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Bowmans 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 seven offices in five 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) and South African Law Firm of the Year for 2016 by the Who’s Who Legal. Most recently we won the Banking, Finance and Restructuring Team of the Year, the Employment Team of the Year, and the Property Team of the Year Awards at the prestigious African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa in 2016.

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Seven employee concerns to look out for in African M&A deals

Employment law experts in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria have singled out seven burning employment matters that investors should be aware of.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 20 September 2017 | Practice Area: Merger Control

Tatu City – East Africa’s largest property development rises from the ground up

East Africa’s largest real estate project is rapidly taking shape as the region’s newest, most modern city. This briefing examines the progress.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 13 September 2017 | Practice Area: Real Estate

Checking SARS’ conduct and obligations when auditing taxpayers

This paper asks: what is the threshold which SARS must pass before it can select taxpayers for an audit and how is the process governed to ensure efficiency and fairness?

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 06 September 2017 | Practice Area: Taxation

Court rules on one of South Africa’s most publicised hate speech matters

This briefing examines the recent ruling in South African Human Rights Commission & 3 Others v Jon Qwelane.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 30 August 2017 | Practice Area: Media

Foreign lenders should be aware of credit and loan requirements in South Africa

This briefing examines South Africa's extensive exchange control rules that govern the inflow and outflow of capital, as well as some stringent legal requirements pertaining to credit and financial assistance.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 29 August 2017 | Practice Area: Consumer Credit

Fintech waiting game is on as players line up to capture Africa’s unbanked market

The advent of Fintech has blown Africa’s unbanked market wide open but no one knows yet who the big winners will be in capturing this massive emerging opportunity. This article aims to find out.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 16 August 2017 | Practice Area: Banking and Finance

For the public good – a year in review by Bowmans

Pan-African law firm Bowmans has released its 2016/17 Pro Bono and Corporate Social Responsibility Report. This article provides a summary.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 09 August 2017 | Practice Area: Business of law

Paper makes way for electronic applications to South African Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Paper is making way for electronic processes at the Council for the Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. This article examines the implications of such a move.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 02 August 2017 | Practice Area: Administrative and Public Law

Collective effort and culture change can curb violent strikes in South Africa

Employment law experts struck at a seminar in Johannesburg on collective bargaining and strikes. This article offers insight from the event.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 05 July 2017 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

South Africa’s new Maritime Policy and Ports Development

The Department of Transport has now finalised its Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy (the CMTP) for South Africa. This briefing examines the new policy in detail.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 28 June 2017 | Practice Area: Transport

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