Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Leading France-based international law firm, Gide Loyrette Nouel (Gide), and leading African law firm, Bowmans, have today announced they have signed a strategic co-operation agreement that will boost each firm’s ability to provide legal services to their clients doing business in Africa.

The two firms will work closely together to deepen their ties with current and potential clients and to share their knowledge of the African market. Gide particularly brings its offices, connections and long-standing experience working in West and North Africa, principally in francophone countries, while Bowmans brings its complementary strengths in Southern and Eastern Africa, principally in English-speaking countries.

Last but not least, this is a great opportunity for both firms to offer their lawyers multiple opportunities to collaborate and to increase their reach across the continent, as they share the same values and standards of professional excellence.

Bowmans senior partner: Kenya, Richard Harney, says: ‘This is a very exciting development. We have a long-standing relationship with Gide, which is a fellow Lex Mundi member, and have worked with their lawyers for a number of years. The co-operation agreement strengthens this relationship and will help us to better serve our clients in West and North Africa, with particular emphasis on francophone countries.’

Jean-François Levraud, managing partner of Gide says: ‘We have known the Bowmans team for more than a decade. We both share the same values and professional excellence. We have a long history of successful joint assignments that have always benefited our clients. This next step in our co-operation will allow us to support our clients in their most complex pan-African transactions.’

About Bowmans 

Bowmans is a leading African law firm with offices in Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, Alliance firms in Nigeria and Ethiopia, special relationships with leading firms in Malawi and Mozambique, and a non-exclusive co-operation agreement with French international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel.

About Gide

Gide is the first international law firm of French origin. Founded in Paris in 1920, the firm now has 11 offices worldwide. It brings together 500 lawyers, of 35 different nationalities, recognized among the best specialists in each branch of national and international business law. Gide Africa has been present on the African continent for more than 40 years and relies on a multidisciplinary team of more than 90 lawyers and an important local network of leading law firms throughout the continent.