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Banking & Finance — Nigeria


Aluko & Oyebode - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Exceptionally wide-reaching banking and finance practice encompassing acquisition finance, most notably on lender-side transactions, syndicated loans and substantial bond issuances. Knowledgeable on project finance particularly in the energy sector. Remains at the forefront of the market and is renowned for its representation of major domestic and international clients in complex restructuring and refinancing matters.

Strengths Sources praise the team for its breadth of knowledge and efficiency: "They are quick with their turnaround and bring a lot of value to the table."

The quality and experience of the team instils great confidence in its clients: "They're experts in what they do, nothing can go wrong if they're holding your hand."

Work highlights Assisted Stanbic IBTC Bank, as domestic legal counsel, with the provision and structuring of a USD26 million loan facilitation to Urshday in the financing of Novare Lekki Mall, a major real estate project in the region.

Advised Dangote Cement Cameroon and Dangote Cement Senegal on the refinancing of XAF48.75 billion and XAF45 billion loans respectively for the construction of cement plants.

Significant clients IFC, FBN Capital, Africa Finance Corporation, Citibank, Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Kofo Dosekun maintains her exceptional reputation for banking and finance, with sources citing her as "one of the market leaders in the world of finance." She frequently represents multinational clients in structured and syndicated financing matters.

Chair Gbenga Oyebode is commended by market sources for his "competence and expertise" in the practice area. He often advises significant financial institutions and banking clients on complex lending and acquisition transactions.

Newly banded Reginald Udom is described by market commentators as "a dedicated lawyer." He provides advice to clients on a variety of matters including the restructuring and the finance aspects of significant acquisitions and investments.

Oghogho Makinde advises on a range of financing matters, most notably those pertaining to the energy and natural resources industries. In these areas she has represented major borrowers and investors in domestic and cross-border project finance and infrastructure mandates.

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Banwo & Ighodalo - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Maintains a leading position in the market with its exemplary practice covering complex project and acquisition finance for multinational clients as well as significant insolvency and debt restructuring work. Possesses extensive knowledge on bank lending matters including syndicated lending agreements, paper issuances, secured and unsecured loans. Acts on behalf of lenders and borrowers with strong activity in the hospitality and energy markets.

Strengths Sources praise this "excellent law firm" for its proactive performance and integrated team: "There's a lot of attention to detail and quality control, so you see partners and senior associates of the team being integrally involved in transactions, and that reflects in the quality of the work output."

The team instils confidence in its clients, who "find them very resourceful, always a very good sound board to discuss ideas with."

Work highlights Advised African Development Bank on the USD150 million credit line provided to United Bank of Africa.

Acted as Nigerian legal counsel for Natixis, who were lenders to energy and natural resources company Total E&P, on the financing and structuring of its capital expenditure and credit facilities, ensuring it could meet its operating costs.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Bank of Beirut, Erin Energy Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Asue Ighodalo remains a highly regarded figure in the banking and finance market, utilising his strong expertise in the areas of project financing and capital markets. Sources appreciate his attentive attitude, with one describing him as "really accessible, he provides his time even at short notice."

Ayotunde Owoigbe is admired by a market source for her "keen eye for nuance and very meticulous" approach to domestic and cross-border mandates, with another source citing her as a "very knowledgeable financing practitioner." She is best known for her capital markets expertise.

Recently made partner at the firm, Azeezah Muse-Sadiq is especially known for her capital markets work and securitisation transactions. She is consistently cited by market sources as "someone to watch," being described as "a fantastic lawyer" for her technical competency and legal knowledge.

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We are well known for our mastery of legal issues, development of creative solutions, and delivery of timely and practical advice.

The team has extensive experience and expertise, in corporate and project finance transactions and regularly advises various local and multi-national corporate entities, local and international financial institutions, regulatory authorities, supranational bodies, governments and government agencies on various domestic and cross border transactions, involving secured, unsecured, multi-currency, bilateral and/ or syndicated lending arrangements etc.

Over the years the team has also built a solid reputation in advising on structured and trade finance deals and derivatives.

Our consistent out of the box thinking has also led us to advise on complex pioneer restructuring transactions involving spin-offs and dispositions, debt to equity swaps, securitizations, debt restructuring, demergers and re-organisations, and all forms of corporate and capital restructurings.

Our lawyers also work with other teams in the of the firm, e.g. Capital Markets, and Mergers & Acquisitions, to structure and facilitate the successful consummation of transactions.

