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Dispute Resolution — Nigeria


ǼLEX - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Funke Adekoya
- 6 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Engages in a broad spectrum of contentious matters, ranging from significant IP infringements to tax and debt recoveries as well as smaller contract and domiciliary disputes. Also noted for its strong presence on cross-border mandates. Highly regarded for its commercial litigation and arbitration activity, attracting an expanding client base which currently includes major companies from the areas of commerce, transport, finance and energy.

Strengths Commentators are impressed by its "extensive and robust" practice and clients appreciate that "they are very professional and very responsive: if you have an issue they deal with it quickly."

Work highlights Assisted the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) with challenging an education tax assessment at the Tax Appeal Tribunal.

Represented a subsidiary of Rheinmetall, an automotive parts dealer, in a claim for debt recovery and product liability.

Significant clients GE, ShopRite Checkers, ExxonMobil, Sproxil Nigeria, Food Concepts.

Notable practitioners

Funke Adekoya is renowned for her work as both a litigator and arbitrator, particularly in the fields of tax and energy, where she has led on contract and tortious liability cases. Her experience and skill sees market commentators identifying her as "one of the best we have in Nigeria" and a "very active, very big player in the market." She is currently vice-president of the ICCA-ASIL task force on damages in international arbitration.

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Aluko & Oyebode - Dispute Resolution Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Babatunde Fagbonhunlu
- 6 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Remains a leading firm in the market with an exceptional reputation for both its litigation and arbitration work, especially at an international level. Skilled team which has particular experience in handling complex matters in the oil and gas sectors and high-value cases relating to financial disputes and tax law. Predominantly acts on behalf of major international institutions and corporations.

Strengths The "first-tier" firm is praised by clients and peers alike for the depth of experience made available to them by the team's "well-rounded dispute offering."

Work highlights Represented a consortium of energy and construction clients in a series of cases commenced by the government of Nigeria against the clients individually. These were on the basis of under-declared and undeclared shipments of crude oil being exported from Nigeria to the USA, with the government contending that it had been left a shortfall of nearly USD13 billion.

Significant clients Guinness Nigeria, MTN Nigeria, Trafigura Beheer, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Brasoil Oil Services Nigeria.

Notable practitioners

Babatunde Fagbohunlu is highly respected in the market for "his experience and standing in the profession." He focuses his expertise on matters of commercial dispute resolution, especially in mandates pertaining to the oil and gas sectors. He has engaged in complex litigation and arbitration for an array of international natural resources and energy corporations.

Adeniyi Adegbonmire is admired by market sources for his litigation skills and as "possibly the best loan advocate in Nigeria, true especially in relation to public law matters and election matters." He also possesses good expertise in banking and finance-related disputes, with a notable focus on company law and partnership issues.

Mark Mordi is a seasoned litigator with "a good reputation" amongst market sources. He is best known for his strong focus on IP and regulatory matters, frequently representing multinational clients from sectors including pharmaceuticals and engineering in cross-border and domestic disputes. He is also noted for his experience in maritime enforcement mandates.

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F.O. Akinrele & Co - Dispute Resolution Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Remains at the forefront of the market, especially for its expertise in corporate and commercial disputes. Active on an array of matters such as high-profile contract disputes and enforcement mandates as well as high-value acquisition arbitrations and restructuring litigation. Represents key clients from the telecoms and media sectors as well as those from shipping and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths The team "has a good reputation in this field" and market sources praise it as "one of the standout law firms" in dispute resolution.

Notable practitioners

Ademola Akinrele is regarded in the market as "a leading advocate in terms of arbitration and litigation." One source commented that "he's like family when you work with him, he's a very good lawyer." He is noted in particular for his work in aviation and maritime-related matters.

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Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent firm which continues to impress with its respected bench strength. Has well-rounded expertise which sees the team engage in multiple aspects of dispute resolution, including significant litigious and arbitral matters and most notably pertaining to employment and tax law. Is also highlighted for its experience in alternative dispute resolution matters and financial matters such as asset tracing and tax disputes.

Strengths Hailed by sources for its "very strong, outgoing lawyers." The firm is admired for its well-rounded practice.

One interviewee commented that "they're well known in the industry here, they are fantastic litigators."

Notable practitioners

Ebun Sofunde is cited by market commentators as "one of our most experienced litigators in Nigeria." Although he has a particular focus in commercial litigation, his expertise additionally covers criminal litigation matters of fraud and money laundering. Sources are quick to describe him as "a very good lawyer and a first-class gentleman."

Babajide Ogundipe is best known in the market for his aptitude as an arbitrator, particularly in white-collar criminal matters such as asset recovery and fraud. He is also engaged in company and commercial litigation mandates.

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Olaniwun Ajayi LP - Dispute Resolution 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: Olabisi Makanjuola
- 5 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Proficient bench with a growing market presence due to its successful and broad-ranging dispute resolution practice which incorporates complex mandates in criminal and commercial law. Engaged in a variety of cases including high-value debt recoveries, cross-border asset disputes and precedent-setting claim matters. Has particularly notable experience in the areas of natural resources, maritime, aviation and finance.

Strengths It is "very active" in the dispute resolution sphere, and market sources often comment on the strength of the team's output which allows the firm to "stand above" competitors in the market.

Work highlights Represented Depthwize Nigeria in a dispute relating to the alleged damage of two active pipelines belonging to Mobil Producing Nigeria in a claim in excess of USD500 million.

Represented First City Monument Bank in an debt recovery dispute to recover debts worth over NGN641 billion owed to the client.

Significant clients AMCON, Shell Petroleum, Stanbic IBTC, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distribution Companies.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Konyinsola Ajayi is a seasoned practitioner in this practice area and was the lead partner on both civil and criminal lawsuits for Shell over the allocation of assets and alleged corruption charges respectively. Besides energy, he also has sound knowledge of the banking and finance sectors, having worked on project finance and M&A disputes. Sources remark on the "competence and integrity of his work."

Seye Opasanya focuses his expertise predominantly within commercial litigation and arbitration cases, specifically in financial and banking matters. Opasanya was the practice's lead partner on the department's recent work for AMCON as receiver manager.

Khrushchev Ekwueme is noted for his work in the financial sphere where he represents several major banking clients in cases spanning securities fraud, acquisition arbitrations and a landmark conviction of a bank director in a substantial asset recovery lawsuit. Market commentators appreciate that "he's intelligent and he conducts himself well in court."

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Our Dispute Resolution practice group has developed a reputation for its ability to actively manage technically challenging, complex and multi-faceted litigation matters on behalf of a wide spectrum of corporate clients.

The team has handled a number of recent high profile cases in Nigeria, and also actively participates in international commercial arbitration in major cities around the globe. Our approach is characterized by a strong preference for solving difficult commercial disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible and we routinely deploy our vast expertise to provide creative and commercially sensible solutions which are aligned with our clients’ business objectives.

With two Silks in chambers, we have a strong reputation in the Nigerian courts, and our advocates are well regarded for their innovative and clear-minded attitude to interpreting and applying established principles.

Our clients find our multi-disciplinary and integrated approach to litigation to be invaluable, as it enables us to provide commercially driven, technical representation to our clients on matters across all areas of the law. Equally, our pro-active approach ensures that we help our clients to find the most cost-effective path to dealing with, mitigating and, where possible, avoiding the emergence of expensive regulatory and commercial disputes.

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Strachan Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established law firm with a strong litigation and arbitration offering, especially in relation to high-value and complex commercial disputes. Represents an array of clients from high-value individuals to international corporations from a variety of sectors including oil, energy, construction and finance. Also possesses a noteworthy IP practice.

Strengths Market commentators admire the "good, dispute-focused litigators" at the firm.

One market commentator appreciated the team's tenacious style and said that "they're quite aggressive, it's a good fight."

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Charles Adeyemi Candide-Johnson is a leading figure in the market, particularly in relation to complex arbitrations, and is currently acting as president of the Lagos Court of Arbitration. Market sources hail him as "a very good counsel and arbitrator" and "a fantastic advocate, he's knowledgeable."

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Babalakin & Co - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Known for its impressive dispute resolution practice pertaining to the energy and natural resources industries. Dynamic firm which frequently acts for key international corporations in cross-border, big-ticket litigation and precedent-setting arbitration over issues such as corporate responsibility, fraud and ownership disputes. Also known for its experience in tax law, securities and electoral law.

Strengths The firm's assertive approach to cases is appreciated by clients, who also enjoy "their can-do attitude. They have a lot of knowledge in the court systems of Nigeria. They are litigators to the core."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Wale Akoni is identified by market sources as "an important practitioner" especially in the private sector, often defending major private clients against the government. One source complimented his "quality and engagement" and described him as a "formidable lawyer."

