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An African Law firm with global reach

Recognising the size and enormous diversity of Africa, our approach to providing legal services across the continent is intended to offer on-the-ground advice in the countries that matter for our clients. Our presence in Africa is always evolving to meet the changes that are shaping the future of this vast continent.

Currently, we have our own offices in six African countries: Kenya (Nairobi), Mauritius (Moka), Namibia (Windhoek, Swakopmund), South Africa (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg), Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) and Zambia (Lusaka).

We work closely with our Bowmans Alliance firms in Ethiopia (Aman & Partners LLP) and Nigeria (Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie). These are two of the leading corporate and commercial law firms in their jurisdictions.

We have special relationships with firms in Mozambique and Uganda. We also have a non-exclusive co-operation agreement with French international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel that provides our clients access to assistance in Francophone West and North Africa.

We ensure that, whenever our clients need legal advice in other parts of Africa, we can assist them by tapping into our comprehensive database of contacts of the best firms and practitioners across the continent.

On the global front, Bowmans has long-standing and excellent relationships with a range of international law firms with whom we often work on Africa-focused client mandates. We are also a member firm of Lex Mundi, a global association of independent law firms in in more than 125 countries, which gives us the ability to connect our clients with the best law firms in each of the countries represented.


Bowmans Offices

Alliance Firms

Special Relationships

Significant Transaction or Advisory Experience


Our Nairobi office, Coulson Harney LLP, is one of the largest and best-known corporate law firms in Kenya.

We advise a wide spectrum of clients in the private sector, institutional and multi-national organisations, foreign investors and governmental institutions.

Our advocates practice Kenyan law but we also have foreign-law expertise especially in English law banking and finance matters and corporate/commercial transactions. Other specialist areas include work on intellectual property, tech-law, arbitration, tax, energy, project finance, capital markets, investigations and corporate services. 

Our Kenya firm works with the teams in our offices elsewhere on the continent on many cross-border mandates for international clients. We work as one firm across Africa, for Africa.


Managing IP Awards EMEA: Kenya Law Firm of the Year, 2024
Chambers Africa Awards: Kenya Law Firm of the Year, 2022
Africa Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Awards: Outstanding Legal Advisor, 2022

Key contacts

Managing Partner | Kenya

Senior Partner | Kenya

Bowmans Offices

Alliance Firms

Special Relationships

Significant Transaction or Advisory Experience

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