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Corporate/Commercial — Nigeria


Aluko & Oyebode - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Gbenga Oyebode and Kofo Dosekun
- 8 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed firm which continues to be an authority in the corporate and commercial arena. Has strengths in a variety of sectors, most notably energy, telecommunications and finance. Possesses wide-ranging expertise which allows them to frequently engage in complex and cross-border M&A deals, sale and purchase agreements and structured financing alongside their activity in the private equity space.

Strengths Clients praise the department's "very detailed" handling of matters, with one client commenting: "It was a huge deal and on our side we got value for money and clearly had top-notch representation."

Market sources highlight the firm's commercial awareness and client-oriented approach, saying that the team "went above and beyond."

Work highlights Assisted ExxonMobil with the sale of 60% of its equity stake in Mobil Oil Nigeria to NIPCO at a value of NGN90 billion.

Advised Rand Merchant Bank on its NGN80 billion multicurrency commercial paper issuance.

Significant clients Access Bank, MTN Nigeria Communications, Guinness Nigeria, Unilever, J.P. Morgan.

Notable practitioners

Chairman Gbenga Oyebode remains a strong authority in the corporate and commercial sphere and is frequently sought after by major clients from sectors such as telecoms, energy and banking for the depth and scope of his experience. Sources rate him as "a very important lawyer" in the market and appreciate his understanding of the jurisdiction.

Olubunmi Fayokun has a wealth of market expertise and is especially impressive in relation to complex corporate matters such as bond and paper issuances, equity and debt capital markets mandates and corporate financing in fields such as energy, infrastructure and M&A. Interviewees are impressed by her client-oriented approach: "She generally stands out as who the market looks to in providing value to clients in the corporate commercial space."

Ayodeji Oyetunde is a rising star in the jurisdiction, especially in the area of capital markets where he deals with issues relating to private equity, securities, shares and bonds for significant clients from the financial and energy sectors. Market sources appreciate his commercial nous and the technical competency of his work.

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Banwo & Ighodalo - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ayotunde Owoigbe
- 7 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-notch corporate and commercial team which is particularly commended for its wide capital markets scope. Utilises its expertise in the area to frequently advise on IPOs, major bond and debt issuances and divestment mandates. Adroit team which is also noted for its M&A and financing knowledge, it represents multinational and domestic clients from sectors such as energy, banking and media.

Strengths Clients commend the strength of the team's technical ability and legal knowledge. One client stated: "I have confidence in their partners, in their processes and in their detailed work."

Commentators enjoy the team's innovative approach to matters, saying: "When we have a complex transaction they would always be the first to come to mind. We find them to be extremely creative and always helpful."

Work highlights Advised Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) on a 100% divestment of its share capital in and sale of Keystone Bank valued at NGN25 billion.

Advised Helios Investments on its acquisition of 49% of Oando's interest in Oando Gas and Power, at a matter value of USD116 million.

Significant clients Guaranty Trust Bank, Sterling Bank, Federal Ministry of Finance, Synergy Private Equity Fund, Infraco Nigeria.

Notable practitioners

Asue Ighodalo remains a key player in the corporate sphere and is particularly commended for his expansive capital markets work. He represents both domestic and international clients in complex matters of bond issuance, asset management, securitisations and structured finance. Market sources attest to his formidable experience, with interviewees describing him as one of the "market leaders" and citing his "very good reputation."

Femi Olubanwo is consistently highlighted in the market for his impressive skills on complex project financing mandates and loan syndications for major domestic and international clients. He is highly regarded by market sources for his professional attitude and technical skill set. He also has an impressive IP practice which focuses on all aspects of trade mark matters.

Ayotunde Owoigbe holds a good reputation in the market for her corporate and project finance expertise. She frequently services major banks and financial entities. She is also well regarded for her strong capital markets experience. One client enthused over her "very tenacious" approach and stated that "her skill is remarkable, you always want her on your side."

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Banwo and Ighodalo’s capital market, mergers and acquisition department (the “Department”) has been engaged in and advised on Global Depositary Receipt (GDR) Offers, Initial and General Public Offers, Offers for Sale, Offers for Subscription, Rights Issues, Government Bonds, Debt/Loan Stock Issues and Private Placement transactions and other complex capital market transactions. The Department has also been actively involved in industry-wide recapitalizations and mergers within the Nigeria banking sector as well as other sectors of the economy. Clients can benefit from the Department’s extensive experience in equity and debt offerings, collective investment schemes, structured products, sovereign and sub-sovereign, derivatives and securitization.

In recognition of the Department’s wealth of experience, excellent service delivery and performance in capital markets, the Department was granted the award of “Capital Markets Team of the Year” at the ESQ Legal Awards in 2015 and 2016 and was also awarded “M&A Team of the Year” at the ESQ Legal Awards, 2015.

