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Nigeria: Shipping & Maritime 2016

It’s been a year of bleak news regarding the shipping and maritime sector in Nigeria. From corruption, sea piracy and midstream discharge to pollution and dismissals, the sector has seen little by way of positive achievements. Furthermore, the National Assembly failed to deliver on the passage of key maritime bills. During this difficult time, we recognise 11 lawyers who are equipped to advise stakeholders on the difficult legal environment.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Femi Atoyebi SAN Femi Atoyebi & Co
Funke Agbor Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun
L Chidi Ilogu SAN Foundation Chambers

At Femi Atoyebi & Co two names are highly recommended. Femi Atoyebi SAN is a “distinguished player” in the sector who advises on shipping and maritime legal issues impressing with his “forensic approach” and “bespoke solutions”. Ayo Olorunfemi specialises in admiralty matters and is a “talented litigator”.

Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun is represented by Funke Agbor, a “first-rate lawyer” specialising in shipping matters from registration to ship finance transactions. Furthermore, Agbor is a “renowned” maritime arbitrator.

At Foundation Chambers Chidi Ilogu SAN is a “seasoned expert” in shipping and maritime matters with experience in ship finance, sale and purchase and mortgages.

Babajide Koku SAN at Babajide Koku & Co concentrates on admiralty and shipping matters including charterparty disputes, cargo claims, ship sale and purchase contracts and marine insurance. Clients “wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him” and praise his “sharp mind and sensible advice”.

F O Akinrele & Co is represented by Adedolapo Akinrele SAN who leads the maritime, aviation and transport law group. He is cited for his “excellent understanding of the country’s industry and his unique insights”.

At Paul Usoro & Co, Mfon Ekong Usoro has a “quick grasp of issues” and is a “thoughtful adviser”, according to respondents. She leads the firm’s maritime team and is “very active” in the sector.

Lola Ikwuagwu at George Ikoli & Okagbue concentrates on admiralty and maritime matters including international arbitration. She is “highly sought after” and a “font of knowledge”.

Emmanuel Achukwu at The Campbell Law Firm offers a broad service to those in the maritime industry and is considered a “great problem-solver” with an “enviable client list”. 

Head of the litigation, arbitration and ADR practice at Aluko & Oyebode, Babatunde Fagbohunlu SAN handles disputes relating to maritime issues and is “thorough and responsive” in his approach to matters.

Lawrence Fubara Anga at AÉLEX concentrates on maritime issues advising on finance matters and serving as counsel and arbitrator in arbitral hearings. He has a “strategic approach” and is “quick and decisive”. 

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