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G. Elias & Co. - Dispute Resolution 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: Gbolahan Elias
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises and represents clients on an array of dispute resolution matters, representing predominantly private sector entities from areas including commerce, telecoms and real estate. Has a strong and established financial focus which allows the team to successfully represent multinational clients, usually banks and financial entities. Active on investment disputes, asset and debt recoveries, fraud claims and other complex financial disputes.

Strengths The "very diligent" team attracts praise from clients for its efficiency and legal intellect, one client explained: "I'm very impressed with them, they've delivered exactly what they promised and the legal writing is all very high-quality. it's been a very positive experience."

Work highlights Represented BAT in an extensive series of product liability cases at a total matter value of USD15 billion.

Represented Citibank in a claim brought by Afribank (now Skyebank) which alleged that Citibank acted negligently in the handling of NGN22.5 billion in investment assets.

Significant clients First Bank of Nigeria, Lutin Investments, Sunrise Power Transmission, Mobile Decisioning Africa, ACI Worldwide.

Notable practitioners

Highly regarded practitioner Gbolahan Elias engages in a wide variety of predominantly commercial dispute resolution matters as both an arbitrator and litigator. He has recently advised on cases regarding product liability and insolvency, construction issues and taxation and successfully represented major clients in the banking and energy sectors. Sources praise "the competence and the integrity" in his work, calling him "a very good advocate."

Managing partner Fred Onuobia is best known for his focus on disputes related to the banking and finance sectors, as exemplified by his recent successful representation for Citibank with regards to a large asset dispute. Sources report that he is a dynamic player in this practice area and appreciate that "he's a good listener."

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G. Elias & Co’s Dispute Resolution team practices in both trial and appellate courts and before administrative and arbitral tribunals.

Our most important and complex recent work has been in four areas: arbitration; product liability; capital markets; and mergers and acquisitions. Among others, our team has been advising (a) on enforcing an arbitral award in the sum of US$210mm plus interest awarded for breach of a charter party, and on enforcing an arbitral award in favour of a telephony operator against its advertising agency; (b) a leading manufacturer in the most extensive series of product liability cases ever commenced in Nigeria, currently before both trial and appellate courts; (c) one of the nation’s oldest banks and several of its directors in a series of proceedings filed by the securities regulator alleging multiple violations of corporate and securities laws; representing an investment bank against a commercial bank on issues involving insolvency law and alleged illegal “financial assistance” in purchase of shares; and (d) the government privatization agency in an attempt by labour unions to stop the privatization of the government-controlled telephone monopoly; and a prospective purchaser of shares in an old bank to stop the sale of a controlling interest in it to another purchaser. 

We represented  Sunrise Power Transmission Company on the litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria over the award of the 6000MW Mambilla hydroelectric power project.

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Jackson, Etti & Edu - Dispute Resolution 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: Asamah Kadiri
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its eminent IP practice where it represents international corporations in trade mark, copyright and design infringements alongside other commercial disputes. Utilises its expertise in banking, finance and energy to represent clients in substantial sector disputes. Activities include debt and asset recovery mandates, insolvencies and libel cases.

Strengths The firm is consistently highlighted by sources as being "renowned for their strong IP work" and for its problem-solving approach to mandates.

Work highlights Represented Schneider Electric in the debt recovery of over NGN150 million owed by a domestic company.

Acted for Royal Unibrew in an arbitral tribunal over royalties owed under a licence agreement between Unibrew subsidiary group Vitamalt West Africa and the domestic licensee, Vitamalt, at a matter value of USD1.6 million.

Significant clients BAT, Bristow Helicopters, Citibank, Cadbury Nigeria, PathCare Nigeria.

Notable practitioners

Asamah Kadiri is best known in the market for his work in the IP field and his experience of disputes related to the natural resources and energy industries. He is well respected in the market for his advocacy skills.

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Kola Awodein & Co - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Possesses a wide-reaching dispute resolution practice with experience in mandates such as real estate litigation, complex product liability cases, employment disputes, commercial fraud and insolvencies. Respected team which is known to represent multinational clients in Nigerian arbitrations, litigations and mediations. Currently gaining an increasing reputation in the area of criminal law.

