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Energy & Natural Resources — Nigeria


ACAS-Law (Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun) - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leading firm in the market with a wide array of expertise spanning the field. Frequently involved in complex financing, upstream and downstream transactions and project development mandates, with excellent regulatory and compliance knowledge. Best known for its representation of major domestic and international oil and gas companies, with growing recognition for its activity in the power and renewable energy sectors.

Strengths Sources are quick to praise the firm's deep and reputable bench as "very competent, with a very strong client base."

Notable practitioners

Sola Adepetun is a renowned authority in the market, with sources citing "the quality of his work, years of practice and technical ability." He advises domestic and international clients on an array of complex oil and gas, infrastructure and energy mandates. Commentators appreciate his legal knowledge, explaining that "he's someone who understands and is very good with the concepts of the market."

Felicia Kemi Segun is hailed by market sources as "a quality oil and gas lawyer, she understands the systems and she knows the market." She remains a prominent figure in the project finance and development field, with a growing practice in solar energy. Interviewees value her technical ability and note her as "pragmatic and sensible, she gets things done."

Donna Obaseki-Ogunnaike is admired by market sources for her "technical capabilities" and noted for being "extremely active and visible, especially on the oil and gas front." She advises on investments, transactions and projects pertaining to energy and oil and gas.

About the Team (content provided by ACAS-Law (Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun))

The Energy and Project Finance Department covers the entire energy spectrum – we are particularly well known for handling complex up stream investment transactions; related upstream financing acquisitions involving novel but acceptable security transactions, which pass the litmus test of stringent regulatory acquisition guidelines; legal advisory in connection with contested acquisitions or of infractions or alleged infractions in the grant of oil and gas interests. We currently represent San Leon in connection with its investment in Nigeria, which is receiving much publicity in Nigeria and the United Kingdom as well as ENI in connection with OPL 245, a matter of international interest.

Generally, our work spans matters from concession licensing and acquisitions,midstream and downstream transactions and oil and gas services to power, mining and related financing. The department’s specialisation includes transaction structuring, negotiating and drafting of transaction/ project documents, loan and security documentation, conducting legal due diligence exercises, local content compliance, tax advisory, advising on legislative and regulatory matters and on corporate/commercial matters. 
The department is co-headed by Sola Adepetun and Felicia Kemi Segun who have both been recognised as leading individuals in the Nigerian Energy and Natural Resources Law.

Our key clients include: ENI, San Leon, Ophir, Sasol Limited, Delonex, Africa Oil, Lekoil, Mobil etc.

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Aluko & Oyebode - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly sought after by domestic and international clients, particularly those in the oil and gas sector, for its high-quality work and experienced team. Commended for its regulatory knowledge and its expertise in high-value acquisitions and loan facilities. Highly reputed for its contract and production disputes practice. Increasingly involved in the developing solar projects space.

Work highlights Advised ExxonMobil on the NGN90 billion sale of a 60% stake of its subsidiary Mobil Oil Nigeria to NIPCO.

Assisted First Bank of Nigeria with the restructuring of a USD45 million term loan facility granted by the client to Waltersmith for the acquisition of a stake in an oil mining lease.

Significant clients Shell, Ensco, Statoil Nigeria, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Brass LNG.

Notable practitioners

Gbenga Oyebode remains a well-respected figure in the market, attracting clients with his "combination of being a good lawyer and being very commercial."

Olubunmi Fayokun is particularly noted for her substantial practice in the oil and gas space advising multinational oil companies on corporate matters and acquisitions. Market sources describe her as a "very experienced and very good lawyer."

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Banwo & Ighodalo - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standout firm in the market, notably in the oil and gas sector, where the adept team consistently handles complex and high-profile transactions and negotiations. Represents an impressive roster of clients spanning the energy and natural resources space, advising on cross-border acquisitions, project finance, corporate restructurings and joint ventures.

Strengths Interviewees hail the group's oil and gas expertise and highlight the office for "the dynamism there and the partners' work ethic."

Work highlights Advised Helios Investors on its USD116 million acquisition of a 49% interest in Oando Gas and Power including its subsidiaries such as Central Gas Horizon Company.

Represented the Edo State Government in the negotiation and execution of a PPA with Ossiomo Power and Infrastructure.

Significant clients Chevron, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Oriental Energy Resources, SkyPower Global, Century Group.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Kenneth Etim continues to distinguish himself in the market for his handling of complex transactional and regulatory mandates, including advising on acquisitions and financing in the solar power industry. Sources highlight his technical abilities and proactive approach, concluding that he is "at the upper end of the market in terms of competence and knowledge."

