AELEX > Lagos, Nigeria > Firm Profile


Nigeria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The team at AELEX covers the full scope of corporate and commercial work for clients, undertaking work for major multinational and Nigerian companies. The strength of the practice is illustrated by practice head Theophilus Emuwa, who brings expertise in M&A and private equity alongside standout tax capabilities. Lawrence Fubara Anga offers multi-jurisdictional expertise, and is qualified in Nigeria, Ghana, and the UK, whereas Chioma Olibie brings deep experience in transactional and tax issues. Davidson Oturu heads the fintech offering with an emphasis on cross-border issues.

Practice head(s):

Theophilus Emuwa

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Helios Investment Partners LLP

Oppenheimer Partners Limited

Tiger Brand Limited


Nampak Nigeria Plc

SAP Africa

KLM Line Maintenance International

The Rise Fund Management 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

Work highlights

    Nigeria > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

    AELEX offers a full range of legal services for clients seeking to engage in Nigerian energy transactions, working primarily in project finance for the energy sector and related infrastructure. The firm also has some standout work in respect of disputes arising from licensing issues and advisory work concerning novel means of energy distribution. Practice head Soji Awogbade specialises in transactional and advisory work in oil and gas, infrastructure, and environment, working alongside Theophilus Emuwa who advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues relevant to businesses in the energy sector. Also of note are Olusina Sipasi who specialises in transactional work in oil and gas, infrastructure, and mining, and Lawrence Fubara Anga who has experience in PPP, project and development finance, as well as infrastructure development.

    Practice head(s):

    Soji Awogbade


    ‘The team is eminently capable and diverse.’

    ‘Sina Sipasi is outstanding and dedicated. He pays attention to detail and provides novel commercial solutions.’

    Key clients

    Federal Ministry of Power

    Lekoil Limited

    All Grace Energy Nigeria Limited

    Channeldrill Resources Limited

    ADDAX Petroleum


    Shelf Drilling

    Groupe TCA Internationale SA

    Mobil Petroleum Nigeria

    Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production

    Company Limited

    Blue Power Energy

    Modandola Group

    Honeywell Group Limited

    SDP Services Limited


    Dangote Oil Refining Company Ltd

    Work highlights

      Nigeria > Shipping and transport Tier 1

      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:

      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

        Nigeria > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

        AELEX advises on a number of notable project finance mandates, specifically in the oil, gas, maritime, and aviation sectors. The firm provides more general advisory, regulatory, and compliance services for a number of international financial institutions, alongside an active capital markets practice with particular strengths in the agriculture, manufacturing, real estate, financial services, and venture capital spaces. Practice head Lawrence Fubara Anga advises on the full scope of financial issues that affect projects in the oil and gas, transport, telecoms, and financial services sectors; he is supported by Sina Sipasi, who is called on in relation to acquisition finance and syndicated lending, and Chinyerugo Ugoji who acts primarily in capital markets, working for private equity, development finance, and other multinational institutions.

        Practice head(s):

        Lawrence Fubara; Davidson Oturu

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        EMTS (Etisalat)

        Keystone Bank

        Nigerian Stock Exchange

        Securities Solutions Limited

        Emerging Markets Payment West Africa Limited

        PayU Payments Nigeria Limited

        Sentinel Exploration & Production Company Ltd

        Vitol SA

        African Development Bank

        Debevoise Plimpton

        Cedar Consortium

        Ecobank Nigeria Limited

        FBN Capital Limited

        Dangote Cement Plc

        AFEX Commodities Exchange

        Callphone Limited

        Clickatell Nigeria Limited

        Grand Towers PLC

        AFEX Investment Limited

        Sproutpay Limited

        Piggytech Global Limited

        Eagle Global Markets

        CSL Stockbrokers Limited

        International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation

        CSL Pay Limited

        The Shecluded Company Limited

        Abeg Technologies Limited

        Money Africa

        Luno Fintech Nigeria Limited

        Work highlights

          Nigeria > Dispute resolution Tier 2

          AELEX, the result of a merger between four prominent firms, provides industry-specific expertise for its various blue-chip and Nigerian clients. The team is active in a variety of sectors, with a particular focus on oil and gas, retail, and TMT. Adedapo Tunde-Olowu brings experience in commercial litigation and arbitration, Olanipekun Orewale works across employment, capital markets, telecoms, tax, banking, and insolvency, while Davidson Oturu is expert in IP and TMT disputes.

          Practice head(s):

          Adedapo Tunde Olowu

          Other key lawyers:


          ‘Perenami Momodu is an outstanding advocate.’

          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

          Exxon Mobil

          British American Tobacco Ltd

          Sproxil Nigeria Limited

          Rusal Group

          Bristow Helicopters

          Chevron Nigeria Limited

          Rheinmetall AG


          Food Concepts Plc NoZTE Nigeria Limited

          Ecobank Nigeria Plc

          ETCO Nigeria Limited

          China Harbour Engineering Company Nig. Ltd

          Huawei Technologies Company (Nigeria) limited

          Work highlights

            Ghana > Energy

            The experienced team at AELEX advises on energy and utilities finance as well as energy-sector mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Other core areas of focus include advising on electricity and gas transmission as well as distribution and supply. The group is recommended also for its work on power purchase agreements and off-take and tolling arrangements. Combined with its Nigerian practice, the team, under the direction of Soji Awogbade, is adept in large due diligence exercises. Awogbade has a broad range of expertise and regularly advises companies on issues relating to the petroleum sector, and managing associate Kwesi Dodi frequently works with the regulatory agencies in Ghana’s petroleum industry.

            Practice head(s):

            Soji Awogbade

            Other key lawyers:

            Kwesi A Dodi; Naa Asheley Ashittey


            ‘The people are open and are capable of handling all jobs contracted to them. Successful results can be expected whenever they are called into any task. You can see collaborative efforts in the background of the jobs they handle’.

            ‘Very assertive and have control over their field of work. You could talk of Kwesi Dodi and Naa Asheley – the people I directly work with’.

            Key clients

            Rowan Rigs

            Bristow Helicopters Ghana Limited

            GOS Limited

            SBM Offshore

            Ghana > Commercial, corporate and M&A

            The experienced team at AELEX handles a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including due diligence and company secretarial services. It is also skilled in advising on direct foreign investment issues, and is well regarded for its work with employers on various compliance and regulatory matters. It frequently advises on corporate structures, the transferability of shares and issues surrounding the subscription of capital. Theophilus Emuwa heads the department, which also includes Lawrence Fubara Anga and managing associate Kwesi Dodi.

            Practice head(s):

            Theophilus Emuwa

            Other key lawyers:

            Lawrence Fubara Anga; Kwesi A. Dodi


            ‘Aelex provides us with complete and accurate advice, in a clearly understandable way, focusing on the main relevant topics for our company and its business. In addition, the team is always willing to discuss any follow-up question, with transparency and dedication’.

            ‘Their availability, fast responses and understanding of our business’.

            Key clients


            Palladium International LLC

            TecAfrica Offshore Limited

            Brussels Airlines

            James Fisher and Sons Plc

            Partners Worldwide

            Alibaba Group

            South African Airways

            Lufthansa Cargo AG

            Park Agrotec

            Work highlights

            • Advising an international firm on its intended acquisition of a company in Ghana.
            • Advised a mobility mobile application company that offers ride services, and connects its users with third-party food vendors on the implementation of new services in Ghana.
            • Advised three international companies on insolvency and restructuring and successfully liquidated two international companies.

            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 Adedapo Tunde-Olowu, 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.

            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 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