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Global 2022
South Africa Real Estate
Band 3

1 Ranked Lawyers


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Our Commercial Property Practice is best known for representing the interests of banks, developers and listed and unlisted property funds in financing the acquisitions, disposal and development of commercial,  industrial and retail real estate across Africa.

We have expert knowledge in negotiating and structuring lease and development lease agreements for both landlords and tenants in the commercial, industrial and retail sectors.

We are also actively involved in real estate due diligence investigations which form part of larger corporate due diligence processes for both sellers and purchasers in mergers, acquisitions and renewable energy projects.

Members of our team regularly represent the interests of one or more parties involved in the most prominent commercial property transactions in the country.

Chambers Review

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Real Estate - South Africa
Band 3
What the team is known for

Bowmans houses a recognised and established practice group, showcasing proficiency in high-value commercial real estate. With significant experience acting for banks and other financial institutions on the financing and refinancing of property and developments, the firm offers further experience advising on sales and acquisitions. The team is also sought out for its counsel on retail and residential development projects.


Interviewees commend the team's "culture of client-focused attention to detail."

"Someone is always available and willing to assist," noted one source, praising the group for being "efficient and good to work with."

Work highlights

A Bowmans team led by Julia Power represented Massmart in relation to its development of a ZAR476 million distribution centre.

Notable practitioners

Johannesburg-based Craig Schafer is a respected lawyer in the South African real estate market, advising on property finance and security as well as development and leasing. As head of the firm's commercial property practice, he has built an impressive reputation among commercial property lenders and financial institutions in South Africa.
"Craig is very well versed in all conveyancing matters and offers a wealth of knowledge."

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Craig Schafer
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Capital Property Fund

Delta Property Fund

Eris Property Group

Massmart Holdings Limited

Old Mutual Corporate Real Estate Asset Management

Putprop Limited

Rand Merchant Bank

Texton Property Fund

The Standard Bank of South Africa



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