Firm Profile > AELEX > Lagos, Nigeria


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The highly regarded corporate group at AELEX, led by managing partner Theophilus Emuwa, 'delivers top-notch solutions' and is well-regarded in the market for its work on high-end M&A transactions, corporate governance, regulatory and subsidiary control matters. The practice includes a strong team of multidisciplinary specialists, including banking and capital markets partner, Lawrence Fubara Anga, who is qualified to advise on Nigerian, Ghanaian and English aspects of cross-border finance and corporate transactions. Chinyerugo Ugoji is noted for share and asset acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and tax-efficient structuring.

Practice head(s):

Theophilus Emuwa

Other key lawyers:

Chinyerugo Ugoji; Lawrence Fubara Anga 


Aelex has a highly professional team of experienced partners and associates who deliver pragmatic and well-thought-through solutions that are in tune with client requirements. It is their focus on understanding the client and the nuances of their requirements that makes then different and allows them to deliver top-notch solutions.’

Key clients

Helios Investment Partners LLP


The Rise Fund Management LLC (an affiliate of TPG Global LLC)


Shoprite Holdings

Chevron Nigeria Limited

Mobil Producing Nigeria Limited

Azura Power West Africa Limited

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited


The Coca-Cola Company

Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc


AFEX Commodities Exchange Nigeria Limited

Gulf Petrochem Energy Services Limited

Adam Smith International

Interswitch Limited

British Telecommunications

Dangote Oil Refining Company Limited

Kedari Capital Limited

Total Nigeria Plc

Dispute resolution Tier 1

AELEX is one of Nigeria's most experienced disputes practices; the team, led by Funke Adekoya, handles a wide range of work from commercial litigation to tax matters and investor-state disputes. Adekoya specialises in corporate, commercial and energy disputes, while also regularly advising on Nigerian substantive and procedural law for disputes in foreign courts. Olanipekun Orewale , Lawrence Fubara Anga and Davidson Oturu are also noted for disputes involving labour, banking, IP and telecoms, contracts and tax. Adedapo Tunde-Olowu joined Boyle Attorneys as managing partner.

Practice head(s):

Funke Adekoya

Other key lawyers:

Olanipekun Orewale; Lawrence Fubara Anga; Davidson Oturu


‘The firm has broad and sound expertise.’

‘Funke Adekoya is an experienced and seasoned litigator whose experience is evidence in proffering solutions to legal issues.’

‘Aelex is exceptional both in Commercial Advisory and Dispute Resolution. It also has a national spread across Nigeria. In a country where firms tend to have regional or city-based strengths, Aelex is one of the few firms that can provide legal services across the country, and this is important for my company, which has nationwide operations and requires nationwide legal services. ’

‘The Aelex team is very collaborative with our in-house legal team. This means that they understand our needs and interests better than most, and they are able to respond to them in quicker times. Standout partners include Olanipekun Orewale and Davidson Oturu.’

Key clients

Baker Hughes/General Electric

GE International Operations Nigeria Limited

GE Oil & Gas

Embraer SA

Nokia Siemens Nigeria

Shoprite Checkers Pty Ltd of South Africa

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

AELEX's energy and natural resources expertise covers a wide range of legal, regulatory and policy issues, as well as commercial and financial matters relating to oil and gas, mining, power, and renewable energy transactions. The firm also demonstrates breadth of expertise in electricity and gas transmission, distribution and supply,  off-take and tolling arrangements. Department chair Soji Awogbade has over forty years of experience in the development, supply, transmission and distribution of gas and power, and energy sector restructuring and privatisation issues. Transactional lawyer Olusina Sipasi manages a strong portfolio of government, multinational oil companies and project developers, and advices on the full scope of energy finance, regulatory and environmental issues.

Practice head(s):

Soji Awogbade

Other key lawyers:

Olusina Sipasi


‘Committed individuals.’

‘Consistent and dedicated to the project.’

‘A deep degree of understanding of the dynamics of the petroleum industry.’

