Bowman Gilfillan
Member firm for South Africa

Firm Overview

Bowman Gilfillan was formed in 1998 through the merger of three of South Africa’s most prominent law firms, the oldest of which was established in 1885. Having provided legal services in Africa for well over 100 years, Bowman Gilfillan is today one of South Africa’s top full service corporate law firms and
lead member of Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group (BGAG).

BGAG is a pan-African legal services practice group with more than 450 fee earners operating from offices in Gaborone, Botswana; Nairobi, Kenya; Antananarivo, Madagascar; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Kampala, Uganda. The firm has a “best
friends” relationship with leading Nigerian firm, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie which has offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Our service offering includes globally recognized mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, antitrust, dispute resolution, employment and regulatory teams. Our experience across geographies and sectors, in particular construction and infrastructure, oil and gas, financial services, mining and resources, energy and industrials, ensures our clients receive the highest level of professional service whether in one jurisdiction or on-cross border projects.

Doing Business in Africa The group’s strategic intent to be a leading pan-African legal practice focused on corporate, commercial and financial law, has seen Bowman Gilfillan take a unique approach by being the only South African firm with fully integrated offices on the rest of the continent. As a result, the firm is able to deliver multi-jurisdictional legal services of the highest standard across Africa.

For enterprises expanding in Africa, local knowledge is invaluable when navigating the complexities of different jurisdictions, while providing insight into what could result in a deal unravelling.

Whether clients need a single point of engagement for a cross-border project or local advice in the country they are working in, our firm is recognized for providing professional legal services of the highest caliber. We draw on our unique knowledge of the African business environment, and an in-depth understanding of the socio-political climate, to advise clients on a wide range of technical legal issues.

Our approach to corporate law is fresh and innovative. With over a century of experience to draw on, we help our clients manage the risks inherent in bringing high stake deals home – safely, smoothly and with uncompromising professional diligence.

Amongst the recent accolades earned by our diverse team of lawyers are the:
• “Merger and Acquisition Team of the Year” (The African Legal Awards 2014)
• “Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year” (The African Legal Awards 2014)
• “CSR Award” (The African Legal Awards 2014)
• “GCR Behavioural Matter of the Year 2014 for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa.”( Global Competition Review Awards 2014)
• Robert Legh, Chairman of Bowman Gilfillan, was honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Competition Law” (South African Professional Services Awards 2014)

Other Offices

Bookbinder Business Law, a member of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, established by Bowman Gilfillan
1st Floor Standard House Lot 1124-30
Main Mall Gaborone Botswana
Tel. 267.391.2397
Fax 267.391.2395

Jeffrey Bookbinder
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John W Ffooks & Co.
1st Floor, Immeuble Assist, Ivandry
Antananarivo, 101

John W. Ffooks
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Bowman Gilfillan
22 Bree Street
Cape Town, 8000
South Africa
Tel. 27.21.480.7800
Fax 27.21.480.3200

Peter Whelan
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Associated Offices

East African Law Chambers, a member of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, established by Bowman Gilfillan
East Africa Law Chambers Plot No. 483
Garden Road Mikocheni Dar es salaam
Dar es Salaam,

Jonathan Lang
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