John Bellew > Bowmans > Johannesburg, South Africa > Lawyer Profile

South Africa

Work Department

Corporate Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions: Equity; Investment Funds


John Bellew heads Bowmans’ Private Equity Practice.

He specialises in fund formation, mergers and acquisitions, management arrangements, acquisition finance and listings.

John has represented borrowers and high yield lenders and has formed numerous private equity funds in Africa. He has been involved in various lobbying activities, particularly pension fund participation in relation to private equity funds, taxation and exchange control.

John was a founder member of the AVCA Legal and Regulatory Committee.

He has BCom and LLB (cum laude) degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Diploma in Tax (cum laude) from the University of South Africa.

Lawyer Rankings

South Africa > Investment funds

(Leading individuals)

John BellewBowmans

Bowmans is a strong player in private equity, operating across the fund formation and M&A space. The core group is supported by a number of tax experts, including Wally Horak in Cape Town, that focus on the private equity segment, along with executive compensation specialists. Moreover, the firm has a new Mauritius office that has leading funds expertise. John Bellew is a major name in private equity. Cape Town-based Joshua Janks is also recommended.

South Africa > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

John BellewBowmans

Bowmans has cemented its standing in cross-border M&A and continues to impress in advising foreign investors and multinational clients. It has a high market share of engagements on transformational and headline deals. Ezra Davids is chairman of the corporate group and has an excellent record in cross-border deals. Charles Douglas and Tholinhlanhla Gcabashe jointly head the M&A department, while John Bellew leads the private equity team. Ashleigh Hale and Charles Young are also highly rated.