Law Digest Africa Award 2016 (Finalists & Recipient)

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CONTENTS Introduction


From the sponsor


Award Categories, Shortlist and Recipient




Profiles of Finalist and Recipient


AB & David (Ghana) 28-29

Advocaat (Nigeria)


Ajumogobia & Okeke (Nigeria)


Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria)


Banwo & Ighodalo (Nigeria)


Bowmans (Africa)


Brooke Chambers (Nigeria)


CGA (Mozambique)


Eliane Bergenthuin of De Beer Attorneys (South Africa)


ENSafrica (South Africa)


Essex Court Chambers, (UK)

Eversheds LLP (UK)

Fred Onuobia of G. Elias & Co (Nigeria)


G. Elias & Co (Nigeria)


Jackson Etti & Edu (Nigeria)


Kimathi Kuenyehia of Kimathi & Partners (Ghana)


King & Wood Mallesons (UK)

Marian Awela Ijeh of Marreean & Ass (Nigeria)

Michael Orimobi ofTokunbo Orimobi LP (Nigeria)

Nigel Woodroffe of Shepstone & Wylie (South Africa)


Oghogho Akpata of Templars (Nigeria)


Priscilla Ogwemoh of Olisa Agbakoba Legal (Nigeria)


SPA Ajibade & Co (Nigeria)


Stephenson Harwood LLP (UK)

Templars (Nigeria)


The New Practice (TNP) (Nigeria)


Chief Wole Olanipekun, OFR, SAN, LL.D, FCIArb, FNIALS

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INTRODUCTION Law Digest Africa Awards is proud to continue to promote excellence in the practice of law in Africa. With over 175 entries from more than 15 countries across Africa and Europe, the award has proven itself once again as the most coveted award for lawyers in Africa. With firms from Mozambique, Rwanda, Egypt, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Angola submitting entries for the first time, we are pleased that the award has been well received across the continent. The quality of the submissions have been very impressive, which made judging very difficult. We would like to thank all participants, including the candidates, referees and most of all our judges who have given of their time to review the submissions. We would also like to thank our sponsors Stephenson Harwood for their continued support. We hope that you will all continue to support the award for years to come.

Seyi Clement Executive Editor – Law Digest



Friday 4th November 2016 Where:

Lagos Oriental Hotel 3 Lekki - Epe Express Way Lagos, Nigeria


Champagne Reception & Canapes 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Award Presentation, Dinner and Dance

Dress Code: Black Tie or Traditional To make a reservation, contact Seyi Clement at 6

FROM THE SPONSOR My firm is delighted to sponsor the Law Digest Conference

A number of our key Africa team have even lived, studied

and Awards Dinner for the second year running. It is well

and/or trained in Africa, including from key gateway

organised, has become an annual fixture for the legal

jurisdictions like Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius,

community and fills a gap in the market very well.

Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire. We are therefore deeply

Partnerships, sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas and learning from others is an integral part of how we operate

Kamal Shah

in Africa, whether through sponsoring and participating in conferences, sitting on Africa-specific business groups

Partner and head of Africa and India groups Arbitration, litigation, fraud and asset tracing London

and arbitral institutions, hosting secondees from law firms

T: +44 20 7809 2301 E:

the Law Digest Conference is a natural extension of our

and clients in Africa or indeed sending our own lawyers on secondment to Africa. Therefore, our sponsorship of activities in Africa. Stephenson Harwood has been involved in Africa for many years and has a dedicated and market leading practice.

passionate about Africa; it is much more than just a place on a map for our team. I was born and raised in Kenya, and can recall my first contact with Nigeria through reading Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” in school as young boy. Fast forward a few years, and I can say that Nigeria is in my top 3 favourite places to do business in Africa, because of the many friendships and excellent relationships I have formed all over Nigeria. I am proud to also announce that my firm has committed to fund a prize for the best law student in Nigeria, effective this year.

Lawyers from our nine international offices advise and

I look forward to catching up with many friends and

assist clients based in Africa on a variety of legal issues

colleagues at the Law Digest Conference and Awards

covering almost all the firm’s practice areas. The lawyers in

Dinner in November.

our Africa group have developed deep knowledge, strong personal relationships and unparalleled expertise across many sectors and countries on the Continent. ARBITRATION IN AFRICA A REVIEW OF KEY JURISDICTIONS John Miles, Tunde Fagbohunlu SAN and Kamal Shah

Offices Beijing | Dubai | Hong Kong | London | Paris | Piraeus | Seoul | Shanghai | Singapore

Associated offices Athens | Bucharest | Guangzhou | Jakarta 7

AWA R D S H O R T L I S T A N D L I F E T I M E AC H I E V E M E N T AWA R D R E C I P I E N T Managing Partner of the Year 2016

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year 2016

Property, infrastructure and Construction Team of the Year 2016

• Fred Onuobia of G. Elias & Co (Nigeria)

• Ajumogobia & Okeke (Nigeria)

• Jackson Etti & Edu (Nigeria)

• Nigel Woodroffe of Shepstone & Wylie (South Africa)

• Bowmans (South Africa)

• Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria)

• Priscilla Ogwemoh of Olisa Agbakoba Legal (Nigeria)

• Fidelis Oditah & Co (Nigeria)

• AB & David (Ghana)

• Oghogho Akpata of Templars (Nigeria)

• SPA Ajibade & Co (Nigeria)

• Templars (Nigeria)

Female Managing Partner of the Year 2016

M&A Team of the Year 2016

Power, Energy & Natural Resources Team of the Year 2016

• Eliane Bergenthuin of De Beer Attorneys (South Africa)

• The New Practice (TNP) (Nigeria)

• Bowmans (South Africa)

• Priscilla Ogwemoh of Olisa Agbakoba Legal (Nigeria)

• Bowmans (South Africa)

• CGA (Mozambique)

