Dispute resolution in Nigeria

AELEX

Housing specialists across a diverse range of fields, AELEX's credentials as a market-leader are underpinned by its strong track record in tax challenges, commercial litigation, intellectual property cases and investor-state disputes, among others. The practice is led by esteemed litigator Funke Adekoya, who has over 40 years of experience in commercial and investment treaty arbitration, energy disputes and corporate litigation. Lawrence Fubara Anga leads on aviation and banking disputes, while commercial litigator Adedapo Tunde-Olowu is experienced in contentious insolvency, receiverships and corporate liquidations. Olanipekun Orewale, Davidson Oturu and senior associate Ugonna Ogbuagu are the other central figures.

Practice head(s):

Funke Adekoya

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Fubara; Adedapo Tunde Olowu; Olanipekun Orewale; Davidson Oturu; Ugonna Ogbuagu

Testimonials

‘Aelex ranks highly in expertise and availability of resources, commercial knowledge of the industry, proactive communication, and national reach.’

‘For me, the team’s unique in its ability to make us as clients feel like family.’

‘The professionalism and astute advise has been a hallmark of the success rate of cases the team has handled for us.’

 

Key clients

GE International Operations Nigeria Limited

Embraer SA

Nokia Siemens Nigeria

Shoprite Checkers Pty Ltd of South Africa

Exxon Mobil

British American Tobacco Ltd

Sproxil Nigeria Limited

Rusal Group

Bristow Helicopters

Chevron Nigeria Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria Limited in a matter determining the extent of the Federal Government’s exercise of discretion when considering an application for renewal of a licence on an Oil Mining Lease despite the applicant’s compliance with renewal conditions under the Petroleum Act.
  • Successfully represented MasterCard in an action filed by a leading indigenous provider of integrated identity management systems and verification platform alleging infringement of their intellectual property rights.
  • Representing Chevron Nigeria Limited in a matter challenging the validity of Mareva injunctions against the assets and interests of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Central Bank of Nigeria in the custody of International Oil Companies including Chevron.

Aluko & Oyebode

Aluko & Oyebode is best known for its involvement in high stakes, bet-the-company commercial disputes in the Nigerian petroleum industry. In one stand out case, a team led by Babatunde Fagbohunlu represented five separate consortia of IOCs on five deep offshore blocks, against claims by the Federal Government of Nigeria for alleged outstanding revenue due from production sharing contracts of up to $27bn. Elsewhere, Adeniyi Adegbonmire leads on debt recovery, restructuring and shareholders' disputes, while Chukwuka Ikwuazom handles complex tax challenges. Mark Mordi and senior associate Farida Ali have carved out a strong IP enforcement, maritime and aviation and civil litigation practice. Arbitrator Tonye Krukrubo is the main figure in Port Harcourt, while litigator Joke Aliu heads up the team in Abuja, specialising in petroleum, administrative, banking, tax and international human rights law disputes. Hamid Abdulkareem has relocated to the London office of Three Crowns LLP.

Practice head(s):

Babatunde Fagbohunlu

Other key lawyers:

Adeniyi Adegbonmire; Chukwuka Ikwuazom; Mark Mordi; Tonye Krukrubo; Joke Aliu; Farida Ali

Testimonials

‘Chukwuka Ikwuazom is an excellent attorney.’

‘Chukwuka Ikwuazom is steady and articulate on complicated matters. He can see around corners.’

‘The firm has a team of lawyers who examine, as much as possible, all relevant issues in a given case, as well as the relevant legislations and judicial precedents pertaining to the issues.’

‘The team members of the firm always respond promptly to inquiries on a matter they are handling and would normally bring up any legal development relevant to the matter.’

