As the long term demand for Africa’s resources grows, we anticipate a growing demand for related legal services that are responsive, consistent and of the highest quality. Our track record of acting for global mining companies, investors, state owned enterprises, banks and financial institutions and various government departments within the mining and resources sector speaks for itself. We were instrumental in the development of the new mining law regime and advise on all matters relating to mining operations, regulatory frameworks, assets and the acquisition and disposal of mining rights and titles. Our expert advice is regularly sought by mining companies for environmental, occupational health-and-safety and mining regulation issues.
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group is committed to building a pan African law firm that has the necessary breadth and depth of expertise to service the mining and resources sector. Whether the need is for cross-border transaction services, capital raising or the financial structuring of transactions, or local regulatory advice, the firm is able to offer clients a full complement of legal services in relation to mining and resources. Legal 500 EMEA 2014 ranked our practice in Band 2.
Our extensive practice areas cover a wide range of specialist disciplines of growing importance across the African continent.
We have a strong record of acting on a number of the most significant mining related M&A transactions across the African continent. From the initial engagement and due diligence through to regulatory compliance (including competition, exchange control and tax matters) and the final negotiating and closing of transactions, our team is able to support and guide clients through every aspect of mining and resource related M&A transactions.
In recent years, our capital markets team has advised local and international investment banks corporate clients and major state-owned entities on some of the largest and most innovative debt and equity capital market transactions on the continent. We are consistent market leaders when it comes to understanding and keeping abreast with the developments in the capital markets’ legal, regulatory, financial and corporate governance framework in our various jurisdictions.
Whether clients are negotiating offtakes, supply side contracts or require day-to-day commercial agreement support, our team has the necessary depth of expertise and skills to ensure that matters are handled efficiently and with the best possible commercial outcome.
The South African Mining Charter is aimed at transforming the mining industry to redress historical imbalances. We have helped many clients structure deals with this requirement in mind. In addition, the Bowman Gilfillan Mining and Resources practice group has been involved in a number of ground breaking Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) transactions in South Africa, and has acquired specialised knowledge in the funding requirements and options available to such companies.
Our Finance team is recognised as one of the leading finance practices in sub-Saharan Africa. We provide the highest quality legal and transactional advice and services to a broad spectrum of clients, including corporate borrowers, commercial banks, investment banks, other financial institutions, funds, state-owned entities and governments. We focus both on intricate domestic banking and finance deals as well as complex cross-border transactions. This varied focus means that our lawyers possess both global and local perspectives, from a multi-jurisdictional asset financing and currency-hedging transaction to a more straightforward domestic lending transaction. What’s more, our lawyers are committed to prioritising transactions and ensuring that they are concluded successfully. Our Finance team also regularly advises on asset financing, leveraged financing and syndicated lending, and our members have significant experience in the issuance of preference shares and subordinated debt. Within our team is a Trade and Commodities team that has a particular focus on agricultural commodities.
Our Project Finance and Infrastructure team is also recognised as one of the leading Project Finance and Infrastructure practices on the continent and specialises in providing high-quality, relevant and cost-effective legal services for major infrastructure and other projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The team has a substantial skills base and offers in-depth knowledge and understanding of the sub-Saharan Africa environment. We have been involved over the past few years, in numerous project finance and PPP transactions across numerous sectors including, minerals and resources, energy, roads and rail , advising lenders, borrowers and concession companies. We also advise domestic and international corporations, banks and financial institutions, state-owned enterprises and government departments in major projects. Our team has vast experience and an enormous depth of skill and capability to conclude transactions governed by African, English law or other local law requirements. Our track record of clear and concise legal advice, financial negotiation and structuring expertise, offers clients the necessary skill to successfully conclude negotiations on complex projects. We also have relevant and extensive experience, having acted for both public and private sector entities in different infra-structure project financings and other finance transactions.
Our Oil and Gas practice group is founded on more than 50 years’ combined experience in the oil and gas industry and has been a leader in its field over many years (Law Firm of the Year award at the Africa Oil and Gas Summit 2013 judged by a panel of energy ministries, oil and gas companies and market experts from across Africa). We have a unique knowledge base that covers the full legal spectrum of energy and related matters for both emerging and established clients. Our specialist knowledge in this area is supplemented by our capacity to draw on a vast network of multidisciplinary experts in order to meet the varied needs and requirements of our clients. We have experience in the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas sector which includes the regulatory field of petroleum, and the negotiating and drafting of various oil and gas contracts. We have extensive knowledge of the mineral and petroleum legislation across Africa and our client base includes private individuals, corporations and the public sector.