Young Managing Partner of the Year (under 40) 2016

• ENSafrica (South Africa)

• AB & David (Ghana)

• Templars (Nigeria)

• Templars (Nigeria)

• Michael Orimobi ofTokunbo Orimobi LP (Nigeria)

Banking & Finance Team of the Year 2016

IP and Technology Team of the Year 2016

• Marian Awela Ijeh of Marreean & Ass (Nigeria)

• G. Elias & Co (Nigeria),

• Jackson Etti & Edu (Nigeria)

Law Firm of the Year 2016

• Banwo & Ighodalo (Nigeria)

• Bowmans (Kenya)

• Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria)

• G. Elias & Co (Nigeria)

• Templars (Nigeria)

• Banwo & Ighodalo (Nigeria)

• Banwo & Ighodalo (Nigeria)

Capital Market Team of the Year 2016

Africa’s Strategic Partner of the Year 2016

• Templars (Nigeria)

• The New Practice (TNP) (Nigeria)

• Stephenson Harwood LLP (UK) & Essex Court Chambers, (UK)

Emerging Firm of the Year (1-3 partners) 2016

• Banwo & Ighodalo (Nigeria),

• Eversheds LLP (UK)

• Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria)

• King & Wood Mallesons (UK)

• Templars (Nigeria)

Lifetime Achievement for Contributions to Law 2016

• Kimathi Kuenyehia of Kimathi & Partners (Ghana)

• AB & David (Ghana) • Bowmans (South Africa)

• Advocaat (Nigeria) • Brooke Chambers (Nigeria)

• Chief Wole Olanipekun, OFR, SAN, LL.D, FCIArb, FNIALS








Head, Legal Services & Company Secretary - Standard Chartered Bank, Nigeria.

Partner and Head of Head of Africa and India Group - Stephenson Harwood LLP.

Partner and Head of Africa Group – Berwin Leighton Paisner





Partner and Head of Africa Group - Eversheds LLP

Managing Partner - Dentons South Africa

Director – Werksmans & Chairman - LEX AFRICA

President - Rwanda Bar Association





Consultant Oraro & Co. Advocates

Director Hook Tangaza international

Director of strategic relationships law society of England & Wales





Former President – Law Society of Kenya and Partner E K Mutua & Co

President – Bar Association of Seychelles and Partner – Antony Derjacques & Associates

Partner Landmark Legal

Partner Bayo Ojo & Co


PRISCILL A OGWEMOH (MRS) F I N A L I S T • M A N AG I N G PA R T N E R O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 • F E M A L E M A N AG I N G PA R T N E R O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 Priscilla Ogwemoh oversees the general administration and

Priscilla is an avid practitioner of Arbitration and Mediation.

of her activities in SBL, she was recently elected the Secretary of

day to day running of the multifaceted practice of the law

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of

the section which remains the most vibrant section of the Nigerian

firm. She assumed the position in 2000, having risen through

Nigeria and is accredited as a mediator by UK Centre for

Bar Association. She is also a member of the Maritime Law

the ranks since joining the firm in 1992.

Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR-UK). She is also a member

Society, Institute of Directors (IOD), Women in Shipping and Trade

of the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG),

Association (WISTA) and Nigerian Institute of Management etc.

and legal adviser to the Institute of Chartered Mediators and

Priscilla is a Judge of the International Law Students’ Association

Conciliators (ICMC). She is one of leading Women Mediators

Jessup Moot Court Competition and has assessed several

in the Country and currently serves as the Director of the OAL

Memorials in the competition since 2013.

Priscilla studied at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where she obtained her first degree in law in 1990 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1991. She subsequently obtained her Masters in Law (LL.M) from Lagos State University in 2002 with specialization in Maritime and Commercial Law. She has attended several trainings nationally and internationally. Mrs. Ogwemoh has over two (2) decades of experience in legal practice in both local and international arena. She is an expert in shipping and admiralty law; dispute resolution, International trade and finance law, and real estate. Priscilla has written several articles and delivered seminal papers on diverse legal issues at several fora. She was, for several years, the Editor of the Maritime Newsletter, a pioneer publication on various laws and developments in the Nigerian Maritime industry. Priscilla has wide experience in corporate and commercial law practice and serves as Company Secretary to notable organizations across key sectors of the economy.


Arbitration and Mediation Centre which is the first law firm annexed ADR center in Nigeria. She has wide experience in alternative dispute resolution, having been involved in national and international mediation and arbitration processes for more 15 years. These include the $8 million Walvis vs. Chevron dispute and the largest mediation settlement in Nigeria, between the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC) and its ex workers. She plays a key role in the ongoing dispute between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Maroko Evictees Committee. Priscilla participates actively in Bar related activities in service of the legal profession in Nigeria. She is an active member of the International Bar Association (IBA), and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL). On account

She was recently appointed a panel member of the NBA Disciplinary Committee. She serves as the Chairperson of the Maritime Law Committee of the Nigeria Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and is also a member of the LCIA London and a Neutral on LCA Nigeria. Olisa Agbakoba Legal Maritime Complex, 34 Creek Road P.O. Box 3169, Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria. Tel: 234-1-2790915-6, 7750985, 7756435 Fax: 234-1-2716938


NIGEL WOODROFFE F I N A L I S T • M A N A G I N G PA R T N E R S O F Y E A R 2 0 1 6 Nigel joined the partnership of Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys

Shepstone & Wylie

in South Africa in 1989. Nigel headed up the Employment

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Law department of the firm for a number of years, and acted

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as judge in the Labour Court in 2003; one of the only three

Umhlanga Rocks,

attorneys from KwaZulu-Natal province to be invited to act

4319, P O Box 305

at that time. Nigel was elected as Managing Partner of the

La Lucia, 4153

firm in 2005, after the partnership realized that, due to the

Tel: + 27 31 575 7000

tremendous growth in business, it had become increasingly

Fax: +27 31 575 7100

difficult to manage the firm on a part-time basis. Although

General email:

the firm’s full time Managing Partner, Nigel provides strategic

Maritime email:

business / legal insight and advice to all of the different legal departments across the firm. He is highly regarded in the business and legal sectors both across KwaZulu-Natal and nationally, with many business leaders having sought his wise counsel over the years. Nigel is also a talented outdoorsman and, when not carrying out his duties for the firm, can be found running the hills of Umhlanga or hitting a golf ball afterhours with clients.