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Olaniwun Ajayi LP - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Anuoluwapo Balogun and Michael Amadi
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Proficient team which remains at the forefront of the market having built up a strong reputation for its corporate and commercial practice. Commended for its diverse M&A practice, acting for major clients in the banking, insurance and consumer goods sectors. Also noted for its experience in corporate financing matters, including high-value bond investments, securitisations and restructurings. Regularly highlighted for its knowledge and experience across a variety of industries, especially in relation to energy and finance.

Strengths Market commentators praise the legal and commercial aptitude of the practice, with one describing the team as "high-quality lawyers" while another said it is "one of the market leaders" in this space.

Work highlights Assisted Suntory Beverage & Food with its cross-border USD63 million acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria.

Advised Saham Finances on its acquisition of 79% shares in Cornerstone Insurance.

Significant clients TA Associates Management, Leadway Assurance Company, Al Jazeera Media, Old Mutual International, Yulong Steel Pipe Investment.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Konyinsola Ajayi continues to be recognised by market sources as "one of the top corporate commercial lawyers in Nigeria." His impressive abilities are most apparent on matters pertaining to private equity, M&A and large-scale corporate and commercial structuring. He represents major clients from the construction, transportation and banking sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Olaniwun Ajayi LP)

We provide general corporate and commercial advice to our corporate clients in various sectors on the legal issues which most regularly impact on their businesses. Our lawyers combine sector and technical knowledge with the ability to craft innovative contractual solutions.

We are involved in virtually all aspects of business relations. We deal with the negotiation, drafting and review of a wide variety of commercial contracts; both domestic and international. We recently reviewed a Merchant Agreement between an online Merchant and Acquirer.

Within our corporate commercial team, our company secretarial unit addresses all elements of company law, from advising on board procedures as well as analysing corporate policies, codes of conduct and assisting with shareholder engagement. Some of the largest companies in Nigeria trust us to oversee their company secretarial requirements. Our company secretarial portfolio includes the following clients; Benin Distribution Company Plc, Sapele Power Plc, GZ Industries Limited, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Boston Consulting Group to name a few. 

Our international clients draw on the depth of experience and expertise of our Corporate Commercial team and trust us to consistently provide high quality service. We are also the go to law firm for international corporates that want to establish a business presence in Nigeria. 




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Templars - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Olumide Akpata and Chike Obianwu
- 5 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected team which continues to stand out for its thriving M&A capabilities. Represents major domestic and international clients from an array of sectors most notably in telecoms, infrastructure, energy and banking. Holding significant expertise especially in the corporate sphere, the team is often involved in restructuring and regulatory matters alongside its transactional deals.

Strengths Market commentators praise its dynamic attitude and industry knowledge, describing the team as comprising of "very competent lawyers."

Work highlights Advised Midwestern Oil and Gas Company on the USD70 million acquisition of Mart Resources.

Advised the IFC on the sale of its NGN1.3 billion shares in FDSH.

Significant clients Liberty Group, Google, GE, Halliburton, Novartis.

Notable practitioners

Olumide Akpata's practice attracts both domestic and international clients, particularly for his strong grasp of employment, immigration and tax law. His practice covers various corporate and commercial aspects, with his activity most notable in matters of corporate governance, restructuring and M&A.

Chike Obianwu is well known in the market for his wide-reaching M&A work. He represents a range of clients from the energy, infrastructure, investment and financial sectors. He is also highlighted for his finance practice where he has recently been engaged in debt capital market matters and project structuring.

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Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Dan Agbor and Yinka Edu
- 5 partners

What the team is known for Remains a leader in the market and is highly regarded for its deep expertise across an array of corporate and commercial matters. Often engaged in complex restructuring, takeovers and M&A mandates for both domestic and international clients. Also noted for its private equity work, particularly in relation to the agriculture, insurance and health sectors.

Strengths Market sources describe the team as "excellent lawyers." Additionally clients value the clarity of their legal advice, commenting: "Their opinions are clear –they have this way of making complex issues very simple and easy to read and understand."

Sources appreciate the team's "very practical and direct" and business-aware approach, stating: "They don't waffle. These guys are very commercially and solutions-driven."

Work highlights Advised the Abraaj Group on its cross-border acquisition of a minority stake in Indorama Eleme Fertilizers which included structuring and regulatory compliance aspects.

Advised Groupe Rocher on the unincorporated joint venture between Yves Rocher and Montaigne Place for the marketing and distribution of Groupe Rocher's products in Nigeria.

Significant clients BUA International, Swiss Re, The Carlyle Group.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Dan Agbor is hailed as a "leader of the industry" by market sources. He is highly regarded for his extensive expertise in complex M&A and cross-border corporate matters such as joint venture agreements, project financing and bond issuances. Clients appreciate his wide-reaching legal and commercial experience and praise him as "very solutions-driven, an excellent lawyer."

