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Nigeria: Technology Media & Telecommunications 2016

Over the last decade, Nigeria has experienced a technological boom, in which mobile technology went from being almost non-existent , to commonplace. According to the World Bank, the figure for mobile cellular subscriptions in the country in 2014 was 78 per cent; although the figure for internet users was just over half of that, this too seems set to change. Earlier this year, telecommunications provider Bharti Airtel Africa announced it had partnered with Facebook to launch Free Basics in Nigeria, a service that allows customers to access digital content at no extra cost. As connectivity and internet access develops, it is predicted that so will the country’s media market which in 2014 grew by 19.3 per cent. The Nigerian TMT space has had an extremely active year, a trend that looks set to continue and keep lawyers increasingly busy. Fifteen lawyers are recognised in this chapter for their impressive work. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Obafemi Agaba Jackson Etti & Edu
Paul Usoro SAN, FCIArb Paul Usoro & Co
Kofo Dosekun Aluko & Oyebode

Aluko & Oyebode leads the research in this chapter with three listings, including chairman of the firm, Gbenga Oyebode. He is considered “a stand-out individual” who is commended for his “extensive experience in the sector”. The “accomplished” Kofo Dosekun wins praise for her “expert knowledge of Nigerian telecommunications policy”. She is joined by Sumbo Akintola, who “never fails to deliver astute counsel to clients”, particularly regarding the regulatory framework affecting the telecommunications sector.

Managing partner Dan Agbor is one of two leading individuals at Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie who garner inclusion. He runs “a prestigious practice”, renowned for “his tremendous knowledge of the Nigerian market”. As co-head of the firm’s telecommunications team, Jumoke Lambo provides “insightful and intuitive counsel” to operators looking to establish and conduct business in Nigeria.

AÉLEX achieves two nominations, including Theophilus Emuwa, whose “commercially minded approach” and “forensic attention to detail” makes him an asset to clients. The “intelligent” Funke Adekoya SAN is “a prominent figure in the Nigerian legal market” and is recognised for her extensive experience before all levels of the Nigerian courts in relation to disputes in the telecommunications sector.

At Jackson Etti & Edu, Obafemi Agaba heads the media and entertainment practice. He is “an extremely talented litigator”, admired for his “strong commercial understanding”.

At his own firm, Paul Usoro SAN boasts “a fantastic reputation in the communications market”. He is known for his “impressive roster of clients”, including Airtel Networks Limited and DAAR Communications PLC.

Managing partner of Punuka Attorneys & Solicitors, Anthony Idigbe SAN is recognised for his “expert handling” of contentious, regulatory and transactional matters. His notable clients include Airtel Nigeria, Etisalat, Huawei and Tecno Telecom.  

Kunle Ajagbe at Aidan Partners is “a top talent in the sector” and delivers “pragmatic and innovative counsel” to both domestic and international entities on both contentious and non-contentious matters in the telecommunications industry.

The “fantastic” Olufemi Tesilim Sunmonu at Femi Sunmonu & Associates is recommended for his “responsive advice” and, according to sources, boasts “a wealth of experience in the telecommunications sector”.

Rockville & Co’s Jide Adesanya advises on regulatory and compliance issues in the telecommunications industry, as well as high value acquisitions, including acting for IHS on its acquisition of Sky Telecoms Limited. According to peers, “He really knows his stuff.”

At AOC Solicitors, Akin Onigbinde is “a consummate expert in telecoms law”. Clients praise him for his “sharp intellect” and “professionalism”.

Prime Solicitors is represented by Oluseun Abimbola. Described as a “bright individual”, he is “sought after” for his expertise in telecommunications law and intellectual property rights enforcement in relation to computer and internet law. 

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