Strengths The strength of the team is highlighted, one interviewee explained that "the founding partner is a great lawyer himself and the people who work with him are well-trained, good people."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Kola Awodein is classed by market sources as "a great lawyer" who "would rank very highly in dispute resolution due to his ability." He focuses his skills mostly on litigation, especially cases that are commercially oriented.

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SPA Ajibade & Co - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Best known for its expertise in white-collar defence and criminal investigations. Utilises its broad-ranging experience to represent key industry clients and high-value individuals in substantial litigious and arbitral matters. Also holds an active IP practice and advises on disputes over copyright and trade sequences alongside regional libel and estate disputes.

Strengths The firm is valued by clients for being "trustworthy and responsive" and having "a very nuanced understanding of Nigerian law, in particular in the anti-corruption space."

One impressed client described the team as "a dependable, solid firm that will always do a thorough and professional job."

Notable practitioners

Babatunde Ajibade is praised by clients for his good judgement and "thorough and professional" approach to matters. One market source stated that "he's very clear in his analysis, very concise in the way he presents it, and he's extremely responsive."

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S. P. A. Ajibade & Co. has a vibrant and large dispute resolution practice that spans proceedings in the various trial and appellate courts in Nigeria and local and international arbitration in different parts of the world.

Our dispute resolution practice handles claims-raising issues ranging through Actionable and Fraudulent Misrepresentations, Banking Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea Air and Land, Company Law, Construction Contracts, Defamation, Enforcement of Foreign Judgments, Enforcement of Shareholders Agreements, Hospitality Contracts, Insolvency Practice (Winding Up, Liquidations and Receiverships), Insurance Law, Intellectual Property, International Trade and Foreign Exchange, Labour and Employment, Mining and Quarrying, Occupiers Liability, Privatisation, Property, Public Sector Civil Works Contracts, Securities Law and Practice and Telecommunications.

We have conducted arbitrations pursuant to institutional rules such as the rules made by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), as well as under ad-hoc references. Several members of the firm are members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom.

Litigation is a key component of S. P. A. Ajibade & Co.’s dispute resolution practice. This includes disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, securities law, intellectual property, banking, shareholder rights, mortgage foreclosure claims and other commercial/personal disputes.

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Ajumogobia & Okeke - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted for its strong commercial litigation and arbitration practice. Frequently represents key clients from sectors such as energy, multimedia and commerce as well as government entities. Also holds sound expertise in mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Notable practitioners

Lagos-based Patrick Osu and Babatunde Sodipo are co-heads of the firm's dispute resolution and arbitration practice.

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Our Dispute Resolution team emphasizes the firm’s commitment to its clients by responding aggressively with formidable and resourceful litigation capability, when they become involved in disputes that cannot be settled by the parties themselves. The firm handles a range of corporate and commercial disputes before the Federal and State High Courts, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Nigeria. This group is led by a member of the inner bar whose distinguished rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria is Nigeria’s highest mark of distinction, quality and experience.

An invaluable contributor to positive results for A&O clients, is the firm’s modern and resourceful litigation support and paralegal team. Our litigation practice draws on its intimate knowledge of our clients’ businesses and our ability to respond creatively to their problems. This knowledge enables us to resolve their disputes efficiently.

Lawyers in the litigation team offer expertise in: Company & Corporate law litigation, Contract claims of varied complexity; Oil and Gas, Admiralty and Shipping; Insolvency and Tax appeals; Intellectual property actions; Environmental and product liability defence involving multi-suit and multi-party representative actions. We have also developed many methods to keep litigation costs in good perspective.

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Banwo & Ighodalo - Dispute Resolution 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: Abimbola Akeredolu
- 3 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides clients with strong legal knowledge and experience of litigation, mediation and arbitration mandates. Frequently engaged by multinational clients for both cross-border and domestic cases, especially in relation to the construction, telecoms and oil industries. Established firm which also maintains an adept IP dispute department.

Strengths The firm is praised for drawing experience from other practice areas to provide "a very professional" dispute resolution service. Interviewees identify the team as "very strong corporate practitioners."

Work highlights Represented Stanbic Bank in defence of a suit challenging the propriety of the interest rates charged by the bank. Also aided Stanbic in a counterclaim at a matter value of NGN24.6 million.

Acting for Oriental Energy Resources in a damages claim of nearly USD24 million instigated by Afren Resources in an alleged conspiracy and fraud case relating to the transfer of crude sale proceeds.

