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Aluko & Oyebode has a wealth of experience in acquisitions, sales, construction matters and development of industrial and residential property; the firm’s portfolio also includes advice on commercial lettings, compulsory purchases, development finance, secured lending and redevelopments. Adeniyi Adegbonmire heads the practice and specialises in construction arbitration and dispute resolution, recently defending City Construction and Real Estates in a lawsuit brought by a family claiming ownership of land where the client operated a warehouse, and assisting GBMT Global with the acquisition of land along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Ogun State.

Olumide Osundolire heads Banwo & Ighodalo’s property, infrastructure and construction practice, which advises on the acquisition, construction and development of properties including apartments, shopping centres, hospitality facilities, factories and transport infrastructure. Osundolire recently advised Stanbic IBTC Bank on the $38m financing of the Circle Mall by Osapa-Lekki SPV, and advised Polo Park Development on various legal issues relating to the construction and development of the Polo Park Shopping Mall in Enugu State. Stella Duru and counsel Olamide Oshikoya are also recommended.

G. Elias & Co has acted for local and foreign investors and some of Nigeria’s pre-eminent developers on ambitious construction projects involving malls, office towers, hotels, restaurants and telecoms assets. Gbolahan Elias has led on some of the most significant recent real estate and construction projects in Nigeria, including the planning and development of an industrial city and deep-sea port in Akwa Ibom State, the rehabilitation of the Central Business District of Lagos, and the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria’s first residential mortgage-backed securitisation. Fred Onuobia and Segun Omoregie handle real estate and construction matters. Lynda Chinweokwu and Pelumi Asiwaju are important associates.

The ‘extremely professional and good-value’ team at Bloomfield Law Practice has expertise in structuring and planning real estate transactions, property finance and project development, with in-depth knowledge of the residential, hotel and retail industries to support its work. Adedoyin Afun recently acted as project solicitor to Garnet Homes on the construction and development of StoneHenge Estates, and advised Purple Capital Partners on all legal aspects of the structuring, financing, construction and development of the Maryland Mall in Lagos. Associates Bode Adegoke and Busayo Adedeji assisted on both projects.

Aniekan Ukpanah5 heads Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie’s real estate team, which advises on the construction and financing of hotels, shopping malls, roads and railways, among others. The team has experience in developing housing units and estates, and assists clients with preparing contracts of sale and deeds of assignment, as well as with perfecting titles to properties.

AELEX’s commercial real estate experience includes assisting with PPPs, hybrid financings and project finance. The team has advised clients on projects pertaining to a variety of industry sectors, including retail, infrastructure and waste management. Lawrence Fubara Anga is the key figure.

Jackson, Etti & Edu strengthened its real estate and construction offering by hiring senior associate Kingsley Opia-Enwemuche from Aluko & Oyebode; his areas of expertise include real estate finance, investment and the development of retail malls, office complexes and multi-family luxury apartments. Opia-Enwemuche was recently engaged by PathCare Nigeria on the sale and leaseback of its office complex in Lagos, and assisted practice head Taiwo Adeshina with advising Bourdillon Heights Properties on its ₦430m purchase of a property in Victoria Island, Lagos. The team has experience in complex property deals ranging from acquisition, development, leasing, joint ventures and financing through to final exit.

Odujinrin & Adefulu is experienced in dealing with legal and regulatory frameworks. The practice also acts on project financings, secured construction transactions and long-term mortgage loan transactions. Oladipo Odujinrin is the key figure.

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