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Mergers and Acquisitions

According to Chambers Bowmans is a pre-eminent… law firm that maintains a stellar corporate practice group, and one which plays a significant role in many of the region’s largest transactions.

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Bowmans’ preeminent African M&A Practice offers the full spectrum of M&A capabilities across a variety of industries and sectors.

Our clients range from listed and unlisted domestic and international companies, banks, private equity funds and other financial institutions and boards of directors to state-owned enterprises and government departments and their agencies.

Our teams of lawyers across the continent work with our clients so that they can enter and do business in new markets in Africa.

We have a strong reputation for acting on some of the most complex and significant corporate and M&A transactions across Africa. Our deep local expertise, vast sector-specific experience, commercial acumen and relationships with regulators all enable us to construct top-tier transaction teams that adeptly fulfil the diverse business goals of our clients with efficiency and efficacy.

Our services include public acquisitions, private acquisitions, private equity transactions, project finance, joint ventures, restructurings, unbundlings and other investments and divestitures. We have also been involved in the structuring and implementation of complex and strategic local ownership and black economic empowerment transactions across the region.

We have specialist expertise relating to responding to shareholder activism, executing takeovers and defending hostile ones. We also empower our clients to respond at pace to regulatory changes and shifts in the legislative landscape. Our service extends to related advisory services covering corporate governance, ESG, executive compensation and tax structuring.

We have the skills and capabilities to project manage an entire transaction, which includes conducting a legal due diligence investigation, providing strategic advice, negotiating terms, drafting documentation, and assisting with the implementation of the transaction from a legal point of view.

We also offer a comprehensive combination of geographic coverage and specialist practice area advice, approaching this with our pragmatic and sector-focused teams that cover industries such as aviation, chemicals, commercial property, constructionconsumer goodseducationenergyfinancial institutions, hotels and leisureindustrialsinfrastructure, insurance, miningpharmaceuticals and healthcareports, rail and logistics, and technology media and telecommunications

In addition to our technical and ethical excellence, our clients value our innovative and solution-oriented approach. Whether we act for the buyer, seller or target, we focus on delivering superior client-centric service to earn our clients’ trust and partner with them as they implement transactions that advance their strategic goals.

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