Firm Profile > Aluko & Oyebode > Lagos, Nigeria

Aluko & Oyebode
1 MURTALA MUHAMMED DRIVE
(FORMERLY BANK ROAD)
IKOYI, LAGOS
Nigeria

Nigeria > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Aluko & Oyebode advises financial institutions, multinational businesses and investors on cutting-edge finance transactions across various industries; the firm also guides Nigerian financial institutions on their day-to-day business operations. Kofo Dosekun leads the practice; she advises on a broad range of lending and commercial transactions, such as large local and foreign currency loan syndications and leases, M&A, project finance and restructuring. Oludare Senbore and Reginald Udom are active in financings in the oil and gas, energy and infrastructure space. Olubunmi Fayokun heads the capital markets and M&A practices while Oghogho Makinde heads the business advisory unit.

Practice head(s):

Kofo Dosekun; Olubunmi Fayokun; Oghogho Makinde; Sumbo Akintola

Other key lawyers:

Oludare Senbore; Reginald Udom; Ayodeji Oyetunde; Funmilayo Otsemobor

Testimonials

‘Aluko & Oyebode is one of the top law firms in Nigeria – they provide international experience using local expertise.’

‘The level of professionalism is commendable. Each team member does well in providing adequate and relevant information required.’

‘Excellent, responsive, knowledgeable’

‘They are highly responsive and committed – on a deal we worked with them on, the senior partner drove herself to a client’s office just to make sure that documents arrived on time.’

‘Aluko & Oyebode has, without a doubt, one of the best banking and finance practices in Nigeria. The team is competent, technically sound and have in-depth knowledge of the market, which makes for a very pragmatic approach to advising. ’

‘The accessibility of the partners is one of things that makes the practice stand out. Reginald Udom and Funmilayo Otsemobor are two partners who particularly stand out in this regard. They are integrally involved in the transactions, providing oversight and expertise.’

Key clients

Access Bank Plc

Africa Finance Corporation

Allianz SE Group

Alitheia Capital

CFAO Nigeria Plc

Eterna Plc

ICICI Bank Limited (DFIC Branch) Dubai, UAE

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)

Microsoft

Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc

Standard Chartered Plc

The Nigerian Stock Exchange

Verod Capital Management

Visa Incorporated

Nigeria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Aluko & Oyebode's 'highly efficient' team is noted for acting for an impressive variety of financial institutions, private equity funds and multinationals on corporate and commercial transactions, company formations and foreign investment, particularly in the energy and natural resources space. Department head Kofo Dosekun is supported by Oghogho Makinde, Olubunmi Fayokun and Sumbo Akintola. Senior associate Jesutofunmi Olabenjo is noted for day-to-day operational support and Nigerian regulatory compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Kofo Dosekun

Testimonials

‘The team is highly efficient and are thorough in handling transactions from start to completion – they also display a high level of professionalism.’

Nigeria > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Aluko & Oyebode has a pre-eminent reputation for representing multinational oil companies in actions brought against them by government institutions. Babatunde Fagbohunlu and Hamid Abdulkareem 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. The firm has also been busy advising clients on the legal issues emanating from the recent amendment of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act. Other key figures include IP and maritime litigator Mark Mordi and head of the firm's Port Harcourt office, Tonye Krukrubo, a seasoned litigator and arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Babatunde Fagbohunlu

Testimonials

‘Highly rated and responsive; the go-to firm for IOCs in Nigeria. The level of service and quality is remarkable; I rate the quality of their litigation advice alongside that of several London firms.’

‘Hamid Abdulkareem is a standout practitioner and a pleasure to deal with; clear, concise and creative. He has a very reassuring manner that inspires confidence in an otherwise challenging and uncertain legal market.’

‘The team’s in-depth, well-founded and referenced understanding of issues in diverse aspects of legal advisory and dispute resolution related work is outstanding. Also, their willing drive and personal interest in always pushing further beyond convention, for result-oriented solutions when handling work on our behalf is exceptional and priceless.

‘The depth in the combined team is unparalleled, while their combined capacities is always outstanding, even in the midst of other legal practitioners/firms during joint/open sessions. ’

‘The firm‘s in-depth understanding, ability to consistently and thoroughly handle quality work within the estimated time period, diversity in breed, confidence in finding solutions to issues and problems, aspiration to do even better as a team and humility displayed by all members of the team and firm generally stands out.’