Significant clients Chevron Nigeria, Total E&P, First Rand Group, Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services, Nigerian Communications Commission.

Notable practitioners

Lagos-based Abimbola Akeredolu is the firm's key dispute resolution contact.

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The Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group is led by Mrs. Abimbola Akeredolu, SAN (equivalent of Queen’s Counsel) and supported by a team of Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution experts.

We undertake litigation, especially commercial litigation, arbitration as well as alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedure on behalf of our clients. We have represented clients in complex commercial and cross boarder litigation; domestic and international arbitration matters involving energy disputes, construction contracts, shipping, international trade, and telecommunication contracts under major international arbitration rules.  

We also have considerable experience in family law and have recently handled notable family law matters from clients within and outside Nigeria.

We support other practices in the firm, notably, the corporate and energy practice groups. Thus, we have helped to extend and clarify the frontiers of commercial and energy law in Nigeria, especially through litigation.

In advising clients, we consider all avenues of dispute resolution with a view to recommending the most appropriate option. Our priority is to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently with minimal disruption to our client’s businesses.

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Perchstone & Graeys - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Possesses a depth of knowledge in an array of dispute resolution matters, particularly in the sectors of oil, energy and real estate. Has recently been engaged in tax arbitrations, high-value estate disputes, liability cases and corporate litigation. Increasingly visible team with solid experience of alternative dispute resolution, advising in cases of mediation for domestic and multinational clients.

Strengths The firm is highlighted as being "really focused on litigation." One source stated that "they work to the best of their ability, I'd recommend them, they're good advocates."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Osaro Eghobamien upholds his considerable reputation as an advocate in Nigeria, especially within the banking and finance sphere. Market commentators praise his legal skills and admire that "he's astute and intelligent," and other sources reveal that "against him you have to work hard."

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Templars - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Adewale Atake
- 5 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for its strong commercial litigation and arbitration practice and is particularly active in industries such as oil, energy and telecoms on a domestic and international level. Has been successfully engaged in a variety of mandates including tax, financing and contract disputes for high-value corporate clients. Consistently complimented for its strong commercial nous and ability to combine this with the team's dispute resolution skills.

Work highlights Acted for the Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA), a leading air transport IT and communications specialist, in its appeal against a NGN5 billion contract breach damages judgment .

Significant clients ExxonMobil, Halliburton, HJ Heinz, GE, Seven Energy.

Notable practitioners

Adewale Atake regularly acts as lead counsel for large oil and power companies in financial, share and product entitlement disputes and is recognised by peers for his significant international arbitrational output.

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Wole Olanipekun & Co - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned for its substantial activity in politics-oriented litigation and dispute resolution, with the team being involved in several of the largest recent political and electoral disputes. Also holds good knowledge and experience of financial, banking and employment disputes pertaining to matters of contract law, defamation, insolvencies and criminal law. Caters to a wide variety of local and international clients.

Strengths The firm is praised for possessing "a crop of lawyers that are good in litigation and understand the nitty-gritty of practice and procedures."

Commentators also acknowledge the firm's large involvement in the "highest-premium cases."

Notable practitioners

Wole Olanipekun is described by sources as "a legend in the disputes space" especially in relation to his litigation skills. Another opined that "he is the most respected litigator in the country," who is often involved in major electoral and political cases. "A very technical lawyer," he holds an enviable reputation for his advocacy expertise.

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ǼLEX

From the Chambers Global guide

Funke Adekoya is renowned for her work as both a litigator and arbitrator, particularly in the fields of tax and energy, where she has led on contract and tortious liability cases. Her experience and skill sees market commentators identifying her as "one of the best we have in Nigeria" and a "very active, very big player in the market." She is currently vice-president of the ICCA-ASIL task force on damages in international arbitration.

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F.O. Akinrele & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Ademola Akinrele is regarded in the market as "a leading advocate in terms of arbitration and litigation." One source commented that "he's like family when you work with him, he's a very good lawyer." He is noted in particular for his work in aviation and maritime-related matters.

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Kola Awodein & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding partner Kola Awodein is classed by market sources as "a great lawyer" who "would rank very highly in dispute resolution due to his ability." He focuses his skills mostly on litigation, especially cases that are commercially oriented.

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Charles Adeyemi Candide-Johnson

Strachan Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior partner Charles Adeyemi Candide-Johnson is a leading figure in the market, particularly in relation to complex arbitrations, and is currently acting as president of the Lagos Court of Arbitration. Market sources hail him as "a very good counsel and arbitrator" and "a fantastic advocate, he's knowledgeable."

