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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.

latest news

Proposed tax changes for share schemes: Double tax for no good reason?

The 2016 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) and 2016 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TALAB) propose certain share scheme changes. According to the National Treasury Media Statement of 8 July 2016, these changes are aimed at “addressing the circumvention of rules dealing with employee share incentive schemes”.
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group to hold high level social media business risk seminar

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s employment law team specialising in social media law is holding a seminar aimed at business leaders on the implications, risks, legislation and strategies around social media use for business. The seminar will be held on 1 and 2 August 2016 at the firm’s Sandton offices.

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group Employment Partner, Ros Davey, will facilitate the seminar along with Lenja Dahms-Jansen and Alan Wright, both senior associates at the firm. The seminar will focus on issues such as constitutional and common law rights, specifically the rights to dignity, privacy and freedom of expression when using social media. Hate speech and the incitement to commit violence, as well as racism, will also be covered. In addition, the Law of Defamation, the legislative framework around social media, as well as employer and employee liability will be under discussion.
New BEE Regulations - notification of major BEE transactions and annual reporting to the BEE Commission

The Minister of Trade and Industry published the final Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Regulations in terms of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (BEE Act) in the Government Gazette on 6 June 2016. The Regulations came into effect the same day. Two key aspects addressed by the Regulations are the registration of major BEE transactions and annual BEE reporting requirements for listed companies and government entities.
Reconciling Draft Default Regulation 37 and Regulation 28: A potential conflict?

National Treasury published the Draft Default Regulations (“Draft Regulations”) to the Pension Funds Act 24 of 1956 (“PFA”) on 22 July 2015. The Draft Regulations form part of the broader retirement and savings reforms initiated by National Treasury in 2011. Public comment on the Draft Regulations closed 31 October 2015. Since then, however, no new or revised set of Draft Regulations have been published for public comment. It is assumed that the reason for this is that National Treasury, together with various industry stakeholders, is carefully considering the wording of the Draft Regulations and whether the revised draft will address the ambiguity and shortcomings of the current published Draft Regulations.
The Financial Intelligence Centre Bill has cast the net wider when defining "politically exposed persons"

In March 2013, the South African Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) issued FIC Guidance Note 3A for Accountable Institutions on Customer Identification and Verification and Related Matters (Guidance Note 3A), which purports to assist ‘accountable institutions’ under the Financial Intelligence Act, 2001 (FICA) in their implementation of FICA’s anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) standards. International AML and CTF standards, on which FICA is based, are developed by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), of which South Africa has been a member since 2003.
 
 
   

 

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