AF Mpanga


4th Floor, DFCU Towers
26 Kyadondo Road, Nakasero

+256 31 226 3757

Key contacts:

Managing Partner, Uganda: Ernest Wiltshire
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Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: Over 400
Total staff complement: Over 800
Number of countries: 5
Number of offices: 7
Network memberships: Lex Mundi
Alliance firm: Aman Assefa & Associates Law Office (Ethiopia)
Best friend relationships: Across Africa

Bowmans is the brand identity of a Pan-African legal practice comprising AF Mpanga Advocates in Uganda, Bowman Gilfillan Inc. in South Africa, Bowmans (Mauritius) Ltd in Mauritius, Bowmans Tanzania Ltd in Tanzania and Coulson Harney LLP in Kenya.

With over 400 specialised lawyers, Bowmans draws on its unique knowledge of the business and socio-political environment in Africa to advise its clients on a wide range of legal issues. 

The firm delivers integrated legal services to clients throughout the continent. Everywhere it operates, Bowmans offers its clients a service that uniquely blends expertise in the law, knowledge of the local market and an understanding of their businesses. The firm’s aim is to assist its clients to achieve their objectives as smoothly and efficiently as possible while minimising the legal and regulatory risks.

Clients include corporates, multinationals and state-owned enterprises across a range of industry sectors as well as financial institutions and governments. 

The firm’s expertise is frequently recognised by independent research organisations. Bowmans was ranked first by deal value and second by deal count in Mergermarket’s 2018 Africa league tables for legal advisors. It received first place in five out of six categories at the Dealmakers East Africa Awards for 2018. In the Dealmakers South Africa Awards for 2018, Bowmans was placed first for deal flow in the General Corporate Finance category.

Its Ugandan Practice is known for delivering boutique legal services in Uganda and have extensive experience advising and acting for clients on complex and large-scale transactions.

  • Bowmans’ track record of providing legal services in the fields of corporate law, banking and finance law and dispute resolution, spans over a century. Click here for further detail.

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Alan Keep

Managing Partner, Group

T: +27 11 669 9348


Ernest Wiltshire

Managing Partner, Uganda

T: +256 41 425 4540

E: ernest.wiltshire


Fazil Hossenkhan

Managing Partner, Mauritius

T: +230 468 8411



Richard Harney

Managing Partner, Kenya

T: +254 20 289 9000



Wilbert Kapinga

Managing Partner, Tanzania

T: +255 76 898 8640


  • The firm has specialist expertise in a range of sectors. Click here for further detail.