Friday, September 03, 2021

The expertise of leading African law firm, Bowmans, was lauded in five practice areas at the African Legal Awards’ online ceremony held earlier today (3 September), more than any other individual law firm.

Deputy chairman, David Mpanga, says, ‘This is a tremendous achievement and an acknowledgement of the commitment and hard work we do in helping our clients with their most complex matters across the continent every day. We are all very proud of these victories, especially because we had to deal with the loss of our chairman and senior partner earlier this year.’

Bowmans late chairman and senior partner, Robert Legh, received the inaugural Excellence in Leadership Award for his long-standing and exceptional contribution to the legal community at large.

In his acceptance of the award on behalf of Robert, deputy chairman, Ezra Davids said, ‘I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to Rob’s professional legacy, than this singular honour that has been bestowed upon him by the editors of Africa Legal. Rob was the embodiment of excellence in leadership. He inspired many through his towering intellect, his compassion for his fellow human beings, through the work that he did, and his profound love for our beautiful continent’.

Bowmans was named:

  • Capital Markets Team of the Year for its work on the South African Breweries and Anheuser-Busch InBev B-BBEE transaction: SAB Zenzele;
  • Crisis Management Initiative of the Year for its work advising Eskom on its state capture investigation and resulting actions;
  • Environmental and Renewables Team of the Year for its work advising on the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Scheme Refurbishment Project in Mozambique;
  • Restructuring Team of the Year for advising on a complex capital restructuring; and
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year for its work on the Beitbridge Border Post Public-Private Partnership in Zimbabwe.

The African Legal Awards are hosted by International in partnership with the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA) and Africa Legal.

In their eighth year, and with a record number of submissions this year, the organisers say that the awards ‘highlight the incredible determination of the African legal community’; ‘are set out to recognise exceptional achievement from Africa’s legal elite’; and ‘continue to showcase incredible talent, recognising more of a pan-African audience each year’.

Mpanga concludes, ‘We are thrilled to have received awards across all of the key areas in which we practice – corporate/M&A, banking and finance, and dispute resolution.’