Yinka Edu is admired in the jurisdiction for the breadth of her expertise, which encompasses complex capital markets work, cross-border M&A and financing matters. Market sources admire her legal knowledge and pragmatic approach, stating: "She's straight to the point and very practical, she knows her law extremely well." Another appreciated that "she is one of the best, she has a very quick mind."

Folake Elias Adebowale draws praise from clients for her client-oriented approach, and they say that "she goes above and beyond to please you. She's constantly making sure we're protected and get the best deal." She is adept at handling the regulatory aspects of high-value matters as well as share purchase agreements, private equity investments and corporate restructurings.

About the Team (content provided by Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie)

The team’s experience spans over 30 years and is broad & deep in diversity, quality of work and clients. A big part of our M&A practice involves equity & asset investments, acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and strategic alliances, hive-outs and corporate restructuring, in relation to which we offer specialised legal due diligence and transactional advisory services. While a considerable amount of the team’s expertise has a cross-border focus, it is grounded in extensive on domestic and cross-border transactional experience, advising corporates, conglomerates, investors, JV partners and financial institutions as well as regulators and a host of other local, regional and international clients across various industries and sectors including oil & gas, banking, finance, telecoms, FMCG, among others. We have one of highest numbers of independently ranked partners in this practice area, in any Nigerian firm.

Our PE department is “singled out for its private equity practice on behalf of both investors and investees”.  We provide tailored advice that is accessible, commercial and consistently sound on principle. All of our partners specialise in diverse areas of commercial law, but 3 of them focus on PE and are recognised in The Lawyer’s 2015 Africa Elite PE Report. We have written extensively on regulatory issues, investments and the regulation of PE for publications such as the IFLR, the Asset Management Law Review & the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association newsletter.



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ǼLEX - Corporate/Commercial 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: Theophilus Emuwa
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed firm identified in the market for its strong aptitude in M&A and tax matters. Regularly services local and multinational clients in industries including energy, aviation, manufacturing and banking. Well-regarded regulatory scope which allows the team to advise foreign investors and domestic employers on compliance and dispute issues especially in relation to contracts, company and employment law.

Work highlights Advised Helios Investment Partners LLP on a significant acquisition by US-based private equity firm TA Associates of an equity interest in domestic payment processing company Interswitch.

Significant clients Lekki Port LFTZ, Coca-Cola Nigeria.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Theophilus Emuwa is well respected in the market and highlighted for his expertise in the corporate and regulatory aspects of matters. He frequently advises clients from industries such as energy and consumer goods on substantial restructurings, tax issues and privatisation mandates. Described as "a standout" by one peer, his broad experience and significant output is also strengthened by his ability to practise in Ghana.

Lawrence Fubara Anga is noted in the market for both his transactional and regulatory commercial work. He advises major clients from industries such as natural resources, maritime, manufacturing and finance on matters such as restructuring and sale and purchase. Market sources also identify his substantial capital markets knowledge and cross-border capabilities, which are reinforced by his qualified practice in Ghana.

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DETAIL Commercial Solicitors - Corporate/Commercial 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: Ayuli Jemide and Dolapo Kukoyi
- 2 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected firm which offers a broad corporate and commercial practice, encompassing substantial private equity investments and joint venture projects. Also active on domestic and cross-border refinancing and restructuring mandates, particularly in the telecoms, finance, infrastructure and energy sectors. Continues to be commended in the market for its significant involvement in PPPs.

Strengths Market sources hail the team as "formidable people all from different discplines" and "very detailed in their work, they take time to understand the company's business."

The firm's responsiveness and commercial awareness are appreciated, one client opining that it is "one of the best upcoming commercial law firms in the country."

Work highlights Advised the EMA Consortia on its acquistion of five power generation companies at a matter value of USD902 million in the ongoing privatisation of NDPHC-owned plants.

Assisted Nigeria Mortgage Refinancing Company with its NGN6 billion second-round equity-raising exercise which included compliance advice.

Significant clients Beloxxi Industries, Infrastructure Bank, Niyya Farm Group, Prevent DEV, Rescue Technologies.

Notable practitioners

Ayuli Jemide is sought after by clients for his strong expertise in the areas of infrastructure, power and private equity. Market sources hail him as "visible and solutions-driven, he's very much engaged in resolving issues and is quite creative." He has recently been active in major PPP mandates as well as project structuring and financing matters, where clients describe him as "a very facilitating commercial lawyer."