The team routinely advises on compliance with banking and regulatory legislation and assisted the Central Bank of Nigeria in drawing up the Banking Consolidation Guidelines. We also facilitated the successful implementation of the consolidation within the banking industry between 2004 and 2006.

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G. Elias & Co - Banking & Finance 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: Fred Onuobia and Segun Omoregie
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent banking and finance team with a particular aptitude for large-scale project financing, often acting on the side of the lender. Highly-respected practice handling various refinancing mandates including loan syndications and restructurings for major clients from the energy, manufacturing and consumer goods industries. Maintains a good corporate presence, advising on IPOs, bonds and commercial paper issuances.

Strengths Sources value its responsiveness and meticulous approach, describing it as an "excellent law firm" and noting that the "quality of the work is very good. They are quick and the work is always spot-on."

Work highlights Advised Neconde Energy, an independent natural resources exploration and production company, on the refinancing and restructuring of its USD640 million loan facilitation from a syndicate of foreign and domestic lenders.

Assisted Flour Mills of Nigeria with the NGN100 billion issuance of commercial paper.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Bank, Sterling Bank, FSDH Merchant Bank, Wema Bank, BUA Sugar Refinery.

Notable practitioners

Gbolahan Elias remains a strong authority on banking and finance matters, sought after by clients for his legal expertise and wide-ranging practice. He acts on high-value structured and syndicated financing, capital markets and bond issuance matters.

Managing partner Fred Onuobia is a well respected practitioner in the jurisdiction, with expertise in a variety of banking and finance transactions. His practice involves complex securities and derivative transactions for multinational banking institutions. Sources appreciate his detailed approach and legal intellect.

Segun Omoregie is recognised by peers for his industry experience, and they state that "he has been in the industry and contributed a lot to the world of finance." He advises on significant bond and commercial paper issuances predominantly on behalf of the issuer.

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G. Elias & Co’s Banking and Finance department is well-known for its expertise in financing transactions of different nature. One out of the numerous worthy of mention is pre-export financings in the oil and gas sector. We have, over the years, gained extensive experience in navigating the regulatory web of the oil and gas sector, which is required for providing syndicates of both foreign and local lenders the necessary guidance and comfort needed for these transactions.

We have advised on numerous syndicated, “hard currency” and other lendings in a wide range of sectors of the economy. These include the financings of shares and asset acquisitions, sales of commodities and projects, unstructured financings of petroleum acreage operators and acreage producers, loans by and to development finance institutions, lines of credit to banks, global depository receipt programmes, equity and debt offerings, securitizations and reorganisations of managed funds.

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Olaniwun Ajayi LP - Banking & Finance 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: Yewande Senbore
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly-regarded team known in the market for its excellent banking and finance offering and its broad experience on refinancing and regulatory matters. Often acts on cross-border restructurings, high-value corporate bond issuances, substantial loan and credit facilitations and debt recovery mandates. Talented group of practitioners renowned for its project finance experience, particularly in relation to the infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.

Strengths Commentators note the team's technical capabilities and astute legal insight, stating that "their knowledge of the law is sound and the services are very good. They are one of the best law firms. "

Sources describe the team as "a mainstay" in the market that is valued for its responsiveness and efficiency, explaining that "they give us regular updates and answer immediately."

Work highlights Advised the federal government's Debt Management Office of Nigeria on its USD300 million bond issuance programme, which will be listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Assisted Citigroup Global Markets, as arrangers, with Zenith Bank's USD500 million bond issuance on the Irish Stock Exchange.

Significant clients Frontier Capital, Ecobank Nigeria, African Development Bank, Chapel Hill Partners Advisory, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Konyinsola Ajayi remains a highly respected figure in the market for his broad-ranging experience and financial expertise. He regularly advises investors and lenders in domestic and cross-border project financings, restructurings and PPAs.

Tominiyi Owolabi is well regarded by clients and peers alike for his sharp mind and strong experience spanning project finance, capital markets, bond issuances and acquisition transactions.

Wolemi Esan continues to attract clients with his technical ability and strong reputation in the banking and finance market. He represents clients operating in the capital markets arena advising on matters including bond issuances.

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OALP has over 40 years of experience in delivering cutting edge Banking & Finance advice, providing a full range of banking & finance services covering everything from financing and regulatory matters to restructuring and insolvency advice. Also covering corporate borrowing, asset finance, loan syndication, project & infrastructure finance, derivatives & structured finance, leveraged acquisition finance, real estate finance, commodities & export finance.

