Firm Profile > Bowmans > Nairobi, Kenya

PO BOX 10643

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Bowmans has an outstanding record in finance and capital markets. It has an impressive reputation in capital markets issuances and is at the forefront in the fintech space. It also has relatively rare senior English law expertise in Stephen MatthewsKamami Christine Michira leads the field in capital markets transactions and Cornelius Kigera is prominent in real estate finance. Richard Harney and Paras Shah provide senior level gravitas to the practice, the latter having a lead role on many of the firm's headline financing engagements.

Practice head(s):

Kamami Christine Michira; Cornelius Kigera; Paras Shah


The Bowmans team is well positioned as they are able to provide local law legal advice as well as English law advice.

Their network of firms across Africa allows them to be competitive not only in the delivery of excellent quality legal product but also in pricing.

They take time to understand their client’s needs and unique circumstances to be able to provide the best solution.

Paras Shah is always at the end of a phone when needed, technically very good and knows how to get the deal done whilst providing good value for money to the client.

Stephen Matthews shows attention to detail and thoroughness.

Key clients

The National Treasury

Britam Holdings

Stanbic Bank of Kenya

KCB Bank Kenya

Commercial Bank of Africa

Standard Bank of South Africa

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Bowmans handles a high market share of big-ticket deals involving Kenya and the East Africa region. It is also at the forefront of private equity investments. Corporate restructurings are another forte for the team. It also benefits from the firm's wider African network, including strong teams in neighbouring Tanzania and Uganda. Paras Shah is highly rated, as are Richard Harney and Philip Coulson, while Joyce Karanja-Ng’ang’a is a leader in competition law. Vruti Shah and Kendall Evans are emerging talents.

Practice head(s):

Joyce Karanja-Ng’ang’a; Paras Shah


Knowledgeable and proactive, quick responses and turn around times.

Paras Shah is a highly experienced and well respected lawyer. He is a diligent, hard-working individual and is an asset to have on your side when negotiating transactions.

Vruti Shah is an upcoming lawyer in mergers and acquisition arena with an eye for detail. She has deep knowledge of commercial law.

Kendall Evans is approachable, efficient, always available and has an ability to come up with solutions.

Key clients

Commercial Bank of Africa

Rubis Energie

National Cement Company

UAP Holdings

AfricInvest Fund III

KCB Bank Kenya


Employment Tier 1

Bowmans has an outstanding record in employment disputes, employee transfers in M&A transactions and employee incentive plans and employee stock ownership plans. Rainbow Field has particular expertise handling redundancies, employee transfers and employee incentive plans. Sean Omondi is prominent in employee disputes and union matters.

Practice head(s):

Rainbow Field; Sean Omondi


They have a very strong and broad team of professionals who can guide me on a very wide range of legal and investment laws as well as the various opportunities in Kenya.

The team has been exceptional in handling our complicated employment issues. The team takes time to handle your issues individually and gives attention to your matters like you are the only client that they have in their portfolio.

Rainbow Field has been very supportive to help me on any issues or challenges.

Key clients

East Africa Breweries

Commercial Bank of Africa

Car & General

Kenya Kazi

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Bowmans has notable strength advising on large-scale master plan developments. It also has considerable construction expertise, along with land rights, conservation and leasing experience. Alex Njage covers both real estate and construction, while Philip Coulson adds additional senior level real estate expertise. Cornelius Kigera is recommended for real estate finance. Paras Shah and Muthoni Runji are also key members of the team. Senior associate Simon Kiriba is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Cornelius Kigera; Paras Shah


You can always see that the team wants to give you the best professional advice and goes an extra mile to liaise with other departments and entities to protect and serve you as the client. It is an easy team to talk to, always available to answer queries and delivers the work within the timelines they have set.

Bowmans is simply first class. Their legal knowledge is superb and I was extremely pleased with the legal services they provided.

Alex Njage, what other lawyer do you know that makes follow-up calls on a Sunday evening?

Simon Kiriba and Muthoni Runji were the best team to work with. As an in-house counsel, they gave the best support and delivered the work to beat deadlines that were tough, set by our investors. What makes them stand out is the extra level of professionalism, caring about you as a client and going out of their way is truly remarkable.’

Key clients

Oryx Limited (Loisaba Conservancy)

Tullow Kenya

Intex Construction

Black Gold Ventures

Ollerai Investments


Stanley & Son

Majid Al Futtaim Hypermarkets Limited (Carrefour)

Ideal Locations

Tatu City

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Bowmans has a broad disputes practice, covering insolvency, judicial review, fraud, tax, intellectual property and commercial cases, among other. It is also a growing force in arbitration. Evans Monari is a key name for arbitration and arbitration-related court proceedings, while Anthony Njogu and Terry Mwango are key names for litigation. New partner Cecil Kuyo is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Evans Monari


The team is  vast with knowledge in dispute resolution and its commercial business perspective is exceptional. The team dedicates itself and resources to ensure that they deliver and serve you properly.

