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  2. Leading individuals
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Leading individuals

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    • Adeyemi Adefulu - Odujinrin & Adefulu
    • Funke Adekoya SAN - AELEX
    • Ademola Akinrele SAN - F.O. Akinrele & Co
    • Adewale Atake - Templars
    • Babatunde Fagbohunlu SAN - Aluko & Oyebode
    • Fidelis Oditah QC SAN - Oditah
    • Paul Usoro SAN - Paul Usoro & Co

Next generation lawyers

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AELEXepitomises the values of a world-class law firm; it has clients’ interests at heart and frequently exceeds expectations’. Recent highlights include defending a South African retail merchandiser and its local subsidiary against a claim for breach of contract, loss of economic opportunity and economic interference with a contract. The team also represented a government agency in pursuing high-value debt recovery claims and successfully represented SBM Offshore Contractors in a shareholder dispute concerning allegedly unfair and oppressive conduct. Practice head Funke Adekoya SAN has over 40 years’ arbitration and litigation experience in corporate, commercial, energy and tax cases; she acts as counsel in arbitration proceedings and has been party-appointed sole arbitrator or presiding arbitrator in several high-value disputes. Lawrence Fubara Anga is outstanding for aviation, banking and finance litigation and arbitration, as well as commercial cases; Adedapo Tunde-Olowu focuses on banking and finance, investment, tax and transport disputes; and Ola Orewale is recommended for business insolvency matters, including debt recovery, garnishee proceedings and corporate restructurings.

Aluko & Oyebode regularly handles disputes relating to Nigeria’s petroleum industry. It recently defended international oil companies against significant claims filed by the Federal Government of Nigeria for alleged under-declaration of volumes of exported crude oil. The practice also represented two consortia of oil companies in cost recovery arbitrations relating to Nigerian deep offshore production sharing contracts. Other work included defending Roughton International against claims for unlawful interference with a concession agreement relating to the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Head of arbitration and dispute resolution Babatunde Fagbohunlu SAN has ‘the ability to handle complex matters successfully’. Adeniyi Adegbonmire SAN is a debt recovery and receivership expert, Chukwuka Ikwuazom handles tax litigation – an area in which the firm is increasingly active – while Mark Mordi focuses on IP and admiralty cases.

Oditah regularly acts as counsel or arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in sectors such as banking, oil, gas and telecoms. Recent litigation highlights include defending Execujet Aviation Group against a negligence suit pertaining to an aircraft service agreement, as well as representing the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) in a Supreme Court appeal involving the SEC’s regulatory powers to apply administrative sanctions in order to protect the capital markets. Stanbic IBTC Bank is also a client. Fidelis Oditah QC SAN has ‘a very keen intellect, picking up concepts and ideas very quickly; he is also a persuasive and respected advocate’. James Okoh is another key contact.

F.O. Akinrele & Co’s litigation group regularly appears in significant cases before state, federal and appellate courts; the practice’s experience includes contractual disputes, IP litigation and environmental law cases. The arbitration team regularly acts for global companies in international arbitrations, particularly energy, construction, M&A and investment disputes. Ademola Akinrele SAN, Olumide Aju, Benson Akunya and Chukwudi Eze are recommended.

G. Elias & Coprovides excellent delivery of services in a manner consistent with the best standards, offering practical and viable advice’. Recent highlights include representing Sunrise Power and Transmission Company in long-running litigation against the federal government over the award of a hydroelectric power project, as well as acting for MTN Nigeria to challenge a $3.8bn fine levied by the Nigerian Communications Commission, reportedly the largest fine ever imposed by a regulatory agency on a company in Nigeria. Citibank Nigeria is also a client. Gbolahan Elias SAN is ‘an erudite scholar who is well respected’ and managing partner Fred Onuobia is ‘an excellent litigation lawyer, who keeps his ears to the ground and is always well positioned to advise clients’. Fidelis Adewole is a recommended senior associate.

