Leading firms in Botswana
Desai Law Group
Established in 2016, Desai Law Group has quickly established itself as a leading firm in Botswana. It is instructed by significant local and international companies, and also continues to win new clients from a range of sectors including natural resources, logistics and financial services. The team is known particularly for its work in corporate, commercial, finance and capital markets transactions. In a high-profile matter, the team advised the Marubeni and Posco consortium on an independent power purchase deal concerning the Morupule Power Project. In recent team changes, senior associate Bone Zanele Motau joined from Collins Newman & Co and Eleng Mugabe was promoted to senior associate. The highly regarded Rizwan Desai is the founding and managing partner. Other key practitioners include Angelica Bojosi, who handles a range of corporate, finance and regulatory matters, and Andre Bell, who specialises in structured debt and equity finance, both commercially and from a development finance perspective.
Rizwan Desai; Andre Bell; Angelica Bojosi
‘This practice has the manpower and resources.‘
‘I work with Rizwan Desai. I like his quick grasp of the matter, and his input is great. He sees all matters as important and gives his best.‘
Wilderness Holdings Limited
Turnstar Holdings Limited
Choppies Enterprises Limited
Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited
Botswana Oil Limited
Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited
Botswana Development Corporation
First National Bank of Botswana Limited
Bank Gaborone Limited
Banc ABC (Botswana) Limited
Capital Bank Limited
Stanbic Bank of Botswana Limited
Bank of India (Botswana) Limited
Bank of Baroda (Botswana) Limited
State Bank of India (Botswana) Limited
Apex Group of Companies
Time Projects (Proprietary) Limited
Phakalane Group of Companies
Louieville Horizons Group of Companies
Associated Invest and Development Corporation Group of Companies
Overseas Development Company (Pty) Limited
UNIBULK Botswana (Pty) Ltd
- Acting for a major Japanese integrated trading and investment conglomerate on an independent power purchase deal.
- Advising on a complex sale involving one of Botswana’s largest property companies.
- Acted as local counsel to Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited (as arranger and underwriter), on its secure syndicated term loan to Choppies Enterprises Limited (a large Botswana-headquartered FMCG company).
Osei-Ofei Swabi & Co
Highly regarded firm Osei-Ofei Swabi & Co provides a broad range of legal services, both contentious and non-contentious. In the latter, its areas of specialism span commercial transactions, insolvency, competition law, real estate and regulatory compliance. Its clients include a number of banks and financial services companies, though its client base extends beyond these sectors to include engineering, education and construction companies, among others. The firm also has a successful litigation and ADR practice; Daniel Swabi is a name to note in this space. Senior partner Kwadwo Osei-Ofei advises on corporate and commercial transactions in addition to civil litigation.
Kwadwo Osei-Ofei; Daniel Swabi
First National Bank
Stanbic Bank Botswana
Botswana Development corporation
Botswana Insurance Company
Piyush Sharma Attorneys & Co
Piyush Sharma Attorneys & Co acts for a large number of listed and blue-chip companies, and is also a popular choice for major financial institutions in the country. Many of its clients are longstanding, though it also continues to attract instructions from new clients. The firm also benefits from its membership of Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Atang Hilton Latelang heads the litigation department and has particular expertise in construction disputes and foreclosures and debt collection. Grace Muzondiwa, who is admitted in Botswana and Zimbabwe, advises on commercial contracts, corporate law, IP and litigation. Founding partner Piyush Sharma draws on over 20 years' experience in legal practice.
Piyush Sharma; Grace Muzondiwa
- Advised a real estate company on a new residential property project.