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Aluko & Oyebode

With 15 partners across Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt, Aluko & Oyebode is a full-service law firm that offers “some of the best legal minds” working in Nigeria today. This year the firm has expanded its presence in our guide, with 27 listings across 12 practice areas, and demonstrates strong expertise in finance, banking, and corporate law, and in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

TOTAL LISTINGS: 26
       
Arbitration 2 Intellectual Property 2
Banking 2 M&A and Governance 4
Energy & Natural Resources 4 Project Finance 4
Capital Markets 1 Restructuring & Insolvency 1
Construction & Real Estate 1 Shipping & Maritime 1
Commercial Litigation 1 TMT 3

Aluko & Oyebode is “at the forefront” of corporate and finance matters in Nigeria. Kofo Dosekun is widely acknowledged as a “leading figure” in the field; she has advised on state infrastructure deals in the oil and gas industry worth over $100 million, including acting as counsel to the lenders of Accugas Limited’s acquisition loan, which led to one of the largest gas to power transactions in Nigeria. She also achieves listings in our M&A, banking, and TMT chapters. Chairman Gbenga Oyebode is a lawyer of considerable repute in the country. He heads the firm’s corporate and energy practice with extensive experience negotiating corporate and commercial transactions in the telecoms and energy sectors. Olubunmi Fayokun has “great experience” of high-value M&A deals where she has led the team on mandates worth over €100 million; she also garners recommendations for her expertise in capital markets transactions and the energy sector. Oghogho Makinde is “cool under pressure” and “delivers results”. She advises high-end multinationals including IBM, McKinsey, Visa, Bloomberg and Qualcomm on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters in Nigeria. She also leads the team in many high-end mandates in the energy sector.

Babatunde Fagbohunlu SAN heads the litigation, arbitration and ADR practice, representing Nigerian as well as foreign and multinational clients in commercial disputes, particularly in the energy, shipping and telecoms sectors. He is considered by clients to be a “formidable counsel” who is “always wel prepared”.

In the field of TMT, Sumbo Akintola demonstrates “a commercially aware outlook” and is “always very thorough”. Her engagements have included acting as counsel to the African Export-Import Bank in connection with US$315 million of financing to Smile Telecoms, one of the largest telecommunications financing deals in Nigeria.

Uche Nwokocha heads the Intellectual Property practice, where she has advised domestic and international clients on brand registration and trademark matters in Nigeria. She is noted as being “extremely knowledgeable about the whole gamut of issues” in the field. Mark Mordi is “a key player” in IP enforcement, where he has prosecuted on class actions and trademark infringement matters.

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