Hall Of Fame

Shipping and transport in Nigeria


AELEX services clients on the full range of transport matters, advising on shipping and aircraft financing, compliance, and disputes concerning passenger, cargo and baggage claims. Lawrence Fubara Anga is the head of the team with a broad practice in commercial litigation and arbitration, in addition to non-contentious aviation, shipping, and finance work. Ngozi Efobi focuses on regulatory and compliance issues and is active in the shipping disputes space.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Fubara Anga

Other key lawyers:

Ngozi Efobi

Key clients

Lufthansa German Airlines

South African Airways

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency

Seacor Marine

Iberia Airline


Hapag-Lloyd Nigeria Shipping Limited

US Exim-Bank

A.P. Møller – Mærsk

AviaAM Leasing AB

Work highlights

    Banwo & Ighodalo

    Banwo & Ighodalo is active in vessel financing and maritime disputes, working in collision damages, liquidation, debt collection, and breach of contract claims. The team supplements its maritime litigation expertise with substantial transactional and advisory experience, working on maritime labour, marine insurance, public sector advisory, joint ventures, and corporate restructuring. Ken Etim , who co-heads the team with Kehinde Ojuawo, has worked on the high-profile Deep Seaport projects, among other significant matters. Managing associate Tunji Adeyemi has a specific focus on ship, aircraft, and trade financing.

    Practice head(s):

    Ken Etim; Kehinde Ojuawo

    Other key lawyers:

    Tunji Adeyemi

    Key clients

    Aglow Aviation Support Services Limited

    Aramex Delivery Services Limited

    Bourbon-Interoil (Nigeria) Limited

    Bourbon Offshore Interoil Shipping – Navegacao LDA

    Bourbon Supply Investissements

    Brentvale Nigeria Limited

    Brunel Logistics (UK) Limited

    EAN Aviation Limited

    Fidelity Bank Plc.

    Gas and Petroleum Process Systems Limited

    Investec Bank Plc.

    Mitsui OSK Lines Limited

    Petromarine Engineering Services Limited

    Petromarine Nigeria Limited

    Royal IHC

    Schlumberger (OneSubsea Offshore Systems Nigeria Limited, Cameron Valves & Measurement West Africa Limited and Cameron Flow Control Technology Nigeria Limited)

    THOME Group of Companies

    TSL Logistics Limited

    World Bank Group

    ZTE Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Advised Bourbon Supply Investissements and Tenax Marine Limited in connection with a senior secured asset-backed seller credit facility advanced for the acquisition of a vessel.
    • Advised Fidelity Bank Plc. on a term loan facility advanced to Ibom Airlines Limited to finance the full acquisition of three aircraft.
    • Assisted the World Bank Group in examining the distributional implications of trade policies in Nigeria, specifically the distributional and revenue implications of import restrictions.

    Bloomfield LP

    Bloomfield LP has a strong offering in acquisitions of shipping and aviation vehicles and the related financing, with the firm’s broader services extending to tax issues, licenses and deregistration of vehicles, in addition to a range of disputes. The team’s past work with a number of multinational clients makes them well-placed to handle cross-border matters, and it remains active in advising public bodies on the development of maritime law. The ‘excellent and commercially-consciousAdedoyin Afun heads the practice, with a broad-ranging experience in a range of transactions, disputes, and regulatory issues in the shipping space, while senior associate Michael Abiiba specialises in litigation and arbitration.

    Practice head(s):

    Adedoyin Afun

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Abiiba


    ‘The firm has lawyers with sound legal knowledge and an agile approach to legal matters.’

    ‘Adedoyin Afun is an excellent and commercially-conscious lawyer. Michael Abiiba is a very brilliant lawyer.’

    Key clients

    Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing Holdings Limited

    Ejovi Dredging and Marine Services Limited

    Telford Offshore Limited

    The London P & I Club

    The China P & I Club

    Raytheon Energy Limited

    Westfield Subsea Limited

    International Charterer

    Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC

    Sea Transport Services Nigeria Limited

    Vigeo Shipping Limited

    NHV A/S, Société Générale

    CapitalTrust Investments & Assets Management Limited

    Fast Offshore Supply Pte Limited

    Tropical Arctic Logistics Limited

    Aramex Delivery Services Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Westfield Subsea Limited, a Nigerian oil servicing company (with operations spanning several countries), in connection with the acquisition of a pipelay barge.
    • Advised Macquarie on the sale and delivery of eight Augusta Westland AW139 helicopters which were on lease with an operator in Nigeria to Caverton Helicopters Limited.
    • Advising Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC on the provision of a US$10,000,000.00 facility to a leading Nigerian shipping company for the acquisition of a large oil tanker vessels.