OALP has been at the forefront of changes in banking law in Nigeria, our team is ideally placed to advise clients on all dealings in the sector. Our unique insight gives us the ability to understand complex transactions in a global context and to apply our knowledge to structuring important deals for clients at home and abroad.

Our clients are drawn from both the international community as well as the entire spectrum of the Nigerian economy and we have recently advised lenders on the restructuring of approximately NGN75 billion debt obligations of Arik Air, the only Nigerian owned commercial aviation company operating internationally from Nigeria. We have also advised on multimillion dollar debt restructuring

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Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Prominent group which maintains a distinguished banking and finance practice. Represents domestic and global banking and financial clients on acquisition finance, project development and asset financing. Notable activity on refinancing and restructurings. Adept at handling capital markets matters, advising on bond issuance, commercial paper programmes and Eurobonds for both public and private sector clients.

Strengths Interviewees note the group's deep bench strength: "Their performance is fantastic at partner level and very good at associate level."

Market sources praise its creative and insightful approach to matters, explaining that "when we have a quandary, they think outside the box to get a resolution," whilst one opined that "their performance has been exemplary."

Work highlights Advised UACN Property Development Company on the establishment of their NGN24 billion commercial paper programme.

Advised GZ Industries and GZI Manufacturing Nigeria on the NGA16.9 billion acquisition and refinancing facility provided to it by Standard Chartered Bank and Stanbic IBTC Bank.

Significant clients Ecobank Nigeria, Lafarge Africa, Seven Energy International, Citibank, Swiss Re Direct Investment Company.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Dan Agbor remains at the forefront of the banking and finance market in Nigeria. He advises on an array of complex banking transactions, structured financing, syndicated lending and capital market mandates. Market sources value his strategic approach and depth of experience.

Yinka Edu is praised by market sources for her knowledge and legal aptitude, with clients enthusing that "she knows her law extremely well" and that "she is very insightful and very creative and has been productive in getting the outcomes that we look for." She is best known for her focus on capital markets matters.

Aniekan Ukpanah is particularly well known for his syndicated and structured financing expertise. He frequently handles loan facilitations, debt capital markets work and asset financings. Sources appreciate the level of his involvement and his creative approach.

Nicholas Okafor continues to be highlighted for his strong financing work in relation to the energy and natural resources sectors where he currently advises financial institutions on foreign exchange, capital markets and project development.

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Our banking and finance practice is a key area of specialisation for which the firm has consistently earned some of its highest and largest number of commendations from independent ranking publications. The team advises a plethora of clients, and on projects, ranging from the aviation, oil and gas, energy (including power), telecommunications and real estate sectors of the Nigerian economy. We have consistently been retained by leading Nigerian and international banks, private equity funds and other financial institutions, including development finance institutions, governmental, non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations across the globe, to advise on a variety of finance transactions. 

Lauded for its “intelligent approach”, the team is particularly known for its strength in acquisition finance, reserve based lending, project finance and syndicated lending and, also, advises routinely on corporate lending, secured and unsecured lending, asset-based lending, debt capital markets, real estate financings, project and structured finance, and global depository receipts, amongst others. Our expertise includes advising local and international clients on a wide range of cross border transactions, including those in the foregoing space, as well as on a breadth of other banking and finance issues namely: the establishment of a bank in Nigeria, setting up representative offices, regulatory capital, foreign exchange and compliance with regulations of the Central Bank of Nigeria.


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Templars - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Impressive team which stands out in the market for its finance practice relating to power and infrastructure mandates where it frequently acts on both borrower and lender-side acquisition and project transactions. The knowledgeable team utilises its experience to act on bond issuances and substantial corporate refinancing and restructurings.

Strengths One commentator enthusiastically endorsed the firm, stating that it is a "very fast and practical law firm, we would recommend them highly."

Sources praise the firm as "fantastic" and "very responsive."

Work highlights Advised Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise on a USD1.6 billion project financing of the Lekki Deep Sea Port Project in Lagos along with its supporting infrastructure and power plant needs.

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

Significant clients Toloram Group, IHS, Interswitch, Rand Merchant Bank.

Notable practitioners

Chike Obianwu is particularly knowledgeable on project finance, lending transactions and debt capital markets matters. Sources highlight him for the "quality of his advice" and because of his "amazing response rate."

