who we are

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group is one of Africa’s premier corporate law firms with approximately 400 specialised lawyers and a total staff of some 550 members of staff.

We are 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.

We advise clients throughout Africa from eight offices (Antananarivo, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Gaborone, Johannesburg, Kampala, Nairobi) in six countries (Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda). We also work closely with leading Nigerian firm, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, which has offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

Contact Us For Your Legal Requirements

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

BGAG appoints new Head of Oil & Gas. Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Forfar as head of our Oil & Gas sector group.

Are arbitration proceedings private and confidential or just private?

Some of the challenges faced by corporate entities involved in protracted legal disputes are huge legal fees and delays in our courts. Companies thus elect to have their disputes dealt with by way of private arbitrations which are often covered in their commercial agreements. Arbitrations are the preferred method of dispute resolution as confidentiality and privacy are guaranteed. These two features are underpinned by the autonomy of the parties involved in the proceedings as they are able to dictate the way in which the proceedings will be conducted unlike in public institutions, such as the courts. There does not appear to be any dispute on the privacy of such proceedings. Confidentiality has been clouded in conflicting jurisprudence and our courts have often been called upon to consider this issue to determine whether our laws provide for confidentiality of arbitration proceedings.
Obama Boost for Africa

The relatively slow pace of merger and acquisition activity in Africa was jump-started by last month’s visit of American president Barack Obama during which he co-hosted the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi. Paras Shah, Nairobi partner at Coulson Harney, part of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, says his visit ignited euphoria in both local and international investors.
Renewable energy projects offer investors various options

The renewable energy programme run by the Department of Energy has now proceeded through several rounds, including the recent announcement of preferred bidders for round four and the opening of the bid window for round five.


In association with Bowman Gilfillan Africa GroupMember of Lex MundiMember of Employment Law Alliance