    Dentons ACAS-Law

    Dentons ACAS-Law has a particularly strong offering in shipping disputes, representing shipowners and financiers in a number of high-profile litigation matters concerning damages and vessel arrests. Funke Agbor heads the team with an expertise in litigation, employing her experience in commercial disputes across a range of sectors to assist clients in matters covering marine insurance, offshore contracting and vessel transactions. Chisa Uba is also of note, and is active across the team's transactional, regulatory and dispute work.

    Practice head(s):

    Funke Agbor

    Other key lawyers:

    Chisa Uba

    Key clients

    Deep Value Driller Limited

    Dredging Environmental and Marine Engineering NV

    Team Offshore Nigeria Limited

    AP Moller-Maersk AS

    Ship Owners Club

    Gard AS

    Tidewater Inc.

    Maersk Supply Limited

    Ocean Deep Drilling Nigeria Limited

    Nigserve Energy Services Limited

    Oriental Energy Resources Limited

    Phoenix Mmeer LLC

    London P&I Club

    Credit Suisse

    Specialised Vessels Services Limited

    Hyundai Heavy Industries Company Ltd

    Charter Marine Africa

    APM Terminals Apapa Limited

    CSO Alliance Maritime

    London Offshore Consultants

    Astraea Group

    Holman Fenwick Willian

    Work highlights

    • Advised on the contractual structure and regulatory issues in relation to the charter of a foreign-owned mobile offshore drilling rig.
    • Representing the client in the damage claims arising from the dredging activities of its vessels and in the appeal against the judgment affirming that the client was entitled to limit its liability.
    • Secured the unconditional release of our client’s cargo of base oil worth $10,000,000 from arrest and defending the decision at the Court of Appeal against the arrestor of the cargo.

    G. Elias & Co

    G. Elias & Co specialises in financing work, focusing on major infrastructure projects, vessel sale and purchase, and aviation insolvency work, while also being capable in dispute resolution and M&A in the transport space. Gbolahan Elias has advised on a number of high-profile infrastructure deals and transport service agreements, working alongside Fidelis Adewole, whose experience is primarily in transactional work. Okechukwu Okoro is also noted for providing expertise in freight and infrastructure matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Professor Gbolahan Elias

    Other key lawyers:

    Okechukwu Okoro; Fidelis Adewole

    Key clients

    Lagos State Government

    Deltatek Offshore Limited

    China Harbour Engineering Company Limited

    Southwest Bitumen Limited

    Ranjy Construction and Foundation Limited

    Infrastructure Credit Guarantee Company Limited

    Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

    IMA Zambia Limited

    Primero Transport Services

    Kuramo Capital Management LLC

    Aureos Africa Fund/ C & I Leasing

    Kuramo Capital Management LLC

    Posh Semco PTE Ltd.

    Work highlights

    • Advising the Lagos State Government on the Lagos Metro Rail Project is a 37km “Red Line” Lagos Metro Rail Transit construction project.
    • Advised Deltatek Offshore Limited on a major freight forwarding contract with the UPS and DHL for the freighting delivery of certain delicate oil drilling equipment cargo.
    • Advising Southwest Bitumen Limited on its construction of a bitumen processing facility which will be located in Ondo State, Nigeria.

    Abdulai, Taiwo & Co

    Abdulai, Taiwo & Co specialises in PPP in the transport space, working on a number of high-profile infrastructure projects across the aviation, shipping, and rail sectors and undertaking the related finance work. Ladi Taiwo heads the team, working alongside Kunle Ayansola who brings his broad experience in the energy sector, and more specifically power purchase agreements and due diligence, to transport and infrastructure project finance.

    Practice head(s):

    Ladi Taiwo

    Other key lawyers:

    Kunle Ayansola

    Key clients

    Marina Express Train Services Ltd.

    Federal Ministry of Transport (Aviation)

    Ibadan Inland Dry Port SPV Ltd.

    African Refinery Port Harcourt Ltd.

    La Terre Batiment Ltd.

    iDrive, LLC

    CRCC Construction Company Ltd.