Recently made partner at the firm, Desmond Ogba continues to be described as "an up-and-coming star" by market sources. Other state that he is "deserving of applause" for his banking and finance work, particularly project finance and development.

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ǼLEX - Banking & Finance 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: Lawrence Fubara Anga
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm noted for its expertise in banking and investment disputes and structured financing. Active on debt and share recovery mandates with a range of finance-related regulatory knowledge. Recognised presence in the oil and gas sector advising domestic and international clients on asset acquisition and project finance.

Strengths Market sources cite the team's responsiveness, dedication and attention to detail, stating that "they are there every inch of the way, they are immersed in the work."

Work highlights Represented Alpine Investments, a stockbroking and investment company, in front of the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal for several cases including defalcation, unauthorised sale of shares and debt recovery.

Represented Keystone Bank in defence against claims for the payment of stamp duties and other statutory fees due to the Nigeria Postal Service.

Significant clients EMTS (Etisalat), Nigerian Stock Exchange, Securities Solutions Limited.

Notable practitioners

Lawrence Fubara Anga is praised by commentators for his "dedicated and hands-on approach." He represents clients operating on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and advises on acquisition finance, debt recovery and regulatory issues.

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Odujinrin & Adefulu - Banking & Finance 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: Damilola Adetunji
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A mainstay in the Nigerian market, the firm represents an array of major domestic and multinational banks and financial institutions. Frequently advises lenders on refinancing and syndicated loan transactions. Strong securities knowledge assisting with the drafting and restructuring of documents. Often advises lenders investing in the manufacturing and oil and gas industries.

Strengths Sources value the group's proactive approach: "They have attention to detail and talent. They are willing to take initiative and think outside the box."

Sources voice their confidence in the team: "They're very diligent and thorough. You can rest assured that they'll pay great attention to detail and that's why we keep going back."

Work highlights Advised Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria, as lender, on the NGN500 million loan facility to a vehicle leasing company for the acquisition of new vehicles.

Assisted African Export-Import Bank with an international swaps and derivative agreement with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Significant clients FBN Trustees Nigeria, ALM Trustees, First Exploration & Petroleum Development Company, Stanbic IBTC Capital.

Notable practitioners

Damilola Adetunji is the key contact for clients.

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Abdulai, Taiwo & Co - Banking & Finance 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: Alayo Ogunbiyi
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established law firm with a long-standing reputation in the market. Best known for its activity as lender-side counsel on substantial PPPs, securitisation mandates and project financings. The experienced team acts for global and domestic clients on acquisition finance in sectors such as real estate, power and transport.

Strengths Market sources acknowledge the team's long-standing reputation in the market, complimenting its "strong capital and corporate work" in particular.

Work highlights Advised the pan-African institution for housing, Shelter Afrique, on its NGN55 billion project finance loan to Afro-Asia Shelter International for the development of 3,000 housing units.

Assisted Presco with its NGN23 billion medium term loan from Stanbic IBTC Bank.

Significant clients The Infrastructure Bank, Asset Management Company of Nigeria, Union Trustees, Nigeria Stock Exchange, African Development Bank.

Notable practitioners

Head of practice Alayo Ogunbiyi is noted for her wide-ranging expertise and experience acting on the lender side of finance transactions. She handles project finance, refinancing, bond issuances and private placements.

Ladi Taiwo is a well-regarded figure in the market predominantly known for his expertise in public-private partnerships, often of a cross-border nature. He also advises on infrastructure projects.

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For over 40 years, our team has maintained a strong reputation in advising on all aspects of investment banking and finance transactions. Our strong heritage in the Capital Market includes the first RMBS securitization in West Africa, and Real Estate Investment Trust Scheme (REITS). ATC has acted as Lead Counsel on numerous pioneer transactions in Nigeria capital market; Bonds, Equities and Debt securities. In pure banking, ATC was the first Nigerian law firm to be registered as Consultants to the African Development Bank (“AfDB) (Regn. No.11270/NIR). Areas of recent growth are the Infrastructure and Power sector, and PPP projects, where the firm is taking a leadership position in the market. For over a decade, leading law firm Rating Agencies have consistently recommended Abdulai, Taiwo & Co.; including IFLR: 1000 (years 1992-2017); Chambers Global (years 2005-2017); Legal 500 (EMEA) (years 2005-2017).

