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Tel No: +27 (0) 11 669 9000

Contact: Alan Keep

Designation: Managing Partner

Address: 11 Alice Lane, Sandton, Johannesburg

Bowmans helps its clients manage legal complexity and unlock opportunity in Africa. Its enviable track record of providing legal services to the highest professional standards on the continent spans corporate, finance, competition, taxation, employment, technology and dispute resolution matters.

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 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.


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Bowmans works closely with its Alliance firms, Aman Assefa & Associates Law Office, in Ethiopia, and Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, in Nigeria. The firm has special relationships with PFI Partnerships in Malawi and Taciana Peão Lopes & Advogados Associados in Mozambique; a non-exclusive co-operation agreement with French international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel that provides access to lawyers in francophone west and north Africa; regularly works with other leading independent law firms across the rest of Africa; and is a representative of Lex Mundi, a global association of more than 160 independent law firms across the globe.

Meet some of the team...

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Ezra Davids
Chairman and Senior Partner

Johannesburg Office

Tel: +27 11 669 9320


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Alan Keep
Managing Partner
Johannesburg Office
Tel: +27 11 669 9348


Paras Shah
Managing Partner | Kenya
Nairobi Office
Tel: +254 20 289 9110

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Tholinhlanhla Gcabashe
Co-Head of M&A
Johannesburg Office
Tel: +27 11 669 9491

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Ashleigh Hale
Co-Head of Corporate
Tel: +27 11 669 9342


Charles Douglas
Co-Head of M&A
Johannesburg Office
Tel: +27 11 669 9426

Articles Published in DealMakers and DealMakers AFRICA

Q3 2022

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2021 Annual

DMA Q3 2021

Mauritius - the state of AML/CFT compliance

by Rajiv Gujadhur and Sahirun Subadar

Q2 2021

Appraisal rights
by Lance Fleiser and Liesl Oosthuizen

Catalyst Q2 2021

Takeaways from Burger King

by Heather Irvine

DMA Q2 2021

Q1  2021

Technology-enabled M&A transactions – the material benefits

by Charles Smith, Dirk Wessels, Cathy Truter, Craig Robinson and Noxolo Tshabalala

DMA Q1 2021

2020 Annual

Q3 2020

DMA Q3 2020

The year in review - Recent tax developments in Kenya

by Alex Mathini, Andrew Oduor, Terry Mwango, Nikhil Hira, Denis Magonga, and Alex Ndegwa, Bowmans Kenya

Q2 2020

Averting a crisis: Analysis of the finance act, 2020

by Nikhil Hira and Alex Mathini, Bowmans Kenya

DMA Q2 2020

Q1 2020

DMA Q1 2020

DMA 2019 Annual

Q3 2019

DMA Q3 2019

Q2 2019

Q1 2019