who we are

Bowman Gilfillan is one of Africa’s premier corporate law firms, employing over 310 specialised lawyers and a total staff of some 550.

Our firm is recognised for professional legal services of the highest calibre. 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 technical legal issues.

Our approach to corporate law is fresh and innovative. With a century of experience to draw on, we help our clients manage the risks inherent in bringing high stake deals home – safely, smoothly and with uncompromising professional diligence.


bowman gilfillan africa group

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group is one of Africa’s premier corporate law firms, employing over 310 specialised lawyers and a total staff of some 550. The Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group advises clients throughout Africa. The group has offices in six countries in Africa – Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda and has a "best friends" relationship with leading Nigerian firm, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie.

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group includes approximately 400 lawyers across six countries. The Group has offices in Antananarivo, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Gaborone, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi. Our relationship firm in Nigeria, Udo Udoma & Bela-Osagie, has offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.


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Whether you need a corporate law attorney; dispute resolution lawyer; employment law attorney; or almost any other specialist business lawyer; Bowman Gilfillan is guaranteed to exceed your legal expectations.

Contact us today for more information about the legal services you require and to find out how we can be of service.

latest news

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review

M&A activity started picking up again in the first quarter of 2013 and this trend has continued in the first half of 2014. Most recent M&A activity in South Africa has been in the telecommunications, financial services, real estate, mining and resources, and hospitality and leisure sectors. While there has been some inward investment into South Africa, M&A activity has been more pronounced between South African companies and by companies investing from South Africa into other African jurisdictions. Recent transactions involving foreign investors have included Marriott's acquisition of the Protea Hotel Group and BNP Paribas's acquisition of RCS Investment Holdings Ltd. There is also increasing interest shown by Japanese and Korean investors in all sectors.
Reefer owners beware

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries appears to have adopted a concerning stance on the requirements of the Marine Living Resources Act regarding the licensing of vessels entering South African waters. The policy affects reefer vessels in particular and owners are advised to pay attention to this development. Among other things, the act requires that every foreign-flagged fishing vessel entering the South African exclusive economic zone apply for and obtain a fishing permit.
Mutual assistance and co-operation between the South African Revenue Service and foreign tax authorities

Recent international developments have made it increasingly difficult for taxpayers to hide their assets or to avoid tax and South Africa has joined the list of countries that fully comply with international standards on the transparency and exchange of taxpayers’ information. South Africa is a member of the OECD’s Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (the Global Forum) (chaired by the chief officer of legal and policy at the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Kosie Louw). The Global Forum recently conducted a peer review of 50 jurisdictions, and South Africa is one of only 18 fully compliant countries.
 
 
   

 

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