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G. Elias & Co - Corporate/Commercial 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 Fidelis Adewole
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected firm sought after by domestic and international clients alike for the breadth and depth of its commercial and corporate knowledge. Covers an array of sectors, most notably real estate, healthcare, consumer goods and energy. Assists clients with matters such as corporate restructuring, IPOs, sale and purchase and substantial M&A.

Strengths Clients praise the extent of the team's legal expertise and business acumen: "The blend of commercial and strict legal analysis is great."

Interviewees acknowledge that "clients have confidence in them" due to "the value they bring to the table."

Work highlights Advised Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) on the proposed sale of the now-bankrupt airline company Aero Contractors, at an enterprise value of USD50 million.

Advised Anheuser-Busch entities on its acquisition of SABMiller with assets at a value of USD106 billion worldwide.

Significant clients Lagos State Government, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Harith General Partners, African Capital Alliance, TGI Group.

Notable practitioners

Gbolahan Elias is a standout figure on corporate and commercial matters. He has wide-reaching expertise spanning substantial project development and M&A mandates as well as corporate restructurings and tax issues. Sources enthuse that "he is brilliant – he has good judgement and spots the issues," while another client praised his technical and legal skill set: "He impressed me with his ability to structure complex transactions and negotiate with various segments of the government."

Managing partner Fred Onuobia focuses his expertise on large-scale, high-value M&A mandates, on which he has recently represented several significant financial entities. Peers highlight his good reputation among clients for his pragmatic handling of issues. His practice also extends to IP, banking, securities and corporate financing matters.

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

G. Elias & Co’s corporate and commercial team work on transactions in areas that include mergers, acquisitions, re-organizations of capital, spin-offs, liquidations, reduction of capital and “due diligence” inquiries. We are also involved in the development, sale, construction and management of real estate, telecommunications and other infrastructure assets, and the sales of commodities, consumer products and services. We carry out advisory and regulatory (including tax) work involving requests for exemptions, registrations and privileges and the defence of tax audits and investigations for leading multinationals

We have advised on the largest-ever equity and debt offerings over the years in Nigeria. We also advised on the merger of Orwell Oil & Gas Limited and AOS to create the largest Nigerian-owned oil service company. We are leaders in electricity sector acquisitions by both value and number. We are recently advising on the sale of the assets of Free Range Farms Plc valued at ₦1bn to Kuker Farms and Processing Limited and currently advising on the winding-up process of Free Range Farms upon the sale of the operating assets, amongst others.

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Abdulai, Taiwo & Co - Corporate/Commercial 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: Ladi Taiwo
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Robust firm renowned in the market for its extensive knowledge of high-value PPP and PFI matters. Advises on transactional, regulatory and financial issues to significant domestic and multinational clients. Well respected in the market for its considerable corporate and commercial reputation and retained by clients from a variety of sectors, most notably energy.

Strengths Clients value the depth of market knowledge that the firm offers, saying: "They did an excellent job, I was very comfortable with their advice," and explaining that the team's strong grasp of regulatory and transactional laws "provided the sort of intel you need."

Work highlights Advised JIL-Amber Consortium on a domestic USD560 million joint venture with the NNPC. This included the rebuilding of the refinery and negotiation and review of the legal agreements.

Advised Radmed Diagnostics on its full sale and buyout by Skipper, valued at NGN870 million.

Significant clients Procter & Gamble, Siat, Abuja Electricity Distribution, Marina Express Train Services, Coca-Cola Nigeria.

Notable practitioners

Ladi Taiwo is well known for his focus on complex PPP transactions and joint venture projects. Highly experienced, he is retained as counsel by significant clients from a variety of industries including transportation, energy and real estate who appreciate the depth of his legal knowledge.

About the Team (content provided by Abdulai, Taiwo & Co)

Established in Nigeria since 1976, ATC has a reliable and long standing reputation on Nigerian business regulatory issues, and is the author of some leading books on the subject. We are regularly consulted by local companies and counsel from all over the world, and for over a decade, leading law firm Rating Agencies have consistently recommended ATC:

IFLR 1000 (years 1992-2017);

Chambers Global (years 2005-2017);

Legal 500 (EMEA) (years 2005-2017).

The Department’s practice areas cover Corporate/Commercial (including M&A); PPP Projects; Energy and Infrastructure; Dispute Resolution; Tax; Labour and Employment.

We advise operators, grantors, sponsors and financiers in PPP infrastructure projects, where ATC is taking a leadership position in the market. We have significant experience in local and cross-border M&A transactions advising both on the buyer seller sides.

By virtue of our experience and quality services, ATC continues to be retained as “counsel-of-choice” to several multi-national companies doing business in Nigeria, on compliance and regulatory matters; business and asset finance, and dispute resolution.

