Ezra Davids is chair of corporate and M&A at Bowmans, specialising in M&A, capital markets and securities law. Ezra is the most recent chair of the faculty advisory board of the Law School of the University of Cape Town. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Legal Resources Trust (a non-profit human rights organisation using the law as an instrument of justice); a director of Freedom Under Law (a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of the rule of law in southern Africa); and a patron of the Student Sponsorship Programme (a non-profit organisation that places and enables academically talented, low-income students to excel in South Africa’s best high schools). He is also the former chair of the recent developments in M&A subcommittee of the Corporate and M&A Committee of the International Bar Association and a member of the University of Cape Town Council. Ezra is the relationship partner for a number of the firm’s major clients such as Bharti, Verizon, Barrick Gold Corporation, Microsoft, UPS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Eskom and Transnet. He is also a regular contributor to international M&A and equity capital markets publications, and is co-contributor on the mergers chapter of the Modern Company Law textbook. Ezra was the first practising African lawyer to be featured on the front page of The American Lawyer.