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Bowmans

11 ALICE LANE, SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG 2146, SOUTH AFRICA
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Work +27 11 669 9000
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Fax +27 11 669 9001
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Web:
https://www.bowmanslaw.com
Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Kampala, Nairobi

South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Bowmans

Bowmans’ substantial team has impressed in restructurings, DCM, preference share fundings, acquisition finance, and real estate finance. The practice advised RMB on the senior secured acquisition financing of Shanduka Group’s sale of its stake in McDonald’s South Africa to UAE-based Emirate African Restaurant Management Company. Clients praise the team’s β€˜professionalism’, β€˜business acumen’ and β€˜quality of drafting’. Ulrike Naumann is a leader in acquisition finance and Cape Town-based preference share funding specialist Jan Kruger is β€˜logical’, β€˜pragmatic’, with β€˜practical experience and industry knowledge’. DCM expert Casper van Heerden is also praised for his β€˜practical experience and industry knowledge’. Jason Wilkinson is highly regarded.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Bowmans

Thanks in part to its strong presence across Africa, Bowmans has a high market share of big-ticket, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Private equity is also a strength of the firm’s commercial practice. The team advised AB InBev on the disposal of a 55% stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, worth $3.15bn, to the Coca-Cola Company. In another landmark cross-border deal, the group advised Associated British Foods on its R5.6bn acquisition of Illovo Sugar. Ezra Davids has a big international profile and other key names include head of M&A Charles Douglas, head of mining Charles Young, private equity leader John Bellew and Robert Cohen.

Leading individuals

Ezra Davids - Bowmans

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 1

Bowmans

Bowmans is the acknowledged leader in wider Africa and cross-border work. The firm has advised on the South African and African components of a series of global mergers. Tamara Dini, who is praised for her overseas experience and β€˜can be trusted with the most complex and delicate matters’, led the team that advised China National Chemical Corporation on the South Africa, COMESA and Kenya merger control aspects of its acquisition of Syngenta. The group also impresses in dawn raids, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases. Market leader Derek Lotter, the β€˜professional’ and β€˜intuitive’ Robert Legh and Rudolph Labuschagne are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Derek Lotter - Bowmans

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Bowmans

Bowmans is rebuilding following a series of senior-level departures. Andrew van Niekerk, who is β€˜an excellent guy in front-end work’ and β€˜knows his way around FIDIC’, and Spencer Naicker joined from Webber Wentzel. The reinvigorated team advised Intex Construction on a significant road project in Kenya and continues to advise Eskom on the development of the Medupi and Kusile power stations. Tumisang Mongae is β€˜fabulous’ at state work and a β€˜great young construction lawyer’, while Lloyd Chater is β€˜pragmatic and solution driven’ and a β€˜very good transactional lawyer’.

Leading individuals

Andrew van Niekerk - Bowmans

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Bowmans

Bowmans has a substantial practice, covering South African cases and disputes across Africa. In the largest class action brought in South Africa’s history, the team defended Transnet against around 60β€š000 pensioners who sought billions from two pension funds. Other clients range from listed and unlisted clients to financial institutions and parastatals. Tax disputes and business rescue cases have featured prominently for a team that provides the β€˜highest level of service’ through β€˜impeccable advice’ and β€˜business acumen’. Tim Gordon-Grant is β€˜a very strategic thinker’ and β€˜a very clever guy’; Miles Carter is β€˜a good communicator’, β€˜patient’ and β€˜clearly guides and listens’; Adam Anderson and Cape Town’s James McKinnell are both highly regarded; Perusha Pillay-Shaik is β€˜smart, reliable and entrepreneurial’; and Fahdia Bhayat is β€˜certainly one to watch’.