The team has very experienced partners and a diverse pool of talented associates.

Anthony Njogu is a good litigator, understands our unique needs and gives candid advice on matters being handled by him or his team.

Cecil Kuyo takes time to call you, update you, recommend and advise. He takes the time to take you step-by-step through the process. He is patient, listens, is genuine and authentic as a person. You feel that he really cares about his clients.

Key clients

Celanese Sales Germany

De La Rue

Philips East Africa


Capwell Industries

The Safari Collection

Kenya Sweets

Privatisation and projects Tier 2

Bowmans' practice was strengthened by the arrival Aleem Tharani from Anjarwalla & Khanna. The firm handles upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas projects, and has also seen an uptick in road infrastructure engagements. Paras Shah leads the team, which also includes Njau Mukuha.

Practice head(s):

Paras Shah

Key clients

Tullow Oil

Tatu City

Intex Construction

Renewable Energy Performance Platform

Everstrong Capital

Themis Energy


Qatar Petroleum

Bowmans is the brand identity of an African legal practice comprising AF Mpanga Advocates in Uganda, B & M Legal Practitioners in Zambia, Bowman Gilfillan Inc. in South Africa, Bowmans Mauritius Ltd in Mauritius, Bowmans Tanzania Ltd in Tanzania, Coulson Harney LLP in Kenya and PFI Partnerships in Malawi.

Its Kenyan Practice has one of the largest corporate and commercial legal practices in the country and has developed a reputation for providing quality legal advice and transaction services.

The firm’s track record of providing legal services in the fields of corporate law, banking and finance law and dispute resolution, spans over a century. With over 400 lawyers, Bowmans draws on its unique knowledge of the business and socio-political environment in Africa to deliver integrated legal services to clients throughout the continent.

Everywhere it operates, Bowmans offers its clients a service that uniquely blends expertise in the law, knowledge of the local market and an understanding of their businesses. The firm’s aim is to assist its clients to achieve their objectives as smoothly and efficiently as possible while minimising the legal and regulatory risks.

Bowmans works closely with its alliance firm, Aman Assefa & Associates Law Office, in Ethiopia, its best friends in Nigeria and Mozambique (Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie and Taciana Peão Lopes & Advogados Associados, respectively) and has strong relationships with other leading law firms across the rest of Africa. It is also a representative of Lex Mundi, a global association of more than 160 independent law firms in all the major centres across the globe.

Clients include corporates, multinationals and state-owned enterprises across a range of industry sectors as well as financial institutions and governments.

Bowmans’ expertise is frequently recognised by independent research organisations. The firm received awards in three out of four categories at the Dealmakers East Africa Awards for 2019: top legal adviser in the M&A Category for both deal flow and deal value and advised on the Deal of the Year. In the Dealmakers South Africa Awards for 2019, Bowmans was placed third for deal value in the M&A Category and advised on both the Deal of the Year and the BEE Deal of the Year.


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KENYA: Nairobi
T: +254 20 289 9000 Fax: +254 20 289 9100
Contact: Richard Harney – Managing Partner, Kenya

T: +230 468 8411
Contact: Fazil Hossenkhan – Managing Partner, Mautitius

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa
T: +27 21 480 7800
Contact: Deon de Klerk – Key Contact, Cape Town

T: +27 31 265 0651
Contact: Andrew Pike – Key Contact, Durban

SOUTH AFRICA: Johannesburg
T: + 27 11 669 9000
Contact: Alan Keep – Managing Partner, Group

TANZANIA: Dar es Salaam
T: +255 76 898 8640
Contact: Wilbert Kapinga – Managing Partner, Tanzania

UGANDA: Kampala
T: +256 31 226 3757
Contact: Ernest Wiltshire – Managing Partner, Kampala

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, Kenya Richard Harney +254 20 289 9000
Photo Name Position Profile
 Philip Coulson  photo Philip Coulson
 Kendall Evans  photo Kendall Evans
 Rainbow Field  photo Rainbow Field
 Richard Harney  photo Richard Harney
 Joyce Karanja  photo Joyce Karanja
 Simon Kiriba  photo Simon Kiriba
 Cecil Kuyo  photo Cecil Kuyo
 Terry Mwango photo Terry Mwango
 Alex Njage  photo Alex Njage
 Sean Omondi  photo Sean Omondi
 Paras Shah  photo Paras Shah
 Vruti Shah  photo Vruti Shah
 Aleem Tharani  photo Aleem Tharani
Total staff : 800+
Lawyers : 400+
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