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ACAS-Law (Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun) - Corporate/Commercial 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: Afolabi Caxton-Martins and Ben Unaegbunam
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid team singled out in the market for its expertise on corporate and commercial mandates, especially pertaining to the oil and gas, energy and infrastructure sectors. Frequently engaged in substantial financings, M&A and joint ventures for both domestic and multinational clients. Also extends its practice into notable capital markets and private equity work.

Strengths Market sources compliment "the quality of work" that the skilled team produces.

Work highlights Assisted Badagry Dockyard with a USD2 billion project financing, initially conceptualised by the government of Nigeria.

Advised Interswitch on the sale of its shares by investors to an incoming investor for a matter valued at USD1 million.

Significant clients APM Terminals, DMK, Vantage Capital, BAT, Biogaran.

Notable practitioners

Afolabi Caxton-Martins has accrued a great depth of expertise on corporate and commercial matters, especially in relation to foreign investment and joint venture mandates, private equity investments and both cross-border and domestic M&A. Market sources appreciate his measured and pragmatic approach to matters and his international reach.

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

The Corporate and Commercial Practice Unit of ACAS-Law covers general commercial advisory work, foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, tax, telecommunications and other infrastructural projects, entertainment law, intellectual property labor law and immigration matters . 

Our clients come under the following categories; 

a. Technology, Media and Telecommunications

b. Health Care 

c. Financial Services 

d. Government 

e. Pharmaceuticals

f. Mining 

g. Real Estate Finance 

h. Banks 

Some of the work we have concluded recently include: 

Acquisition of a Value Added Service provider

We advised an offshore company in the acquisition of a 20% stake in another offshore company which owns a Nigerian company that provides value added services to companies operating in the telecommunications sector in Nigeria.

Acquisition of Foam Manufacturing Company

We advised a foreign foam and mattress producer (our “client”) in its proposed acquisition of 90% of a Nigerian manufacturer of mattresses and bedding products (the “target”) in conjunction with a foreign law firm.

Our role involved conducting extensive due diligence on the target, advising on corporate and regulatory compliance matters, merger control issues, real estate matters, intellectual property matters and employment law amongst others. We also provided advice on Nigerian foreign investment laws and prepared a detailed due diligence report based on our investigation of the target.





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Jackson, Etti & Edu - Corporate/Commercial 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: Folasade Olusanya
- 3 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established firm which has impressive experience of complex M&A transactions at a regional level. Continues to expand into matters concerning private equity and investment deals. Well-rounded practice which also incorporates other aspects of corporate and commercial law such as project financing and restructurings.

Strengths Market sources appreciate the firm's meticulous approach and the quality of its clients. It is often described as "a very capable firm."

Work highlights Advised the Lagos State Government on a NGN500 billion debt issuance programme, acting as sole solicitor to various programme investors.

Assisted Bourdillon Heights Properties Limited (BHPL) with its purchase of property valued at NGN430 million from the Lagos state Administrator-General and Public Trustee.

Significant clients CDC Group, Orange Island Development, Lagos State Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Koye Edu focuses his practice on M&A and capital markets work, utilising his strong experience and measured legal perspective to represent domestic and multinational clients from an array of industries including pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and finance. Market sources also highlight his established IP practice and ability to advise on the regulatory aspects of corporate and commercial matters.

Folasade Olusanya is active on a range of substantial M&A mandates as well as issues relating to corporate governance. She regularly represents clients from sectors spanning from infrastructure and energy to consumer goods and pensions. She is acknowledged for her experience in the capital markets space.

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Odujinrin & Adefulu - Corporate/Commercial 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: Damilola Adetunji, Adeoye Adefulu and Olubukola Olabiyi
- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Skilled team which has a long-standing reputation in the market and continues to be noted for its significant expertise in equity and debt capital markets. Acts for domestic and international clients from an array of sectors including finance, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Predominantly active on domestic matters such as corporate restructurings and takeover deals.

Strengths Market sources appreciate the team's professionalism: "They pay attention to detail and make sure all the corporate requirements have been met."

Clients also value the team's client-oriented practice, praising "their responsiveness" and the fact that "they think outside the box and do things differently."

Work highlights Assisted Lafarge Africa with a significant voluntary takeover bid for the shares of Ashakacem. Additionally acted for Lafarge in the position of solicitor to its trustees in a major high-value bond issuance series.

Significant clients Schlumburger Nigeria, FINCA Microfinance Bank, Addax Petroleum Development Company, Oro Homes Products, AT Nigeria.

Notable practitioners

Damilola Adetunji is best known in the market for her experience in corporate law. She is frequently engaged in matters such as project finance, takeovers and capital markets work for both domestic and regional clients. Market sources attest to her attentive and creative approach.

Bukola Olabiyi is a dynamic player in the market, engaging in a broad array of corporate and commercial matters. This includes mandates such as bond issuances and securities as well as M&A and regulatory compliance. Market sources appreciate her resolution capabilities and supportive attitude.

