CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL LAW
The services provided arise out of transactions and disputes involving commercial contracts and transactions, business advisory, corporate re-organisation, sale of goods, corporate finance, debentures, insolvency, mergers and acquisitions, takeovers and management buy-outs and these services are extended to asset liability structuring, joint ventures and capital and share rights, winding up and other related matters. We have “hand-held” foreign investors who have invested successfully in Nigeria and commonly advise and act for foreign investors and corporate investors investing in Nigeria. We obtain expatriate quotas and business permits, and offer advice on importation of capital, investment and law related business matters. We advise on all stages of mergers and acquisitions, from due diligence through to final completion.
Corporate Governance, Compliance, Company Secretarial and Nominee Services
The firm provides company secretarial services to private and public companies and our services include filing returns, arranging and attending the company’s meetings (Board, Committee and Annual General Meetings), issuing notices, preparing minutes, resolutions and other Board papers, liaising with the Board and providing advice as well as ensuring compliance with governing statutes and regulations. We also conduct company secretarial and compliance audits for our clients to advise on their corporate governance, regulatory and statutory compliance levels. We offer our Nigerian and foreign clients a unique insight into Nigeria’s regulatory framework and guide them through any bottlenecks.
REAL ESTATE AND PROPERTY LAW
The firm advises clients on all aspects of real property law, including acquisition, development, occupation, sale and lease; working closely with other professionals in property and in respect of commercial, industrial and residential property transactions. We also advise on appropriate vehicles for the transactions. The firm pays special attention to changing regulations, local customs and administrative practices. We are well skilled in investigating and deducing property titles, conducting searches, preparing and perfecting interests in and rights over land and obtaining consents and approvals, reinstatement of revoked certificate of occupancy, mortgages, and preparation of the required deeds, leases and other documents for all such transactions.
The firm advises across a large spectrum of financial services including consortium and individual loan agreements, securities acquisition and sales, share pledge agreements, mortgages, bills of sale, guarantees, debentures, debenture trust deeds, chattel mortgages, equipment leases and debt rescheduling documentation. We also provide representation and advice on all forms of security and financial documentation, asset financing, loan syndication, corporate borrowing, project and infrastructure financing, private equity and venture capital. The firm is experienced in the preparation and perfection of all forms of security and financial documentation.
PRIVATE CLIENT AND WEALTH PRESERVATION
We assist individuals and families by discreetly handling their matters relating to preparation of wills, deeds of gift, creation of trusts, probates, letters of administration and matters relating to administration of estates.
We also advise on investments, family businesses and ancillary legal issues with the aim of protecting individual and family wealth by the creation of various structures.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY
The firm advises on all aspects of the creation, exploitation and enforcement of Intellectual property rights, The Intellectual and Industrial property department works closely with clients to ensure adequate protection of their ideas, trademarks, designs, patents, copyrights and industrial property. The firm acts for clients who wish to protect their brand and intellectual property rights, and also carries out Intellectual Property audits.
Trade names, marks, designs and patent rights are registered for clients from around the world as well as assignments, licensing, joint proprietorship, and registered usage. Litigation and appeals are undertaken in the field of intellectual property and we handle contentious and non-contentious sides of Intellectual Property Law. Our clients trust us to manage their intellectual property portfolio and resolve their IP related disputes.
OIL AND GAS
The firm provides legal representation and advice at all levels and on every aspect of the oil and gas industry, and is involved in obtaining accreditation with the regulatory bodies, registration and obtaining the required permits, licences and approvals to successfully operate in the Oil and Gas Industry. The firm assists clients with the negotiation and preparation of various oil industry agreements such as Petroleum Joint Ventures, Joint Operating Agreements, Memorandum of Understanding, Production Sharing Contracts, Risk Service Contracts amongst other types of agreements. Our lawyers are experts in the areas of development, construction of oil, gas and power projects including disposition and acquisition of oil and gas concessions.
ENERGY AND POWER
The firm offers advice and legal services, which include mergers, acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, the structuring of joint ventures and other commercial arrangements, transactions, infrastructure projects, regulatory matters and litigation for energy and power companies. Our multi-disciplinary team offers a combination of transaction experience and specialized regulatory skills in these areas.
The firm provides advice on the acquisition and leasing of aircrafts as well as on licensing and regulatory matters for new and existing aviation Companies. We also provide creative, solution-focused advice and representation to aviation companies and other aviation stakeholders on obtaining permits, licences, approvals, regulatory compliance, commercial transaction service agreements and other matters. We also advise on registration and de-registration and other matters as they relate to regulatory agencies and government ministries.
The firm offers advice and legal services to advertising firms, which include obtaining business permits, operational licences, proffering legal advice and opinions on investment, purchasing sites, joint ventures, structuring commercial arrangements and statutory and regulatory compliance.
LITIGATION AND ADR
The firm’s litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution practice arises from its general representation of clients engaged in business and commercial services. We always consider the option of obtaining a commercially favourable settlement for the client by alternative dispute resolution and a fairly large amount of cases are resolved by negotiated settlement. In addition, matters are also settled by mediation and arbitration.
A large proportion of our litigation practice involves first instance trials in the High Court, Federal High Court and National Industrial Court. The litigation department complements the various departments in our law practice.