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Bowman Gilfillan

Cape Town

Bowman Gilfillan - Johannesburg
  • 22 Bree Street
  • PO Box 248
  • Cape Town
  • Western Cape
  • South Africa
  • 8000
  • www. bowman.co.za
  • Chairman: Robert Legh
  • Number of partners: 120+
  • Number of lawyers: 320+
  • Languages: English
  • Other Offices   
  • Coulson Harney: Unit A, Nairobi Business Park, Ngong Road, PO Box 10643-00100, Nairobi, KenyaTel: 00 254 20 386 1686 Fax: 00 254 20 386 1687Email: ch@coulsonharney.com
  • AF Mpanga Advocates: 9th Floor, North Wing Workers' House, 1 Pilkington Road, Kampala, PO Box 1520, Kampala UgandaTel: +256 41 425 4540  Fax: +256 31 226 3757 Email: afmpanga@afmpanga.co.ug
  • EALC East African Law Chambers: Plot No. 483, Cape Town, Garden Road, Mikocheni, Dar es Salaam, PO Box 38192, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaTel: +255 22 277 1885  Fax: +255 22 277 1886 Email: info@ealc.co.tz
  • Bookbinder Business Law:   1st Floor Standard House, Lot 1124-30, Main Mall, Gaborone, Botswana, Private Bag 382, Gaborone Central, BotswanaTel: +267 391 2397  Fax: +267 391 2395 Email: info@bookbinderlaw.co.bw

Firm Overview:
Bowman Gilfillan is one of Africa’s premier full service corporate law firms, employing over 400 specialised lawyers and a total staff of some 600. With extensive practice expertise across all sectors of the economy, the firm is recognised by local and international businesses, investors, various organs of state and governments as a trusted legal advisor on the most complex and challenging issues.
The firm’s service offering includes globally recognised M&A, banking and finance, antitrust, dispute resolution, employment and regulatory teams. The firm’s experience across geographies and sectors, in particular construction and infrastructure, oil and gas, financial services, mining and resources, energy and industrials, ensures the firm’s clients receive the highest level of professional service whether in one jurisdiction or on cross border projects. Bowman Gilfillan is a Pan-African law firm and is continually expanding into key jurisdictions on the continent. The Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group is widely recognised for its ability to advise clients across the continent in many specialist areas. Whether its clients need a single point of engagement for a cross-border project or simply need local advice in the country they are working in, the firm is recognised for providing professional legal services of the highest caliber. The firm draws on its 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. The firm’s approach to corporate law is fresh and innovative. With over a century of experience to draw on, it help its clients manage the risks inherent in bringing high stake deals home – safely, smoothly and with uncompromising professional diligence.
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group advises clients throughout Africa. The group has offices in five countries in Africa – Gaborone Botswana, Nairobi Kenya, Johannesburg 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.

Main Areas of Practice: 

Corporate & Commercial:
Bowman Gilfillan has been involved in several of South Africa’s ground-breaking corporate and commercial transactions, and advised listed and unlisted domestic and international corporations, banks and financial institutions, light and heavy industrial firms, stateowned enterprises and government departments. This has given the firm a strong foundation from which to advise domestic and international clients in all sectors of the economy, including:
■ Banking and finance
■ Bankruptcy and restructuring
■ Capital markets and securities law
■ Competition (anti-trust), international trade and lobbying
■ Construction and engineering
■ Corporate finance
■ Energy
■ Environmental, natural resources and climate change
■ Exchange control
■ Information technology
■ Insolvency and corporate recoveries
■ Insurance and reinsurance
■ M&A
■ Mining
■ Oil and gas
■ Pharmaceutical and healthcare
■ Project finance, infrastructure development and public-private partnerships (PPP)
■ Public and regulatory law with commercial implications
■ Securitisations
■ Taxation
■ Technology, media and telecommunications
Contact: Ezra Davids Tel: +27 11 669 9320
Email: e.davids@bowman.co.za

Bowman Gilfillan has been extensively involved in this dynamic area of the law and has, over the past four decades, developed into a leading corporate employment law department which advises major multinational corporations, major listed and non-listed corporations, parastatal bodies (such as airlines, local government institutions, regulatory bodies, tertiary education institutions, banks and development organisations), bargaining councils and employers’ organisations, and employees and trade unions. The firm’s team of employment lawyers offers comprehensive, effective, progressive and innovative advice to a large and growing number of major clients in all aspects of employment law in South Africa.
Contact: Graham Damant Tel: +27 11 669 9508
Email: g.damant@bowman.co.za

Dispute Resolution:
Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading dispute resolution teams, Bowman Gilfillan’s attorneys are well-placed to offer clients outstanding advice, whether strategic or general. This advice is coupled with professional and efficient legal service, whether in a court room, arbitration, tribunal hearing, dispute resolution forum or mediation.
Contact: Tim Gordon Grant Tel: +27 11 669 9555
Email: t.gordon-grant@bowman.co.za

Real Estate & Conveyancing:
The firm’s real estate lawyers are experts in the field of property law, and go out of their way to provide a proficient and expeditious service, which ultimately promotes sound and enduring relationships between the firm and its clients. The firm’s clients include major domestic and international banking and financial institutions, listed and unlisted corporations, property developers and consultants, commercial and residential real estate agents as well as private individuals.
Contact: Roger Burman Tel: +27 11 669 9146
Email: r.burman@bowman.co.za

Maritime & Transport:
Bowman Gilfillan’s Maritime and Transport Department is a leader in its field, and has a solid reputation for providing fast and effective advice in all the major areas of South African maritime law and practice. Bowman Gilfillan is the listed legal correspondent in the ports of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth for most of the International Group of P&I Clubs.
Contact: Craig Cunningham Tel: +27 21 480 7801
Email: c.cunningham@bowman.co.za

Areas of Practice

  • Africa
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Benefits (Pensions, Medical & Incentive Schemes)
  • Capital Markets & Securities
  • Commercial Property
  • Competition & Trade
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environment, Natural Resources & Climate Change
  • Forensics
  • White-Collar Crime
  • Financial Services & Investment Management
  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Maritime & Transport
  • M&A
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pharmaceutical & Healthcare
  • Private Equity
  • Project Finance, Infrastructure Development & PPP
  • Public & Regulatory
  • Real Estate & Conveyancing
  • Tax
  • Telecommunication, Media & Technology


  • 165 West Street,
  • PO Box 785812,
  • Sandton,
  • Johannesburg,
  • Gauteng
  • South Africa
  • 2146
  • Tel +27 11 669 9000
  • Fax +27 11 669 9001
  • Email : info@bowman.co.za
  • Website : www.bowman.co.za
  • 22 Bree Street,
  • PO Box 248,
  • Cape Town,
  • Western Cape
  • South Africa
  • 8000
  • Tel +27 21 480 7800
  • Fax +27 21 480 3200
  • Email : cpt_info@bowman.co.za