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Firm Profile

Dar es Salaam

  • Profile
  • 2nd Floor, The Luminary
  • Cnr Haile Selassie and Chole Roads
  • Masaki
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Tanzania

Firm profile submitted by Bowmans

Chairman: Robert Legh
Managing Partners: William Kasozi (Uganda), Alan Keep (South Africa), Richard Harney (Kenya) and Wilbert Kapinga (Tanzania)
Number of partners: 170
Number of lawyers:
Languages: English, French, Portuguese

Bowmans are experienced in significant transactions, regulatory matters and dispute resolution in Tanzania and the wider East African region. Established in January 2017 with an experienced team, the office in Dar es Salaam is the newest of Bowmans offices on the African continent. The team comprises of leading corporate and commercial lawyers and dispute resolution experts. It has extensive experience in proactively managing risks and offering commercial solutions to the challenges faced by clients in the context of mergers and acquisitions, financings, joint ventures and capital markets transactions, among others. Bowmans expertise extends to all key sectors including aviation, consumer goods, infrastructure, real estate, resources and telecommunications. The firm also has significant experience in all forms of dispute resolution including commercial arbitration, litigation and intellectual property disputes. The firm’s lawyers work with government authorities and regulators in all fields to ensure successful outcomes for clients within the necessary time frames. Bowmans clients include corporates, financial institutions and the public sector, both domestic and international, with existing operations in, or planned investments into, Tanzania.

The firm has advised clients in the following matters:

Capital Markets & M&A:
■ Counsel to Alexander Forbes in respect of the proposed acquisition by African Rainbow Capital of a 10% interest in the African (including South Africa) business of Alexander Forbes
■ Counsel to SABMiller in respect of the combination of the soft-drink bottling operations of SABMiller, The Coca-Cola Company and Gutsche Family Investments (majority shareholders in Coca-Cola SABCO) in Southern and East Africa to create Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, forming the biggest bottler of soft drinks in Africa and the 10th largest in the world, with annual revenue of USD2.9 billion
■ Counsel to Rand Merchant Investment Holdings in respect of its asset management joint ventures with MMI and Royal Bafokeng Holdings and the acquisition by those joint venture vehicles of minority interests in various asset management businesses in South Africa
■ Counsel to Alexander Forbes in respect of its listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
■ Counsel to Absa Capital, in its role as sole arranger, in relation to the vendor consideration placement undertaken by JSE-listed Metair Investments Limited to fund a portion of Metair’s acquisition of Mutlu, a Turkish automotive battery manufacturer.
Contact: Chris Green
Email: [email protected]

■ The Governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi (Communaute Economique des Pays des Grands Lacs Energie des Grands Lacs (CEGL)), together with Hunton and Williams LLP, in connection with the selection of private sector developers for the development of the Ruzzizi III, a 145MW hydro power project as part of the Independent Power Producer projects
■ The International Finance Corporation (IFC), together with Castalia Strategic Advisors, in connection with the identification of viable PPP projects, leading to a comprehensive report on PPP Project Identification and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, East African Region
■ The Government of Tanzania on the legal and regulatory framework reform to support PPPs in Tanzania, which led to the enactment of the Public Private Partnership Act, 2010, and its Regulations.
■ Pricewaterhouse Coopers on the legal and regulatory framework of Tanzania Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) as part of the TAZARA private sector partnership study
■ The sponsors of the Salama Waterfront Development project regarding the Tanzania law aspects of project financing, land acquisition, licensing and environmental regulation for the project
■ The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania on all legal aspects of the private finance initiative of an infrastructure project related to the Southern (Mtwara) Development Corridor
■ PRODECO Ltd on all legal aspects of the construction of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) of the road and infrastructure project related to the Central Corridor (Road) Project and Southern (Mtwara) Development Corridors in respect of the Dar es Salaam, through Dodoma to Itigi roadway in Tanzania
■ The National Development Corporation (NDC) on the financing and development of the Southern Corridor Development Project through a private finance initiative and a Public/ Private Partnership (PFI) scheme.
Contact: Wilbert Kapinga
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
■ The Government of Tanzania, together with Hunton and Williams LLP, on contractual regulatory and strategic matters relating to an Independent Power Project, including representing TANESCO in international arbitration proceedings regarding a high profile dispute pertaining to a 100MW power purchase agreement at the International Centre for Settlement of International Disputes (ICSID) in London.
■ The Ministry of Works in commercial arbitration proceedings initiated by an Italian construction company in connection with the Bagamoyo road construction project governed by the European Development Fund Rules of Arbitration.
■ Dar es Salaam Water Supply and Sewage Authority (DAWASA) in commercial arbitration proceedings in connection with a 10 year water and sewerage lease contract governed by UNCITRAL Rules, initiated by UK company City Water Services Ltd.
■ Royal Insurance in local arbitration proceedings regarding a USD 3 million insurance claim.
Contact: Audax Kameja
Email: [email protected]


  • 2nd Floor, The Luminary,
  • Cnr Haile Selassie and Chole Roads,
  • Masaki,
  • Dar es Salaam,
  • Tanzania
  • Tel +255 76 898 8640
  • Fax +255 76 898 8641
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Unit 3, The Crescent, Westway Office Park,
  • Westville, 3630 Durban,
  • Durban,
  • Kwazulu Natal
  • South Africa
  • P O Box 2793
  • Tel +27 31 265 0651
  • Fax +27 86 604 6318
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 11 Alice Lane,
  • Sandton,
  • P O Box 785812,
  • Johannesburg,
  • Gauteng
  • South Africa
  • 2146
  • Tel +27 11 669 9000
  • Fax +27 11 669 9001
  • Email : [email protected]
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  • Plot 26 Kyadondo Road,
  • Nakasero,
  • Kampala,
  • Central Region
  • Uganda
  • Tel +256 41 425 4540
  • Fax +256 31 226 3757
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 5th Floor, ICEA Lion Centre, West Wing,
  • Riverside Park, Chiromo Road,
  • PO Box 10643-00100,
  • Nairobi,
  • Kenya
  • Tel +254 20 289 9000
  • Fax +254 20 289 9100
  • Email : [email protected]