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. Most recently, Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group was named Africa Legal Adviser by DealMakers as well as winning 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. 

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

Tax focus in 2016: What does the future hold?

We can expect 2016 to be an interesting year for tax, with a new Finance Minister promising a focus on fiscal consolidation and several key pieces of tax legislation due to be enacted in the coming months.

The volatility of the currency due to events that began in December 2015, has placed an increased focus on government finances. On 14 December 2015, Pravin Gordhan, the current Minister of Finance released a statement saying: “We will stay the course of sound fiscal management. Our expenditure ceiling is sacrosanct. We can have extra expenditure only if we raise extra revenue. We will unreservedly continue our fiscal consolidation process and we will stabilise our debt in the medium term. If needs be, we will accelerate this by either cutting spending or making selective changes to tax policy. Similarly, any revenue raising opportunity will be considered very carefully to ensure that it does not damage growth or affect the poor negatively”.
Harvard Law School collaborates with local business, academic institutions and a law firm to address policy issues in Africa

The Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School has initiated a faculty development initiative with the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The initiative, which is co-sponsored by Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group and Old Mutual, aims to strengthen law teaching and scholarship and to nurture innovative approaches to global policy throughout Africa.
The International Comparative Legal Guide to Oil & Gas Regulation 2016 Edition

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Oil & Gas Regulation 2016 11th Edition. A practical cross-border insight into oil and gas regulation work.
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s Kenyan office advised Old Mutual on Two Rivers Mall transaction

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s Kenyan office recently advised Old Mutual Property on all legal aspects of their investment in the Two Rivers Mall, including due diligence, transaction structure, negotiations with the counterparties and all regulatory matters. UK-based Old Mutual invested KES 6.4 billion in the holding company of Centum’s Two Rivers Mall, giving it an equivalent 50% stake in the firm.
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group appoints African tax specialist

Leading Pan-African law firm, Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, has appointed Ulla Murphy to strengthen its Africa-wide tax offering. Murphy joins the firm as a partner in its Johannesburg Tax Practice, moving from Absa where she was the Africa Head of Wealth Investment and Insurance Tax. She specialises in providing advisory tax services, with particular emphasis on the financial services sector.


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