IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate
Bookbinder Business Law

Bookbinder Business Law is a flourishing Botswanan law firm founded in 2010 by Jeffrey Bookbinder offering an integrated and efficient service combining a true on-the-ground knowledge with international standards.


Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a special focus on financial and corporate matters which allows them to provide practical and comprehensive legal advice.


Key clients

Key clients of the firm include BCL, Botswana Development Corporation, Clicks Group, The Foschini Group, First National Bank of Botswana, Galane Gold, Imara Holdings, Jarcon Opencast Mining Botswana Proprietary, Kgalagadi Breweries Proprietary, Letlole La Rona, National Development Bank, Norsad Capital, Pets Metal Trading, Premium Nickel Resources Corporation, Puma Energy Botswana Proprietary, Vivo Energy Botswana Proprietary, Servest Group, Sir Ketumile Masire and Teaching Hospital.


Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

During the research period the firm was active in financial and corporate matters.

In financial and corporate the firm worked in M&A, asset acquisitions, restructuring deals, joint venture, trade finance, financing, ISDA agreements, bond programmes and divestments for clients connected with the mining, investment, industrials and manufacturing, banking, construction, consumer goods, services and materials sectors.

During the research period financial and corporate partner Andre John Bell joined the firm from Desai Law Group and Senior Associate Imaan Kader joined the firm from Options retail store.


Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

BIFM Local Property Fund€4.8 million asset acquisistion

Standard Chartered Bank€7.3 million bond programme private placement

Desai Law Group

Desai Law Group is a full service corporate commercial law firm in Botswana. The firm was founded in 2016 and is based in Gaborone.


Focusses / specialisms

Whilst the firm works across a range of practice areas, it has a strong practice in financial and corporate work across a range of areas including banking and finance, corporate and commercial, capital markets, M&A, insolvency and restructuring, project development, as well as a range of project related work.


Key clients

Notable clients include the Bank of Botswana, Botswana Stock Exchange, Competition and Consumer Authority, Turnstar Holdings, Mascom Wireless Botswana Proprietary Bayport Financial Services, ABSA Bank of Botswana, Aleyo Capital Proprietary, Wilderness Holdings, Minerals Development Company of Botswana, Okavango Diamond Company Proprietary and Debswana Diamond Company.


Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

The firm was active in financial and corporate work during this research cycle.

In financial and corporate the firm worked on M&A, private acquisitions, procurement, asset acquisition, sovereign bond issue, merger, financial restructuring, bond/note restructuring, project development, financing, refinancing and PPP deals for clients connected with banking, energy, mining, investment management, food and beverage, financial services, technology and telecommunications, housing, insurance sectors.

During the research period M&A banking and finance senior associate Zamaswazi Mokobi joined the firm from Bowmans.


Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Access Bank’s €100 million acquisition of African banking corporation of Botswana

Bank of Botswana €2.2 million sovereign bond issue

Jindal Power €764 million procurement bid for the Greenfields

Premium Nickel Botswana €579 million mining asset acquisition


Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)


Banking and finance                                                                                     

"They provided thorough well researched legal advice."

Private equity                                                                                    

"1. Quality of work. 2. Professionalism. 3. Experience. 4. Flexible fee structure (not rigid)."

Project development: Energy                                               

"Good knowledge of the mining and energy sector, well trained lawyers, time bound commitments, positive attitude and approach towards work."


Rizwan Desai 

"Very positive approach towards work, dedicated, knowledgeable in field. He is good in delivery; innovative approach to issues; fast learner."

Eleng Mugabe

"She is accessible and responsive."

"1. Responsive. 2. Easygoing. 3. Professional. 4. Quality of work."

Osei-Ofei Swabi & Co

Botswanan firm Osei-Ofei Swabi & Co,known initially as Hazel Todd Attorneys,was established in 1998. It has one office in Gaborone.


Focusses / specialisms

The firm advises on corporate commercial work, civil litigation and arbitration.


Key clients

First National Bank of Botswana, African Banking Corporation Botswana, First Capital Bank, Bank of Baroda, enX Botswana, Botswana Insurance Fund Management, Botswana Insurance Company, Phoenix of Botswana Assurance, Sefalana Holdings, Commercial Holdings, Mechanised Farming, Engen Marketing, Total Botswana, Voltex Botswana, Botswana International University of Science & Technology, Khumo Property Asset Management, Daewoo Engineering & Construction Company