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, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, 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

Getting the Deal Through - Ports & Terminals 2016

We are pleased to advise that South African members of our pan-African Ports, Terminals and Logistics Corridors (PTLC) sector group have exclusively contributed the chapter covering South Africa in the inaugural issue of Getting the Deal Through Ports & Terminals 2016, a comparative Q&A guide addressing relevant and topical issues relating to ports and terminals in 22 jurisdictions.

In the South Africa chapter, you will find some of our insights relating to, amongst others: public procurement and public private partnership, port operations, port development and construction and the legislative framework and regulations affecting the ports and terminals sector. Examples of the type of questions considered include: the criteria considered when awarding award port concessions in South Africa; and how port authorities in South Africa oversee terminal operations.
Annuitisation of provident funds in terms of the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill

On 27 October 2015, National Treasury (NT) released a media statement with an urgent request for public comments regarding whether the introduction of compulsory annuitisation of retirement savings in provident funds should be delayed. The public was given only a week to comment.
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Groupís Alan Keep named Managing Partner of the Year by Law Digest Africa

Alan Keep, managing partner of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group has been named Managing Partner of the Year by Law Digest Africa.
No man can serve two masters

In the recent matter between Assign Services v the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (the CCMA) & Others, handed down on 8 September 2015, the Labour Court, considered, inter alia, the interpretation of the deeming provision contained in section 198A(3)(b) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (the LRA).
Oil and Gas in Africa: regulatory certainty is key to investors

Industry and legal experts are of the view that, while a substantial drop in the oil price in the past year has led to exploration and production companies re-assessing investment decisions in the short-term, there is significant potential in the African oil and gas sector over the long-term. It is clear that Africa remains an attractive option, despite a number of challenges, when compared to other global opportunities for investment in the sector. However, regulatory uncertainty across the region is a critical issue and operates as a disincentive to investors.


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