Stella Duru continues to develop her practice in the field of energy, with sources describing her as a "rising star." She advises on project financing, PPAs and acquisitions and is particularly noted for her oil and gas experience.

About the Team (content provided by Banwo & Ighodalo)

Our Firm’s Energy Practice Group (comprising of oil, gas and power) is internationally recognized and consistently ranked as Tier 1, by leading journals and directories. We have advised numerous clients (Nigerian and international) in virtually all aspects of the energy value chain. Our lawyers are constantly involved in complex, and high profile deals in this specialist practice area. Our clients include governments, public and private companies, corporate investors, financial institutions, foreign law firms and international consultancy firms. Various members of our team sit on a variety of executive and judicial rule making committees involved in the evolving Nigerian legal system.

Our experience in the oil and gas space spans acquisition and disposal of petroleum assets, gas monetization and utilization projects, cross-border capital raising and listings, legislative drafting and review, litigation and alternative dispute resolution relating to oil and gas disputes, environmental pollution matters, community and stakeholder engagement, local content advisory, amongst others.

Banwo & Ighodalo remains the go-to firm in the Nigerian electricity supply industry. We currently advise numerous clients seeking to develop and establish independent power projects (including renewable energy projects) in Nigeria, and also provide legal support to service providers and regulators in the electricity market.

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Templars - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised as a key player at the fore of the market with extensive oil and gas experience and a growing renewable energy practice. Acknowledged for its high-quality work in the power and energy sector advising a number of international clients on project finance and development, cross-border sale purchase agreements, joint ventures, taxation and compliance.

Strengths Clients value the team's dedication: "What you want is lawyers who are responsive, go the extra mile and make themselves available for you. Templars have done all of these."

Work highlights Advised Shell, Total E&P Nigeria and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as sponsors on the joint venture financing of a number of oil and gas development projects.

Acted for Puma Energy on the USD26.3 million acquisition of Wabeco Petroleum, as well as the formation of a special purpose joint venture company between the purchaser and the seller to operate the acquired assets.

Significant clients Azura Power, Seven Energy, Pan Africa Solar, Midwestern Oil & Gas, Glencore.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Oghogho Akpata remains a highly regarded figure in the market who is noted by sources for his excellent client skills. Peers recognise him as someone "at the top and a regular in this space." He has substantial expertise in the power and oil and gas industries, regularly advising on M&A, supply agreements, project development and financing.

Chike Obianwu is best known for his financing work in the space, particularly in regard to energy generation projects. Market sources hail his talents and appreciate his "exceptional knowledge of oil and gas."

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ǼLEX - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Soji Awogbade
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains an enviable client roster including several key domestic and international players in the oil and gas sector. Commended for its infrastructure and mining practice advising on high-value M&A transactions. Strong expertise in the field's regulatory environment, with deep knowledge of contractual and tax issues and PPAs.

Strengths Clients value the team's co-operative nature, describing it as "very responsive and very good – you feel like you have a personal relationship with them as they are very easy to talk to."

Work highlights Advised CNOOC and Sapetro on the determination of the applicable fiscal regimes and tax incentives under a production sharing contract.

Acted for Shelf Drilling on contractual and tortious claims arising from Nigeria-based oil servicing contracts.

Significant clients All Grace Energy, Addax Petroleum, Benue Minerals, Groupe TCA Internacionale, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned practitioner Soji Awogbade is "very well known" and has a "good reputation in the oil and gas industry." He is lauded for his long-standing experience and understanding of the sector, with a practice encompassing acquisitions and the financing and development of projects.

Olusina Sipasi has broad-ranging experience in the energy and oil and gas sectors assisting clients with financing and PPAs. Sources highlight his reassuring diligence, stating that "he's available to speak when you have questions and when you need some hand-holding."

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G. Elias & Co - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Gbolahan Elias and Segun Omoregie
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly recommended in the market for its deep expertise in the energy field advising on impressive electricity and power generation projects, dispute resolution cases and solar power acquisitions. Distinguished by its strong track record for finance-related work, frequently acting on behalf of the lender in large-value loan syndications and cross-border acquisition refinancing.

Strengths Sources note the team as "visible and active" in the field and praise it "for the strength of their lawyers."

Interviewees admire the group for the strength of its technical skills: "They are very good at what they do and focus on quality."

Work highlights Advised BPI Power International on the development, review and negotiation of the PPA and gas sale contracts for a power project with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company.