    CRCC International Investments Group Hong Kong

    Work highlights

    • Advised Marina Express Train Services Ltd on the USD2.4 billion PPP development and design of Lagos Metro Rail (Red Line).
    • Advising the Consortium appointed by the Federal Ministry of Aviation as transaction advisers for PPP Development of a national Aerotropolis (Airport City).
    • Advising CRCC Construction Co. Ltd., the preferred bidder of the USD100 million Ibadan Inland Dry Port PPP with the Nigeria Shippers Council.

    Aluko & Oyebode

    Aluko & Oyebode has a strong offering in aviation, with an emphasis on disputes and advisory work, which is supplemented by a broader experience in acquisitions of ships and aircraft and related financing. Mark Mordi heads the team with a wide-ranging disputes expertise, working with other notable lawyers Oghogho Makinde, who brings her experience in business advisory, Tonye Krukrubo and Ngo-Martins Okonmah.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Mordi

    Other key lawyers:

    Oghogho Makinde; Tonye Krukrubo; Ngo-Martins Okonmah

    Key clients

    Turkish Airlines Inc

    United Airlines Inc.

    Northwest Petroleum & Gas Co Ltd

    CHC Global Operations Canada

    Maritimetech Integrated Services Nigeria Limited

    AOS Cyprus Holding Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Represented Northwest Petroleum & Gas Co and its vessel in the action for US$73,500.00 allegedly due for supplies and services.
    • Advised and represented CHC Global Operations Canada in an appeal filed against a decision awarding E1,110,804.29 and US$9,225,794.20 to CHC Global.
    • Managing the litigation portfolio of Turkish Airlines Inc., presently handling over thirty aviation cases on their behalf.

    Foundation Chambers

    Foundation Chambers is ‘well-respected’ and ‘well-recognised’ in the shipping sector, with a particular focus on the disputes space in which the firm acts on some of the most high-profile mandates, alongside additional transactional and project finance work. The team is led by Kashimana Tsumba, who brings her broad experience in maritime disputes, working alongside managing partner Luke Chidi Ilogu, who ‘has vast experience in maritime law, labour matters, dispute resolution and international law‘.

    Practice head(s):

    Luke Chidi Ilogu; Kashimana Tsumba


    ‘A strong maritime practice and well-respected in the market.’

    ‘Foundation Chambers is unique because of the good leadership, communication, access to resources and understanding of each team member.’

    ‘The team has a positive attitude and humility, and are consistently working hard.’

    ‘The professionalism which Foundation Chambers exhibits is outstanding. The firm has a way of dissecting briefs in a manner which shows an ability to look beyond the surface, and the team advises objectively without major emphasis on compensation. With immense information and experience over the years, they have been able to guide us into taking best decision through their opinions.’

    ‘Chidi Ilogu (SAN) has vast experience in maritime law, labour matters, dispute resolution and international law. We value his professionalism and meticulousness. Kashimana Tsumba has experience in company law, labour law and dispute resolution. We value her thoroughness and timeliness.

    ‘This is a highly professional legal practice. They are prompt in providing legal advise and other services, and they have a diverse and highly efficient workforce that includes women at the top levels. They are well-recognized in the Nigerian maritime industry.’

    ‘The team has attention to details, a fast response time, are highly professional and are well-versed in maritime practice.’

    Key clients

    Tin-can Island Container Terminal Ltd

    Lagos and Niger Shipping Agencies Ltd

    CMA CGM Nigeria Shipping Ltd

    Bollore Transport and Logistics Nigeria Ltd

    Nigerian Ports Authority

    Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency

    Ports & Cargo Handling Services Ltd

    West African Ventures Limited

    Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

    Mariteam Nigeria Limited

    Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria

    Shippers Association of Nigeria

    ENL Consortium Limited

    Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (Kano Chapter)

    Fatoun Logistics Ltd

    Clyde & Co. Europe

    Colmar Marine Nigeria Limited

    Bourbon Interoil Nigeria Limited

    ILF Engineers Nigeria Limited

    RK Offshore Management Pte Ltd and RK Offshore Management Nig. Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Reviewed and drafted extant Regulations made pursuant to the Merchant Shipping Act 2007 for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.
    • Representing a group of terminal operators in the negotiation of the renewal of their 25-year lease agreements in transactions collectively worth US$25million.
    • Represented Alraine Shipping Agencies Ltd successfully in a US$1.8million cargo claim by IBWAS Ltd and Y. R. Onibipe & Sons Ltd.