The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
71, ADEMOLA STREET, OFF AWOLOWO ROAD, SOUTH-WEST IKOYI, LAGOS, NIGERIA
Tel:
Work 01-9035353-5, 01-270
Fax:
Fax 01-9035356
Email:
Web:
https://www.allaincelf.com

Uche Val Obi San, Managing Partner

Managing Partner Uche Val Obi SAN, explains how the Firm is adapting to its growth strategy and clients’ changing needs.

1) What do you see as the main points that differentiate Alliance Law Firm from your competitors?

At Alliance Law Firm we endeavour to understand clients’ peculiar needs and circumstances, and then leverage that with our experience to create bespoke value-added professional services. In doing that, we strive to converge law, business and policy.

2) Which practises do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The Technology, Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Media (ITEM) practice group of the Firm is experiencing a rapid growth. Similarly, our Dispute Resolution practice is growing faster. We have a strong team and are having more engagements in these areas.

3) What's the main change you've made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We have restructured, re – engineered the Firm and leveraged technology. We have also enhanced capacity by some lateral hiring of top industry practice leaders. A stronger Team driven by modern technology are now deployed to boost our service offering. Speed and efficiency are part of the natural results.

4) Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Quite a lot. Our system and processes are largely automated. We have invested quite a lot in technology. Storage, processing, research and retrieval of useful legal and management information within and outside the Firm are seamless. This helps to attain precision and efficiency in service delivery.

5) Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We understand and focus on clients’ needs by deploying highly experienced professionals as team lead. We patiently listen to understand the clients need and carefully plan and execute the mandate professionally and in the most efficient manner.

6) Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms? - where do you see the firm in three years time?

Our Firm would have consolidated its strategic growth initiatives and emerge as a reputable top tier Firm in Nigeria and possibly Africa within the next three years. We however need to work very hard to achieve this strategic goal obviously.

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules, 2019

    On 31 May 2019, Malta published the “Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules". The rules will come into force as from year of assessment 2020 and the rules introduce the concept of fiscal units into Maltese tax law .
  • Renewable energy in Ukraine: green auctions launched

    In the first half of 2019 alone, renewable energy facilities with a capacity of more than 1.5 GW were connected to the Ukrainian grid, with about 96% of those being solar and wind energy facilities. In the whole of 2018, which has been a record-breaking year so far, numbers were almost half as high. The Ukrainian market also remains very attractive to foreign investors, not least because of the lucrative feed-in tariff rates, which are paid out regularly. Now, after the adoption of the so-called law on green auctions, significant changes can be expected.
  • Economic Substance Requirements - Fund Managers

    The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 (the “ES Law”) came into effect in the Cayman Islands on 1 January 2019, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in the Cayman Islands.
  • Shipping at the spotlight of terrorism

    Is terrorism the new norm for shipping?
  • Adidas three stripe Trademark Revocation

    In a judgment of the General Court of the European Union of the 19th June 2019, Adidas saw their hopes of extending their three stripes trademark dashed, as the court ruled that there was no distinctiveness in the three stripes trademark. Furthermore, the court held that the Adidas had failed to prove that the mark had acquired distinctive character through use throughout the member states of the EU.
  • David against Goliath – Libra vs Central Banks: Who will win?

    Working in the crypto and DLT space is like being on an emotional rollercoaster with feelings which range from curiosity, excitement, euphoria, revelation, shock, disappointment, hope, wonder and determination – did I miss any?
  • UK Telecoms company fined £100K over unsolicited marketing messages

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) which is the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, recently issued a fine of £100,000 to EE Limited, a telecoms company operating in the UK. The fine was issued in response to EE Limited having sent two and a half million unsolicited direct marketing messages to its customers, back in early 2018. The direct marketing messages were sent without EE Limited having first obtained the required consent to send them to its clients.
  • British Airways and Marriott International Inc. face huge fines from UK data protection authority

    British Airways (‘BA’) may be hit with what will be the highest-ever penalty which the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’), the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, has handed out.
  • UAE Tax domicile certificate

    Issued by the Ministry of Finance in the United Arab Emirates (‘UAE’), the Tax Domicile Certificate (also referred to as the Tax Residency Certificate) enables eligible government entities, companies and individuals to take advantage of double taxation avoidance agreements on income signed by the UAE.
  • The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017

    The following information relates to the enactment of The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017 (" DPL "), which was expected to come into force on 29 January 2019, will now come into force in September 2019. The DPL will regulate the future processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands.