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 technical 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, financial institutions, state-owned enterprises and governments across a range of industry sectors.

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 M&A Team of the Year, the Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year and the CSR Awards at the prestigious African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Lawyers Association. 

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

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group welcomes John Bellew and James Westgate to the Private Equity team.

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group gears up to meet growing client requirements in Africa

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group has appointed a team of high-profile specialists in a strategic move to bolster its existing multi-skilled private equity offering. John Bellew and James Westgate will join Bowman Gilfillan African Group as partners and Timothy McDougall as a senior associate, with effect from 1 October. Bellew will head the firmís Private Equity 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 monthís 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.


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