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Giwa-Osagie & Co - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Osayaba Giwa-Osagie and Bosede Giwa-Osagie
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected in the market for its negotiation and regulatory capabilities. Advises clients on significant debt and asset restructurings, domestic joint ventures and both the transactional and regulatory aspects of complex M&A. Adept team cited by peers for its market activity, especially in the capital markets sector.

Strengths Clients commend the team's professionalism: "It's a very knowledgeable firm, responsive and well experienced with supporting foreign firms in Nigeria."

Work highlights Assisted Lafarge Africa with its NGN60 billion bond issuance programme which included advice on the accompanying joint vending agreements, programme trust deeds and partial debt refinancing of the client's domestic subsidiary company, United Cement Company.

Advised Keystone Bank on the sale of the bank's subsidiary KBL Healthcare at a matter value of NGN750 million.

Significant clients Philip Morris Investments, Mastercard, Liberty Holdings, Monster Energy Company, Nike, Arcus Gibb.

Notable practitioners

Osayaba Giwa-Osagie is renowned for his expertise in an array of corporate and commercial matters. He is notably active on transactions pertaining to real estate, power, aviation and foreign investments. Clients enthuse over "his excellent service" and attest to his diligent approach and grasp of the market.

About the Team (content provided by Giwa-Osagie & Co)

Giwa-Osagie & Co. offers comprehensive legal services to corporate bodies on general commercial matters and complex commercial transactions. We also act as legal consultants to multinational companies seeking to increase their investments in Nigeria and give legal advice on current changes in laws as they may affect their operations.
We offer legal services to banks both in Nigeria and outside Nigeria. We prepare bank security documents to enable their customers obtain credit facilities. Examples of such security documents are Bridge Loan Agreements, Debenture Trust Deeds, etc.
We also prepare Financial Derivative Agreements, Consortium Loan Agreements, and Warehousing Agreements, etc.
We advise international banks on off-shore loans, collaterals and letters of credit.
Recently, we advised a Nigerian consortium on its acquisition of a Nigerian Bank.
Our Firm is at the forefront of the most complex and innovative issues in the Nigerian Capital Market. We provide a full range of legal services in advising underwriters, issuers, financial institutions, trustees and subscribers in public and private securities offerings.
Our team has a good knowledge and developed expertise in this practice area particularly on debt capital arrangements such as the issuance of corporate bonds and Islamic Finance structure.

Presently, our Firm is the solicitor to the issuer of a N10billion Sukuk bond to be issued by a State Government in Nigeria.

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Olajide Oyewole LLP - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Dayo Idowu, Solape Peters and Tunde Oyewole
- 3 partners
- 48 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Continues to be noted for its growing activity on infrastructure and oil and gas mandates, including both cross-border and domestic M&A transactions and high-value concession agreements. Has a strong financing output and frequently advises on joint ventures, project financing and restructuring matters for a variety of energy clients. Aided by the firm's recent membership of the DLA Piper Africa Group legal network.

Work highlights Represented the Oando Group as domestic counsel in a USD461 million downstream divestment and joint venture matter to oil trading company Vitol.

Assisted Samsung Heavy Industries with a joint venture for the USD300 million development of a local shipbuilding facility.

Significant clients BB Energy, Ecobank, Arcadia, Boulos Group, EDC Capital.

Notable practitioners

Tunde Oyewole has a broad corporate and commercial practice which encompasses mandates such as corporate restructuring, financing, M&A, regulatory compliance and commercial disputes. He is noted for his negotiation skills and experience representing major domestic and regional clients especially from the energy, telecoms and technology industries.

About the Team (content provided by Olajide Oyewole LLP)

Established in 1965, Olajide Oyewole LLP is one of the largest firms in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Olajide Oyewole LLP is also leading the market in client-centric innovation. Our attention to the minutest detail and ensuring that our solutions are adaptive and tailor made for our clients in relation to their problems, makes us one of the most sought after business and legal solutions providers in the market. Olajide Oyewole LLP understands this requirement and as one of sub-Saharan Africa’s largest commercial firms, we have been able to deliver outstanding legal services to a broad range of clients, from private clients to governments. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law.

Olajide Oyewole LLP (OOLLP) is the exclusive Nigerian member of DLA Piper Africa. DLA Piper Africa combines the resource and expertise of DLA Piper’s global practice together with leading business law firms across the African continent to provide an unrivalled pan-Africa service. This approach makes us a leading firm in Africa. Read more www.olajideoyewole.com.