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G. Elias & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Highly regarded practitioner Gbolahan Elias engages in a wide variety of predominantly commercial dispute resolution matters as both an arbitrator and litigator. He has recently advised on cases regarding product liability and insolvency, construction issues and taxation and successfully represented major clients in the banking and energy sectors. Sources praise "the competence and the integrity" in his work, calling him "a very good advocate."

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Babatunde Fagbohunlu

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Babatunde Fagbohunlu is highly respected in the market for "his experience and standing in the profession." He focuses his expertise on matters of commercial dispute resolution, especially in mandates pertaining to the oil and gas sectors. He has engaged in complex litigation and arbitration for an array of international natural resources and energy corporations.

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Fidelis Oditah & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Principal partner Fidelis Oditah of Fidelis Oditah & Co is widely regarded by market commentators as "a first-class lawyer." With considerable experience across dispute resolution, he has advised major clients in sectors ranging from energy and natural resources to commerce and politics. Sources appreciate his legal and commercial knowledge, stating that "he's a very clever guy, a very bright lawyer."

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Wole Olanipekun & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Wole Olanipekun is described by sources as "a legend in the disputes space" especially in relation to his litigation skills. Another opined that "he is the most respected litigator in the country," who is often involved in major electoral and political cases. "A very technical lawyer," he holds an enviable reputation for his advocacy expertise.

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Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore

From the Chambers Global guide

Ebun Sofunde is cited by market commentators as "one of our most experienced litigators in Nigeria." Although he has a particular focus in commercial litigation, his expertise additionally covers criminal litigation matters of fraud and money laundering. Sources are quick to describe him as "a very good lawyer and a first-class gentleman."

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Adeniyi Adegbonmire

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Adeniyi Adegbonmire is admired by market sources for his litigation skills and as "possibly the best loan advocate in Nigeria, true especially in relation to public law matters and election matters." He also possesses good expertise in banking and finance-related disputes, with a notable focus on company law and partnership issues.

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

From the Chambers Global guide

Funke Agbor of ACAS-Law (Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun) is praised by market commentators for her calm, logical approach. One impressed source stated that "she's very good, she has a very clear head in cases." She is most known and commended for her extensive admiralty and maritime expertise, engaging in major arbitrations on both a domestic and an international level.

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Olaniwun Ajayi LP

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Konyinsola Ajayi is a seasoned practitioner in this practice area and was the lead partner on both civil and criminal lawsuits for Shell over the allocation of assets and alleged corruption charges respectively. Besides energy, he also has sound knowledge of the banking and finance sectors, having worked on project finance and M&A disputes. Sources remark on the "competence and integrity of his work."

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Perchstone & Graeys

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Osaro Eghobamien upholds his considerable reputation as an advocate in Nigeria, especially within the banking and finance sphere. Market commentators praise his legal skills and admire that "he's astute and intelligent," and other sources reveal that "against him you have to work hard."

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Babajide O Ogundipe

Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore

From the Chambers Global guide

Babajide Ogundipe is best known in the market for his aptitude as an arbitrator, particularly in white-collar criminal matters such as asset recovery and fraud. He is also engaged in company and commercial litigation mandates.

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Tayo Oyetibo LP

From the Chambers Global guide

Tayo Oyetibo of Tayo Oyetibo LP  is highly regarded for his practice which covers both litigation and arbitration. He is particularly prominent in the area of criminal and white-collar crime. He is also active in the commercial sphere, with one notable recent highlight a fraud and contract dispute for a major energy client. Sources appreciate his smart approach to cases, stating: "He's very good strategically, he has a good head and thinks very clearly."

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Paul Usoro & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Paul Usoro of Paul Usoro & Co maintains a strong practice, taking on both commercial and non-commercial litigation and arbitration. His work in the sectors of telecoms and banking, and more recently his handling of white-collar crime mandates, are particularly well regarded. He is known by sources for his "dogged approach" and ability "to look ahead and take positions now so as to anticipate what will happen down the line."

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Babatunde Ajibade

SPA Ajibade & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Babatunde Ajibade is praised by clients for his good judgement and "thorough and professional" approach to matters. One market source stated that "he's very clear in his analysis, very concise in the way he presents it, and he's extremely responsive."