Key clients

Equinor Nigeria Energy Company Limited

Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited

Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited

CNOOC Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (CNOOC)

South Atlantic Petroleum Limited (SAPETRO)

Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited

Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria (Offshore East) Limited

First Bank of Nigeria Ltd

Trafigura Beheer

Standard Chartered Bank of Nigeria Ltd

Nigeria Bottling Company Limited

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC)

Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited (NDPR)

Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG)

Work highlights

  • Represented Equinor Nigeria Energy Company Ltd in an appeal at the Supreme Court that arose from a claim filed by Dr. John Abebe and Inducon Nigeria Limited, against Equinor at the Federal High Court Lagos. In the suit, the Plaintiffs claimed a 1.5% Net Profit or leasehold interest out of Equinor’s interest in the Agbami oil field and other oil interests held by Equinor in Nigeria.
  • Advised Equinor Nigeria Energy in connection with letters of demand served on the clients by an agent of the Attorney General of the Federation for the sums of US$5.6 billion, US$1.5 billion, US$4.8 billion, US$11.6 billion, and US$3.8 billion, being the alleged outstanding revenue due to the government from OML 128, OML 125, OML 130, OML 133 and OML 138 Production Sharing Contracts, respectively.
  • Representing the First Bank of Nigeria Limited as respondent, in an action commenced by the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue Service before the Lagos State High Court, wherein the LSBIR sought and obtained ex-parte warrants of distrain (distraining orders) against the Bank’s properties, for the purpose of enforcing alleged unremitted stamp duties in the sum of ₦12.6 billion allegedly due to the LSBIR from the Bank for the 2016 to 2020 years of assessment.

Banwo & Ighodalo

Banwo & Ighodalo‘s disputes practice continues to be sought after by Nigerian and international corporates on complex bet-the-company disputes. It is highlighted for its strengths in commercial litigation and arbitration, debt recovery actions, tax litigation and employment and industrial actions claims, In one standout matter, the team is representing GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc, in a suite of over 100 employment-related matters which arose from the sale and divestment of its health drinks business to Japanese company Suntory Beverage and Foods. The practice has also seen a steady demand for advice on international arbitration cases. Abimbola Akeredolu leads ‘a fantastic team, who are clearly all experts in their field’, including Chinedum Umeche, an esteemed counsel with extensive experience of corporate commercial litigation and arbitration. Associate Sixtus Iwuoha is skilled in representing plaintiffs and defendants in shipping and international trade, energy and natural resources cases.

Practice head(s):

Abimbola Akeredolu; Chinedum Umeche

Other key lawyers:

Sixtus Iwuoha

Testimonials

‘In a complex matter, look no further than Banwo & Ighodalo. Their out of the box thinking is unparalleled and you can always count on them to go over and above their tasks.’

‘I can always count on Chinedum Umeche to offer practical, business-savvy solutions that are in compliance with the law. His depth of experience and knowledge of law and practice in different industries is commendable.’

‘Chinedum has been my main contact throughout our case. He is professional, knowledgeable and understanding of our frustrations. He takes the facts and frustrations and compiles them all together into a solid case.

‘Abimbola leads a fantastic team, who are clearly all experts in their field. We had a conference call to decide on the next steps of our case and you can hear the wealth of knowledge and experience as she explained the options we had and the possible outcomes.’

‘We have worked very closely with counsel at Banwo & Ighodalo for nearly six years and have been very impressed by the service provided so far. Their counsel’s quick response time, well-articulated and complete responses provide a unique outlook of the practice.’

‘Chinedum Umeche has taken the lead in handling all litigation and advisory matters brought before him. He is a key resource at the firm as he continues to provide outstanding support and guidance. He additionally pre-empts problems and provides timely solutions before they materialise.’

‘Chinedum Umeche – He is results-oriented, forward-thinking and very creative in offering solutions in any case.’

‘Abimbola Akeredolu SAN – She is a highly experienced and truly sound litigator.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc

Seven Exploration and Production Limited

Accugas Limited

Petrolink Data Services Nigeria Limited

Shoreline Natural Resources Limited

Newcross Exploration and Production Limited

ND Western Limited

First Exploration and Petroleum Development Company Limited

Eroton Exploration and Production Company Limited

Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited

Total SA

Total E&P Nigeria Limited

Nigeria n Ports Authority

Oriental Energy Resources Limited

Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission

Work highlights

  • Representing Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission in connection with its directive to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (sued as 2nd Defendant), to cease all unapproved eligible customer transactions in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, following privatisation of generation and distribution in 2013.
  • Representing Massilia Motors Limited in connection with a contractual dispute, which arose from the award of a contract to Third Dimensions Nigeria for the construction of Massilia Motors’ showroom/workshop in Abuja, which failed to be delivered.
  • Defending Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited, an indigenous oil and gas company in arbitration proceedings initiated by Eraskorp Nigeria Limited seeking to recover sums in excess of $80m in connection with a Pipeline Protection Services Agreement.

