Corporate Commercial Transactions
A primary focus of our legal services is in the area of commercial law. We provide both individuals and businesses the tasks associated with forming corporations, structuring and negotiating mergers and acquisitions, drafting documents, and reviewing contracts. Our legal advice applies to issues that are important to public and private companies. These include regulatory affairs, legal components of mergers and acquisitions, labor consultations, banking and financial matters, debt conversions and the tax implications of transactions. As a full-service corporate commercial legal practice, we are intimately involved in the negotiation and documentation of a wide-range of complex business contracts.
Oil and Gas Law
The growing demand for energy makes oil and gas law a very active legal sector; one that requires its advisers to have industry-specific knowledge. We provide to our energy sector clients consulting and advisory services in the area of lease assignment and contract negotiations, including the tax implications of such transactions.
Providing legal counsel to foreign companies and individuals establishing Nigerian companies and conducting business in-country is one of our trademarks. A specialty in this arena is establishing wholly-owned foreign companies. Our services include company registrations, business permits, expatriate quota allocations, approved status and pioneer status. We navigate the approval process for exemption from incorporation under S. 56 of the Companies and Allied Matters Decree 1990, the principal law regulating the incorporation of businesses in Nigeria. We also provide legal guidance on the Nigerian laws and procedures related to foreign investment.
Joint ventures can take various legal structures depending on the specifics of the transaction, the objectives and interests of the investors, and the legal requirements of the host country. Joint ventures often involve the transfer of sophisticated proprietary information and technology. Our services include negotiation and preparation of joint venture agreements, technical and other services contracts and shareholders agreements.
Banks are among the most highly-regulated institutions in all countries. We have an intimate knowledge of the Nigerian banking industry as well as international financial regulations. Our guidance extends to the preparation of all forms of security and financial documentation for banks and other financial houses including consortium and individual loan agreements, mortgages, bills of sale, guarantees, debentures, debenture trust deeds, chattel mortgage, equipment leases and debt rescheduling documentation.
The Nigerian government has established a very comprehensive regulatory framework for property law. It is also vigorous in the application of the law. Our solicitors have a significant history of success with obtaining government consent and approval incidental to property transactions. Our services include the preparation of leases, tenancy agreements, assignments, property transfers and mortgages. We also investigate title and in-title registrations, prepare building leases and agreements and negotiate contractor-finance contracts.
Protection of intellectual property rights, including patents, copyright, and trademarks and trade secrets requires vigorous application of the law. Our firm provides clients with the necessary safeguards for internal business operating information, product and service documentation, works of authorship and intangible assets including copyrights, trademarks, and trade names.
Additional Legal Services
As a matter of providing a comprehensive legal offering to our clients, we offer counsel and representation in arbitration proceedings and administrative and special tribunals. We also engage in Administration of Estates and provide advice on transactional and regulatory inheritance matters.