Nigeria > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Aluko & Oyebode has a highly regarded offering for clients requiring advice on complex oil and gas corporate transactions, multi-level financing and regulatory compliance. Kofo Dosekun has been advising Azikel Petroleum on the development and financing of a major hydro skimming refinery complex. Banking specialist Oghogho Makinde regularly works on refinancing aspects of energy, PPP and infrastructure projects. Oludare Senbore has a busy corporate finance practice.

Practice head(s):

Kofo Dosekun; Oghogho Makinde

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A&O provides a customer focused, good quality, fast and responsive service. These qualities have been the premise upon which we have been working with them for nearly 20 years. The firm with its its long-serving senior partners have built a strong and sustainable brand and base for a sustainable law firm.’

‘The firm provides a full suite of legal services and is exceptionally strong in the energy sector, litigation and arbitration and is in the top echelon of legal firms offering similar services in Nigeria.’

‘The key senior partners demonstrate professionalism, commitment, responsiveness, and mastery of their areas of expertise.’

‘The attorneys are mentored strongly from entry level and develop very quickly into competent lawyers delivering good quality service in support and alongside the senior partners.’

‘In my opinion, Aluko & Oyebode is the best legal firm in Nigeria.’

‘We chose to work with A&O based on a professional referral as well as due to their solid reputation in the market.’

Nigeria > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Aluko & Oyebode's real estate team is managed by Adeniyi Adegbonmire, who advises developers, owners, private and institutional investors and corporates on all manner of banking, corporate transactions and disputes arising in the real estate sector. The firm is particularly skilled in drafting and negotiating real estate contracts and other conveyance documents, in addition to handling regulatory compliance and lease work.

Practice head(s):

Adeniyi Adegbonmire

Testimonials

‘I started working with this law firm at the beginning of this year and already have only words of praise. What makes Aluko & Oyebode unique is their professional approach to work, responsiveness, vast experience in the field of construction and dispute resolution, devotion to their work, willingness to accommodate the client’s needs and amicability.’

‘I have particularly been impressed by Ngo-Martins Okonmah. Ngo is extremely devoted to his work, very professional and diligent. He has a huge experience and approaches all issues and potential problems with enthusiasm and creativity.’

Key clients

Africa GB Foods Manufacturing Limited

Sika Manufacturing Nigeria Limited

Nigeria > Shipping and transport Tier 2

Aluko & Oyebode fields a team of maritime litigators who are adept at representing ship owners, P&I clubs, charterers, cargo underwriters and bunker suppliers in a variety of shipping disputes.  The team also advise on the leasing, purchase and acquisition of ships and aircraft. Practice head Mark Mordi has extensive experience in advising on aviation and maritime transactions and disputes involving cargo claims and arrests. Fellow partners Oghogho Makinde and Tonye Krukrubo are recommended for transactions and contentious work respectively.

Practice head(s):

Mark Mordi

Other key lawyers:

The firm: Aluko & Oyebode was established in 1993, by Bankole Olumide Aluko, SAN (1956-2002) and Gbenga Oyebode, MFR as a partnership of two and has over the years grown to become the largest law firm in Nigeria, with a partnership strength of 16 and associates of about 80. The firm’s main office is located in the financial and commercial ‘capital’ of Nigeria, Lagos, with other offices in Abuja (political capital) and Port-Harcourt (oil and gas hub). The firm offers fully integrated services to international, regional and local clients, and as the largest integrated law firm in Nigeria, the firm complements its corporate and commercial legal services with a robust litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practice. The key sectors of focus of the firm are Energy and natural resources, power, financial services and TMT.

Areas of practice: Aluko & Oyebode provides a comprehensive range of specialist legal services in the areas of energy and natural resources, banking and corporate finance, project and infrastructure finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, telecommunications, intellectual property, litigation, arbitration, transport law (shipping and aviation), real estate and taxation.

Through its network of three offices in Nigeria, Aluko & Oyebode advises a highly diversified clientele that includes top-tier international and multinational clients carrying out business in Nigeria, which has included private companies, international conglomerates, governmental agencies, banks, and other financial and commercial institutions.