G. Elias & Co

G. Elias & Co is instructed by a wide pool of international clients and law firms, often seeking local counsel in banking litigation in Nigeria. It also has an equally strong domestic practice in relation to corporate and commercial, foreign investment, tax,  intellectual property,  insolvency and employment law disputes. Gbolahan Elias  is a recognised leader in the arbitration and litigation fields. He is supported by Fred Onuobia, Fidelis Adewole, Stephen Arubike and Abubakar Anafi, all of whom are experienced in product liability, commercial disputes, capital markets and tax challenges. Senior associate Marian Asuenimhen often acts before regulators in investigations and audits, and in tax appeal tribunals and superior courts in Nigeria.

Practice head(s):

Gbolahan Elias; Fred Onuobia; Fidelis Adewole

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Arubike; Abubakar Anafi; Marian Asuenimhen

Testimonials

‘Compared to other firms, G.Elias is one firm with integrity, hard work, passion for excellence, consistency and professionalism. The firm exhibits an enviable synergy and members strive to complement each other as required’

‘Abubakar Anafi is very hardworking, resilient and highly optimistic.  Fidelis Oguche has shown to very proactive and hardworking.’

‘Highly knowledgeable and professional. An impressive team.’

‘Gbolahan Elias is a standout leader in the field.’

Key clients

ACI Worldwide Incorporation

British American Tobacco Plc

First Bank of Nigeria Limited

IMA Zambia Limited

Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited

Arik Air Nigeria Limited

Pension Transitional Arrangements Directorate

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised and represented Zhongshan Funcheng Industrial Investment Co. Ltd as a claimant in a London-seated PCA investment treaty arbitration claim of over US$1.5bn against the Federal Republic of Nigeria in respect of a failed investment in a special economic zone in Nigeria.
  • Advising Sunrise Power and Transmission Company in a London-seated ICC arbitration involving a claim of over US$900m against the Federal Government of Nigeria in respect of a US$6bn hydro-power project in North-East Nigeria.
  • Representing British American Tobacco Plc, the UK listed parent entity, in the most extensive series of product liability cases ever filed in Nigeria, to recover over NGN5trn in total by 5 States’ Attorneys-General including the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Olajide Oyewole LLP

Muyiwa Ogungbenro leads the practice at Olajide Oyewole LLP, where he has been described as ‘a rising star in the dispute resolution space’ by clients. His specialty areas are cross-border commercial litigation, IP, shareholder disputes and tax challenges. The team is also highly skilled in construction, real estate and infrastructure disputes. It has successfully represented clients in matters concerning mass housing developments and acted in several of the country’s largest construction contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):

Muyiwa Ogungbenro

Testimonials

‘The team led by Muyiwa Ogungbenro demonstrated a firm commitment to providing commercially viable and practical legal solutions. The team worked in a collaborative style with in-house legal counsel and provided real time status update. The firm also appears to have adequately embraced technology. Meetings were successfully convened virtually, and virtual arbitration proceedings were also held seamlessly.’

‘Olajide Oyewole’s greatest asset as a firm is its people. Muyiwa Ogungbenro has a natural ability to work with people and does very well communicating with others. He also demonstrates an ability to quickly assess a problem, identify potential solutions and recommend the best solution to pursue. He also demonstrated good interpersonal skills, and possesses a sharp analytical legal mind, and he is a rising star in the dispute resolution space.’

‘They provide practical strategies and they carried them out. Muyiwa is bold, intelligent and does all it takes to achieve result, even when it is difficult.’

