Bowman Gilfillan, led by Robert Legh, has grown significantly in recent years, and is the only South African firm with three nominees to The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists: Derek Lotter, Jean Meijer and Legh.The competition group practises from Johannesburg and Cape Town, and consists of 27 lawyers, including seven partners. Veronica Cadman was promoted to partner last year.
The firm has a strong list of international clients, including General Electric, General Motors and Pfizer. This year it represented the Reclamation Group following a commission investigation of the scrap metal industry. It has advised clients in the steel, bread, construction and airline industries in connection with antitrust investigations, and represented pharmaceutical company Merck in abuse of dominance proceedings relating to anti-retroviral drugs. It also settled a case for packaging company Nampak with no admission of liability in an alleged cartel in the glass recycling industry.
The practice worked on a number of merger filings too, including Yara/Growhow and Porsche/Volkswagen.
The firm says there has been a significant increase in the level of compliance work due to the commission's increased focus on cartels. It has also been advising clients and industry associations on the impending amendments to the country's competition act.
Bowman Gilfillan is generally regarded as one of the premier corporate law firms in South Africa with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London. The firm has an association with Coulson Harney in Nairobi. Employing more than 270 specialised lawyers (including over 100 partners), with a total staff of over 550, the firm is widely recognised for its professionalism and superior legal services.
Bowman Gilfillan was voted Best Law Firm of the Year Africa 2008 by PLC Which Lawyer, African Corporate Law Firm of the Year in 2007 and 2003 by Chambers and Partners, and Who’s Who Legal South African Law Firm of the Year 2008. The firm also won the International Law Office Client Choice Awards for South Africa for 2005, 2006 and 2008. The criteria for the award focused on the law firm’s ability to add real value to their clients’ business above and beyond other players in the market.
We were ranked first in the category Legal Advisors Mergers & Acquisitions 2006 on deal values for Dealmakers M&A Awards. First in the category Legal Advisors Mergers & Acquisitions in 2006 and second in 2007 for Ernst & Young M&A Awards.
Bowman Gilfillan is the exclusive South African representative of Lex Mundi, a global association of 163 independent law firms in all major centres across the globe, and the South African representative of the ELA (Employment Law Alliance), the world’s largest network of labour and employment lawyers.
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