Odujinrin & Adefulu’s disputes practice acts for clients in the manufacturing, telecoms, energy, real estate and financial services sectors, as well as government agencies. The practice recently represented a financial institution in a high-value debt recovery action against a borrower. Adeyemi Adefulu is the key contact.

Olaniwun Ajayi LP regularly handles banking and commercial disputes, white-collar crime cases and IP litigation. Khrushchev Ekwueme is recommended along with Ore Olajide, who has substantial experience in complex commercial and business disputes, including through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Templars is particularly strong in energy and construction arbitrations, with a growing tax disputes practice. Recent work includes successful appeals to the Federal Inland Revenue Service on behalf of Erha Contractor Group. Adewale Atake, Inam Wilson, Difo Komolafe, Godwin Omoaka and Igonikon Whyte are recommended.

Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun is noted for shipping, aviation, oil, gas, IP and corporate disputes. Funke Agbor SAN is an experienced maritime arbitrator and has experience in commercial litigation and appeals. Dayo Ayoola-Johnson is known for aviation, maritime and international trade disputes.

Ajumogobia & Okeke is experienced in litigation covering corporate law, IP, shipping and tax law. Key contacts include Babatunde Sodipo, environmental litigation expert Henry Odein Ajumogobia SAN and Olasupo Shasore SAN, who heads the maritime and dispute resolution groups.

Banwo & Ighodalocombines industrial experience and commercial understanding with high levels of legal knowledge, allowing for an absolutely excellent service’. The team of experienced litigators, arbitrators and mediation experts frequently handles disputes involving construction contracts, oil and gas matters, shipping law, as well as international trade, telecoms contracts and tax law. It represented Oriental Energy Resources (OERL) against Afren Resources and Stanbic IBTC Bank to obtain interim orders to prevent the dissipation of funds in joint venture accounts. The practice also defended Manitoba Hydro International and Manitoba Hydro International Nigeria against a lawsuit seeking injunctive and declaratory reliefs as well as damages for the allegedly unlawful award of an electricity management contract. Ken Etim and Stella Duru are experienced practitioners.

Bloomfield Law Practiceprovides sound and comprehensive advice at a reasonable price in a difficult jurisdiction’. The practice is recommended for commercial litigation and ADR, including general corporate, employment, debt recovery and financial services disputes. It recently acted for a Nigerian business in a contractual dispute involving non-payment for industrial equipment. Clients include Macmahon Holdings, Monjasa and PurpleMoney Microfinance Bank. Adedoyin Afun is ‘a very competent lawyer who gets results in a complex jurisdiction and is always proactive, efficient and commercially minded’. Adekunle Obebe is also recommended.

Paul Usoro & Co’s client base includes financial institutions, multinational oil and gas companies and telecoms corporations, as well as businesses operating in the manufacturing, energy and maritime sectors. The practice recently successfully defended the election and return of the Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, before the Supreme Court. Senior partner Paul Usoro SAN acts for domestic and international companies, public agencies, governments and inter-governmental institutions.

Tayo Oyetibo LP is recommended for its expertise in disputes relating to the banking, oil, gas, power, real estate and telecoms sectors. It is also experienced in cases involving administrative law issues, white-collar crime and admiralty matters. The team recently represented a chieftain of the Niger Delta region in a complex criminal prosecution, which arose from several maritime sector transactions. It also successfully advised a multinational construction company in a dispute with the Ondo state government over an agreement to build a university faculty. Tayo Oyetibo SAN is recommended.

Uche Nwokedi & Co. stands out for its oil and gas disputes experience. The team represented Inducon (Nigeria) and Dr John Abebe in a case involving the entitlement to oil and gas assets in Nigeria. Other highlights included acting for Addax Petroleum, as defendant and counterclaimant, in an action to secure payment of liquidated money, as well as damages. Uche Nwokedi SAN has ‘extensive knowledge’.

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