FRED ONUOBIA F I N A L I S T • M A N A G I N G PA R T N E R S O F Y E A R 2 0 1 6 Fred Onuobia of G. Elias & Co – Finalist – Fred Onuobia is

the firm. Fred also ensured the firm attained the ISO 9001:2008

G. Elias & Co.

the managing partner of G. Elias & Co. (the “Firm”). He

certification, the only Nigerian law firm to do so.

(Solicitors and Advocates)

holds a master’s degree in corporate and commercial law from the University College London. Since becoming the managing partner of the Firm in 2002, he has steered the Firm from a medium-sized Nigerian law firm to one of Nigeria’s leading business law firms. His practice cuts across banking and finance, electricity, oil & gas, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property protection. He has over 20 years of experience in legal practice. An IFLR-ranked leading lawyer both in Financial and Corporate and Energy and Infrastructure, Fred, in 2015, led the firm on several novel and innovative transactions in diverse sectors in both local and international deals while providing commercially viable solutions far exceeding client’s expectations.

Fred is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the International Trademark Association (INTA), International Bar Association (IBA), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIA), Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration Nigeria (ACC) and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria (IPLAN). His dedication towards emerging tops in his field and his quest to keep the populace informed at every point drove him into writing a number of published articles in his practice areas, some of which include “The Draft Electricity Sector Reform Bill – Some Shortcomings (2004)”, “Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Market: Legal and Regulatory Challenges (2006)”, “the Acquisition of Copyright by an Alien in Nigeria (2002)”, “Copyright Registration Regime in Nigeria – Any Benefit?

Fred also led the Firm’s effort in joining the Africa Legal

(2003)”. Fred is indeed an intellectual force to be reckoned

Network (an alliance of independent top-tier African law firms)

with in the banking and finance, electricity, oil & gas, mergers

as the sole Nigerian member. This alliance has increased the

and acquisitions, and intellectual property protection spheres.

Firm’s visibility and prominence globally. As a stickler for detail with tenacity and clear direction, Fred has attracted, recruited and retained the best of brains in the industry who have quickly and effortlessly aligned themselves with the vision of


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O G H O G H O A K PATA F I N A L I S T • M A N A G I N G PA R T N E R S O F Y E A R 2 0 1 6 Oghogho Akpata is an accomplished lawyer with over 25 of

Oghogho pioneered the introduction of a dedicated team

A strong advocate of gender, cultural and religious diversity, he

years of experience in the Nigerian oil and gas sector, advising

of Professional Support Lawyers to provide non-fee-earning

has admitted three female partners into the firm’s partnership

a broad portfolio of clients including foremost Nigerian,

support to the fee-earners in areas like training, document

within the last 18months and also ensures a fair representation of

regional and multinational businesses. He is the Managing

standardisation and management, along with knowledge

employees from the country’s geo-political zones.

Partner and Head of Energy and Projects practice group at

management. Furthermore, he invested in financial, time,

Templars, a firm he founded in 1995.

and contact systems, that have helped management track

Oghogho envisioned a very modern law firm that would challenge and upset entrenched assumptions about how the business of law should be conducted in Nigeria. The result would be a firm that exudes uncharacteristic youthfulness, verve and enthusiasm. Under his leadership, Templars has established itself among Nigeria and Africa’s premium commercial law firms. He has grown the firm to one of the largest in Nigeria today by headcount - with over 70 lawyers, including 1o partners. The firm has continued to assert itself among the region’s most impressive performers in terms of revenue, complexity and variety of transactions it advises especially in a difficult period

performance and facilitate decision making that is supportive of the firm’s business model. These strategic decisions along with operational changes in staffing, pricing and application of technological innovations are clearly linked with the firm’s 15% increase in profitability in the last financial year. Oghogho’s vision and appreciation of brand differentiation has caused Templars to fully build and utilise its communications and business development unit as a key strategic tool that contributes to its financial success, positi0ns its brand, carves its niche and amplifies appropriate messages to its target audience. Templars is one of the first Nigerian Law firms to make such investments.

that saw significant cuts in legal services among corporates

Oghogho is passionate about the career growth and

globally, as well as a global oil price plummet with knock-on

development of his staff. He has successfully developed

effects on the Nigerian economy. In spite of this, he expanded

relationships and loose alliances with leading international Law

Templars’ Lagos offices by 50% to include an extra floor as

firms which provide numerous benefits including collaboration on

part of long-term improvements to enable efficiency while

mandates, pitches, and client seminars as well secondment and

serving its clients.

training opportunities for Templars associates and support staff.


A man with a large heart, Oghogho is deeply committed to social responsibility in the community. He has ensured that Templars’ commitment to pro bono legal service is deep and longstanding by encouraging his lawyers to participate in pro bono activities. He also initiated a partnership with the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria (SCFN) in its bid to tackle the sickle cell disorder (SCD). A smooth operator, Oghogho is reserved, dedicated, astute, restless and constantly chasing after improvement, and innovation. He is widely renowned for his superb rainmaking skills. An ardent golf enthusiast, he is married with three wonderful children. Templars 5th floor, The Octagon, 13A, AJ Marinho Drive, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Tel: +234 1 4611 294; +234 1 270 3982

ELAINE BERGENTHUIN FINALIST • FEMALE MANAGI N G PARTNER OF THE YEAR 2016 Elaine Bergenthuin is the managing partner at De Beer

Elaine also has a detailed commercial acumen having applied

Attorneys. Elaine has a wealth of experience in both

her skills in the commercial sphere as an in-house legal advisor

prosecution and litigation of all forms of intellectual property.

for a large multi-national company for a number of years.

