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Our Expertise

Our practice covers several market sectors and areas of law in which we have advised and provided legal representation to clients on important matters. Some of these matters include:

Our Expertise

ARBITRATION

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  • Leading a consortium of law firms advising and representing the Government in relation to a dispute with a gas processing company in respect of an arbitral award worth over $9 Billion arising from a transaction concerning a large gas processing facility in Nigeria.
  • Representing a consortium of oil companies in relation to arbitration proceedings in respect of a $500 Million dispute over the funding of a transaction to acquire a Nigerian upstream oil and gas asset.
  • Representing a leading Nigerian financial technology company in relation to London arbitration proceedings arising from an over €3 Million dispute in respect of a software development agreement with a North African company.
  • Acting as counsel in arbitration award enforcement proceedings concerning an over N800 Million award in respect of a dispute between one of Nigeria's and Africa's largest telecommunications companies respectively.
  • Representing a State Government in the Supreme Court of Nigeria in appeals arising from an arbitration award of about N3 Billion made against the state in an arbitration concerning a dispute arising from a consultancy services agreement.

BANKING / FINANCE

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  • Advising and representing a leading Nigerian bank in a dispute over a gross sum of more than £2.5 Billion arising from an alleged investment in Nigeria's upstream petroleum sector.
  • Advising a Nigerian commercial bank in relation to the revision of all of the bank's loan documentation templates.
  • Advising a leading Nigerian commercial lender concerning the securitization of loan facilities totaling more than N17 Billion.
  • Advising a Nigerian upstream oil and gas company concerning a $50 Million dispute with its lender with respect to an oil asset finance facility.
  • Advising and representing a security trustee in respect of a security trust transaction involving credit facilities worth more than N30 billion.

ADMINISTRATIVE/CONSTITUTIONAL/ELECTORAL LAW

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  • Member of team of defence counsel that acted for the President in the presidential election petition challenging the election of the President.
  • Advising and representing a State Government at the Supreme Court in a dispute with the Federal Government of Nigeria concerning the constitutionality of one of the accounts being maintained by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
  • Advising and representing a State Government at the Supreme Court in a dispute with the Federal Government of Nigeria over funds due and payable to the State.
  • Representing, at different times, the Governors of different states in Nigeria at the Governorship Election Tribunals in respect of election petitions challenging their respective elections into office.
  • Representing, at different times, senators, House of Representatives members and House of Assembly members of different States in Nigeria at the Election Tribunals in respect of election petitions challenging their respective elections into office.
  • Representing one of the world’s largest social media operators in regulatory litigation brought by a Nigerian regulator seeking N30 billion in alleged lost Federal Government revenue.

CORPORATE/COMMERCIAL

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  • Advising one of the major shareholders in a leading civil engineering construction company in Nigeria with respect to a complex shareholder dispute arising from the ownership structure and shares of the company valued at over $20 Million.
  • Acting as lead counsel (leading other law firms) in a dispute between a leading Nigerian oil company and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concerning regulatory issues relating to corporate governance.
  • Representing a market leading stockbroker in several disputes and claims worth a gross total of more than N6 Billion by customers and lenders in relation to activities in the Nigerian capital market.
  • Advising an indigenous upstream petroleum company in an arbitration claim by its financiers in respect of the multimillion-dollar financing of the acquisition of Nigerian oil and gas assets.
  • Advising an indigenous oil and gas company in a corporate restructuring and financing transactions for the acquisition of interests in marginal oilfields.
  • Advising a Nigerian cocoa company in relation to restructuring of credit facilities worth more than $6 million obtained for cocoa processing and exportation.
  • Advising a major indigenous construction company concerning its bid for the award of a concession by the Federal Government for the construction and management of certain federal road highways across Nigeria.
  • Advising the world's largest hair clipper manufacturer in respect the legal aspects of its business undertakings in the Nigerian market.