Advised Neconde Energy on its term loan facility from a syndicate of lenders for the refinancing and enhancement of its 45% participating interest in OML 42.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Bank, Genesis Energy, OIS, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Bell Oil and Gas.

Notable practitioners

Highly respected Gbolahan Elias is consistently noted by market sources for his legal proficiency and technical abilities, commenting that he is "very bright" and "very knowledgeable." He is best known for his "flair for financing" and regularly engages in restructurings, refinancings, PPAs and large acquisitions within the sector.

About the Team (content provided by G. Elias & Co)

G. Elias & Co’s Energy & Infrastructure team is known for its depth and know-how showcased in handling transactions in the sector. The work we have done for energy and infrastructure sector operators include advice on energy policy, new legislation, tax, the conduct of embedded power, independent electricity distribution network, licences, PPA negotiations, review of microgrid regulations, conduct of litigation and arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, site leases, “due diligence” inquiries, review and negotiation of sale contracts for electricity, crude oil, condensates, and gas (including but not limited to power purchase agreements, gas sale and purchase agreement, direct agreement, fuel supply agreements, construction contracts), re-entry into oil wells, hiring and operation of drilling rigs, crude handling agreements, host community agreements, bid documentation and certainly not the least, advice on structured and other financing documentation.

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DETAIL Commercial Solicitors - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ayuli Jemide and Dolapo Kukoyi
- 2 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Known in the market for its impressive and far-reaching energy practice. Represents clients in a variety of mandates including PPAs, PPPs, acquisitions and divestments relating to infrastructure and power projects. Experienced advising clients on dispute avoidance and risk mitigation across the practice area.

Strengths Sources admire the firm's attentiveness to its clients' needs: "On energy and infrastructure I really like their detail and client focus, they are really diligent."

Commentators discuss the team's extensive understanding of the field: "They are extremely knowledgeable, they know the sector better than most."

Work highlights Advised LADOL on its provision and installation of a 24-48 MW power plant including the drafting of a PPA.

Acted for Waltersmith on the development of a 40-300 MW gas-to-power plant.

Significant clients Central Bank of Nigeria, KANN Utility Company, Lagos State Government, Rubitec Power, Mixta Real Estate.

Notable practitioners

Ayuli Jemide is well regarded by market sources for his diligence and wide-ranging industry knowledge. He often counsels on oil and gas mandates including acquisition bids, offshore financings and regulation for various domestic and multinational clients. Peers are impressed by "the mandates he attracts and works on."

Dolapo Kukoyi draws praise from clients and peers alike for her expertise in the power sector where she is involved in asset acquisitions, PPPs, PPAs and restructurings. Sources note her as "extremely knowledgeable" and appreciate that "she is very attentive to the needs of the client, very conscientious and delivers on what she says."

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F.O. Akinrele & Co - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established law firm which continues to utilise its strong market experience to effectively represent international oil and gas companies in transactions such as joint ventures and cross-border project financings. Best known for its formidable disputes practice, regularly engaging in complex litigation, arbitration and mediation cases pertaining to energy and natural resources.

Strengths Interviewees think highly of the firm, highlighting it as "a standout in energy disputes," while others state that the lawyers are "extremely good at what they do."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Adedolapo Akinrele is highlighted by market sources for "his technical capability and his years of experience." He is renowned for his litigation skills, often representing energy providers and multinational oil and gas clients in contract disputes, arbitration proceedings and project finance disputes.

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Odujinrin & Adefulu - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Adeoye Adefulu and Aderemi Ogunbanjo
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned for its high-profile regulatory, advisory and public policy work in relation to the domestic petroleum and electricity industries. Commended for its transactional practice, regularly handling financings, restructurings and purchase agreements often on behalf of multinational oil and gas production, service and exploration companies.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's high service standards, with one client stating: "I would recommend them for their high-quality service. They deliver on time, they're very responsive, they understand our business needs and they don't disappoint."

Work highlights Acted for a domestic oil and gas exploration and production company on a farm-in transaction relating to the development of a marginal field in an oil mining lease.

Advised an oil and gas exploration and production company on the financing and technical services arrangement with an international oil and gas company for the development of two offshore oil mining leases.

Significant clients Jos Electricity Distribution, Oando, Schlumberger, Optimum Petroleum Development, J.P. Morgan.

Notable practitioners

Market sources laud Adeoye Adefulu for possessing a "lot of practical experience that really adds value to the table in negotiations." He has an extensive transactional and regulatory practice in the field advising oil and gas clients on various agreements and compliance, and is routinely praised for his commerciality and activity.