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Babalakin & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Wale Akoni is identified by market sources as "an important practitioner" especially in the private sector, often defending major private clients against the government. One source complimented his "quality and engagement" and described him as a "formidable lawyer."

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Templars

From the Chambers Global guide

Adewale Atake regularly acts as lead counsel for large oil and power companies in financial, share and product entitlement disputes and is recognised by peers for his significant international arbitrational output.

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Miannaya Aja Essien

Principles Law Partnership

From the Chambers Global guide

Port Harcourt-based Miannaya Aja Essien of Principles Law Partnership focuses her practice on the commercial side of dispute resolution. She predominantly represents major oil and gas companies in significant arbitration cases. Increasing in visibility, Essien has "a very good reputation" and sources respect that "she works very hard and she gets results." 

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Punuka Attorneys & Solicitors

From the Chambers Global guide

Anthony Idigbe of Punuka Attorneys & Solicitors has been successfully engaged in a range of dispute resolution work, including an employment arbitration and a high-value litigious fraud case. He has gained recognition as a "sound advocate" and market sources appreciate "his energy and that he has a lot of legal ingenuity" in cases.

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Uche Nwokedi & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

"A serious person with a good reputation," Uche Nwokedi of Uche Nwokedi & Co is hailed by market sources as a "deep and very knowledgeable lawyer." He has considerable experience particularly in the natural resources, energy and shipping industries.

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Olaniwun Ajayi LP

From the Chambers Global guide

Seye Opasanya focuses his expertise predominantly within commercial litigation and arbitration cases, specifically in financial and banking matters. Opasanya was the practice's lead partner on the department's recent work for AMCON as receiver manager.

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Africa Law Practice

From the Chambers Global guide

Olasupo Shasore of Africa Law Practice recently moved firm from Ajumogobia & Okeke. He is described as "a fantastic lawyer" and "a good advocate" and is especially renowned for his work in relation to the public sector. He is also knowledgeable in litigation and arbitration relating to the maritime, mining and investment sectors.

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Streamsowers & Köhn

From the Chambers Global guide

Etigwe Uwa of Streamsowers & Köhn is active on major litigation and arbitration mandates, predominantly in the corporate, energy and finance sectors. Market commentators respect his "analytical" and "calm approach" and appreciate how "he applies himself to the law and the factual issues" in front of him.

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Aina Blankson LP

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding partner Kehinde Aina of Aina Blankson LP is renowned for his alternative dispute resolution practice, engaging in international and domestic arbitration and mediation. Sources confirm his command as an advocate and are impressed in particular with his advisory work for the government.

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Kenna Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Fabian Ajogwu of Kenna Partners is a prominent arbitrator in this jurisdiction, as exemplified in his representation of federal government entities in regulatory and compliance disputes within the oil and gas industries. He is well versed in dispute resolution, and sources admire that he is "very analytical" and has "sound knowledge and always has a good approach to proceedings."

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Khrushchev Ekwueme

Olaniwun Ajayi LP

From the Chambers Global guide

Khrushchev Ekwueme is noted for his work in the financial sphere where he represents several major banking clients in cases spanning securities fraud, acquisition arbitrations and a landmark conviction of a bank director in a substantial asset recovery lawsuit. Market commentators appreciate that "he's intelligent and he conducts himself well in court."

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Jackson, Etti & Edu

From the Chambers Global guide

Asamah Kadiri is best known in the market for his work in the IP field and his experience of disputes related to the natural resources and energy industries. He is well respected in the market for his advocacy skills.

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Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Mordi is a seasoned litigator with "a good reputation" amongst market sources. He is best known for his strong focus on IP and regulatory matters, frequently representing multinational clients from sectors including pharmaceuticals and engineering in cross-border and domestic disputes. He is also noted for his experience in maritime enforcement mandates.

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Olawoyin & Olawoyin

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Adewale Olawoyin of Olawoyin & Olawoyin has a good reputation in this area, and various market commentators describe him as "a professional" and "very smart guy" who is "very committed, someone who's always struck me as a serious person." This approach has been put to use in both litigious and arbitral disputes, particularly in the construction and maritime industries.

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G. Elias & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Fred Onuobia is best known for his focus on disputes related to the banking and finance sectors, as exemplified by his recent successful representation for Citibank with regards to a large asset dispute. Sources report that he is a dynamic player in this practice area and appreciate that "he's a good listener."

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