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Africa Group
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group includes approximately 350 lawyers across four countries. The group has offices in Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi. Our relationship firm in Nigeria, Udo Udoma & Bela-Osagie, has offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. We also have strong relationships and work closely with law firms across the rest of Africa, which enables us to provide or source the advice clients require in any African country, whether on a single-country or a multi-jurisdictional basis. For more information on the Africa Group click here.

Our aviation team provides a full range of aviation services and has an appreciation and understanding of the aviation industry, based on a proven track record of involvement in major aviation transactions. Our team has experience in all types of aviation-related work, whether in the context of financing aircraft for financiers and airlines, sale and purchase agreements, financial and operating leases, wet and dry leases or structured permanent financing transactions. For more information on aviation click here.

Construction and engineering
Our construction law group partners have an in-depth understanding of issues pertaining to the construction and engineering environment. Drawing on Bowman Gilfillan’s various practice areas, including our Africa Group, the practice group delivers practical insight and solutions efficiently and cost effectively. For more information on construction and engineering click here.

Customs and excise
Bowman Gilfillan's Customs and Excise and International Trade practice provides much-sought-after advice on all tax and regulatory aspects relating to the imports, exports and local manufacturing of goods. For more information on customs and excise click here.

Environment, natural resources and climate change
Bowman Gilfillan is one of South Africa’s leading environmental law firms, with the Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change practice group offering real depth and a broad range of expertise, including legal risk mitigation and management, permitting advice, project and development advice, environmental appeals, litigation and administrative appeals, advice on specific environmental impacts, due-diligence investigations and compliance auditing. For more information on environment, natural resources and climate change click here.

Pharmaceutical and healthcare
Bowman Gilfillan's Healthcare and Pharmaceutical practice has wide experience in the area of healthcare and pharmaceutical law and regulation. Our clients include two of the listed private hospital groups, one of the world’s largest mutual indemnity associations and a number of multinational and local pharmaceutical companies supplying products in a variety of therapeutic categories. For more information on pharmaceutical and healthcare click here.

Financial services and investment management
Our Financial Services and Investment Management practice provides high-quality legal advice to domestic and international clients on the legal and regulatory aspects of financial services and investment management. The team consists of seven directors, three senior associates, two tax executives and other junior attorneys with a wealth of experience in the law pertaining to financial services and investment management. For more information on financial services and investment management click here.

Maritime and transport
Bowman Gilfillan’s Maritime and Transport department is a leader in its field and has a solid reputation for providing fast and effective advice in all the major areas of South African maritime law and practice. For more information on maritime and transport click here.

Media and entertainment
Bowman Gilfillan’s Entertainment Media Law focus group was established in response to a demand for legal excellence in these areas on the part of our existing clients and the marketplace as a whole. This demand, in turn, was triggered largely as a result of South Africa’s re-entry into the international community post-1994 and the increased rewards being earned by South Africans in the field of entertainment and media. For more information on media and entertainment click here.

Oil and gas
The Oil and Gas practice group is founded on 50 years' combined experience in the oil and gas industry. We have a unique knowledge base that covers the full legal spectrum of energy and related matters for both emerging and established clients. Our specialist knowledge in this area is supplemented by our capacity to draw on a vast network of multidisciplinary experts in order to meet the varied needs and requirements of our clients. For more information on oil and gas click here.

Project finance, infrastructure and public/private partnerships
The group was established several years ago to focus our developed skills on an area of the economy in which our clients have become increasingly involved. Project finance, infrastructure development and public/private partnerships (PPPs) is also an area that we anticipate will continue to grow, with the selection by government of PPP transactions as one of its primary instruments for stimulating economic development and job creation in South Africa. For more information on project finance, infrastructure and PPPs click here.

Social media
Bowman Gilfillan’s Social Media law focus group was established in response to the increasing use of social-media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook by our clients and by business in general and the associated risks arising from the use of these platforms. Bowman Gilfillan has developed the expertise to meet new challenges posed by the use of these tools. Our background in corporate employment law places us in a unique position to deal with legal issues arising out of the use of social media by both companies and their employees. For more information on social media click here.

Technology, media and telecommunications
Our Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice group has extensive experience in advising and acting for clients in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors. The group acts for various telecommunications and media clients in mergers and acquisitions in the communications sector and provides general regulatory advice on telecommunications and broadcasting issues. We also advise clients on technology and outsourcing contracts and data protection and compliance. For more information on TMT click here.