"Impressive" senior associate Aderemi Ogunbanjo advises on corporate transactions relating to energy and natural resources. Clients value that "she is very responsive and output-focused, she knows what the end game is from the start and has great subject matter expertise."

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Solola & Akpana - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tope Solola
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Port Harcourt-based firm best known for its extensive and high-quality work in relation to the oil industry. Regularly engaged by domestic and multinational oil and gas clients across a variety of matters including joint ventures, loan facilities and PPAs. Well-regarded litigious practice representing clients in disputes relating to contracts and oil spillages.

Strengths Interviewees acknowledge the team's standing in the market: "They have very established lawyers in the gas space."

Sources recognise its litigious capabilities and presence in the oil and gas market: "They are heavily involved in litigation and the day-to-day operations of oilfields."

Work highlights Acted for Amni International Petroleum Development Company on its USD120 million Okoro-4 well drilling development mandate including the negotiation of rig rates.

Represented Shell in two oil and gas-related litigation cases regarding claims alleging negligence and environmental damages by the company with plaintiffs seeking damages at NGN6.5 billion and NGN29 billion respectively.

Significant clients PE Energy, Total E&P, Chevron, Daewoo Nigeria, Moni Pulo.

Notable practitioners

Tope Solola draws praise from market sources for his measured and thorough approach. He is well regarded for his litigious practice, particularly in the energy and natural resources field handling a plethora of disputes concerning oil and gas projects.

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Streamsowers & Köhn - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Chinasa Unaegbunam and Chiagozie Hilary-Nwokonko
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Identified in the market for the strength of its oil and gas practice particularly in relation to the upstream sector. Well-reputed team frequently engaged in M&A transactions, in PPA negotiations and for its advice regarding production and exploration projects. Impressive regulatory and disputes practice covering contract disputes and energy-related arbitration.

Strengths Market sources highlight the team's presence and expertise: "They are very active, competent and knowledgeable in the sector."

Interviewees note the group's growing involvement in the sector's major transactions: "They have worked on some high-profile transactions and are up-and-coming in terms of their visibility."

Work highlights Advised both the Central Bank of Nigeria and Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on the creation of a NGN213 billion intervention facility to various market participants in the Nigerian electricity supply industry to settle any outstanding debts accrued.

Advised Wester Ord Oil & Gas on the acquisition of a significant stake in a marginal oilfield including obtaining ministerial consent for the purchase.

Significant clients Oil Producers' Trade Section of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce, Engee PET Manufacturing, Bayelsa State Government, Elcrest Exploration and Production Nigeria, CNOOC.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees are impressed with Chiagozie Hilary-Nwokonko, noting that "he gives very practical, commercial advice, has a good understanding of the industry and, more to the point, he's very switched-on about the Nigerian law market." He advises on transactions and regulation in the oil and gas sector, with sources praising him as "very good at guiding clients in how best to achieve their aims."

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Advocaat Law Practice - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Oladotun Alokolaro
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Attracts praise from commentators for its representation of sovereign bodies, domestic companies and multinational clients in the infrastructure and mining sectors. Well-regarded power practice assisting with a variety of mandates including joint ventures, PPAs, loan facilities and refinancing. Regularly involved in disputes relating to energy generation.

Strengths Commentators praise the team's proficiency and market share: "They have notable presence in the sector."

Work highlights Acted as Nigerian counsel for ING Belgium on a USD150 million loan facility granted to a subsidiary of a domestic oil and gas exploration company.

Assisted CCC Energy and CCC Oil & Gas with the divestment of their 30% interest in OPL 276 and OPL 283 respectively to Newcross Petroleum.

Significant clients Pan Ocean Oil Corporation, Cummins Power Generation, Seplat Petroleum Development Company, Range Resources, Albrightwaves Petroleum Development.

Notable practitioners

Oladotun Alokolaro has a broad practice covering oil and gas, infrastructure and most notably power. Clients seek him out for his knowledge of loan facilities, joint ventures, acquisitions and PPAs. Market sources regard him as "very clever" and "very experienced."

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Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 4

第四等

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected group particularly noted for its oil and gas expertise, with a diverse practice covering electricity and renewable energy. Deep transactional experience, most notably in regard to financial matters, advising clients on project finance, refinancing and acquisitions. Familiar with counselling clients regarding PPP and PPA mandates.

