Bowmans

Tel No: +27 (0) 11 669 9000

Contact: Alan Keep

Designation: Managing Partner

Address: 11 Alice Lane, Sandton

Bowmans is a leading African law firm. Its track record of providing domestic and cross-border legal services in the fields of corporate law, banking and finance law and dispute resolution, spans over a century.


With 400 specialised lawyers, Bowmans is differentiated by its independence and the quality of legal services it provides.


The firm delivers integrated legal services to clients throughout Africa from six offices in four countries.


Bowmans works closely with leading Nigerian firm, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, and Mozambique-based boutique firm, Taciana Peão Lopes & Advogados Associados. It also has strong relationships 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. The firm has been named African Legal Adviser of the Year by DealMakers for the last four consecutive years and South African Law Firm of the Year for 2018 in the Chambers Africa Awards for Excellence. Most recently Bowmans was named African Law Firm of the Year (Large Practice) at the African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa. It was also one of only two firms that took home three practice awards - for Property and Construction Team of the Year, Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year and TMT Team of the Year.

Meet some of the team...

Ezra Davids

Chairman of Corporate/M&A

Johannesburg Office

Tel: +27 11 669 9320

Email: ezra.davids@bowmanslaw.com

John Bellew

Head of Private Equity

Johannesburg Office

Tel: +27 11 669 9494

Email: john.bellew@bowmanslaw.com

Charles Douglas

Co-Head of M&A

Johannesburg Office

Tel: +27 11 669 9426

Email: charles.douglas@bowmanslaw.com

Derek Lötter

Co-Head of Competition

Johannesburg Office

Tel: +27 11 669 9357

Email: derek.lotter@bowmanslaw.com

Tholinhlanhla Gcabashe

Co-Head of M&A

Johannesburg Office

Tel: +27 11 669 9491

Email: tholinhlanhla.gcabashe@bowmanslaw.com

Tamara Dini

Co-Head of Competition

Cape Town Office

Tel: +27 21 480 7910

Email: tamara.dini@bowmanslaw.com

Bowmans at the DealMakers Gala Awards...

2018 Awards...