African law firm Bowmans has appointed a development and project finance partner in Johannesburg, as it continues to expand in the South African capital.
Allen Leuta joined the firm’s Johannesburg project finance practice, the firm said in a statement.
For the past six months, Leuta has been a consultant to the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation institution, before which he was Director – the local equivalent of a partner – at Allen & Overy for six years and project manager, according to the announcement.
Previously, he headed the Africa Legal Department at South Africa’s leading bank Standard Bank, which he joined after first working for three years at A&O in London and Paris in the firm’s banking practice.
Bowmans’ name has been seen frequently in the South African recruitment market in recent months, having double-hired in October and starting a new practice in May.
Ezra Davids, President and Principal Partner of Bowmans, said: “Allen’s expertise in project finance, leveraged finance and foreign lending in sub-Saharan Africa will be of great value to Bowmans, our partners. customers and our staff. “
“We are delighted that Allen has chosen to return to Bowmans. His skills, particularly in the area of project finance which is essential for growth and development across the continent, will complement those of our already strong team and will be a great asset to our clients.