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.

Practice head(s):

Rizwan Desai; Andre Bell; Angelica Bojosi

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Wilderness Holdings Limited

Turnstar Holdings Limited

Choppies Enterprises Limited

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited

Botswana Oil Limited

Norsad Finance

Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited

Marubeni Corporation

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

Stocker Fleetwood-Bird

Louieville Horizons Group of Companies

Associated Invest and Development Corporation Group of Companies

Overseas Development Company (Pty) Limited

UNIBULK Botswana (Pty) Ltd

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Kwadwo Osei-Ofei; Daniel Swabi

Key clients

Sefalana Group

Engen Botswana

First National Bank

Stanbic Bank Botswana

Capital bank

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.

Practice head(s):

Piyush Sharma; Grace Muzondiwa

Work highlights

  • Advised a real estate company on a new residential property project.