Firm Profile > Aluko & Oyebode > Lagos, Nigeria

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

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Aluko & Oyebode's team is 'very knowledgeable about the law and regulations, and provides excellent legal support'. Kofo Dosekun is particularly active in project finance transactions, and advised Indorama Eleme and Fertilizer Company on the $1bn expansion of a fertiliser production plant at Eleme, in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Capital markets specialist, Olubunmi Fayokun, who is the head of the capital markets practice, is a former chair of the Capital Market Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law. Reginald Udom is 'very knowledgeable, responsive and has an amazingly calm temperament, no matter the pressure he is under'. Oludare SenboreJennifer Martins-Okundia, Funmilayo Otsemobor and Ayodeji Oyetunde are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kofo Dosekun; Olubunmi Fayokun; Reginald Udom; Oludare Senbore

Testimonials

‘Very responsive. Partners with great expertise. Appropriate pricing.’

‘Reginald Udom remains probably the strongest partner I have worked with in the legal market. Very knowledgeable, responsive and with an amazingly calm temperament no matter what pressure he is under.’

‘The team at Aluko & Oyebode is very knowledgeable about the law and regulations across the varying regulators and jurisdictions and provides excellent legal support’. 

Key clients

Access Bank Plc

Africa Finance Corporation

Allianz SE

Citi Bank

Coronation Merchant Bank Limited

Ecobank Nigeria Limited

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Aluko & Oyebode's team includes Kofo Dosekun, who has a wealth of experience of handling M&A, foreign investments and compliance issues for clients. Another name to note is Olubunmi Fayokun, who is 'astute and reliable both in terms of timeliness and quality'. Fayokun and Oghogho Makinde have particular expertise in corporate and commercial transactions involving the energy and natural resources sector. Another key figure is Sumbo Akintola, who has over 20 years of experience acting for clients in the technology, media and entertainment, and telecoms industries. Oludare Senbore and Ayodeji Oyetunde are also recommended. In addition, senior associates Jennifer Martins-Okundia and Unekuojo Idachaba are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Kofo Dosekun; Olubunmi Fayokun; Oghogho Makinde; Sumbo Akintola

Testimonials

Open to feedback from the client; Knowledgeable about the practice areas, abreast with new developments in the law which affect the client and very competitive in their fees.’

‘Olubunmi Fayokun is very knowledgeable, highly amiable, astute and reliable both in terms of timeliness and quality.’

‘Jennifer Martins-Okundia is very committed, dedicated, amiable and responsive to the needs of the client.’

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

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Aluko & Oyebode's 'top-tier' dispute resolution team is best known for handling the most significant disputes in the Nigerian petroleum industry. The firm also continues to work on mandates from five international oil companies (IOCs) in respect of claims made against them by the Nigerian government over the alleged under-declaration by the IOCs of the volumes of crude oil exported from Nigeria. The practice is very active in international arbitrations under the auspices of ICC, LCIA and ad-hoc UNCITRAL. Babatunde Fagbohunlu is an 'outstanding litigation lawyer with a deep understanding of Nigerian law and international arbitration regulations '. Other recommended litigators include Mark Mordi and Hamid Abdulkareem.

Practice head(s):

Babatunde Fagbohunlu

Testimonials

The Aluko & Oyebode dispute resolution team is led by experienced senior lawyers supported by a well resourced team. Tunde Fagbohunlu has successfully conducted two international arbitrations for my company and other litigation in which we have emerged victorious.’

‘Impresses with their analytical skills and research skills. They always respond quickly to issues brought before them.’

‘Tunde Fagbohunlu has proved himself to be an outstanding litigation lawyer with a deep understanding of Nigerian law and international arbitration regulations. He is able to think strategically and widely about issues developing options for various scenarios.’

‘Mark Mordi is articulate, a good listener and quickly understands issues brought before him.’

Key clients

Chevron Nigeria Limited

Nigerian Agip Oil Company

Shell Petroleum

Development Company

Guinness Nigeria Plc

Total E & P Nigeria Limited

MTN Nigeria

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

At Aluko & Oyebode, practice chair Kofo Dosekun undertakes a varied mix of commercial, corporate finance, foreign investment and energy regulatory work. Project finance transactions are another key area of activity; in one highlight, the firm acted as Nigerian counsel to the Guaranty Trust Bank on the provision of a $110m loan facility to a Malta-based asset company and a Nigerian project company for the construction of a 48km crude evacuation pipeline. Name partner Gbenga OyebodeOghogho Makinde and Oludare Senbore are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kofo Dosekun

Key clients

Azikel Petroleum Limited Yes

Guaranty Trust Bank PLC

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)

Velem Limited and VFuels

Powerchina Huadong Engineering Corporation

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Aluko & Oyebode generates mandates from a diverse roster of clients, including private and institutional investors, developers, property portfolio companies and financial institutions. It assists clients with all stages of investment transactions, real estate development and finance, leases and regulatory compliance. Adeniyi Adegbonmire is the lead partner.

Practice head(s):

Adeniyi Adegbonmire

Shipping and transport Tier 2

Aluko & Oyebode acts for ship owners, P&I and defence clubs, charterers, cargo underwriters and bunker suppliers in shipping litigation and arbitral proceedings. It also has strong capabilities in non-contentious shipping and aviation matters. Practice head Mark Mordi and Tonye Krukrubo are recommended for their expertise in sales/purchases, charter, cargo insurance, arrest and cargo and freight claims.

Practice head(s):

Mark Mordi

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
Number of lawyers : 80
at this office : 65
English
Other offices : Port Harcourt
Other offices : Abuja