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AELEX is highly experienced in advising on matters relating to foreign direct investment, corporate structures, contracts and governance. International buy-side highlights included advising Coca-Cola Nigeria on the high-profile acquisition of a 40% stake in a juice and value-added dairy brands producer in Nigeria. Other recent mandates include assisting a high-profile Nigerian company with corporate restructuring issues; acting on numerous large-value sell-side matters; and advising private equity groups with buyouts. Managing partner Theophilus Emuwa heads the corporate and commercial group, as well as the tax practice, while Soji Awogbade heads the energy and environment practice groups. Transactional experts Lawrence Fubara Anga and Olusina Sipasi are recommended along with senior associates Chinyerugo Ugoji, Nosa Osazuwa and Ngozi Udokwu.

Evidencing Aluko & Oyebode’s oil and gas deal credentials, the team recently acted as Nigerian counsel to a consortium consisting of Vitol and Helios Investment Partners on the acquisition of the downstream businesses of Oando, a Nigerian integrated energy company. The practice was transaction counsel (including regulatory advice) to MTN Nigeria Communications on its acquisition of Visafone Communications, in addition to which it acted as Nigerian counsel to MMI Holdings on its purchase of a 50% stake in insurance provider United Metropolitan Nigeria Life Insurance. Other clients include Royal FrieslandCampina and Letshego Holdings. Gbenga Oyebode is a key contact along with head of M&A Olubunmi Fayokun and Ayodeji Oyetunde, who is recommended for cross-border M&A transactions as well as corporate restructurings. Oghogho Makinde leads the business advisory unit and Sumbo Akintola heads the TMT practice.

Banwo & Ighodalo is ‘an excellent, hardworking firm that is at the top of its game’. The practice advised MeCure Healthcare on its sale of a 30% equity stake to KTH Africa Healthcare 1 and the restructuring of two affiliated companies. Other work included advising Troyka Holdings, the first wholly integrated marketing communications service provider in West Africa, on its divestment of 25% of the issued share capital of five of its marketing, public relations and advertising subsidiaries to Publicis Groupe. Buy-side mandates included acting for a consortium of four investors on an equity investment in healthcare provider Hygeia Nigeria. Asue Ighodalo is ‘very commercial, provides reassurance at the highest levels and is very connected in the Nigerian business community’; Ayotunde Owoigbe is ‘a very good, diligent lawyer, who is always available’; and J recently promoted partner Azeezah Muse-Sadiq is ‘very capable, growing in confidence and ability’. Femi Olubanwo and new partner Isa Alade are also recommended. Adedoyin Afun joined Bloomfield Law Practice.

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie regularly advises on M&A, corporate restructurings and joint ventures; company secretarial services are provided through the firm’s subsidiary, Alsec Nominees. Senior partner Myma Belo-Osagie is an expert in telecoms, oil and gas; she regularly acts on corporate structuring and restructuring, acquisitions, foreign investment and regulatory issues. Managing partner Daniel Agbor’s corporate advisory practice includes M&A and fund formation. He also heads the banking and finance, power, private equity and taxation teams. Folake Elias-Adebowale is a private equity specialist as well as an oil and gas expert, whose recent work includes assisting a consortium of private equity investors with purchasing a majority stake in a Nigerian bank. Telecoms expert Jumoke Lambo, Nicholas Okafor and Ozofu Ogiemudia are also recommended. Founding partner Senator Udoma Udo Udoma is currently on an extended leave of absence following his appointment as Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and National Planning.

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co is particularly active in the power, water, transport and infrastructure sectors. The team recently served as transaction counsel to the project sponsor on a high-value metro rail line concession agreement and also acted for AG Goldtrust on a water supply project. Corporate and commercial department head Ladi Taiwo is recommended along with Alayo Ogunbiyi.

Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun has substantial experience of advising on the establishment and restructuring of companies, as well as high-profile M&A. The team has particular experience in the banking and finance, real estate, telecoms, transport, infrastructure and aviation sectors. Afolabi Caxton-Martins and Benedict Unaegbunam are recommended.

G. Elias & Co has advised on M&A in a broad array of sectors, from banking and insurance to transport, oil, telecoms, electricity and manufacturing. Highlights included advising real estate investment fund RMB Westport on the development of a high-end retail mall, as well as assisting Ughelli Power with the merger of Transcorp Ughelli Power and Ughelli Power to form Transcorp Energy, which was Nigeria’s first formal merger of electric generation companies. Gbolahan Elias SAN is ‘well versed in commercial transactions’; managing partner Fred Onuobia is ‘an ideal partner for negotiating and documenting commercial transactions’; and Segun Omoregie is also highly rated. Senior associate Fidelis Adewole is recommended along with associates Obianuju Ifebunandu and Nosakhare Aguebor.

Jackson, Etti & Edu is recommended for its advice to private equity and venture capital fund managers on their investments in Nigeria and the West Africa sub-region. The team recently advised on a bank’s sale of its majority stake in a publicly quoted insurance company. Managing partner Koye Edu is recommended, as is corporate and commercial head Folasade Olusanya.

Olaniwun Ajayi LP has extensive experience in business advisory, foreign investment, insurance sector and corporate reorganisation matters. Enterprise practice group head Yimika Phillips specialises in corporate and regulatory matters across sectors such as energy, real estate, manufacturing and healthcare, as well as media, advertising and hospitality. Power and infrastructure practice head Wolemi Esan and Tominiyi Owolabi are recommended.

Templars has a strong reputation for its experience in M&A, joint ventures and private equity deals. The team also regularly handles general corporate advisory work, demergers and reorganisations. Highlights included advising Midwestern Oil and Gas on the $70m acquisition of Mart Resources. Olumide Akpata, Chike Obianwu, Oghogho Akpata and Inam Wilson are recommended.

Advocaat Law Practice’s ‘prompt, efficient and exceptional team is good value for money’. The practice is particularly active in transactions involving the oil, gas, power and mining industries; it also regularly handles banking and finance, agriculture, real estate and telecoms-related deals. As retained counsel to Saro Group of Companies, the team recently advised on the reorganisation of its group structure. Adekemi Sijuwade and Ola Alokolaro are highly rated.

Ajumogobia & Okeke’s team is experienced in the acquisition, sale and restructuring of businesses, as well as shareholder and joint venture arrangements. Managing partner Ovie Ukiri heads the corporate and commercial practice; his clients include oil and oil service companies, including offshore drilling businesses. Olufemi Lijadu is another name to note.

Bloomfield Law Practiceimpresses clients with its grasp of the underpinning nuances of the regulatory environment, as well as its understanding of clients’ businesses and keen awareness of expectations’. The group frequently handles maritime, power, oil and gas deals, acting for clients such as Purple Capital Partners, Old Mutual and Svitzer Middle East. The ‘thorough and professional’ Adedoyin Afun, a former senior associate at Banwo & Ighodalo, joined as partner; he is ‘solution-oriented and seems always to be available’. Senior associate Dayo Adu is recommended.

Oditahprovides high levels of professionalism, knowledge, and vast experience, with work completed in reasonable timeframes’. The team recently advised Cadbury Nigeria on corporate and restructuring issues; it also frequently acts on energy, real estate and natural resources mandates. Fidelis Oditah QC SAN has ‘vast knowledge and experience’.

Odujinrin & Adefulu’s practice is noted for foreign direct investments, corporate restructurings and M&A. Damilola Adetunji’s highlights included advising a Nigerian company and its Turkish partners on the acquisition of an electricity distribution company. Adeoye Adefulu is recommended for oil, gas and power matters.

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