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AELEX has a full-service energy practice, which recently advised CNOOC & Sapetro on determining the applicable tax regimes under a production sharing contract. In other work, the team acted for Shelf Drilling and its affiliates on contractual as well as tortious issues arising from oil servicing contracts. Energy and natural resources practice head Soji Awogbade mainly focuses on upstream and midstream issues, advising operators on the regulatory, commercial, tax and environmental legal aspects of their operations. Olusina Sipasi is noted for oil and gas, power, infrastructure, mining, energy finance and environmental issues. Managing partner Theophilus Emuwa, Lawrence Fubara Anga and energy disputes expert Funke Adekoya SAN are also recommended.

Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun fields lawyers who are specialised in the development, construction, financing and taxation of energy projects, with the oil and gas group being particularly recommended for its experience in oil industry contracts. The team also frequently advises on the acquisition and sale of processing facilities, oil and gas concessions, refineries and pipelines. In the power sector, the group assists prospective investors and new market entrants with legal, regulatory and operational advice, such as advising on the establishment of independent power producers (IPPs). The key advisers are Sola Adepetun, Felicia Kemi Segun, Taiwo Afonja and Donna Obaseki-Ogunnaike.

Aluko & Oyebode’s recent transactional highlights include acting as Nigerian counsel to a consortium, consisting of Vitol and Helios Investment Partners, on the acquisition of the downstream businesses of Nigerian integrated energy company, Oando. The team also advised a multinational oil and gas company on its joint venture arrangements with a publicly listed Nigerian oil and gas company. Energy and natural resources head Gbenga Oyebode, Olubunmi Fayokun, Oghogho Makinde and Oludare Senbore are recommended.

A very pragmatic, client-focused, progressive firm’, Banwo & Ighodalo is ‘very creative when providing workable solutions to real commercial issues; it is also dependable and always ready to act, even on minimal notice’. The practice is highly rated for its experience in significant oil, gas, power and mining projects. Highlights included advising General Electric on its acquisition of Alstom Nigeria, which provides energy transmission and distribution services. The team also assisted the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation with the transition from an unincorporated joint venture model to an incorporated arrangement. Helios Investors Genpar III is another client. Managing partner Ken Etim, Stella Duru and Asue Ighodalo are recommended. The ‘very astute, calm and unflappableKehinde Ojuawo has ‘great analytical skills’. Former senior associate Ayodele Oni joined Bloomfield Law Practice.

Odujinrin & Adefulu has a strong reputation in the oil, gas and electricity sectors. Recent highlights include advising the lender on financing the acquisition of an electricity generation and distribution company, as well as assisting a domestic oil and gas company with its acquisition of a farm-in interest in an oil mining lease. The team also served as local counsel to a Canadian exploration and production company in a reverse takeover transaction. The firm also handles regulatory matters and lobbying strategies. Energy practice head Adeoye Adefulu also leads the real estate and mining teams.

G. Elias & Co regularly handles mergers between upstream oil and gas companies, acreage acquisition agreements, project site acquisitions and project financings. Highlights included advising on the merger which created Transcorp Ughelli Power, marking Nigeria’s first formal merger involving an electricity producer, and acting for Benchmark Power International on a power purchase agreement and gas sale contract with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company in relation to a 2,300MW IPP project. Team head Gbolahan Elias SAN, managing partner Fred Onuobia, Segun Omoregie and senior associate Onyinye Chukwu are recommended.

Sefton Fross is recommended for its oil and gas expertise as well as its experience in the development, financing and construction of IPPs. The team also has solid expertise in the purchase and sale of plants, pipelines, energy storage facilities and refineries. Recent highlights include advising Crestar Integrated Natural Resources on obtaining an oil mining licence. Team head and managing partner Olayemi Anyanechi is highly rated.

Templars is particularly focused on oil, gas and electricity law matters. It also has a robust power and mining practice. The client base includes mineral owners, developers, drillers, operators, processors and refiners. Recent work includes advising ExxonMobil on the proposed sale of the Qua Iboe power project. Head of energy and projects Oghogho Akpata specialises in oil and gas transactions, as well as related disputes. Adewale Atake is recommended for power or oil and gas work.

Advocaat Law Practice handles oil and gas regulatory matters as well as electric power and mining transactions. Highlights included advising Fan Milk on its electric power purchase agreement with a private power generating company. Oladotun Alokolaro is recommended.

Providing a high-quality service that is valued’, Bloomfield Law Practice is ‘instrumental to the success of clients’ commercial relationships; the firm’s very knowledgeable and experienced team has had a hands-on role in the evolution of the electricity supply industry in Nigeria’. It recently advised the Geogrid Group on its proposed development of power generating plants and acted for Galway Capital Partners on its joint venture arrangement with Westcom to develop an IPP project. The team also assisted several companies with potential acquisitions of upstream oil and gas assets. The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ Ayodele Oni joined from Banwo & Ighodalo; noted for his ‘keen work ethic and an unyielding commitment to quality’, he is an electricity sector expert who also handles oil and gas financing transactions.

F.O. Akinrele & Co has ‘excellent onshore and offshore experience’, advising clients such as energy producers, distributors and marketers. It handles transactions and disputes in the oil, gas, coal, renewable and conventional energy sectors. Adedolapo Akinrele SAN and Adamu Usman are recommended.

Recent transactional highlights for Oditah include advising Amni International Petroleum Development Company on the purchase of a stake in various oilfields. The practice is also recommended for its disputes expertise. Fidelis Oditah QC SAN is the key contact.

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