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2017: Leading Firms

We list over 70 law firms in this year’s edition of Who’s Who Legal: Nigeria; however, over 40 per cent of the listings in the guide are earned by lawyers from just six standout national firms. Below we profile the individual outfits dominating the Nigerian legal market.

AÉLEX

Listings in WWL: Nigeria 2017
Arbitration 1
Aviation 2
Banking 1
Commercial Litigation 2
Corporate Tax 1
Energy & Natural Resources 1
IP 1
M&A and Governance 1
Project Finance 2
Restructuring & Insolvency 2
Shipping & Maritime 1
TMT 2

Resulting from the merger of four commercial law firms in 2004, AÉLEX enjoys a position as one of Nigeria’s leading full-service law firms. The firm achieves 17 listings this year across 12 chapters, illustrating the depth and breadth of its expertise. It stands out in our research this year for its strength in the project finance space, as well as its reputation as a specialist firm in dispute resolution.

Funke Adekoya SAN is one of the country’s leading litigation and arbitration specialists and is featured in three of our practice area chapters. Theophilus Emuwa is recognised for his M&A, tax, IP and TMT expertise, while finance specialist Lawrence Fubara Anga stands out for his exceptional work across the transport sector.

AÉLEX’s strong corporate team, twinned with an expertise across key domestic sectors including oil and gas, TMT and transport is reflected in our research this year, as it remains one of the top three firms in the country.


Aluko & Oyebode 

Listings in WWL: Nigeria 2017
Arbitration 1
Banking 1
Capital Markets 1
Commercial Litigation 1
Construction & Real Estate 1
Corporate Tax 1
Energy & Natural Resources 4
IP 1
M&A and Governance 3
Project Finance 3
Restructuring & Insolvency 1
TMT 3

ALUKO & OYEBODE is one of the most prominent commercial law firms in Nigeria, boasting a strong position in the domestic market. The firm achieves an impressive 21 listings across 12 practice areas, illustrating its great range of expertise. It stands out particularly for its extensive corporate finance offering, achieving three listings in both our M&A and governance and project finance chapters. The firm’s top-tier industry groups are also reflected in our research, particularly in relation to TMT and energy and natural resources work, the latter of which the firm boasts one of the leading teams in the country.

Impressive names at the firm include managing partner Kofo Dosekun who is recognised for her exceptional work across four practice areas: banking, M&A and governance, project finance and TMT. Chairman Gbenga Oyebode also receives four nominations this year, while Sumbo Akintola is recognised as the foremost TMT practitioner in the country.


Banwo & Ighodalo 

Listings in WWL: Nigeria 2017
Banking 2
Capital Markets 2
Construction & Real Estate 1
Energy & Natural Resources 2
IP 1
M&A and Governance 2
Project Finance 2

Established in 1991, BANWO & IGHODALO is a well-established name in the Nigerian market, renowned for its longstanding experience representing clients including governments, financial institutions and public and private companies. The firm achieves 12 listings across seven practice areas this year, illustrating the depth and breadth of its business law offering. Our research showcases its strong financial expertise, particularly in relation to capital markets and banking work, as well as its top-tier corporate team. Members are well versed in handling M&A, restructuring, securities and regulatory compliance matters. The firm is also recognised for its excellent projects work, most notably in the energy and natural resources space.

Prominent names at the firm include Ayotunde Owoigbe, who is highlighted for his outstanding work across four practice areas: banking, capital markets, M&A and governance and project finance. Ken Etim also stands out as one of the foremost energy and natural resources practitioners in the country.


Jackson Etti & Edu 

Listings in WWL: Nigeria 2017
Banking 1
Capital Markets 1
Corporate Immigration 2
IP 5
M&A and Governance 1
TMT 2

Domestic full-service commercial firm JACKSON ETTI & EDU demonstrates its prominent position in the Nigerian market, achieving 11 listings this year across six practice areas. The firm particularly stands out for its exceptional IP offering, an area in which it boasts one of the foremost teams in the country. Members are well versed in both patents and trademarks law, handling the whole gamut of related matters from franchising and licensing through to dispute resolution. The firm also excels in corporate finance, with listings across our banking, capital markets and M&A and governance chapters.  

Standout names at the firm include managing partner Koye Edu, who shows the strength and breadth of his corporate expertise with nominations across three chapters. 


Olaniwun Ajayi

Listings in WWL: Nigeria 2017
Banking 3
Capital Markets 2
Commercial Litigation 1
Energy & Natural Resources 3
M&A and Governance 3
Project Finance 3

Commercial law firm OLANIWUN AJAYI enjoys a strong reputation in the Nigerian market and is known for its top-quality services to corporate clients from a broad range of industry sectors.

The firm particularly stands out for its great corporate finance expertise. It boasts a strong banking practice, with its three listed lawyers making up a quarter of the total number of individuals included in this chapter. A further three listings are achieved by the firm’s prestigious project finance practice, alongside two in the capital markets arena.

The firm also demonstrates its industry expertise in this year’s research, and is among the strongest players in the energy and natural resources field where it achieves a total of three listings.

Standout names at the firm include Wolemi Esan, a pre-eminent practitioner in banking law. Managing partner Konyinsola Ajayi SAN is recognised for his work across an impressive five practice areas including energy and natural resources, M&A and governance and commercial litigation.


Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie 

Listings in WWL: Nigeria 2017
Banking 3
Capital Markets 3
Commercial Litigation 1
Energy & Natural Resources 5
Labour & Employment 2
M&A and Governance 6
Project Finance 4
Shipping & Maritime 1
TMT 1

UDO UDOMA & BELO-OSAGIE is a leading Nigerian full-service law firm with a fantastic reputation in the local market. Originally founded in 1983 by Udoma Udo Udoma as an oil and gas boutique, the firm has since moved from strength to strength and now represents major domestic and international clients doing business in Nigeria and across Africa. The development of the firm’s broad-ranging expertise is highlighted by the fact that it draws recommendations across nine chapters in this year’s guide, with its members performing particularly well in the areas of M&A and governance, energy and natural resources, and project finance.

Key practitioners at the firm include managing partner Dan Agbor, who is listed in five chapters in total and is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our capital markets, project finance and M&A and governance sections. Alongside him, Folake Elias-Adebowale also stands out as one of the country’s principal corporate lawyers.

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