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Bowmans welcomes four new partners – three in SA and one in Kenya

9 July 2019
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Bowmans continues to expand its high-level expertise in critical legal practice areas such as competition, energy and infrastructure projects, insurance, insolvency and business rescue, by welcoming four new partners, three in South Africa and one in Kenya.

‘All four new partners are adept at solving complex legal problems in their fields and have a keen appreciation of the business challenges and opportunities in African markets. They bring exceptional skills to Bowmans and our clients,’ says Robert Legh, chairman and senior partner.

Joining the Nairobi office’s M&A and Projects team on 1 July 2019 is Aleem Tharani, who specialises in corporate, banking and project finance law, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

His previous work experience includes advising on major power and infrastructure projects in Guinea, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Uganda, among others. Tharani, who is ranked as a highly regarded lawyer by IFLR1000 and is also recognised in Chambers 2019, has an LLB Hons from Manchester University and a Legal Practice Certificate, awarded with distinction, from Nottingham Law School.

The three new South African partners are Christine Rodrigues, who specialises in insurance law; Juliette de Hutton, a liquidation, insolvency and business rescue specialist with 20 years’ experience; and Lebohang Mabidikane, a former divisional manager of the Competition Commission of South Africa.

Rodrigues specialises in insurance law – both regulatory and commercial aspects – and has advised or acted for most insurers in the market, as well as brokers and industry associations. Her work has ranged from assisting with licence applications and advising on insurance regulation to dealing with specialised matters such as index-based insurance and the transfer of policy portfolios. She has a B.Com Hons and LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand and Unisa respectively, and was admitted as an attorney in 2008. She joins Bowmans’ Johannesburg office.

De Hutton, a liquidation, insolvency and business rescue specialist, joins Bowmans’ Dispute Resolution Department in Cape Town. She has extensive experience working on a wide range of insolvency-related court proceedings and had represented liquidators and corporate clients in forensic investigations and formal inquiries. She was admitted as an attorney in South Africa in 1999 and as a solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales in 2000.

Mabidikane, who joins Bowmans’ Competition Practice in Johannesburg on 15 July 2019, previously headed the Mergers and Acquisitions division, as well as the Cartels division of the Competition Commission. In addition to overseeing merger regulation and cartel investigations, she served on the Commission’s top decision-making structures, including its Executive Committee and Management Committee. She has an LLB from the University of Johannesburg.

‘All four new partners have unique strengths and the type of experience in their respective fields that is not easily come by,’ says Legh. ‘I’m also particularly pleased that three are women of such high calibre, which is in keeping with our firm-wide gender diversity aspirations.’