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Legal market overview
Foreign direct investment into Nigeria is still on the increase. As one of the world’s principal producers of crude oil and natural gas, its legal practitioners remain active in energy-related deals, with a growing number of mandates connected to downstream processes.
The country’s power and telecoms sectors are also developing, giving rise to a flow of regulatory and project finance work. On the contentious side, the use of arbitration continues to increase, with many Nigerian law firms now housing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) teams.
Although not on the ground, international firms regularly act in Nigerian deals, particularly in the energy sector. At Vinson & Elkins RLLP, London-based Alex Msimang’s recent experience includes advising Helios Natural Resources on the acquisition of a 29.4% shareholding in Eland Oil & Gas, an oil and gas company with an interest in a Niger Delta onshore oilfield. Stephenson Harwood’s Africa practice, in London, is led by Kamal Shah, who is experienced in cross-border arbitration.