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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

EALC becomes member of South African law firm

23rd April 2012

The East African Law Chamber (EALC) has become a member of one of the oldest, biggest and most credible law firms in South Africa, Bowman Gilfillan.

Speaking at a party held at a Dar es Salaam hotel at the weekend, EALC founding partner Juvenalis Ngowi said the move increases the capacity of the law firm to offer high quality cross-border legal services inside and outside the country.

“EALC becoming a member of Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group is a strategic move in the wake of new regional economic realities. Tanzanian grown companies as well as international firms in the country are increasingly having a presence in different countries in the East Africa Community and the Southern Africa Development Community.

It’s also a fact that Tanzania is increasingly becoming a focal point for investment for multi-national and international companies. This affiliation puts the EALC in the best position to serve such clientele,” explained George Fernandes, EALC partner.

Speaking at the function, Jonathan Lang, Head of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, said it was exciting for Bowman Gilfillan to join hands with the EALC to bring top of the ladder cross-border legal services in upping existing cross-border corporate entities and also emerging ones in diverse fields ranging from oil and gas to telecoms.

“You can be sure that the EALC, which is led by a young, dynamic and visionary team, is able to offer the highly needed international quality legal services whenever needed. We have a lot of confidence in the team,” he said.

Tanganyika Law Society president Francis Stolla commended the EALC, saying the provision of international quality legal services was necessary, as multinational firms continue investing in the country, and developing world-class competencies was paramount.

For his part, Kenya's High Commissioner to Tanzania Mutinda Mutiso hailed the EALC, saying the partnership was necessary for enhanced economic growth in different sectors.

“Developing global competencies in the legal sector is a must. This is crucial for international contract negotiations,” he said.

EALC is a medium size law firm, comprising lawyers with brilliant breadth and depth of corporate, commercial law and litigation experience. It specialises in corporate and commercial affairs, employment and labour, telecommunications, conveyances, mining, oil and gas, banking and finance, tax advisory, legal consultancy and commercial litigation.

Another partner of the EALC, Stella Ndikimi, noted that by joining the Bowman Gilfillan African Group, the EALC would elevate its platform in providing seamless legal services to its clientele not just within the country, but also across Africa.

EALC currently advises corporations, financial institutions, governments, state and private owned enterprises.

Bowman Gilfillan is one of the premier South African corporate and commercial law firms and has over 350 lawyers (including partners).

In 2008, the Group opened its office in Nairobi, Kenya, through Coulson Harney. In Kampala, Uganda, it has association with A.F. Mpanga.

The Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group has a presence in Southern and Eastern Africa – Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, and it also works closely with one of Nigeria’s leading law firms Udo Udoma & Belo Osagie.

The core practice areas of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group are mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, infrastructure, energy and power resources and mining, capital markets, competition and anti-trust, private equity, employment, litigation, tax, maritime and transport.

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