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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 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 nine offices (Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lilongwe, Lusaka, Moka and Nairobi) in seven countries (Kenya, Malawi, 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 a best friends relationship with 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.

Meet some of the team...


Robert Legh

Chairman and Senior Partner

Johannesburg Office

Tel: +27 11 669 9352


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Tholinhlanhla Gcabashe

Co-Head of M&A

Johannesburg Office

Tel: +27 11 669 9491


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Alan Keep

Managing Partner

Johannesburg Office

Tel: +27 11 669 9348


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Ashleigh Hale

Co-Head of Corporate


Tel: +27 11 669 9342



Paras Shah

Managing Partner | Kenya

Nairobi Office

Tel: +254 20 289 9110



Charles Douglas

Co-Head of M&A

Johannesburg Office

Tel: +27 11 669 9426


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