CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL LAW PRACTICE
The firm has also developed a great level of expertise and proficiency in corporate and commercial law transaction, Our services in these areas spanning from general company law and practices, negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, company secretarial services, business set up, incorporation of companies, partnership and joint ventures, policy formulations and review, corporate governance and guidelines on corporate issues and risk management, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements, financial arrangements and credit documentations, business restructuring, capital market related transactions, investments and trade, requlatory compliance services and competition law
PROPERTY LAW/ CONSTRUCTION LAW & PROJECT FINANCING: REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS, PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT AND CONVEYANCING
The Firm represents real estate firms, property developers, landowners, community, villages and families, property facilitators and marketers, institutional and private investors, lenders and other parties in various aspects of Real Estate transactions including conveyancing acquisitions, depositions, leasing, recovery of premises, joint ventures and conventional and securitised financing.
We have access to a vast and highly specialized data bank of precedents in the field of conveyancing, real estate, commercial property, land dispute resolutions and mortgage financing, which ensures that clients benefit from our ability to rapidly create forms and structures to meet their diverse needs.
INTELLECTUAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY
The Firm expertise in this area arises particularly from our success in various aspects of mediation, ADR and litigation over intellectual property related matters on which we are able to act for and advice our clients and protect their varied interests. Our services spanning areas include: Trade mark, Copyrights, Patent and Designs; Licensing, Promotion and execution of licensing projects and filling applications, registration, amendments, searches, oppositions, consultancy etc
BANKING, INSURANCE AND FINANCE
We render legal advise, support and services to a high net worth number of individuals, financial firms and leading banking and financial institutions. Our areas of practice include: Registration and licensing; Loan documentation/syndication; Bank security; Debt recovery/factoring; Receivership /insolvency/bankruptcy practice; Banker/ customer relationship; Legal advice/opinion; Assets securitization and Project financing.
Our vast knowledge of the insurance industry and insurance related matters are top notch in Nigeria which is informed by our vast understanding and knowledge of global insurance practice.
In particular, we give attention to the creation and perfection of securities for the above financing arrangements. In that vein, we have considerable in-house expertise and experience in this area of the firm’s operations. This has equipped us to effectively represent the interests of either borrowers or lenders in these transactions.
LABOUR LAW AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
The Firm from time to time advises as to contentious employment laws, industrial relation issues, and conduct that may lead to or result in litigation.
We also render pre-recruitment services in terms of rendering legal opinion on employment procedures and engaging in actual recruitment for clients, in addition to drafting of management and pension models and similar schemes.
Tax considerations will often affect and may even dictate the form of a transaction. The Firm therefore pays particular attention to the tax implications of every area of its practice in order to ensure that at all times clients are advised on the tax implications of proposed transactions or of their operations in general. The objective is to develop tax efficient structures to meet the commercial aims of clients, guide clients through compliance procedures and handle taxation disputes for clients if and when the need arises.
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: REGULATORY AFFAIRS
The Firm advises and guides investors and their professional advisers (foreign and local) on the regulatory regime for doing business in Nigeria. We advise on compliance procedures and practice, file, process and obtain requisite licence permits and authorizations, and offer immigration advice and processing services.
We also interact on a regular basis with other regulatory agencies such as the Corporate Affairs Commission, National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal and State Environmental Protection Agencies, Department of Petroleum Resources, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Land Registries at the Federal and State Government levels and Tax authorities.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION: LITIGATION, ARBITRATION AND ADR
We understand that not all matters must necessarily end up in court and in long drawn litigation battle. We are able based on our case review to advise the client on the best approach to achieving its goals and upon client’s approval explore settlement and ADR options where considered most appropriate. We are experienced in arbitration and other ADR processes and proceedings ranging from negotiations, mediation and arbitrations.
We also represent clients before national courts (trial and appellate courts), Arbitral Tribunals as well as before administrative panels. With a highly skilled and experienced litigation and dispute resolution team, our initial approach is to define the goals and objectives of the client and then select the approach best suited to achieve the desired results for the client.