Practice Areas

a)      Project Finance

b)      Mergers and Acquisitions

c)       Infrastructure/PPP

d)      Banking

e)      Dispute Resolution

f)       Intellectual Property

g)      Real Estate

h)      Corporate/Commercial


 

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Solola & Akpana - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted for its frequent activity in high-profile M&A and capital markets mandates, especially within the energy and natural resources industries. Peers highlight the depth of the team's knowledge in relation to oil and gas mandates. Experienced team which also maintains a good presence in matters of corporate finance and restructuring, including a recent substantial loan syndication transaction for a manufacturing client.

Notable practitioners

Lagos-based managing partner Iborama Akpana is a key contact of the firm for corporate and commercial work.

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Band 1

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Dan Agbor is hailed as a "leader of the industry" by market sources. He is highly regarded for his extensive expertise in complex M&A and cross-border corporate matters such as joint venture agreements, project financing and bond issuances. Clients appreciate his wide-reaching legal and commercial experience and praise him as "very solutions-driven, an excellent lawyer."

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Band 1

Olaniwun Ajayi LP

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Konyinsola Ajayi continues to be recognised by market sources as "one of the top corporate commercial lawyers in Nigeria." His impressive abilities are most apparent on matters pertaining to private equity, M&A and large-scale corporate and commercial structuring. He represents major clients from the construction, transportation and banking sectors.

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Band 1

G. Elias & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Gbolahan Elias is a standout figure on corporate and commercial matters. He has wide-reaching expertise spanning substantial project development and M&A mandates as well as corporate restructurings and tax issues. Sources enthuse that "he is brilliant – he has good judgement and spots the issues," while another client praised his technical and legal skill set: "He impressed me with his ability to structure complex transactions and negotiate with various segments of the government."

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Band 1

Banwo & Ighodalo

From the Chambers Global guide

Asue Ighodalo remains a key player in the corporate sphere and is particularly commended for his expansive capital markets work. He represents both domestic and international clients in complex matters of bond issuance, asset management, securitisations and structured finance. Market sources attest to his formidable experience, with interviewees describing him as one of the "market leaders" and citing his "very good reputation."

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Band 1

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Chairman Gbenga Oyebode remains a strong authority in the corporate and commercial sphere and is frequently sought after by major clients from sectors such as telecoms, energy and banking for the depth and scope of his experience. Sources rate him as "a very important lawyer" in the market and appreciate his understanding of the jurisdiction.

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Band 2

Templars

From the Chambers Global guide

Olumide Akpata's practice attracts both domestic and international clients, particularly for his strong grasp of employment, immigration and tax law. His practice covers various corporate and commercial aspects, with his activity most notable in matters of corporate governance, restructuring and M&A.

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Band 2

Afolabi Caxton-Martins

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

From the Chambers Global guide

Afolabi Caxton-Martins has accrued a great depth of expertise on corporate and commercial matters, especially in relation to foreign investment and joint venture mandates, private equity investments and both cross-border and domestic M&A. Market sources appreciate his measured and pragmatic approach to matters and his international reach.

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Band 2

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

From the Chambers Global guide

Yinka Edu is admired in the jurisdiction for the breadth of her expertise, which encompasses complex capital markets work, cross-border M&A and financing matters. Market sources admire her legal knowledge and pragmatic approach, stating: "She's straight to the point and very practical, she knows her law extremely well." Another appreciated that "she is one of the best, she has a very quick mind."

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Band 2

Theophilus I Emuwa

ǼLEX

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Theophilus Emuwa is well respected in the market and highlighted for his expertise in the corporate and regulatory aspects of matters. He frequently advises clients from industries such as energy and consumer goods on substantial restructurings, tax issues and privatisation mandates. Described as "a standout" by one peer, his broad experience and significant output is also strengthened by his ability to practise in Ghana.

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Band 2

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Olubunmi Fayokun has a wealth of market expertise and is especially impressive in relation to complex corporate matters such as bond and paper issuances, equity and debt capital markets mandates and corporate financing in fields such as energy, infrastructure and M&A. Interviewees are impressed by her client-oriented approach: "She generally stands out as who the market looks to in providing value to clients in the corporate commercial space."

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Band 2

Osayaba Giwa-Osagie

Giwa-Osagie & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Osayaba Giwa-Osagie is renowned for his expertise in an array of corporate and commercial matters. He is notably active on transactions pertaining to real estate, power, aviation and foreign investments. Clients enthuse over "his excellent service" and attest to his diligent approach and grasp of the market.

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Band 2

DETAIL Commercial Solicitors

From the Chambers Global guide

Ayuli Jemide is sought after by clients for his strong expertise in the areas of infrastructure, power and private equity. Market sources hail him as "visible and solutions-driven, he's very much engaged in resolving issues and is quite creative." He has recently been active in major PPP mandates as well as project structuring and financing matters, where clients describe him as "a very facilitating commercial lawyer."