EMPLOYMENT

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  • Advising and representing a large downstream oil company in more than fifty employment related disputes and litigation claims in respect of its employees across Nigeria.
  • Representing a leading international transportation technology company in an employment multimillion naira dispute arising from the termination of employment of one of the company's employees.
  • Representing a leading international transportation technology company in a class action arising from independent contractual counterparties seeking to reclassify themselves as employees of the company.
  • Advising a leading international transportation technology business support company in relation to the legal aspects of its internal employment policies.

ENERGY/OIL AND GAS

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  • Advising a Nigerian oil and gas company concerning the sale of its jack-up rig.
  • Advising and representing a Nigerian oil company in litigation proceedings against the Federal Government of Nigeria in respect of the revocation of the company's oil mining lease. In this matter the company’s licence was successfully restored.
  • Representing an indigenous consortium and obtaining judgment at the Supreme Court in an over $22 Million dispute with an agency of the Federal Government in respect of a consultancy services agreement concerning an Oilfield.
  • Representing a community in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria in an environmental degradation claim of about $1.5 Billion against an International Oil Company.
  • Representing an indigenous oil company in a $450 Million dispute with an international oil company in respect of the acquisition of an interest in a Nigerian oil mining lease. In this matter the first reported anti-arbitration injunction in respect of an international arbitration was made by the Nigerian Court of Appeal in relation to an arbitration in London.
  • Advising and representing a consortium of oil companies in relation to arbitration proceedings in respect of a $500 Million dispute over the funding of a transaction to acquire a Nigerian oil and gas asset.

INSURANCE

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  • Advising Nigerian insurers in relation to a regulatory dispute with the regulator concerning a non-statutory increase imposed by the regulator in respect of a statutory levy.
  • Advising an indigenous oil and gas company concerning an insurance claim made against its insurer for indemnification in relation to an insured loss occurring to a vessel.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies with respect to the Company’s proposed investments in Nigeria’s insurance sector.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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  • Registration of various trademarks with the Nigerian Intellectual Property Office for different clients.
  • Advising Nigeria’s pioneer law reports publisher with respect to an intellectual property rights enforcement dispute with a competitor law reports publisher.

LITIGATION

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  • Representing an indigenous civil engineering company in a $41 million claim against a foreign construction company in respect of a dispute arising from a contract concerning the construction of an interstate railway.
  • Representing an electricity distribution company in anti-suit injunction proceedings relating to a dispute arising from a Power Purchase Agreement and a claim of over N6 billion made by the counterparty.
  • Representing an oil and gas industry regulator in litigation brought by an indigenous oil company challenging the regulator’s withdrawal of the award of an interest in an oil asset to the company.
  • Carrying out litigation audits for corporate and government clients with large volume litigation portfolios.
  • Acting as defence counsel in criminal proceedings brought in relation to an allegation of business crime arising from a $7 million transaction with a foreign company.
  • Representing a State Government at the Supreme Court of Nigeria in appeals arising from an arbitration award of about N3 Billion made against the State in an arbitration concerning a dispute arising from a consultancy services agreement.

REAL ESTATE

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  • Advising a leading property development company in a joint venture transaction concerning the development of several luxury flats in Lagos.
  • Advising a leading property development company in a tripartite transaction involving a state government with respect to a large development of affordable housing units within the state.
  • Advising a leading multinational fast-moving consumer goods company with respect to its acquisition of a multibillion-naira industrial property.

SHIPPING/MARITIME

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  • Advising and representing a statutory body in relation to a dispute involving over $22 Million arising from a joint venture arrangement between the body and its joint venture partners in respect of the management of a shipping port access channel.
  • Advising and representing a multinational engineering company in an over ₦2 Billion maritime accident claim.
  • Representing a Nigerian commercial bank in a claim worth about N300 Million by shipowners in respect of damages allegedly arising from the execution of Orders made by the Federal High Court for the arrest of a vessel.

TAX

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  • Representing a State Government in a set-off dispute worth more than N45 billion with the Revenue Service in respect of taxes and payments due to the State from the Federal Government and from the State to the Revenue Service.
  • Advising and representing a major Nigerian infrastructure concession company in a dispute with the Revenue Service concerning the applicability of Value Added Tax to certain services in the road transport sector.