Coulson Harney (part of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group)
Member firm for Kenya

Firm Overview

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group is a leading Pan-African law firm. Its track record of providing domestic and cross-border legal services in the fields of corporate law, banking and finance law and dispute resolution, spans over a century.

With 400 specialised lawyers, Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group is differentiated by its geographical reach, independence and the quality of legal services it provides.

The firm delivers integrated legal services to clients throughout Africa from eight offices (Antananarivo, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Gaborone, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi) in six countries (Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda) and provides coverage of francophone OHADA jurisdictions across the continent from its office in Madagascar.

The group’s office in Kenya is known as Coulson Harney. It is one of the largest corporate and commercial legal practices in the country. Founded in 2008 its staff complement includes more than 35 qualified lawyers, 16 of whom are partners or partner-equivalent lawyers.

The firm’s main areas of practice in Kenya are in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy and resources, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and real estate law, and dispute resolution.

Its clients include local and international businesses, companies listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, government and non-governmental organizations as well as private individuals and a range of international law firms and other consultants.

The firm has experience working across a variety of industries and sectors including agriculture; financial services; construction, infrastructure and transport; energy and resources; hotels, tourism and conservation; manufacturing and services; private equity; property development; and technology and telecommunications.

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s expertise is frequently recognised by independent research organisations. The firm’s expertise in Kenya is ranked by Chambers & Partners (band 1 for Corporate and Commercial), Legal 500 (band 1 for Banking and Finance and Commercial, Corporate and M&A) and IFLR1000 (tier 1 for Mining). It is the only legal practice in Kenya with three lawyers ranked in band 1 for Corporate / Commercial by Chambers & Partners.

In addition, the group was named Africa Legal Adviser by DealMakers and won the Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year and IP Team of the Year Awards for 2016 at the prestigious African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Lawyers Association.

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group works closely with leading Nigerian firm, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, which has offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, and has strong relationships with other leading law firms across the rest of Africa. Its Kenyan, South African and Ugandan offices are representatives of Lex Mundi.