She is a qualified electronic engineer, a registered South African Patent Attorney and an Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She has over 11 years of experience in the legal industry, both locally and abroad. Elaine spent a number of years working at a leading firm of Chartered and European patent attorneys in London, who specialize in obtaining patent protection for software, business methods and related technologies. Here she was instrumental in securing patent protection for the technology developments of large multi-national companies such as Samsung Technologies, Hewlett Packard and Good Technology (patent portfolio sold to Apple Inc.). During this time she also assisted in securing a US$68 million win for Good Technology in the European leg of its multinational patent litigation dispute with Research in Motion (makers of the Blackberry). During this time Elaine completed postgraduate studies in Intellectual Property Law at the Queen Mary, University of London. She has also acted on behalf of industry leaders in the ICT and telecommunication sectors in South Africa with regard to their intellectual property requirements including successfully representing clients in patent and trademark related matters before the High Court of South Africa.


Elaine therefore has the unique ability to combine her in-depth, international skills and experience in intellectual property law to the commercial considerations of local companies. 6th Floor, Vunani Chambers, 33 Church Street, Cape Town, 8001 Tel: +27 (0) 21 286 1490


K I M AT H I K U E N Y E H I A F I N A L I S T • YO U N G PA R T N E R O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 ( U N D E R 4 0 ) KIMATHI KUENYEHIA is an award-winning Harvard-educated

Kimathi is also a Young Global Leader; a prestigious honour

A thought leader “who thinks outside the box”, Kimathi is the

transactional lawyer ranked as one of the top 5 leading

bestowed by the Swiss-based World Economic Forum on

co-author of Electricity, Oil and Mining Regulation in Ghana. He is

lawyers in Ghana by Legal 500. He is the only under 40 lawyer

some of the most extraordinary leaders in various fields in the

currently writing a book on Corporate Law and Practice in Ghana.

ranked in the top 5 of the leading lawyers in Ghana.

world under the age of 40 in recognition of their “professional

Kimathi is a lay preacher and one of the few African speakers at

accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to

the annual conferences of the International Bar Association.

Kimathi’s practice is focused on providing high-end legal services exclusively to foreign governments, global

contribute to shaping the world through inspiring leadership”.

multinationals and Fortune 500 companies doing business

Described as a “lawyerpreneur”, Kimathi is the co-founder of

in Ghana. His clients include four of the most developed

African Entrepreneurs Hub (AEH), an entrepreneurial focused

countries in the world or their agencies and most of the major

charity established to create a platform where accomplished

global multinationals doing business in Ghana.

entrepreneurs share their knowledge and experiences

Kimathi is the first and the only African to win the prestigious International Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year award for his “professional excellence, innovative

with young entrepreneurs/ business owners. Thus far, over 100 speakers have reached or mentored over 2000 young entrepreneurs/ business owners.

approach to legal practice, community service and

Kimathi is involved in many of Ghana’s high profile deals

reputation for the advancement of legal ethics”.

including advising the United States Government and its

Kimathi is the Managing Partner at Kimathi & Partners, a leading and an exceptional law firm in Ghana which according to Chambers & Partners, is a law firm “which keeps its promise”. Kimathi & Partners is also ranked as a tier 1 law firm by Legal 500 in the following practice areas: Corporate, Banking, Commercial, Finance, Mergers and Acquisition, making the firm one of the top 3 law firms in Ghana. IFLR 1000 consistently recommends the firm as the ‘most responsive law firm in Ghana”.


agency, the Millennium Challenge Corporation on the implementation of the Compact II US$498.2 million grant to the Republic of Ghana to help transform Ghana’s energy sector; and advising Google to launch a large scale metrofiber telecom project in Ghana to help mobile network operators provide broadband service to their customers at an affordable cost.

Kimathi, who is a director of a Google subsidiary in Ghana, is admitted to practice law in Ghana and New York. No. 6 Airport Road Airport Residential Area P.O. Box CT 6217 Cantonments, Accra Office Tel: +233 (0)302 770 447 Direct Tel: +233 577 651 394 Direct Mob: +233 24 7960 465


MICHAEL ORIMOBI F I N A L I S T • YO U N G PA R T N E R O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 ( U N D E R 4 0 ) Marian Awele Ijeh, who became Managing Partner in 2014,

She attends meetings of Legal/Corporate bodies and also

initiated the idea of having an Outsourcing Department

actively participates at such meetings, including that of the

devoted to solely to business development. As a result, her Law

Lagos State Commercial Law and Taxation Committee, Nigeria.

Firm has increased its clientele from a standing start in 2014.

Marian instituted an effective training programme for every

Marian has advised on very many Corporate/Commercial

staff that works with the Firm. She also introduced annual

Law matters and has effectively managed Company

Staff Appraisals through which every staff is appraised and

Secretarial matters for Large Oil and Gas Companies and Real

encouraged based on input, output and performance at work.

Estate Companies. She is an expert in Corporate/Commercial Law practice as well as Intellectual Property Acquisition, Protection, Enforcement, Renewal, Transfer and Revalidation of Trademarks, Patents and Designs. This she has done for a number of local and foreign clients.

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She has also advised and assisted clients on matters involving

Lagos State

cross-border transactions and taxation issues. One of such


clients is ZITALO INVESTMENT LIMITED, which she assisted in

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conducting a Due Diligence with regard to Tax Registration for its subsidiary company in Ghana. Marian has also advised and assisted in negotiation and documentation of transactions. She has assisted clients with regulatory filings and compliance including all areas of Business Formation and Operation, Contract documentation, Securities and Capital Markets, Share Acquisitions, Debts and Equity Restructuring and general businesses relating to corporate and commercial law practice.