Strengths Interviewees praise the depth of knowledge the team brings to transactions and cases: "Having UUBO as transaction counsel was particularly helpful as they came with a lot of experience and knew how to find a solution that suited."

Sources speak highly of the firm, describing it as "very conscientious and very knowledgeable," while others note that "they were available to us at all times and understood the timeframes we were working in."

Work highlights Advised Actis LLP on its first power sector investment in Nigeria, the acquisition of a stake in the 450 MW Azura-Edo gas-fired independent power plant.

Advised on a joint venture agreement between GE and Geometric Power Company for the Oma power generation project with a first phase value of USD800 million.

Significant clients LUKOIL Overseas Nigeria, Transocean Support Services, Schlumberger, Ikeja Electric, InfraCo Africa.

Notable practitioners

Nicholas Okafor focuses his practice on the energy sector, advising on power acquisitions, joint ventures, project development and refinancing. Clients value his expertise, stating that "he knows how to protect your every interest including the ones you didn't know you had."

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Band 1

ACAS-Law (Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun)

From the Chambers Global guide

Sola Adepetun is a renowned authority in the market, with sources citing "the quality of his work, years of practice and technical ability." He advises domestic and international clients on an array of complex oil and gas, infrastructure and energy mandates. Commentators appreciate his legal knowledge, explaining that "he's someone who understands and is very good with the concepts of the market."

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Band 1

Templars

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Oghogho Akpata remains a highly regarded figure in the market who is noted by sources for his excellent client skills. Peers recognise him as someone "at the top and a regular in this space." He has substantial expertise in the power and oil and gas industries, regularly advising on M&A, supply agreements, project development and financing.

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Band 1

Banwo & Ighodalo

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Kenneth Etim continues to distinguish himself in the market for his handling of complex transactional and regulatory mandates, including advising on acquisitions and financing in the solar power industry. Sources highlight his technical abilities and proactive approach, concluding that he is "at the upper end of the market in terms of competence and knowledge."

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Band 1

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Gbenga Oyebode remains a well-respected figure in the market, attracting clients with his "combination of being a good lawyer and being very commercial." 

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Band 1

Felica Kemi Segun

ACAS-Law (Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun)

From the Chambers Global guide

Felicia Kemi Segun is hailed by market sources as "a quality oil and gas lawyer, she understands the systems and she knows the market." She remains a prominent figure in the project finance and development field, with a growing practice in solar energy. Interviewees value her technical ability and note her as "pragmatic and sensible, she gets things done."

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Band 2

Odujinrin & Adefulu

From the Chambers Global guide

Market sources laud Adeoye Adefulu for possessing a "lot of practical experience that really adds value to the table in negotiations." He has an extensive transactional and regulatory practice in the field advising oil and gas clients on various agreements and compliance, and is routinely praised for his commerciality and activity.

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Band 2

ǼLEX

From the Chambers Global guide

Seasoned practitioner Soji Awogbade is "very well known" and has a "good reputation in the oil and gas industry." He is lauded for his long-standing experience and understanding of the sector, with a practice encompassing acquisitions and the financing and development of projects.

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Band 2

G. Elias & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Highly respected Gbolahan Elias is consistently noted by market sources for his legal proficiency and technical abilities, commenting that he is "very bright" and "very knowledgeable." He is best known for his "flair for financing" and regularly engages in restructurings, refinancings, PPAs and large acquisitions within the sector.

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Band 2

Chiagozie Hilary-Nwokonko

Streamsowers & Köhn

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees are impressed with Chiagozie Hilary-Nwokonko, noting that "he gives very practical, commercial advice, has a good understanding of the industry and, more to the point, he's very switched-on about the Nigerian law market." He advises on transactions and regulation in the oil and gas sector, with sources praising him as "very good at guiding clients in how best to achieve their aims."

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Band 2

Uche Nwokedi & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Uche Nwokedi of Uche Nwokedi & Co is highly regarded for the strength of his energy and natural resources practice, most notably engaging in high-end litigation and arbitration cases relating to oil and gas. Peers admire his "fantastic work" and his "practical knowledge and knowledge of the sector." 

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Band 3

Adedolapo Akinrele

F.O. Akinrele & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Adedolapo Akinrele is highlighted by market sources for "his technical capability and his years of experience." He is renowned for his litigation skills, often representing energy providers and multinational oil and gas clients in contract disputes, arbitration proceedings and project finance disputes.

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Band 3

Oladotun Alokolaro

Advocaat Law Practice

From the Chambers Global guide

Oladotun Alokolaro has a broad practice covering oil and gas, infrastructure and most notably power. Clients seek him out for his knowledge of loan facilities, joint ventures, acquisitions and PPAs. Market sources regard him as "very clever" and "very experienced."

