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AÉLEX is a firm that excels in all the main areas of Nigerian business law, which is conveyed by the fact that its strong bench of senior lawyers are listed across 13 distinct practices in our research, including corporate, banking, labour, IP and tax law, as well as in dispute resolution. It is one of the largest law firms in West Africa, with three offices in Nigeria and a further office in Accra, Ghana. The firm emphasises both local expertise and an international outlook, counting itself a member of Meritas – a global alliance of leading independent law firms. Clients of the firm are typically multinationals and government agencies, including financial institutions, airline carriers, oil and gas companies, insurance companies, shipping lines, pharmaceuticals, global brands and telecoms operators.

Arbitration 1 Labour & Employment 1
Aviation 2 M&A and Governance 1
Banking 1 Project Finance 2
Commercial Litigation 2 Restructuring & Insolvency 2
Corporate Tax 1 Shipping & Maritime 1
Energy & Natural Resources 1 TMT 2
Intellectual Property 1

In dispute resolution the firm is led by the “outstanding” arbitration and litigation practices of Funke Adekoya SAN. Adedapo Tunde-Olowu is also considered “a leading name” in a wide range of commercial litigation, with 20 years of experience before all the superior courts of record in Nigeria.

Theophilus Emuwa leads the firm’s tax and IP practices, with market commentators noting that he is “a thought leader” in relation to Nigeria corporate tax law. He is also highly regarded for his expertise in M&A transactions and due diligence.

The firm features prominently in relation to banking and project finance transactions. Lawrence Fubara Anga leads the finance team in many high-profile mandates, and both international and domestic peers see him “an intelligent and creative lawyer”. He also heads the aviation and maritime practice, most notably advising domestic and international airlines on aircraft financings. Soji Awogbade is recommended for his standout energy practice, with a focus on oil and gas regulatory compliance and project finance, including the financing of the ENRON Emergency Power Plant Project and the West African Gas Pipeline.

For restructuring and insolvency matters many international law firms and corporate clients turn to Olanipekun Orewale, who is considered to be “extremely well versed in insolvency law”.  

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