Bowman Gilfillan announces merger with Madagascar firm

The Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group (BGAG) has announced a merger with Madagascan firm John W Ffooks & Co as it continues its expansion across sub-Saharan Africa.

The merger will take effect, subject to regulatory approval, on 1 March, and brings the number of countries in which BGAG has a presence to seven.

The group most recently added Botswana to its network, with the addition of Bookbinder Business Law (4 October 2013). Led by South Africa’s Bowman Gilfillan, the other member firms of the group are Kenya’s Coulson Harney, Uganda’s AF Mpanga and Tanzanian firm East Africa Law Chambers. The group is also associated with Nigerian firm Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie.

John W Ffooks was founded by English lawyer John Ffooks, who previously worked at legacy LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae prior to its ill-fated merger with Dewey Ballantine. The firm focuses on advising on francophone law issues in Madagascar and another 16 African countries. The firm employs 15 lawyers.

BGAG head Jonathan Lang said the group is continuing to look for growth opportunities, with the intention of developing a pan-African legal services group across the continent.