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DETAIL Commercial Solicitors - Banking & Finance 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: Ayuli Jemide and Dolapo Kukoyi
- 2 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected firm with a rapidly developing reputation and ever increasing activity in the market. Attracts a range of domestic and international clientele. Practice covers matters ranging from restructuring and refinancing to major property development and acquisition finance. Particularly active in the energy and infrastructure industries.

Strengths Sources view the team as creative and client-friendly: "They're great value for money, accessible and very pragmatic. They are quick at thinking on their feet for solutions."

Commentators note the firm's growing reputation and market share: "They're a strong up-and-coming firm."

Work highlights Advised KANN Utility Company on the restructuring of a USD121 million term facility which had initially been provided for the acquisition of an electricity distribution company during the nationwide privatisation of the electricity supply industry.

Advised Deutsche Bank on the extension of an account receivables purchase facility to Tata Motors.

Significant clients Central Bank of Nigeria, Stanbic IBTC Capital, Aiteo Group, LADOL, Federal Ministry of Works.

Notable practitioners

Ayuli Jemide is a key contact for clients.

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Jackson, Etti & Edu - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Folosade Olusanya
- 3 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm handling a range of lender and borrower-side finance transactions. Advises on the provision of loan facilities for projects and acquisitions as well as refinancing and restructuring. Frequently engaged in matters in the infrastructure, real estate, banking and financial services sectors.

Strengths Market sources appreciate the team's diligence and responsiveness, stating that its "accessibility was 100%, they were there every time we had to speak with them."

Interviewees compliment its work standards and commercial understanding: "We were very pleased with the quality of the work and the service was very good."

Work highlights Advised Standard Chartered Bank and Stanbic IBTC Capital on the provision of a USD16.9 billion loan to GZ Industries for the acquisition of a manufacturing plant.

Advised Actis Golf Nigeria on the NGN125 million refinancing of an existing real estate asset under an asset transfer arrangement involving an institutional investor and an SPV holding entity.

Significant clients GuarantCo, BMCE Bank International, SFC Finance, First Bank of Nigeria, J.P. Morgan.

Notable practitioners

Folasade Olusanya is sought after for her experience in the banking and finance field and her representation of major banks and consortiums. She frequently advises on project finance, refinancing and loan facilities with particular activity in the real estate sector.

Managing associate Abayomi Adebanjo attracts recognition from market sources for his "pragmatic approach to transactions." His practice includes cross-border acquisitions, refinancings and loan syndicates. He is also praised for his interpersonal skills, with one client stating that "when he's advising you, you feel like you're his only client."

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Band 1

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Dan Agbor remains at the forefront of the banking and finance market in Nigeria. He advises on an array of complex banking transactions, structured financing, syndicated lending and capital market mandates. Market sources value his strategic approach and depth of experience.

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Band 1

Olaniwun Ajayi LP

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Konyinsola Ajayi remains a highly respected figure in the market for his broad-ranging experience and financial expertise. He regularly advises investors and lenders in domestic and cross-border project financings, restructurings and PPAs.

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Band 1

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Kofo Dosekun maintains her exceptional reputation for banking and finance, with sources citing her as "one of the market leaders in the world of finance." She frequently represents multinational clients in structured and syndicated financing matters.

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Band 1

G. Elias & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Gbolahan Elias remains a strong authority on banking and finance matters, sought after by clients for his legal expertise and wide-ranging practice. He acts on high-value structured and syndicated financing, capital markets and bond issuance matters.

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Band 1

Banwo & Ighodalo

From the Chambers Global guide

Asue Ighodalo remains a highly regarded figure in the banking and finance market, utilising his strong expertise in the areas of project financing and capital markets. Sources appreciate his attentive attitude, with one describing him as "really accessible, he provides his time even at short notice."

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Band 1

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Chair Gbenga Oyebode is commended by market sources for his "competence and expertise" in the practice area. He often advises significant financial institutions and banking clients on complex lending and acquisition transactions.

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Band 2

Lawrence Fubara Anga

ǼLEX

From the Chambers Global guide

Lawrence Fubara Anga is praised by commentators for his "dedicated and hands-on approach." He represents clients operating on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and advises on acquisition finance, debt recovery and regulatory issues.

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Band 2

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

From the Chambers Global guide

Yinka Edu is praised by market sources for her knowledge and legal aptitude, with clients enthusing that "she knows her law extremely well" and that "she is very insightful and very creative and has been productive in getting the outcomes that we look for." She is best known for her focus on capital markets matters.

