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The firm

Founded in 1994, G. Elias & Co is a leading Nigerian business firm that has always had an international outlook. Courtesy, cohesive teamwork, responsiveness, rigour and creativity are central to its approach. The firm has offered much thought-leadership on topical matters and is active in efforts to reform many areas of business law.

The firm’s paramount aim is always to offer its clients service of the very highest quality. It is known for its sensitivity to clients’ business needs and concerns, and promptness in responding to and executing their requests in dealing with business law assignments of every complexity, magnitude and novelty. The firm is also known for anticipating clients’ requests and exceeding clients’ expectations.

The firm is unusual in having ISO 9001:2008 certification and is in the process of migrating to ISO 9001:2015. The firm has invested in the technology, facilities and support personnel that it needs to continue performing to such a high standard. The firm’s 35 lawyers work in seven practice skill groups and eight business sectors.

The practice groups are: corporate (including mergers and acquisitions and private equity); banking; capital markets; litigation; tax; intellectual property; and employment. The sectors are: financial services; oil and gas; electric power; telecommunications, media and technology; agribusiness, food and healthcare; trade and industry; transport and logistics; and construction and real estate.

Areas of practice

Banking: project and acquisition financings; derivatives and ‘repos’; restructurings and refinancings.

Capital markets: debt; equity and convertible offerings (private and public); securitisations; the setting up and development of trading platforms.

Corporate: mergers, spin-offs and other reorganisations; privatisations; disposals, sales and acquisitions.

Dispute resolution: in virtually all fora against both governmental and private sector entities.

Intellectual property: registrations; sales and licensing of trade marks, patents, designs and copyright and trade secrets; transfer-of-technology approvals remittances.

Tax: transactions structuring; seeking exemptions; audits; investigations and hearings.

Employment: pensions; executive employment agreements; immigration; tax.

Financial services: the organisation and operations of private equity and pensions managers, insurers, lenders, underwriters and other financial institutions.

Oil and gas: licensing; acreage acquisition; collaborative development agreements; financings; mergers; large sales of crude and products.

Electric power: power generation projects; licensing; power and gas purchase and sales agreements.

Telecommunications, media and technology: spectrum and operational licensing; licensing agreements; towers and other asset sales.

Agribusiness, food and healthcare; trade and industry: registration; licensing franchising; marketing and distribution agreements; strategic investments.

Transport and logistics: ports, road, rail and airport infrastructure projects and vehicle acquisition.

Construction and real estate: retail, hospitality, logistics, residential and office project development and operations.

Languages English

Member Africa Legal Network (ALN)

Number of lawyers 35

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