BROOKE CHAMBERS (NIGERIA) F I N A L I S T • E M E R G I N G F I R M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 ( 1 - 3 PA R T N E R S ) Brooke Chambers is a full service law firm based in Lagos

National Assembly, Nig Investment Promotion Commission,

and Abuja, Nigeria. The firm is established for the purpose of

Nig Communications Commission, Nat Pension Commission,

rendering quality legal services to local and foreign clients.

Nig. Electricity Reg. Commission, Nig Export Promotion

Our practice areas covers business and investment law,

Commission, Nig Nat Petroleum Corp, Securities & Exchange

maritime and admiralty law, financial services law, natural

Commission, Bureau for Public Enterprises, Nig Stock

resources law, infrastructure law, international development

Exchange, Infrastructure Concession Reg. Commission,

law, human resources law and general litigation practice.

Infrastructure Bank of Nig, NIMASA, Nig Shippers Council, Nig.

Details of our practice areas are contained in firm website.

Ports Authority, NDIC, FHA, Nig Civil Aviation Authority, Nig

Mission Statement. Our primary jurisdiction of practice is Nigeria. However, we also handle cross border matters involving Nigerian law in foreign jurisdictions or foreign clients under Nigerian law.

Airspace Man. Agency, NEXIM, First Bank, Union Bank, UBA, GTB, UAC, Mobil Oil Plc, Shell Petroleum, MTN etc. Professional Publications. 1.

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Scope of Practice. We render legal services to over 60 Government



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Brooke Chambers: Onjefu Adoga Lagos No. 299 Ikorodu Road Olatunji House Anthony, Lagos, Nigeria T: +234-1-7671183 / 234-08053013030 Abuja Suite 205 1st Floor, Bolingo Hotels CBD Abuja FCT Nigeria T: +234-09053013030

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M A R I A N AW E L A I J E H F I N A L I S T • YO U N G PA R T N E R O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 ( U N D E R 4 0 ) Marian Awele Ijeh, who became Managing Partner in 2014,

She attends meetings of Legal/Corporate bodies and also

initiated the idea of having an Outsourcing Department

actively participates at such meetings, including that of the

devoted to solely to business development. As a result, her Law

Lagos State Commercial Law and Taxation Committee, Nigeria.

Firm has increased its clientele from a standing start in 2014.

Marian instituted an effective training programme for every

Marian has advised on very many Corporate/Commercial

staff that works with the Firm. She also introduced annual

Law matters and has effectively managed Company

Staff Appraisals through which every staff is appraised and

Secretarial matters for Large Oil and Gas Companies and Real

encouraged based on input, output and performance at work.

Estate Companies. She is an expert in Corporate/Commercial Law practice as well as Intellectual Property Acquisition, Protection, Enforcement, Renewal, Transfer and Revalidation of Trademarks, Patents and Designs. This she has done for a number of local and foreign clients.

MARREEAN & ASSOCIATES Legal Practitioners, Real Property Consultants, Trademark & Patent Agents 9B, Ilorin Street Adelabu, Surulere

She has also advised and assisted clients on matters involving

Lagos State

cross-border transactions and taxation issues. One of such


clients is ZITALO INVESTMENT LIMITED, which she assisted in

+ 234 1 4539473 / 234 803 539 4257 / 234 817 064 2848

conducting a Due Diligence with regard to Tax Registration for its subsidiary company in Ghana. Marian has also advised and assisted in negotiation and documentation of transactions. She has assisted clients with regulatory filings and compliance including all areas of Business Formation and Operation, Contract documentation, Securities and Capital Markets, Share Acquisitions, Debts and Equity Restructuring and general businesses relating to corporate and commercial law practice.



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are therefore able to assist you in 23 African countries.

We have worked with several businesses, governments and

Our offices and affiliate firms: Botswana, Burundi,

multinational lenders. Our experience is excellent resource that

Ghana, Liberia, Mauritius, Rwanda and Zambia and one

adds value to business in the complex Africa environment.

representative office in London.

What Clients Say

Location of best friend firms: Benin, Cameroon, Congo DR,

Clients commend AB & David for its “Excellent” “Spectacular” and “Impressive” work (Chambers Global 2016)

Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo and Uganda.

Our Practice Areas •

Natural Resources and Extrative Industries

Dispute Resolution and Employment

Interllectual Property, Telecoms and Technology

Corporate and Finance

Energy, Infrastructure and PPP

Government Business and Regulation



David Ofosu-Dorte - Senior Partner Tel: +233 (0)30 2253073 Mobile: +233 (0)20 2110075 Email: Isabel Boaten - Managing Partner Tel: +233 (0)30 2253073 Mobile: +233 (0)20 2110073 Email: Ferdinand Adadzi - Partner Tel: +233 (0)30 2253073 Mobile: +233 (0)20 2110065 Email:



Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi) in four countries

Head office: Johannesburg

changed its name and is now operating across Africa under

(Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa and Uganda) and provides

165 West Street

the brand name: Bowmans.

coverage of francophone OHADA jurisdictions across the


continent from its office in Madagascar.