Key clients

Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Ltd

Rite Foods Ltd

SHI-MCI FZE

MasterCard Foundation

Tecnimont SpA

O&O Networks Ltd (Ecobank Group)

DHL International (Nig.) Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Samsung Heavy Industries entities in (1) US$300 million shareholder dispute with LADOL; (2) US$10 million lease dispute with Nigerian Ports Authority; and (3) US$90 million contractual claim by Alcamo Ltd.
  • Representing Rite Foods in (1) two passing off claim and counterclaims of about US$5 million by and against Monster Energy, Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), Nigeria Coca-Cola; and (2) two separate contempt proceedings against NBC, its managing director, and a social media influencer.
  • Representing Falae family at the Court of Appeal in a negligence case against a local airline and Nigerian civil aviation authority in respect of Flight 361 crash.

Olaniwun Ajayi LP

Led by Khrushchev Ekwueme and managing associate Olabisi Makanjuola , Olaniwun Ajayi LP has an excellent dispute resolution practice. Its team’s extensive courtroom experience comes to the fore in aviation, maritime, energy, finance, infrastructure and commercial litigation. In addition, it is also active in arbitration cases. Managing partner Konyin Ajayi is the go-to counsel for energy companies and banks. He works with Oluseye Opasanya, who leads on cases involving maritime issues, banking and finance and criminal investigations, as well as debt recovery/receiverships. Ekwueme is a leading figure for financial crime litigation. Makanjuola specialises in banking, corporate shareholding, capital markets regulations, contractual and fraud disputes. Senior associate Echefu Ukattah has expertise in arbitration, as well as litigation involving shipping and international trade issues. Muyiwa Balogun is the main figure in Abuja.

Practice head(s):

Khrushchev Ekwueme; Olabisi Makanjuola; Echefu Ukattah

Other key lawyers:

Oluseye Opasanya; Muyiwa Balogun

Testimonials

‘Olaniwun Ajayi Law Practice is unique because of its varied resources, namely array of erudite lawyers with multi-faceted knowledge in different areas of law. I feel secure that I have access to deep basket of right legal opinion and that issues of my case are properly interrogated before a position is taken before approaching the court.’

‘Depth of team and versatility with excellent partners and very good juniors, client focused and solution oriented plus ease of access to the firm’s offices in our key operational locations of Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja.’

‘They usually surpass expectations, are hands on in co-creating solutions and are extremely responsive. Dr Ekwueme is the standout partner for me.’

‘This firm is well regarded in the market for its commercial dispute resolution practice. It commands top dollars but you are certain to get the best talents anywhere deployed to your issues and can be rest assured that no angle is left untouched in the search for the winning strategy to deploy each time.’

‘The firm has a ton of exceptionally brilliant young lawyers but the senior partners are always willing to get their hands dirty in providing the optimal solutions.’

‘The team is driven, passionate, available and supportive through the different stages of conflict resolution. The team is readily willing to articulate the issues in dispute into business friendly language suitable for adaptation for briefs to the senior people in my business.’

Key clients

Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc (KEDCO)

Valvitalia Group SPA

Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (“SPDC”)

Union Bank Plc

Polaris Bank Ltd

First City Monument Bank Ltd

First Bank of Nigeria

Stanbic IBTC

Nigerian Bottling Company

Apple and Pears Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc in defending an action in which a Singaporean company registered under the laws of Singapore seeks to enforce a Management and Technical Services Agreement (MTSA) entered into with KEDCO. The case is focused on compliance with section 78 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 (CAMA) which mandates every foreign company having the intention of carrying on business in Nigeria, to incorporate as a separate entity in Nigeria for that purpose.
  • Representing Union Bank Plc in an action pending at the Lagos State High Court wherein the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue obtained distraining orders from the Lagos State High Court for the sum of N4,249,353,288.88 allegedly due to the Lagos State Government as stamp duties remittances on transactions involving individuals pursuant to section 4(2) of the Stamp Duties Act (as amended by section 53 of the Finance Act 2020).
  • Representing Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited, the 1st Defendant, in an action in which the Plaintiffs seek compensation for alleged damage done to the Aghoro 1 community of Ekeremor Local government Area, in Bayelsa State as a result of an oil spill which occurred on 17 May 2018, from SPDC’s 24” Trans Ramos trung flow pipeline.

