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Nigeria

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

G. Elias & Co

G. Elias & Co is ‘one of the best out there’, with ‘top-notch response times and the ability to deliver desired results’. Practice head and managing partner Fred Onuobia recently advised several international financial conglomerates on a $1.5bn securities loan to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and on a $1.4bn cross-currency swap with the CBN. On the capital markets side, Segun Omoregie led the team acting for Flour Mills of Nigeria on its ₦100bn commercial paper issuance, while name partner Gbolahan Elias is advising the underwriters on the prospective IPO of a major Nigerian telecoms company. The team also handles syndicated lending arrangements, securitisations and insolvency matters. Key banking and finance clients include Standard Chartered Bank, African Export-Import Bank and First Bank of Nigeria. Associates Oluwatoyin Nathaniel and Nosakhare Aguebor, who is ‘able to understand clients’ requirements and ensure that clients’ requests are met accordingly’, are also noted.

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Gbolahan Elias - G. Elias & Co

Next generation lawyers

Nosakhare Aguebor - G. Elias & Co

Oluwatoyin Nathaniel - G. Elias & Co

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

G. Elias & Co

G. Elias & Co advises on innovative M&A, capital reorganisations, spin-offs, liquidations and share capital reductions. Highlights included advising Anheuser-Busch InBev on Nigerian competition matters and securities regulatory issues concerning its worldwide acquisition of SABMiller, and acting for Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria on its proposed sale of the now-bankrupt Aero Contractors. ‘Excellent attorney’ Gbolahan Elias is ‘incredibly pragmatic and knowledgeable’; managing partner Fred Onuobia is ‘an ideal partner for negotiating and documenting commercial transactions’. Fidelis Adewole is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Gbolahan Elias - G. Elias & Co

Next generation lawyers

Fidelis Adewole - G. Elias & Co

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

G. Elias & Co

The ‘efficient, knowledgeable and responsive’ practice at G. Elias & Co provides ‘excellent service’; all its team members are ‘friendly and always helpful’. Highlights included successfully defending Citibank against a $57m negligence claim brought by Afribank; representing MTN Nigeria in arbitral proceedings for alleged breach of contract to supply telecoms equipment; and advising Coca-Cola on product liability claims. Gbolahan Elias is ‘an erudite scholar who is well respected among peers’; managing partner Fred Onuobia is ‘an excellent litigator who keeps his ears to the ground and is always well positioned to advise clients’; and senior associate Fidelis Adewole is also noted.

Next generation lawyers

Fidelis Adewole - G. Elias & Co

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

G. Elias & Co

Excellent firmG. Elias & Co regularly handles mergers between upstream oil and gas companies, acreage acquisition agreements, project site acquisitions and project financings. ‘Go-to lawyer’ Gbolahan Elias is recommended as ‘an excellent attorney, who is incredibly pragmatic and knowledgeable, well respected and very easy to work with’. Elias is currently advising BPI Power International on the development, review and negotiation of the power purchase agreement and gas sale contracts for a 2,300MW power plant project with Egyptian Electricity Transmission in Egypt, alongside senior associate Onyinye Chukwu. Managing partner Fred Onuobia and Segun Omoregie are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Onyinye Chukwu - G. Elias & Co

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

G. Elias & Co

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.

Leading individuals

Gbolahan Elias - G. Elias & Co

Next generation lawyers

Lynda Chinweokwu - G. Elias & Co

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 3

G. Elias & Co

G. Elias & Co assists local and foreign investors with development, financing, maintenance and construction of infrastructures in the transport sector. Highlights included advising a syndicate of lenders on the first toll-road concession financing for the Lekki toll road, and advising Philips Projects Centre on an engineering, procurement and construction contract to install lighting systems at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Gbolahan Elias leads the team.

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