Bowmans reflects the ‘one firm’ ethos which is demonstrated in

T: +27 11 669 9000

the firms historical ability to provide seamless advice to clients

Bowmans works closely with leading Nigerian firm, Udo Udoma

across Africa, through a single point of contact. While the

& Belo-Osagie, which has offices in Abuja, Lagos and Port

offices are extensively integrated, the brand has not reflected

Harcourt, and has strong relationships with other leading law

this until now.

firms across the rest of Africa. It is a representative of Lex


Mundi, a global association with more than 160 independent

T: +261 20 224 3247

law firms in all the major centres across the globe.


fields of corporate law, banking and finance law and dispute

Clients include corporates, multinationals and state-owned

Cape Town

resolution, spans over a century.

enterprises across a range of industry sectors as well as

T: +27 21 480 7800

financial institutions and governments.


five years but the firms approach remains the same. Bowmans

Bowmans expertise is frequently recognised by independent


sets out to fully understand the clients business, beyond

research organisations. The firm has been named Africa Legal

T: +27 31 265 0651

simply the legal requirements, and to provide truly focused

Adviser by DealMakers for the last two consecutive years


commercial advice.

(2014 and 2015) and South African Law Firm of the Year for

Bowmans is a leading pan-African law firm. Its track record of providing domestic and cross-border legal services in the

The legal landscape has changed significantly over the past

With 400 specialised lawyers, Bowmans is differentiated by its geographical reach, independence and the quality of legal services it provides. The firm delivers integrated legal services to clients throughout Africa from six offices (Antananarivo, Cape Town, Durban,


2016 by the Who’s Who Legal. Most recently Bowmans won the Banking, Finance and Restructuring Team of the Year, the Employment Team of the Year, and the Property Team of the Year Awards at the prestigious African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Lawyers Association in 2016.

F: +27 11 669 9001 E:

Kampala T: +256 41 425 4540 E: Nairobi T: +254 20 289 9000 E:


B A N W O & I G H O DA LO ( N I G E R I A ) F I N A L I S T • L A W F I R M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 • B A N K I N G & F I N A N C E T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 • C A P I TA L M A R K E T T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 • I P & T E C H N O LO GY T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 Established 1st February, 1991 and renowned for mastery of

Shipping & Transport Group also recommended as a leading

ESQ Nigeria Legal Awards 2015

legal issues, delivery of creative solutions and excellent servic-

practice; whilst 3 lawyers are listed as elite “Leading lawyers”

Energy Team of the Year

M&A Team of the Year

es, Banwo & Ighodalo is a highly driven and motivated team of young, innovative, knowledgeable and dynamic lawyers

Chambers Global 2016 Guide

and very efficient support staff. Banwo & Ighodalo has been

Ranked as a Tier 1 firm in:

A Partner in the Firm is listed as an expert in the 2015 edition of

involved in novel and precedent defining transactions in all

Banking & Finance

the “Expert Guides’ World’s Leading Women in Business Law”

spheres of Nigerian Corporate/Commercial law

Commercial, Corporate

Energy & Natural Resources

Practice Areas

Capital Markets Team of the Year

Energy Team of the Year

Project Finance Deal of the Year

Corporate, Securities & Finance

Energy & Natural Resources

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

IFLR1000 2016

Shipping, Aviation & International Trade

Ranked as a Tier 1 firm in:

The Lawyer 2014

Intellectual Property & Information Technology

Energy & Infrastructure

Firm was included in the Top 20 Project Finance Global Ranking


Project Finance



Firm was awarded the “LAWIGS Law Firm of the Year Award 2014

The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016

Capital Markets

Ranked as a Tier 1 firm in:


Awards and accolades (2014 – 2016)

Intellectual Property Practice also ranked in Tier 2

ESQ Legal Awards 2014

Banking, Finance and Capital Markets

Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Law Digest Africa Awards 2015

Energy & Natural Resources

Capital Market Law Firm of the Year

Mergers and Acquisition Team of the Year


Ken Etim (Managing Partner) +234 (0) 803 400 3003


TEMPLARS (NIGERIA) F I N A L I S T • L AW F I R M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 • M & A T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 • C A P I TA L M A R K E T S T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 • P R O P E R T Y, I N F R A S T R U C T U R E & C O N S T R U C T I O N T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 • P O W E R , E N E R GY & N AT U R A L R E S O U R C E S T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 • I P & T E C H N O LO GY T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 TEMPLARS is consistently rated as one of the foremost,

• the ground-breaking , first-of-its-kind 459MW Azura

Global, Legal 500. The Firm recently won the Power and Natural

integrated full-service commercial law firms in Nigeria.

Power Project, being the first of a new wave of Nigerian

Resources Team of the Year 2015 Law Digest Africa Award.

Established in 1995, Templars has evolved into a prominent

Independent Power Plants to be developed on a purely

The firm also won Law firm of the year, Corporate Restructuring

commercial law firm - one of the largest in terms of head-count

project finance basis;

Team of the Year, Capital Markets Team of the Year and

- with over 70 Lawyers including 10 partners and offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. The firm prides itself on the breadth of experience that is assembled within the members of the firm and the outstanding legal knowledge its lawyers bring to the fore - in both domestic and international business transactions. With strengths in

• the multiple award-winning Eroton Exploration & Production Company Ltd’s US$1.2 billion acquisition of 45 per cent interest in oil mining lease 18 from Shell, Total and Agip; • the development and financing of the first ever PPP water desalination plant in Nigeria; • the development and financing of the first of its kind, US$1

diverse legal fields and in major sectors of the Nigerian

billion toll road and bridge project in Nigeria, the second

economy, the firm’s clients include some of Nigeria’s largest

Niger Bridge;

banks, conglomerates, infrastructure developers, Power Generation Companies, Power Distribution Companies, Telecommunications companies as well as leading international funds and financial institutions, energy firms, hotel chains, shipping companies and investors. Templars is also highly rated for its role as counsel in some of the largest E&P deals, international commercial arbitrations, power projects and securities offerings in Nigeria. In terms of the volume of the complexity and novelty of the matters in respect of which the firm advises, Templars recently worked on some of the most ground-breaking and note-worthy transactions in the market. Some of them include:

• the Helios Towers Bond, which was the first of its kind in the Nigerian telecommunications industry and also the first such issue on the Eurobonds market by a Nigerian issuer outside the financial services or natural resource sector; • the acquisition of Helios Towers Nigeria by IHS Holding Limited; • the Us$1.05 billion acquisition of up to 4,800 telecommunications towers from Airtel Networks Limited by American Tower Corporation (ATC)

Project Finance Team of the Year at the 2015 ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards. The advice to Eroton Exploration & Production was awarded the Trade and Forfaiting Review ‘’Deal of the Year 2014’’ and the Trade and Export Finance journal’s “Most Innovative Commodities Finance Deal of the Year 2014”. Areas of practice Energy & Natural Resources; Banking & Finance; Project / Infrastructure Finance; Capital Markets; Private Equity; Mergers & Acquisitions; Taxation; Internal Investigations, Risk Management & Anti-Corruption Compliance; Litigation & ADR; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Transportation; Intellectual Property; Labour; General Corporate Advisory; Immigration; Hospitality; Real Estate. Address: 5th Floor, The Octagon, 13A AJ Marinho Drive, Victoria Island, Lagos. Nigeria Tel: +234 1 46 11 292-94

Templars has consistently maintained rankings in the top-tier

Fax: +234 1 271 2810

among the leading legal service providers by international


reputable legal directories including IFLR 1000, Chambers




CGA – Couto, Graça e Associados, Lda., is a leading Mozambican Law Firm, with specialized areas of practice and departments offering clients tailor-made advise to meet both specific needs and those of their business.

innovation and quality for the benefit of its clients; a firm that values and rewards good performance of its professionals; a firm that is responsive and acts in accordance with public policy, relevant social values and the law.

CGA has legal expertise in the various fields of public and private law, and renders services to companies and institutions, both profit and non-profit oriented, that are operating in the country’s multiple sectors of activity. The Firm is renowned

CGA relies on a recognized experienced and qualified team of legal professionals.

for its experience liaising between private investment and Governmental, within the Mozambican business environment.

in the provision of legal services to Clients. As such, we exercise an open- collaboration and promote an active interaction policy with its Clients. The Firm renders legal assistance based on lawyer’s specialization by core services, enabling it to respond to the legal market needs.

With 43 lawyers CGA has a strong reputation in corporate, concessions, PPPs, dispute resolution, labour and investment, as well as leading practices in banking, real estate and tax. The firm is also acknowledge as a prominent advisor in a number of industry sectors, including the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. CGA is keen to pursue its vision, mission and values: a longstanding, leading and highly recommended legal service provider in the Mozambique market, rendering state-of-the art legal assistance with conduct inspired on professional ethics,


CGA is geared to apply a modern and professional approach

CGA favours an active and criterial networking and association policy to foster adequate ways of rendering legal services to the benefit of Clients. This is to assure Clients in general and investors in particular a cross borders legal assistance as well as comprehensive and up to date information and advice. The Firm has an association with Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, RL and is part of its international network of associate

of law firms. CGA is a member of the “Lex Africa”, a unique legal service group with the longer lasting wider network of relationships of the African Continent’s leading law firms. CGA is a member of IsFin, the world’s leading Islamic Finance lawyers. CGA works in association with several South African international Law Firms responding to local legal needs of some of the most significant international projects being implemented in Mozambique. Couto, Graça e Associados Address: Av. 24 de Julho, nr 7, 7th Floor, Maputo – Mozambique Telephones: (+258) 21 486 438/40 (+258) 21 496 900 Email: Website: Linkedin:

EVERSHEDS AFRICA GROUP F I N A L I S T • A F R I C A’ S S T R A T E G I C P A R T N E R O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 Over the last 20 years, Eversheds have advised clients in every

In addition to our growing offices in these key African hubs,

African jurisdiction through a combination of expertise, sector

we are linked to the best law firms across the continent via

understanding and local awareness is matched by a powerful

the Eversheds Africa Law Institute (EALI), covering over 35

network that covers the continent.

countries. So, on any given day we are acting in Francophone,

As many African countries and businesses continue to experience strong growth, there is a need for legal advice that will connect this ambition to the rest of the world. Those aiming to invest in Africa often face the unfamiliar and uncertainties

Anglophone, Portuguese or Spanish speaking jurisdictions. This gives us unrivalled coverage and key resources to enable us to continue to deliver world class international legal services to our clients.

that arise in new markets and rapidly changing economies. Eversheds is the only global law firm that can represent clients across all African countries. Our award winning approach means clients will have one point of contact, crucial management information at their fingertips and the ability to

Chloé Schiltz | Marketing Executive | Global Operations T: +44 207 919 0590 M: +44 7468767938

adapt quickly to changing circumstances. Our continent-wide service is delivered through offices across Africa. In South Africa, Eversheds are now able to service our clients’ needs in Johannesburg, Durban and Port Louis in Mauritius. In Tunisia, legal firm El Heni operates as Eversheds El Heni.


A LU KO & OY E B O D E F I N A L I S T • P R O P E R T Y, I N F R A S T R U C T U R E & C O N S T R U C T I O N T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 • C A P I T A L MARKET TEAM OF THE YEAR 2016 • BANKING & FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR 2016 Aluko & Oyebode (the “Firm”) is one of the largest integrated

and Finance Team of the Year while the Intellectual Property

law firms in Nigeria providing a comprehensive range of

department was named the Intellectual Property Team of

corporate and commercial services to a highly diversified

the Year. The Firm was named the Law Firm of the Year and

clientele in all industry sectors, including top tier international

Litigation Team of the Year at the Law Digest Africa Awards

and multinational clients as well as governmental and


supranational clients.