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Band 2

Templars

From the Chambers Global guide

Chike Obianwu is particularly knowledgeable on project finance, lending transactions and debt capital markets matters. Sources highlight him for the "quality of his advice" and because of his "amazing response rate."

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Band 2

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of practice Alayo Ogunbiyi is noted for her wide-ranging expertise and experience acting on the lender side of finance transactions. She handles project finance, refinancing, bond issuances and private placements.

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Band 2

G. Elias & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Fred Onuobia is a well respected practitioner in the jurisdiction, with expertise in a variety of banking and finance transactions. His practice involves complex securities and derivative transactions for multinational banking institutions. Sources appreciate his detailed approach and legal intellect.

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Band 2

Banwo & Ighodalo

From the Chambers Global guide

Ayotunde Owoigbe is admired by a market source for her "keen eye for nuance and very meticulous" approach to domestic and cross-border mandates, with another source citing her as a "very knowledgeable financing practitioner." She is best known for her capital markets expertise.

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Band 2

Olaniwun Ajayi LP

From the Chambers Global guide

Tominiyi Owolabi is well regarded by clients and peers alike for his sharp mind and strong experience spanning project finance, capital markets, bond issuances and acquisition transactions.

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Band 2

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

From the Chambers Global guide

Aniekan Ukpanah is particularly well known for his syndicated and structured financing expertise. He frequently handles loan facilitations, debt capital markets work and asset financings. Sources appreciate the level of his involvement and his creative approach.

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Band 3

Olayemi Anyanechi

Sefton Fross

From the Chambers Global guide

Market sources enthuse over managing partner Olayemi Anyanechi of Sefton Fross, describing her as a "very intelligent" individual and a "superb lawyer who brings a lot of dedication to her work." Well respected by peers, her practice covers a range of banking and finance matters.

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Band 3

Olaniwun Ajayi LP

From the Chambers Global guide

Wolemi Esan continues to attract clients with his technical ability and strong reputation in the banking and finance market. He represents clients operating in the capital markets arena advising on matters including bond issuances.

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Band 4

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Oghogho Makinde advises on a range of financing matters, most notably those pertaining to the energy and natural resources industries. In these areas she has represented major borrowers and investors in domestic and cross-border project finance and infrastructure mandates.

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Band 4

Folasade Olusanya

Jackson, Etti & Edu

From the Chambers Global guide

Folasade Olusanya is sought after for her experience in the banking and finance field and her representation of major banks and consortiums. She frequently advises on project finance, refinancing and loan facilities with particular activity in the real estate sector.

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Band 4

G. Elias & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Segun Omoregie is recognised by peers for his industry experience, and they state that "he has been in the industry and contributed a lot to the world of finance." He advises on significant bond and commercial paper issuances predominantly on behalf of the issuer.

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Band 4

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Ladi Taiwo is a well-regarded figure in the market predominantly known for his expertise in public-private partnerships, often of a cross-border nature. He also advises on infrastructure projects.

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Band 4

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Newly banded Reginald Udom is described by market commentators as "a dedicated lawyer." He provides advice to clients on a variety of matters including the restructuring and the finance aspects of significant acquisitions and investments.

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Up and Coming

Azeezah Muse-Sadiq

Banwo & Ighodalo

From the Chambers Global guide

Recently made partner at the firm, Azeezah Muse-Sadiq is especially known for her capital markets work and securitisation transactions. She is consistently cited by market sources as "someone to watch," being described as "a fantastic lawyer" for her technical competency and legal knowledge.

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Up and Coming

Templars

From the Chambers Global guide

Recently made partner at the firm, Desmond Ogba continues to be described as "an up-and-coming star" by market sources. Other state that he is "deserving of applause" for his banking and finance work, particularly project finance and development.

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Up and Coming

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

From the Chambers Global guide

Nicholas Okafor continues to be highlighted for his strong financing work in relation to the energy and natural resources sectors where he currently advises financial institutions on foreign exchange, capital markets and project development.

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Associates to watch

Jackson, Etti & Edu

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing associate Abayomi Adebanjo attracts recognition from market sources for his "pragmatic approach to transactions." His practice includes cross-border acquisitions, refinancings and loan syndicates. He is also praised for his interpersonal skills, with one client stating that "when he's advising you, you feel like you're his only client."

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