Nigeria: Intellectual Property 2018

In this chapter we feature 23 leading lights in the Nigerian market who stand out as country’s foremost experts in intellectual property law.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Lara Kayode O Kayode & Company, Lagos
2. Uche Nwokocha Aluko & Oyebode, Lagos
3. Mena Ajakpovi Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Lagos


Full-service law firm Jackson Etti & Edu is internationally renowned for its top-tier intellectual property practice. This year, five leading practitioners from the firm are highlighted for their expertise.
The “outstanding” Chinyere Okorocha is a top name, and garners praise for her deep knowledge of intellectual property law. Her practice covers a wide range of matters involving patents, trademarks and design rights.
Obafemi Agaba leads the firm’s brand protection practice and is internationally renowned as a top litigator. He counsels clients on the full range of intellectual property issues and particularly stands out for his work in the TMT space.
Uwa Ohiku frequently advices blue-chip companies across the globe on all aspects of intellectual property law, and is highly sought-after by clients for her commercial outlook.

The “excellent” Lara Kayode at O Kayode & Company draws effusive praise from commentators who rate her highly for her deep expertise handling trademarks matters across their life cycle.

Sources describe Uche Nwokocha of Aluko & Oyebode as a “very strong” intellectual property lawyer, praising her comprehensive experience handling anti-counterfeiting issues across the country.

Mena Ajakpovi at Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie is a key name in the market thanks to more than 20 years’ experience handling intellectual property matters. He is renowned for being “fantastic for copyright” and enjoys an excellent reputation within the media and broadcasting sectors.

Femi Olubanwo at Banwo & Ighodalo covers all aspects of intellectual property law in his top-notch practice, and is highly recommended by clients for his commercial and practical legal advice.

Afolabi Caxton-Martins at ACAS-Law wins praise for his strength handling complex transactions and is warmly endorsed by peers for his in-depth understanding of commercial IP matters.

Offering more than 27 years’ experience, Afam Nwokedi at Stillwaters Law Firm is a long-standing fixture in the market with an “excellent” track record litigating in complex IP disputes.

Obatosin Ogunkeye at Allan & Ogunkeye is “a really strong lawyer” according to sources, who commend his encyclopaedic knowledge of intellectual property law.

The “brilliant” Theophilus Emuwa at AÉLEX is described as “first tier” by one impressed interviewee thanks to his top-notch work handling high-profile commercial IP matters.

Ladi Taiwo of Abdulai Taiwo & Co is internationally recognised for his specialist knowledge of intellectual property matters and receives widespread praise for his expertise in technology transfer agreements.

The “excellent” Olugboyega Kayode of David Garrick Kayode & Co is a pioneer in the field of intellectual property law in Nigeria and boasts extensive experience handling complex disputes.

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