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Our Strength is within our People

Our strength lies in the fact that Bowmans is made up of people – Africans – from across the African continent.

As a result, we seek to attract, develop, and retain the best people and empower them to reach their full potential regardless of race, gender, disability, culture, or religion.

Our people are our greatest asset. We protect that asset by investing our time in mentoring and developing our lawyers and providing all our staff with a supportive and engaging working environment. We do not tolerate discrimination. We are an inclusive firm guided by an agreed culture and values. Our management team leads the firm in accordance with the charters we establish in a consultative and participative way.


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



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



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)



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)



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)



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)


In South Africa, we are committed to the principles of social and economic transformation. Our Transformation Charter was developed by a 44-member focus group comprising people of all races, genders, and levels within our firm and from all our geographical regions. In line with this Transformation Charter, we are focused on:

  • Cultivating an environment where diversity prospers
  • Addressing inequalities with regard to race, gender, disability, and culture
  • Developing our people to achieve equitable representation in all occupational categories and levels of employment
  • Encouraging open, honest, and effective communication among all people both individually and within appropriate communication forums

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