Bowman Gilfillan plans expansion in Africa
Bowman Gilfillan has big plans for expansion in Africa, and has identified Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo as priority considerations for future offices. Established in 2004, the group currently has about 350 lawyers in five African cities Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi.
The firm’s has opted not to pursue local networks, and instead it establishes fully integrated offices under its brand.
Firm leader Jonathan Lang says that the offices in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania regularly work together on large transactions and projects across the continent.
The competition is heating up in Africa, with Baker & McKenzie, Linklaters, DLA Piper, Norton Rose Fulbright and Fasken Martineau setting up shop on the continent.