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Band 3

Ikeyi & Arifayan

From the Chambers Global guide

Sola Arifayan of Ikeyi & Arifayan is highly respected for his energy and natural resources practice, particularly for his work relating to power generation projects. Market commentators describe him as "a very intelligent, good-grade practitioner" and as "a good young lawyer." 

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Band 3

Sterling Partnership

From the Chambers Global guide

Israel Aye of Sterling Partnership is lauded by clients for "his ability to think creatively and innovatively," also describing him as "very knowledgeable in the oil and gas industry." A former in-house lawyer for Shell, he has extensive industry experience, often acting as Nigerian counsel in complex transactions.

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Band 3

Gbenga Biobaku & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Gbenga Biobaku of Gbenga Biobaku & Co is hailed by sources for his "thorough and innovative" approach to mandates. Others explain that "when you engage him he is comfortable with the concepts and very good at coming up with solutions, not just going through the transactions." He is best known for his expertise in the oil and gas field.

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Band 3

Olaniwun Ajayi LP

From the Chambers Global guide

Wolemi Esan of Olaniwun Ajayi LP is highlighted for his activity in the power sector, utilising his breadth of legal experience to advise on complex financings. He acts for both domestic and multinational industry clients and is praised for his commercial awareness.

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Band 3

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Olubunmi Fayokun is particularly noted for her substantial practice in the oil and gas space advising multinational oil companies on corporate matters and acquisitions. Market sources describe her as a "very experienced and very good lawyer."

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Band 3

DETAIL Commercial Solicitors

From the Chambers Global guide

Ayuli Jemide is well regarded by market sources for his diligence and wide-ranging industry knowledge. He often counsels on oil and gas mandates including acquisition bids, offshore financings and regulation for various domestic and multinational clients. Peers are impressed by "the mandates he attracts and works on."

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DETAIL Commercial Solicitors

From the Chambers Global guide

Dolapo Kukoyi draws praise from clients and peers alike for her expertise in the power sector where she is involved in asset acquisitions, PPPs, PPAs and restructurings. Sources note her as "extremely knowledgeable" and appreciate that "she is very attentive to the needs of the client, very conscientious and delivers on what she says."

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Band 3

ǼLEX

From the Chambers Global guide

Olusina Sipasi has broad-ranging experience in the energy and oil and gas sectors assisting clients with financing and PPAs. Sources highlight his reassuring diligence, stating that "he's available to speak when you have questions and when you need some hand-holding."

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Band 3

Solola & Akpana

From the Chambers Global guide

Tope Solola draws praise from market sources for his measured and thorough approach. He is well regarded for his litigious practice, particularly in the energy and natural resources field handling a plethora of disputes concerning oil and gas projects.

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Band 4

Banwo & Ighodalo

From the Chambers Global guide

Stella Duru continues to develop her practice in the field of energy, with sources describing her as a "rising star." She advises on project financing, PPAs and acquisitions and is particularly noted for her oil and gas experience.

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Band 4

Donna Obaseki-Ogunnaike

ACAS-Law (Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun)

From the Chambers Global guide

Donna Obaseki-Ogunnaike is admired by market sources for her "technical capabilities" and noted for being "extremely active and visible, especially on the oil and gas front." She advises on investments, transactions and projects pertaining to energy and oil and gas.

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Band 4

Templars

From the Chambers Global guide

Chike Obianwu is best known for his financing work in the space, particularly in regard to energy generation projects. Market sources hail his talents and appreciate his "exceptional knowledge of oil and gas."

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Band 4

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

From the Chambers Global guide

Nicholas Okafor focuses his practice on the energy sector, advising on power acquisitions, joint ventures, project development and refinancing. Clients value his expertise, stating that "he knows how to protect your every interest including the ones you didn't know you had."

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Up and Coming

Bloomfield Law Practice

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of department Ayodele Oni of Bloomfield Law Practice attracts praise from clients and peers alike, who comment that "he is carving a good niche out for himself." His practice spans the energy sector and he is well known for his electricity and oil and gas expertise.

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Associates to watch

Aderemi Ogunbanjo

Odujinrin & Adefulu

From the Chambers Global guide

"Impressive" senior associate Aderemi Ogunbanjo advises on corporate transactions relating to energy and natural resources. Clients value that "she is very responsive and output-focused, she knows what the end game is from the start and has great subject matter expertise."

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