Shipping and transport Tier 1

At AELEX, the pre-eminent Nigerian firm for shipping and aviation, a team of expert lawyers including Lawrence Fubara AngaAdedapo Tunde-Olowu and Akinloye Ajayi advise airlines, banks, lessors and insurers on wet and dry shipping and maritime disputes. In the aircraft space, the team frequently act for airlines in respect of passenger, cargo and baggage claims and insurance disputes. The practice also handles product liability issues, registration, securitisation and recovery of aviation assets within Ghana and Nigeria.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Fubara Anga

Other key lawyers:

Adedapo Tunde Olowu; Akinloye Ajayi

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

AELEX is a top choice for both lenders and borrowers requiring advice on structured finance, bond issuances and derivatives transactions; the team is also well versed in negotiating local and international credit facilities. Lawrence Fubara Anga is a well-reputed figure for acquisitions and leasing of aviation and maritime assets. Sina Sipasi regularly advises sponsors and lenders on the acquisition and divestment of interest in petroleum assets in West Africa, while Chinyerugo Ugoji is recommended for capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Fubara Anga

Other key lawyers:

Sina Sipasi; Chinyerugo Ugoji


‘Good industry knowledge – a longstanding practice with experienced partners’

The firm: AELEX was established in 2004 through the merger of the practice of a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and three other leading commercial law firms in Nigeria. The firm is currently headed by Theophilus I Emuwa, the managing partner.

The firm’s practice covers corporate and commercial legal services which include transactional, regulatory and policy matters; and litigation and dispute resolution services in the corporate and commercial arena, as well as private clients.

Since 2009, when AELEX was recognised as the most outstanding law firm in Nigeria, it has continued to win awards and recognitions for quality of work and service from globally renowned ranking stables. The firm remains resolute in setting footprints for building a practice committed to developing local and international expertise, acquiring relevant skills and competences. AELEX stays abreast of local and international trends while maintaining global standards.

AELEX has seven partners and over 50 lawyers operating from its various offices. Lawyers in the firm are admitted to practice in several jurisdictions including Nigeria, Ghana and England and Wales. In addition to qualifying in law, lawyers in the firm have qualifications in disciplines such as political science, economics and engineering. The firm’s lawyers have developed specialist skills and have gained a significant deal of experience from their involvement in transactions and projects. The firm’s local knowledge and its regular interaction with key players in the sectors it operates in allow it to structure its advice on projects and transactions in anticipation of, and consistent with, changes in policy and regulation.

Areas of practice: AELEX has provided legal advisory services on major transactions and projects from across several of its practice areas. The firm merges local legal expertise and presence, political and industry-wide connections with an appreciation of global standards and demands. The firm’s expertise covers legal, regulatory and policy issues as well as commercial, fiscal and environmental matters.

AELEX has earned a reputation for excellent work in various practice areas including corporate/commercial, taxation, labour and employment, real estate, capital markets, foreign direct investment, intellectual property, telecommunications, banking and finance, litigation and dispute resolution, infrastructure, energy and natural resources, environment, and aviation. AELEX is therefore a recognised leader in providing legal services to meet the expanding and increasingly complex requirements of clients.

Clients of the firm are predominantly multinational companies including telecommunication companies, oil and gas companies, oil servicing companies, EPC contractors, project owners, banks and multilateral lenders, insurance companies, trading and manufacturing conglomerates, airlines and shipping lines. The firm advises foreign embassies, multilateral agencies, non-governmental organisations, and chambers of commerce. The firm also provides legal advisory services to professional colleagues in Europe, Asia, the US and other African countries who require advice on Nigerian law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation L Fubara Anga
Aviation Akinloye Ajayi
Banking and finance L Fubara Anga
Banking and finance Sina Sipasi
Business reorganisation and insolvency Olanipekun Orewale
Business reorganisation and insolvency Perenami Momodu
Capital markets L Fubara Anga
Capital markets Ebelechukwu Ikpeoyi
Corporate/commercial Theophilus Emuwa
Corporate/commercial Chinyerugo Ugoji
Energy and natural resources Soji Awogbade
Energy and natural resources Sina Sipasi
Environment Soji Awogbade
Environment Sina Sipasi
Intellectual property Theophilus Emuwa
Intellectual property Tiwalola Osazuwa
Labour and employment Adedapo Tunde-Olowu
Labour and employment Nosa Osazuwa
Litigation and dispute resolution Funke Adekoya SAN
Litigation and dispute resolution Adedapo Tunde-Olowu
Maritime L Fubara Anga
Maritime Akinloye Ajayi
Taxation Theophilus Emuwa
Taxation Chinyerugo Ugoji
Real estate and infrastructure Theophilus Emuwa
Real estate and infrastructure Nosa Osazuwa
Telecommunications Theophilus Emuwa
Telecommunications Nosa Osazuwa
Number of lawyers : 60
at this office : 46
Nigerian member of the World Services Group and Meritas
American Bar Association
American Society of International Law
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
Centre for American and International Law
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
International Bar Association
International Project Finance Association
International Trademarks Association
Law Society of England and Wales
Other offices : Abuja
Other offices : Accra
Other offices : Port Harcourt