Leading individuals

Tim Gordon-Grant - Bowmans

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Bowmans

Bowmans has a hugely impressive senior bench and a team that delivers a β€˜high work ethic’ and β€˜quality service’ through β€˜sound, pragmatic and practical’ advice. The team has experienced growth in transactions, investigations and employee risk engagements in South Africa and beyond. The department is 17 partners strong and recently advised Transnet on the legal and regulatory framework for labour relations in nine African jurisdictions. Graham Damant is β€˜pragmatic, knowledgeable and gets results quickly’ and Chris Todd is β€˜intelligent and strategic’. Karen Fulton β€˜has wonderful experience and great in-depth knowledge’, provides β€˜practical’ advice, and works hard to understand her clients’ businesses. Robin Carr, Talita Laubscher and Rosalind Davey are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Chris Todd - Bowmans

Graham Damant - Bowmans

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Bowmans

Bowmans is noted for private equity funds, collective investment schemes and hedge funds in sub-Saharan Africa. It recently advised a real estate development company on the creation of a permanent capital vehicle for an African real estate development. John Bellew is hugely experienced and Wally Horak provides key tax expertise.

Leading individuals

John Bellew - Bowmans

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 3

Bowmans

Bowmans has continued its emergence and now has a hugely impressive client base, including Harmony Gold, AngloGold Ashanti, African Rainbow Minerals, Rio Tinto and Anglo American. The firm advised Harmony Gold on its $300m acquisition of the Moab Khotsong mine from AngloGold Ashanti. Regulatory and environmental matters are also core parts of the practice. Charles Young is a recognised leader in mining M&A, Wandisile Mandlana is a mining law specialist and Claire Tucker is noted for environmental issues.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Bowmans

Bowmans’ substantial team advises both public utilities, such as Eskom, and private sector clients; it has an even split between lender engagements and sponsor/developer mandates. The team has an impressive record in power, especially renewables, taking its expertise into the broader sub-Sahara region. Anton Barnes-Webb is β€˜solid’, β€˜considered’ and β€˜focuses on the deal rather than his position in the market’. Head of project finance Daryn Webb is noted for government work and Shamilah Grimwood is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Anton Barnes-Webb - Bowmans

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Bowmans

Bowmans provides an β€˜excellent service in terms of response times, business acumen/industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice, strength in depth of team, and value for money’. It advised the lenders on financing the redevelopment of Fourways Mall in Johannesburg. Craig Schafer has β€˜in-depth knowledge’ and β€˜tenacity in finding solutions’.

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 1

Bowmans

Bowmans has a versatile and β€˜specialised team’ with deep connections to P&I clubs, banks, shipowners and large chartering operations. Clients single out β€˜the transaction lawyers who pay attention to both legal and business requirements’ and highlight it as β€˜a go-to firm for disputes involving cargo’. The team represented one of the four slot charterers of APL Austria and their P&I insurers in connection with a serious fire on board the container vessel. Craig Cunningham is β€˜experienced and technically astute’ and has β€˜an excellent understanding and knowledge of the intricate details involving all cargo matters’. Jeremy Prain, Andrew Pike and Mark van Velden are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Craig Cunningham - Bowmans

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Bowmans

Bowmans is at the forefront of top-end cross-border transactions, significant tax disputes, international tax and fund structuring. The team advised AB InBev on the tax aspects of its $3.15bn exit from Coca-Cola Beverages Africa and represented SABMiller in its Β£71bn acquisition by AB InBev. The team β€˜exceeds expectations’ through a β€˜professional service’ and β€˜a high level of technical knowledge’. Barry Garven is a β€˜problem solver’ and β€˜out of the box thinker’; disputes specialist Patricia Williams is β€˜highly skilled’ and β€˜technically strong on taxation and accounting’. Managing partner Alan Keep and international tax specialist Wally Horak are key team members. Trade and customs expert Virusha Subban is β€˜a fantastic lawyer’.

Leading individuals

Alan Keep - Bowmans

Wally Horak - Bowmans

Next generation lawyers

Kelly Pretorius - Bowmans

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