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South Africa: Bowmans assists Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in key competition case before the Constitutional Court

the Constitutional Court has handed down a landmark judgment in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Pty) Limited v Competition Commission & Food and Allied Workers Union. The case considers the correct test…

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East Africa: Restructuring Quarterly Bulletin – April 2024

KENYA Economic overview The Cabinet in February approved the privatization of major State-owned enterprises in the hospitality and tourism sector to boost the country’s foreign exchange reserves. This decision includes…

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Dealmakers Awards, 2023

We placed first by deal value in the M&A Transactions category and were recognised for advising on the transaction named Private Equity Deal of the Year. 

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Chambers Africa Awards, 2024 

Our Tanzanian Practice was named Tanzania Law Firm of the Year.

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DEALMAKERS AFRICA AWARDS, 2023

We were recognised as the top legal advisor by deal flow and second by deal value in the East Africa M&A category, and second by deal value in the East Africa General Corporate Finance category. We are also recognised for having advised on the deals named East Africa Deal of the Year and East Africa Private Equity Deal of the Year.

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African Legal Awards, 2023

We won the M&A Team of the Year Award and Paras Shah, managing partner of our Kenyan Practice, was named Partner of the Year East Africa.

BONDS, LOANS & ESG CAPITAL MARKETS AFRICA AWARDS, 2023
We were recognised for having advised on four winning matters including ESG Loan Deal of the Year, ESG Bond Deal of the Year, Metals & Mining Deal of the Year, and Renewable Energy Finance Deal of the Year.
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IFLR Africa Awards

We received the coveted titles of IFLR Africa Law Firm of the Year and National Law Firm of the Year: Tanzania. We also clinched two Team of the Year Awards – for Private Equity and Restructuring – and advised on the transaction named M&A Deal of the Year (Allianz/Sanlam joint venture).

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Alan Keep is our managing partner. He specialises in corporate and tax law and advises on the structuring and implementation of significant black economic empowerment transactions as well as joint ventures, asset disposals and acquisitions. He has BCom and LLB degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Higher Diploma in Tax Law from the University of Johannesburg.

Alan Keep – Managing Partner

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Ezra Davids is our chairman and senior partner. He specialises in both domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities law, and is the relationship partner for a number of our major clients. He has advised on some of the largest and most complex transactions on the African continent. He is the Chair of the Private Equity Sub-committee of the Corporate and M&A Committee of the International Bar Association.  Ezra is a member of the Council of the University of Cape Town.  He is also a board member of the Legal Resources Centre, Freedom Under Law and Social Justice Initiative.  Ezra has BA and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town, a Higher Diploma in Tax from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Certificate in Leadership in Law Firms from Harvard Law School.

Ezra Davids – Chairman and Senior Partner

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Fazil Hossenkhan is the managing partner of our Mauritian practice. He is a corporate and funds lawyer who specialises in investment funds, private equity and corporate law. Fazil has an LLB (Hons) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Banking and Finance Law from the University of London.

Fazil Hossenkhan – Managing Partner (Mauritius)

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Mabvuto Sakala is the managing partner of our Zambian practice. He specialises in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He is a member of the International Bar Association and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. He has an LLB from the University of Zambia; an LLM from the University of Nottingham, UK; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from Lund University, Sweden.

Mabvuto Sakala – Managing Partner (Zambia)

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Paras Shah is the managing partner of our Kenyan practice. He specialises in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance law, privatisations, M&A, capital markets and real estate law. He has a an LLB (Hons) from King’s College London, a Diploma in Legal Practice (cum laude) from the College of Law, UK, a Diploma in Management from Henley School of Management, UK, and a Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. He is qualified as a Solicitor in England, and an Advocate in Kenya

Paras Shah – Managing Partner (Kenya)

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Stephen Vlieghe is the managing partner of our Namibian practice. He specialises in complex commercial litigation and has extensive experience in employment-, mining- and construction-related dispute resolution, and administrative review litigation. Stephen has been involved in a variety of precedent-setting judgements in the Labour Court, the High Court and the Supreme Court in Namibia.

Stephen Vlieghe – Managing Partner (Namibia)

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Michael Strain is the managing partner of our Tanzanian practice. He is one of East Africa’s most active corporate/ M&A lawyers. He advises large corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms on all forms of equity investments, acquisitions and disposals. Michael is admitted as both a Solicitor (England & Wales) and as an Advocate of the High Court in Tanzania. 

Michael Strain – Managing Partner (Tanzania)

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