Templars

Templars has a strong pedigree for handling high-value disputes in the oil and gas sector, and is the preeminent practice for crude entitlement arbitration and post-arbitration litigation between the International Oil Companies and the Nigerian State Oil Corporation. International construction arbitration and maritime, aviation, telecoms and taxation litigation are other core areas of expertise. Adewale Atake and Godwin Omoaka are the senior partners. Inam Wilson and Igonikon Adekunle are names to note for commercial litigation and international arbitration respectively.

Practice head(s):

Adewale Atake; Godwin Omoaka

Other key lawyers:

Inam Wilson; Igonikon Adekunle

Key clients

ExxonMobil

Total E&P Nigeria Limited

Halliburton

Heinz India Private Limited

Societe Internationale de Telecommunication Aeronautiques (SITA)

General Electric

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC)

Emerald Energy Resources Limited

IHS Towers Nigeria

Seven Energy Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Erha Contractor Group in an ad hoc international arbitration against the Nigerian owned oil corporation (NNPC) in respect of a crude entitlement dispute arising under the PSC, resulting in a favourable award of over $2billion against the NNPC.
  • Represented Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, in court and arbitration, in respect of its dispute with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) arising from the Federal Government of Nigeria’s attempt to implement a demand for additional profit oil payments under the Production Sharing Contract between NNPC and SNEPCo in relation to the Bonga oil field in Nigeria.
  • Represented a PSC Contractor Group in a first of its kind cost-recovery Production Sharing Contract arbitration in Nigeria. This is a $1.5billion+ cost arbitration claim against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), arising from NNPC’s nomination and lifting of crude oil in excess of its entitlement and disallowance of the PSC Contractor Group’s right to recover certain pre-production expenditures through Cost Oil contrary to the terms of the PSC which allows Contractor to recover all of its operating costs.

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie maintains a top-tier position by virtue of its involvement in headline-grabbing and nationally significant disputes. Recent work included defending Google and Alphabet Inc in a claim of over NGD85bn over an alleged violation of the right to privacy/ image rights. Another matter involved defending KCA Deutag Nigeria in a claim brought by communities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria over alleged environmental pollution arising from drilling activity. Leading the team is Uzoma Azikiwe, who has expertise in oil, gas and environmental matters, as well as shipping, telecoms, construction and constitutional law disputes, among others. International arbitrator Festus Onyia is another highly regarded figure. Senior associate John Aga has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Uzoma Azikiwe

Other key lawyers:

Festus Onyia

Testimonials

‘Udoma & Belo-Osagie, a forward thinking, credible and reliable firm with value-based service delivery at it’s core. A firm with top notch professionals with sound acumen and in-depth knowledge on diverse areas of law to meet the varying clients needs.’

‘The team is driven by focused professionals who are keen on excellent service delivery and client satisfaction.’

‘The team members are incredibly patient, detailed and technically astute. They understand client engagement and communication really well and are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. Disputes team is innovative and constantly willing to push the boundaries of legal nuances.’

‘Uzoma Azikiwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is highly recommended. The high performing dispute resolution team includes Festus Onyia, whose research is thorough, and opinions are recondite and illuminating.’

‘The individuals we work with possess good knowledge within their area of comptence. They deliver in a timely manner and is pleasant to work together with.’

