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Bowmans
5TH FLOOR, ICEA LION CENTRE, WEST WING, RIVERSIDE PARK, CHIROMO ROAD
PO BOX 10643
NAIROBI 00100
Kenya

Bowmans helps its clients overcome legal complexity and unlock opportunity in Africa. Its 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 specialist lawyers, Bowmans draws on its unique knowledge of the business and socio-political environment in Africa to advise on a wide range of legal issues.

The firm delivers integrated legal services to clients throughout the continent from eight offices (Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lusaka, Moka and Nairobi) in six countries (Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).

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 firms, Aman Assefa & Associates Law Office, in Ethiopia, and Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, in Nigeria. The firm has best friends relationships with PFI Partnerships in Malawi, and Taciana Peão Lopes & Advogados Associados in Mozambique, regularly works with other leading law firms across the rest of Africa, and is a representative of Lex Mundi, a global association with more than 160 independent law firms 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. Most recently, Mergermarket identified the firm as the number one legal adviser for Africa by number of completed deals in 2020.

At the inaugural IFLR1000 Awards for Sub-Saharan Africa (2020), Bowmans received 10 awards across four jurisdictions confirming its leadership when it comes to advising on multijurisdictional mergers and acquisitions in Africa. At the African Legal Awards (2020), Bowmans won awards in three categories and was highly commended in a further four categories including African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice.

The firm received awards in three out of four categories at the Dealmakers East Africa Awards (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 (2020), the firm were placed third for both transaction value and transaction volume in the General Corporate Finance Category and fourth for both deal value and deal volume in the M&A Category.

Bowmans Kenya is one of the largest and best-known corporate law firms in the country.

Main areas of specialisation:
Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment
Banking and Financial Services Regulatory
Commercial Property
Competition
Corporate Services
Data Protection
Dispute Resolution
Employment and Benefits
Environmental Law
Equity Capital Markets
Finance
Fintech
Governance, Compliance and Investigations
Government Contracting and Public Procurement
Intellectual Property
International Arbitration
Litigation and Arbitration
Mergers and Acquisitions
Oil and Gas
Private Equity
Project Finance
Regulatory Services
Restructuring
Shipping, Aviation and Logistics
Tax

Main sectors of practice:
Aviation
Construction
Consumer Goods
Education
Energy
Financial Institutions
Hotels and Leisure
Industrials
Infrastructure 
Mining 
Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare 
Ports, Transport and Logistics
Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Offices
KENYA: Nairobi
T: +254 20 289 9000 Fax: +254 20 289 9100
E: info-ke@bowmanslaw.com
Contact: Paras Shah – managing partner, Kenya

MAURITIUS: Moka
T: +230 460 5959
E: info-ma@bowmanslaw.com
Contact: Fazil Hossenkhan – managing partner, Mauritius

SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Town
T: +27 21 480 7800
E: info-cpt@bowmanslaw.com
Contact: Deon de Klerk – key contact, Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA: Durban
T: +27 31 265 0651
E: info-dbn@bowmanslaw.com
Contact: Andrew Pike – key contact, Durban

SOUTH AFRICA: Johannesburg
T: + 27 11 669 9000
E: info-jhb@bowmanslaw.com
Contact: Alan Keep – managing partner, the group

TANZANIA: Dar es Salaam
T: +255 76 898 8640
E: info-tz@bowmanslaw.com
Contact: Wilbert Kapinga – managing partner, Tanzania

UGANDA: Kampala
T: +256 31 226 3757
E: info-ug@bowmanslaw.com
Contact: Ernest Wiltshire – managing partner, Kampala

ZAMBIA: Lusaka
T: +260 21 135 6638
E: info-zb@bowmanslaw.com
Contact: Mabvuto Sakala – managing partner, Lusaka

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner, Kenya Paras Shahparas.shah@bowmanslaw.com+254 20 289 9000
Total staff : 800+
Lawyers : 400+
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