Firm Profile > Aluko & Oyebode > Lagos, Nigeria
Aluko & Oyebode Offices
1 MURTALA MUHAMMED DRIVE
(FORMERLY BANK ROAD)
Aluko & Oyebode > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
Kofo Dosekun; Olubunmi Fayokun; Oghogho Makinde; Sumbo Akintola
‘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.’
Access Bank Plc
Africa Finance Corporation
Allianz SE Group
CFAO Nigeria Plc
ICICI Bank Limited (DFIC Branch) Dubai, UAE
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)
Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc
Standard Chartered Plc
The Nigerian Stock Exchange
Verod Capital Management
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.
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.
‘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.’
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.
Kofo Dosekun; Oghogho Makinde
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
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.
‘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.’
Africa GB Foods Manufacturing Limited
Sika Manufacturing Nigeria Limited
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.
Aluko & Oyebode > Firm Profile
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.
|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|
|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|
|Transport (shipping and aviation)||Mark Mordi|
|Mr Adeniyi Adegbonmire, SAN, FCIArb||Partner||View Profile|
|Mrs Kofo Dosekun||Chairman, Aluko & Oyebode||View Profile|
|Mr Babatunde Fagbohunlu, SAN, FCIArb||Senior Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Chukwuka Ikwuazom, SAN, FCTI||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Tonye Krukrubo||Partner||View Profile|
|Mrs Oghogho Makinde||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Mordi||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Uche Nwokocha||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Ayodeji Oyetunde||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Oludare Senbore||Partner||View Profile|