Friday, September 18, 2020

Leading African law firm, Bowmans, won three awards at the African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA) at an online event held yesterday (17 September).

According to the organisers, the African Legal Awards ‘set out to recognise exceptional achievement from within Africa’s legal community’.

Bowmans chairman and senior partner, Robert Legh, says: ‘We are very pleased to have received these awards, which confirm that our ‘one firm’ approach to helping clients with their most complex matters across the continent is delivering results’.

Bowmans was named Competition Team of the Year for its work on the African component of Outotec’s acquisition of Metso Minerals; Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year for its work advising Harmony Gold on its acquisition of AngloGold Ashanti’s South African assets; and Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year for its work advising Tullow Kenya BV and its partners on their upstream and midstream oil project in Kenya.

In addition to these accolades, Bowmans was highly commended in a further four categories, including African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice, Innovation Team of the Year, Intellectual Property Team of the Year, and Mergers and Acquisitions Team of the Year.

These awards come shortly after the announcement of the inaugural IFLR Sub-Saharan Africa Awards, where Bowmans’ leadership in advising on multijurisdictional mergers and acquisitions in Africa was highlighted in the 10 awards that it received across four jurisdictions.

Legh concludes, ‘In the past year we have entered into two alliances (in Ethiopia and Nigeria) and opened three new offices (in Malawi, Mauritius and Zambia), significantly enhancing our ability to advise clients on complex legal issues wherever they do business on the continent. This in pursuit of our vision of building the pre-eminent African law firm, supporting our clients and our people, as they seek to unlock opportunity, overcome challenges and realise the hopes that will shape the future of Africa.’