Bowmans announces 13 partner promotions for 2024

Leading African law firm, Bowmans, has announced 13 partner promotions with effect from 1 March 2023. The promotions span several of the firm’s key practice areas, including Competition, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment and Benefits, General Finance, Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology, Litigation, M&A, Tax and Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) across four jurisdictions - Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia Bowmans new partners include: Andani Siwisa (Johannesburg, M&A Practice): Siwisa specialises in private and public M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and general corporate law. He has acted for local and international clients across a range of industries. He has an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand. Ariana Issaias (Nairobi, IP and Technology Practice): Issaias advises on commercial and consumer intellectual property, data protection and technology issues. She has an LLB (Hons) from Manchester University and a LPC Distinction BPP from the School of Law in London. David Opijah (Nairobi, IP and Technology Practice): Opijah’s expertise covers IP with a focus on litigation, technology, data privacy and e-commerce, and trademark, patent and design protection. He has a B.Ed from Moi University, an LLB from the University of London, and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law.  Esther Geldenhuys (Johannesburg, Tax Practice): Geldenhuys specialises in international tax and exchange control in respect of both outbound and inbound investments, with a focus on African investments. She has BCom and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Tax and an LLM (with distinction) from the University of Johannesburg. Fabiola Ssebuyoya (Dar es Salaam, Tax Practice): Ssebuyoya is an expert in tax law. She has a BCom (Hons) in Accounting from the University of Dar es Salaam and completed an Advanced Course in Value Added Tax at the University of South Africa. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and is registered with the Tanzania Revenue Authority as a Tax Consultant. Ivan Vorster (Cape Town, General Finance Practice): Vorster’s banking and finance experience covers leveraged finance, debt restructuring and project finance. He has a BCom (Hons) in Economics (cum laude), an LLB from the University of Stellenbosch, and a Master of Finance degree from the University of Cambridge. John Kawana (Lusaka, Dispute Resolution Practice): Kawana specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution and has acted on some of the country’s most complex and high-profile matters, from competition and tax disputes to class-action cases involving wrongful discharge. Kawana is a member of the International Bar Association and the Law Association of Zambia and is an advocate of the Superior Courts of Zambia. He has an LLB from the University of Zambia. Joshua Mwamulima (Lusaka, Corporate Practice): Mwamulima’s expertise covers banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, data protection, carbon markets, tax, competition and regulatory law. He has an LLM in Mineral Law and Policy from the Center of Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland, and an LLB from the University of Zambia. Julia Choate (Cape Town, Tax Practice): Choate has a specific interest in tax dispute resolution and tax administration and has been involved in litigating and settling several large income tax and customs and excise disputes. She has an LLB from the University of Cape Town, a Postgraduate Diploma in Tax (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town and a PhD in Tax Law (specialising in Tax Administration) from the University of Cape Town. Kate Paterson (Johannesburg, Litigation Practice): Paterson has wide-ranging experience in constitutional and administrative law, including advising and litigating on public procurement, public-private partnerships, data protection and privacy, broad-based black economic empowerment, the rights to education, health and the environment, children’s rights and land reform. She has a BA (Hons) in Law and Politics from Rhodes University, an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an LLM from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Cambridge-Commonwealth scholar. Melissa Cogger (Cape Town, Employment and Benefits Practice): Cogger specialises in employment law and has a range of experience in the dispute resolution of employment matters, as well as advisory work in employment law. She has LLB (with distinction) and LLM (with distinction) degrees in Labour Law from the University of the Witwatersrand. Olivia Deckers (Johannesburg, TMT Practice): Deckers focuses on commercial TMT law and has with extensive experience in media and technology-related transactions. She has a BSc (with distinction) in Marine Biology and Environmental and Geographical Sciences, a BSc (Hons) (first class) in Zoology, and an LLB (magna cum laude), all from the University of Cape Town. Richard Bryce (Cape Town, Competition Practice): Bryce specialises in various aspects of competition law, including merger and behavioural matters, and has experience across a number of industries, including the chemicals, transportation, tobacco, food and beverage, advertising, IT services, mining and agriculture industries. He has BCom, LLB and LLM degrees, all from the University of Cape Town.


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