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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.

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Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group's Energy and Infrastructure expertise recognised across Africa

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group has been highly ranked across Africa in IFLR1000′s recent research into the energy and infrastructure markets. This reaffirms the group’s position as a leading pan-African legal services provider to corporates, financial institutions and the public sector across Africa.
What you should know before monitoring employees’ emails

In today’s world, it is virtually impossible to conduct business without using some form of electronic communication. Many employers provide electronic resources such as e-mail and internet facilities to their employees to enable them to carry out their duties and functions.
Mediation as a way to resolve disputes in the shipping industry

The shipping market is currently experiencing a serious recession with the Baltic Dry Index and Baltic Capesize Index both at record low levels in early 2016. In addition, capesize rates fell to under USD 2000 a day in January 2016. Coupled with the operating expenses for a standard capesize vessel, which are estimated to be around USD 6 000 a day, this suggests that the majority of vessels are operating at a loss. Industry experts do not expect any major improvement on these numbers over the next year. As a result, fewer ships are also being built and sold.
A case for alternative trade financing for importers

The practise of law – particularly in the field of shipping and transport – does not operate in isolation but is inextricably linked to international commerce. For this reason, it remains important for lawyers to keep abreast of developments in their field. I recently sat down with Dr Paddy McDowell to learn more about his trading finance offering for medium sized importers.
Mediation in the shipping industry - challenges and synergies

Mediation is the future of dispute resolution in the shipping industry. Common shipping disputes which could benefit from mediation include cargo claims, charter party disputes, sale/supply disputes, shipbuilding contractual disputes, collision claims, pollution claims and disputes between an underwriter and third parties in subrogation of the assured’s legal rights following a pay-out to an assured.


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