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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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Employee housing for mine workers

A binding private ruling on the tax treatment of expenses incurred in respect of employee housing for mine workers.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 15 February 2017 | Practice Area: Mining

Kenya’s new mining act

The new Act is a modern piece of legislation that is clear in terms of timelines and structures, but still has a few challenges that need to be addressed.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 08 February 2017 | Practice Area: Administrative and Public Law

The regulation of financial conglomerates 

In this briefing, Bowmans examines South Africa's Financial Sector Regulation Bill, 2015.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 18 January 2017 | Practice Area: Financial Services Regulation

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Competition law developments in Africa

Competition law in Africa is becoming increasingly active and, in certain respects, complex. Bowmans takes a closer look.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 11 January 2017 | Practice Area: Non-EU Competition Law

The laws governing M&A activity in Africa

In an extract from the Global M&A Guide 2017, four Bowmans partners examine the African landscape.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 06 January 2017 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

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UK Tax Bill shows there’s no need for a sugar rush

Less than a month after South Africa Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced the proposed new tax on sugar sweetened beverages, his UK counterpart Chancellor George Osborne announced a similar initiative.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 04 January 2017 | Practice Area: Central Government

Uganda moves to further regulate the financial sector

The Ugandan government recently introduced new legislation to further streamline and regulate the financial sector.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 20 December 2016 | Practice Area: Banking and Finance

The South African Sugar Tax workshop

On 11 November, the South African National Treasury held a stakeholder workshop to discuss the proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 13 December 2016 | Practice Area: Central Government

High Court of Kenya upholds registrar of trademarks’ decision to admit new evidence

The High Court of Kenya recently declined to interfere with a decision by the registrar of trademarks to admit new evidence after the hearing of an opposition matter.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 12 December 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

The South African labour market in 2016

The challenges facing South Africa's labour market in 2016 have been evident in a number of recent judgments and in a variety of ongoing processes of engagement between social partners.

Law Firm: Bowmans | Published: 22 November 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

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