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Band 2

Banwo & Ighodalo

From the Chambers Global guide

Femi Olubanwo is consistently highlighted in the market for his impressive skills on complex project financing mandates and loan syndications for major domestic and international clients. He is highly regarded by market sources for his professional attitude and technical skill set. He also has an impressive IP practice which focuses on all aspects of trade mark matters.

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Band 3

Damilola Adetunji

Odujinrin & Adefulu

From the Chambers Global guide

Damilola Adetunji is best known in the market for her experience in corporate law. She is frequently engaged in matters such as project finance, takeovers and capital markets work for both domestic and regional clients. Market sources attest to her attentive and creative approach.

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Band 3

Lawrence Fubara Anga

ǼLEX

From the Chambers Global guide

Lawrence Fubara Anga is noted in the market for both his transactional and regulatory commercial work. He advises major clients from industries such as natural resources, maritime, manufacturing and finance on matters such as restructuring and sale and purchase. Market sources also identify his substantial capital markets knowledge and cross-border capabilities, which are reinforced by his qualified practice in Ghana.

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Band 3

Jackson, Etti & Edu

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Koye Edu focuses his practice on M&A and capital markets work, utilising his strong experience and measured legal perspective to represent domestic and multinational clients from an array of industries including pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and finance. Market sources also highlight his established IP practice and ability to advise on the regulatory aspects of corporate and commercial matters.

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Band 3

Folake Elias Adebowale

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

From the Chambers Global guide

Folake Elias Adebowale draws praise from clients for her client-oriented approach, and they say that "she goes above and beyond to please you. She's constantly making sure we're protected and get the best deal." She is adept at handling the regulatory aspects of high-value matters as well as share purchase agreements, private equity investments and corporate restructurings.

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Band 3

Alliance Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Uche Obi SAN of Alliance Law Firm noted in the market for his thriving capital markets practice. He is frequently engaged in high-value matters such as corporate restructuring, loan syndications, joint venture projects and asset management. Predominantly services leading domestic clients in energy, construction and banking.

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Band 3

Templars

From the Chambers Global guide

Chike Obianwu is well known in the market for his wide-reaching M&A work. He represents a range of clients from the energy, infrastructure, investment and financial sectors. He is also highlighted for his finance practice where he has recently been engaged in debt capital market matters and project structuring.

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Band 3

Folasade Olusanya

Jackson, Etti & Edu

From the Chambers Global guide

Folasade Olusanya is active on a range of substantial M&A mandates as well as issues relating to corporate governance. She regularly represents clients from sectors spanning from infrastructure and energy to consumer goods and pensions. She is acknowledged for her experience in the capital markets space.

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Band 3

G. Elias & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Fred Onuobia focuses his expertise on large-scale, high-value M&A mandates, on which he has recently represented several significant financial entities. Peers highlight his good reputation among clients for his pragmatic handling of issues. His practice also extends to IP, banking, securities and corporate financing matters.

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Band 3

Banwo & Ighodalo

From the Chambers Global guide

Ayotunde Owoigbe holds a good reputation in the market for her corporate and project finance expertise. She frequently services major banks and financial entities. She is also well regarded for her strong capital markets experience. One client enthused over her "very tenacious" approach and stated that "her skill is remarkable, you always want her on your side."

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Band 3

Olajide Oyewole LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Tunde Oyewole has a broad corporate and commercial practice which encompasses mandates such as corporate restructuring, financing, M&A, regulatory compliance and commercial disputes. He is noted for his negotiation skills and experience representing major domestic and regional clients especially from the energy, telecoms and technology industries.

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Band 3

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Ladi Taiwo is well known for his focus on complex PPP transactions and joint venture projects. Highly experienced, he is retained as counsel by significant clients from a variety of industries including transportation, energy and real estate who appreciate the depth of his legal knowledge.

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Band 3

Ukiri Lijadu

From the Chambers Global guide

Ovie Ukiri of Ajumogobia & Okeke recently founded the firm and is sought after by clients, especially for his corporate and financial expertise. He regularly advises international and domestic energy, natural resources and telecoms entities. He is also cited by market sources for the depth of his experience in relation to complex tax issues.

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Up and Coming

Olubukola Olabiyi

Odujinrin & Adefulu

From the Chambers Global guide

Bukola Olabiyi is a dynamic player in the market, engaging in a broad array of corporate and commercial matters. This includes mandates such as bond issuances and securities as well as M&A and regulatory compliance. Market sources appreciate her resolution capabilities and supportive attitude.

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Up and Coming

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Ayodeji Oyetunde is a rising star in the jurisdiction, especially in the area of capital markets where he deals with issues relating to private equity, securities, shares and bonds for significant clients from the financial and energy sectors. Market sources appreciate his commercial nous and the technical competency of his work.

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