Aluko & Oyebode has a broad spectrum of lawyers that are trained and qualified not only in Nigeria, but also in England and New York. In addition lawyers also have industry experience as a number of the partners and associates have worked in financial institutions, oil and gas companies etc. prior to joining or upon returning to the firm.

The firm’s practice areas are divided into two main practice groups, corporate and commercial and dispute resolution and arbitration. our corporate and commercial practice comprises of the full range of transactional and advisory work, including M&A, private equity investments, refinancing, restructurings and joint ventures. The practice also provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products, including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance. These also include expertise in all aspects of private equity, from establishing the fund and making investments, to ongoing portfolio assistance, including restructuring advice, to exiting from those investments. The firm also has a very strong intellectual property practice that provides advice to clients on contentious and non-contentious issues relating to the protection and enforcement of their intellectual properties and rights, ie franchising, trade marks, patents, confidential information, design rights and copyright.

The dispute resolution and arbitration practice is made up of a team of seasoned litigators with experience in a wide range of areas: banking, competition and antitrust, derivatives and structured products, fraud and white-collar crime, insolvency, contentious tax, energy and infrastructure disputes, regulatory investigations, property and finance. The firm’s lawyers through arbitration and/or litigation work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Kofo Dosekun
Banking and finance Oludare Senbore
Banking and finance Reginald Udom
Business advisory Oghogho Makinde
Capital markets Olubunmi Fayokun
Capital markets Ayodeji Oyetunde
Dispute resolution Babatunde Fagbohunlu (SAN)
Dispute resolution Adeniyi Adegbonmire
Dispute resolution Mark Mordi
Dispute resolution Tonye Krukrubo
Dispute resolution Chukwuka Ikwuazom
Dispute resolution Joke Aliu
Energy and natural resources Oghogho Makinde
Energy and natural resources Oludare Senbore
Energy and natural resources Reginald Udom
Governance, risk and compliance Simeon Obidairo
Insolvency and restructuring Kofo Dosekun
Insolvency and restructuring Adeniyi Adegbonmire
Insolvency and restructuring Oghogho Makinde
Insolvency and restructuring Oludare Senbore
Insolvency and restructuring Chukwuka Ikwuazom
Intellectual property Uche Nwokocha
Mergers and acquisitions Olubunmi Fayokun
Mergers and acquisitions Ayodeji Oyetunde
Private equity and wealth management Oghogho Makinde
Private equity and wealth management Oludare Senbore
Private equity and wealth management Ayodeji Oyetunde
Privatisation/PPP Olubunmi Fayokun
Privatisation/PPP Oghogho Makinde
Real estate Adeniyi Adegbonmire (SAN)
Structured finance Kofo Dosekun
Structured finance Olubunmi Fayokun
Structured finance Oludare Senbore
Structured finance Reginald Udom
Structured finance Ayodeji Oyetunde
Taxation Chukwuka Ikwuazom
Transport (shipping and aviation) Mark Mordi
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Adeniyi Adegbonmire, SAN, FCIArb  photo Mr Adeniyi Adegbonmire, SAN, FCIArb Partner
Mrs Kofo Dosekun photo Mrs Kofo Dosekun Chairman, Aluko & Oyebode
Mr Babatunde Fagbohunlu, SAN, FCIArb   photo Mr Babatunde Fagbohunlu, SAN, FCIArb  Senior Partner
Mr Chukwuka Ikwuazom, SAN, FCTI  photo Mr Chukwuka Ikwuazom, SAN, FCTI Partner
Mr Tonye Krukrubo photo Mr Tonye Krukrubo Partner
Mrs Oghogho Makinde photo Mrs Oghogho Makinde Partner
Mr Mark Mordi photo Mr Mark Mordi Partner
Ms Uche Nwokocha  photo Ms Uche Nwokocha Partner
Mr Ayodeji Oyetunde photo Mr Ayodeji Oyetunde Partner
Mr Oludare Senbore photo Mr Oludare Senbore Partner
Number of lawyers : 80
at this office : 65
English
Other offices : Port Harcourt
Other offices : Abuja