Key clients

Equinor Nigeria Energy Company Limited

Abbot Investment (North Africa) Limited

Schlumberger Nigeria Ltd

Pfizer Specialties Limited

HSBC Bank PLC

General Electric Company Limited

Notore Chemical Industries Plc

British Broadcasting Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented the Statoil Nigeria as appellant in an appeal against the concurrent decision of the Federal High Court and Court of appeal granting Inducon Nigeria Ltd 1.5% Net Profit Interest (“NPI”) in all of Statoil’s oil and gas interests in Nigeria.
  • Advised Seadrill Jupiter Limited and Seadrill Nigeria Operations Limited on an arbitration under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, for the recovery of unpaid invoices totalling $9m, arising from an offshore drilling services contract they entered with Total Upstream Nigeria Limited.
  • Representing the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in criminal proceedings commenced by The Federal Republic of Nigeria against Mr. Madubuike Chukwunonye (the “Defendant”) after an investigation, and subsequent documentary, was released by BBC about the widespread illegal sale and consumption of Codeine Syrup in Nigeria.

Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors

Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors is notably active in corporate insolvencies and bankruptcies, tax challenges and banking-related litigation at all levels of court in Nigeria. Nnamdi Oragwu works with Emuobonuvie Majemite and Onyeka Ehiwuogwu, as well as firm chair Anthony Idigbe, who has a busy contentious practice.

Practice head(s):

Nnamdi Oragwu; Onyeka Ehiwuogwu

Other key lawyers:

Emuobonuvie Majemite; Anthony Idigbe

Key clients

Ecobank Nigeria Limited

Access Bank

Securities Exchange Commission of Nigeria

Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria

Transsion Holdings

Guaranty Trust bank

Huawei Technologies

Airtel Networks Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Access Bank in an ongoing lawsuit with a tax authority over a stamp duty assessment.  
  • Representing Ecobank in an ongoing lawsuit with a tax authority over a stamp duty assessment.
  • Acting for Securities Exchange Commission of Nigeria in an appeal against the judgment of the Federal High Court which refused jurisdiction to adjudicate on the claims of the Plaintiff against SEC. Representing Securities Exchange Commission in an action seeking to resist execution of monetary judgment against the Commission.

Uche Nwokedi & Co.

Uche Nwokedi & Co.'s dispute resolution practice is centred on its strengths in the energy and natural resources arena, particularly the oil and gas industry. The firm generates mandates from major multinationals and indigenous oil-producers, as well as banks and corporates in Nigeria and West Africa. Uche Nwokedi and Asimiyu Ayodeji are the key partners.

Practice head(s):

Uche Nwokedi; Asimiyu Ayodeji

Key clients

Nigerian Agip Oil Company

Amni International Petroleum Development Company

Kapetro Nigeria Ltd

Exxonmobil

Chevron Nigeria Limited

Optimum Petroleum Development Limited

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Fidelity Bank Plc

BNP Paribas Securities Corporation

Prime Exploration & Production Limited

Petroleo Brasileiro Nigeria Limited

Stardeep Water Petroleum Limited

Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf Limited

MTN Nigeria Communications Limited

Multinational Technologies Limited

Dubri Oil Coy Ltd

Work highlights

  • Defending Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited in an action commenced by Oando seeking injunctive reliefs to protect its crude oil lifting and audit rights under the JOA between the parties pending the determination of an arbitral award.
  • Representing Ministry of Petroleum Resources & Minister of State for Petroleum Resources in the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division against the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, which awarded to the respondents liquidated damages in the sum of $20m for breach of contract resulting from the withdrawal of a consent purportedly given by the Minister for State for Petroleum Resources.
  • Acting for Multinational Technologies in litigation at the Federal High Court of Nigeria in line with certain provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, with respect to their claims to the Net Present Value of their Net Profit Interest in some of the respondents’ oil and gas assets.

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co

Recognised as one of Nigeria’s most esteemed litigators, Akin Osinbajo leads the dispute resolution practice at Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. He is noted for his expertise in complex and high-stakes commercial litigation and arbitration, contractual disputes, IP, tax challenges and multijurisdictional enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Akin Osinbajo

Testimonials

‘Akin Osinbajo is a thoroughbred advocate who pay extensive attention to detail.’

Key clients

Procter & Gamble Co.

Ikoyi Hotels Ltd.

Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON)

Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corpn.

The Nigeria Stock Exchange

The Infrastructure Bank Plc.

Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)

Work highlights

  • Defending Proctor & Gamble Nigeria in a N1.9bn arbitral claim instituted by S.A. Azeez and Sons for an alleged breach of a distributorship agreement between the parties. The Tribunal dismissed all the Claimant’s claims with an award of cost in the sum of N13m in favour of the client.
  • Representing Procter & Gamble in an ongoing IP Litigation Appeal at the Supreme Court instituted by Global Soap in the matter of Global Soap & Detergent Industries vs. (i) The Procter & Gamble Co., (ii) Registrar of Trademarks. Suit No. SC/241/2012.   Globa Soap is appealing against the Court of Appeal judgment which had ruled that use of the mark “Global Ariel” constituted an act of infringement against P&G’s registered and well-known “ARIEL” trademark; perpetual injunction against the Appellant not to use “Global Ariel” mark on same type of detergent goods was secured by us at the Court of Appeal.
  • Representing Ikoyi Hotels Ltd. at the National Industrial Court in an allegation of unlawful dismissal instituted by class action of disengaged employees of Ikoyi Hotel.

Bloomfield Law Practice

Bloomfield LP stands out for its expertise in maritime and transportation disputes. A name to note is Adedoyin Afun, who has extensive knowledge of vessel arrests, cargo claims and shipping litigation involving the oil and gas sector.

Practice head(s):

Adedoyin Afun

Testimonials

‘Hands on, always available, spot on counselling and industry experience.’

‘Consistent in quality delivery. Practicality, friendliness, hard working.’

Key clients

Quest Shipping Limited

Mocoh SA

Mocoh Oil & Gas Limited

Ejovi Dredging & Marine Service Limited

Shipowners Claims bureau Inc (American Club)

Nepal Oil & Gas Limited

Garrets International SA

Eurofinance Services Inc.

KPI Bridge Oil A/S

Deserv International Trading LLC

Ariosh Limited

Cosco Shipping Lines Co. Limited

Nestoil Limited

Sea Transport Services Nigeria Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Mocoh S.A. and Mocoh Oil & Gas Limited in a matter that relates to a recovery and ownership claim on 6’498.275 Metric Tons of Gasoil supplied to the Defendants (Respondents on appeal). The action originated from the High Court of Lagos State and later went to the Court of Appeal. Mocoh S.A. and Mocoh Oil & Gas were victorious at the Court of Appeal.
  • Defended the owners of a motor tanker vessel and The American P&I Club (Member of the International Group of P&I Clubs) in relation to a collision claim brought against MT ANMOL before the Federal High Court (Lagos).
  • Representing Eurofinance Services Inc in a matter relating to the enforcement of final arbitral awards against the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.

Odujinrin & Adefulu

Odujinrin & Adefulu specialises in real estate disputes, commercial litigation, debt recovery matters, labour claims (on behalf of employers) and environmental matters. Its team appears before all levels of trial and appellate courts in Nigeria. Lucky Ayeki is experienced in acting for a wide range of clients, such as high-net-worth individuals, international banks, multinational corporates and telecoms giants.

Practice head(s):

Lucky Ayeki

Testimonials

‘The team led by Lucky Ayeki has shown the ability to provide expert legal opinion on disputes and advise on the best approach/strategy to be adopted in resolving disputes.’

‘Lucky Ayeki – Vibrant, easy to work with and quick to respond to client needs.’

‘Individuals at the firm are good ambassadors of the firm. They are highly professional individuals who are astute and skilled in their practice areas. The partners also make themselves available to give that personal touch.’

Key clients

Africa Export-Import (AFREXIM) Bank

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Chevron Nigeria Limited

First Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Limited (FIRST E&P)

Lafarge Africa Plc

MTN Nigeria Communications Limited

Nigeria LNG Limited

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation at the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Port Harcourt Judicial Division wherein the Plaintiffs sought the sum of over N1bn as damages for the alleged negligent act of the NNPC whom the Plaintiff alleged was the sole regulator of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria in failing to protect third parties from injuries caused by third parties.
  • Retained as an asset management partner by Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria to recover non-performing loans of financial institutions from various debtors.
  • Counsel to Zircon Marine Limited, being the plaintiff in a debt recovery matter.