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Bowmans scoops six awards at the DealMakers Awards

23 February 2023

Bowmans’ role in some of the most momentous transactions in 2022 was recognised at the annual DealMakers Gala Awards event, which was held in Johannesburg last night (21 February 2023).

The Firm was recognised by DealMakers achieving:

  • first place in deal flow and second place in deal value in the General Corporate Finance category;
  • first place by deal flow and deal value in the Unlisted M&A Transactions category; and
  • second and fourth place by value and flow respectively, in the Listed Company M&A Transactions category.

Chairman and senior partner, Ezra Davids says, ‘We are incredibly proud of our success in the DealMakers Awards. Being recognised in this way serves as strong evidence of the complex transactions our clients are entrusting us with, as well as our ability to deliver world-class legal services across the continent.’

Bowmans is proud to have also advised client Allianz SE, on a deal named 2022 Deal of the Year:

  • Sanlam/Allianz joint venture: The deal announced in May 2022 was almost two years in the making, and valued in excess of ZAR 33 billion. The combined African operations of Sanlam and global integrated financial services group, Allianz creates the premier pan-African, non-banking financial services entity, operating in 27 countries across the continent, with positions strengthened in 12 overlapping countries.

Davids concludes, ‘Congratulations to all our clients whose deals and deal teams were recognised. We thank them for trusting us with their most intricate legal matters. We are honoured and privileged that they chose Bowmans as their legal advisors in these seminal transactions.’

These accolades follow the release of the 2023 Chambers rankings late last week, where the Firm was rated in 35 legal categories (19 in Band 1) and 75 of our lawyers achieved 92 individual rankings.