office recently. In this regard, Andrew Pike, Bowman Gilfillan’s head of the Ports, Terminals and Logistics Corridors sector group, explained the background to the establishment of the PRSA and the particular challenges it currently faced.

The PRSA and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) enabling legislationis the National Ports Act. Since its inception, the PRSA has developed directives for people interacting with the PRSA, devised tariff assessment methodologies, and compiled regulatory principles which describe the approach the PRSA will generally adopt.
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group named South African law firm of the year

Johannesburg, 19 April 2016: Leading Pan-African law firm, Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group has been named South African Law Firm of the Year for 2016 by Who’s Who Legal.
This recognition comes hot on the heels of the firm being identified as the DealMakers leading legal adviser in Africa (by both deal value and number of transactions) for the second year running.



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