Nigeria: Corporate Immigration 2016
On 25 May 2015, the new Immigration Act was signed in by the then Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan. Replacing the previous bill from 1963, it marks the beginning of a more structured and robust approach to immigration. Among other objectives, the act looks to establish immigration courts at ports of entry into the country, enabling the quick resolution of immediate immigration matters; it also introduces a short visit business visa in a bid to allow greater flexibility for travel and consequently increase the country’s appeal to foreign investors. Along with a strong focus on corporate liability and compliancy, the new act has paved the way for what has been and is expected to be a busy time for Nigerian practitioners. In this chapter we highlight six leading lawyers.
Two leading individuals at Templars receive listings this year, including Olumide Akpata who is recognised for “his astute legal mind”. His “prestigious immigration practice” encompasses employment contracts and immigration compliance. He is joined by the “terrific” Ijeoma Uju, who provides clients with “insightful counsel” on Nigerian immigration law and policy that affect the establishment of foreign businesses in the country.
Adekunle Obebe at Bloomfield Advocates & Solicitors wins praise for “his keen attention to detail” and is regarded among peers as “a true specialist”, especially when it comes to expatriate employee work authorisations.
At his own firm, Chris Omoruyi is “a leading light” in the field with over 20 years of experience advising nationals, multinationals and private clients on immigration into and migration out of Africa.
Fassy Adetokunboh Yusuf at Chief FAO Yusuf & Co is “a hugely gifted lawyer” whose knowledge of Nigerian immigration law “is second to none”.
At Advocaat Law Practice, the “sensational” Adekemi Sijuwade heads the firm’s immigration and labour practice. Her “vast experience” dealing with both Nigerian and UK immigration law has led many to consider her “one of Nigeria’s most prominent lawyers in the field”.