Bowman Gilfillan Inc

South Africa

11 Alice Lane
South Africa

+27 11 669 9000

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Chairman and Senior Partner: Robert Legh
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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 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. The firm 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. Click here for more information.

Its South African Practice is widely regarded as one of the leading corporate law firms in the country, with more than 300 specialist lawyers and a total staff complement of over 550.

  • 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.

Cape Town 
22 Bree Street
Cape Town
T: +27 21 480 7800

1st Floor Compendium House
5 The Crescent, Westway Office Park
Harry Gwala Road
T: +27 31 265 0651

11 Alice Lane
T: +27 11 669 9205

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