Lagos 1 Murtala Muhammed Drive (Formerly Bank Road) Ikoyi, Lagos Tel.: +234 1 462 8360-7

Aluko & Oyebode’s areas of expertise include: Corporate and


Established in January 1993, the Firm has 16 Partners and 60

Commercial Practice; Aviation; Banking and Finance; Capital

Senior Associates/Associates, with varied areas of expertise and

Markets; Energy and Natural Resources; Intellectual Property;

Afri Investment house,

combined experience that spans several decades in all areas

Litigation and Arbitration; Mergers and Acquisitions; Power;

of Nigerian law. The Firm’s principal offices are located in Lagos,

Project/Infrastructure Finance; Public Private Partnerships/

with 2 other offices located in Abuja and Port Harcourt.

Privatisation; Real Estate; Shipping; Telecommunications and

The Firm has tremendous experience in providing legal advice


2nd floor, right wing Plot 2669, Aguiyi Ironsi Street Cadastral Zone A6 Maitama FCT, Abuja Tel.: +234 9 292 1083

in the financing and structuring of major projects and the

Aluko & Oyebode sponsors the Bankole Olumide Aluko Memorial

operations and activities of local and multi-national companies

Scholarship where scholarships and employment after the Youth

which span across project finance & commercial lending,

service corps program is conferred on the best graduating

206, Aba Road,

notes issuance facilities, amongst others. We have a firm

student from the Faculty of Law in 3 Nigeria Universities. We

First Floor, Right Wing

understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements and

continue to contribute to honorable drives amongst which are;


other practical issues likely to arise during complex and intricate

National Conservation Fund, Run for cure in support of breast

Port Harcourt

international transactions, which are critical to the success of

and child cancer, annual support of the Children Development

Tel.: +234 84 759595

any legal advisory service.

Centre (CDC), Sickle cell and other organizational campaigns in

The Firm was named the Nigerian Law Firm of the Year at the 2014 ESQ Legal Awards. At the 2015 edition of the awards, the Banking and Finance department was named the Banking


health development.

Port Harcourt

F: +44 207 681 3402 E: W:


JACKSON ETTI & EDU (NIGERIA) F I N A L I S T • P R O P E R T Y, I N F R A S T R U C T U R E A N D C O N S T R U C T I O N T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 • I P & T E C H N O LO GY T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 Jackson, Etti & Edu is a leading full-service law firm which

Intellectual Property Right Enforcement Litigation against

provides legal services to a wide range of premier clients,

offenders dealing in importation, marketing, sale and

respect to a US$2 million credit transaction between the

including local and multinational corporations. Our team

distribution of counterfeits of its mobile telephones and

bank and a third party.

members have been recognised locally and internationally for

accessories in Nigeria.

their contributions to Intellectual Property in Africa.

Advised a leading Nigerian bank on IP securitization with

Conducted IP Due Diligence on a chain of companies

Representing a US international banking group (an

in the Nigerian Media and Advertisement Sector at the

We are constantly listed in leading IP directories and

international commercial banking group) in protecting

instance of a global Media Company in respect of an

publications including:

its trademark against infringement by a group of

acquisition bid by the international media company.

Nigerian companies.

Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms

Euromoney’s Managing Intellectual Property Guide to

Who’s Who International Law Directory

World Trademark Review 1000



Advising and representing a third-party content provider

Acted on behalf of a US cosmetic manufacturer in successfully appealing the adverse ruling of the Registrar of Trademark in respect of offending trademarks.

landmark case on patentability of telecommunications


Uwa Ohiku (Partner)

Represented a leading US multinational conglomerate

+234 1 4626841/3

Representing Haier Group (a leading Chinese industrial

and its Nigerian Joint Venture company, in three (3)

conglomerate) in defending a claim of US$128 million

different civil suits involving the protection and defence

arising from an alleged infringement of Patent & Design

of its trademarks, trade name and brand name in

Representing Nokia Corporation in prosecuting an

for mobile telecommunication networks in Nigeria, in a

Some of the notable work the firm has been involved in includes:

associated company) in a US$25 million copyright and reputed X-FACTOR reality music show. •

Advised and represented a multinational airline carrier company on claims pertaining to copyright infringement

trademark infringement action involving the world

the World’s Leading IP Firms and Practitioners

Representing Fremantle Media (a Simon Cowell



A DVO CA AT ( N I G E R I A ) F I N A L I S T • E M E R G I N G F I R M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 ( 1 - 3 PA R T N E R S ) Advocaat Law Practice “ALP” is a niche commercial law firm founded in 2008 with a vision of being the Preferred 1st tier law firm in Nigeria. Comprised of 4 main practice groups namely: Energy & Infrastructure, Corporate & Commercial, Financing and Dispute Resolution, we provide tailored legal services to a diverse client base spanning various sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Contacts Advocaat Law Practice 3rd Floor, Law Union House 14 Hughes Avenue, Alagomeji, Yaba,

Our proven capability and in-depth knowledge of the laws and


policies affecting businesses in Nigeria has earned us recognition


both locally and internationally, with the firm being regularly

T: +234 1 4531004/4547932/2714042.

ranked as a leading law firm for Energy and Natural Resources,


Finance and Corporate/Commercial related mandates.



AJUMOGOBIA & OKEKE (NIGERIA) F I N A L I S T • L I T I G AT I O N A N D D I S P U T E R E S O L U T I O N T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 Ajumogobia & Okeke “A & O” is a leading commercial law firm,

knowledge base which led to members of the Firm playing a

ICC International Court of Arbitration and the Commission of

with offices in three (3) cities in Nigeria – Lagos, Port Harcourt and

significant role in both National Arbitration Law reform and the

Arbitration in Paris between 2000 – 2005. A&O is also a member

Abuja with a strong Africa network and international relationships.

evolution of the Arbitration Law 2009, for Nigeria’s commercial

of the Lagos Court of Arbitration where a partner in the firm, Mr

A&O combines local knowledge and international experience in

capital, Lagos.

Olasupo Shasore SAN, recently stepped down as President.

A&O has a modern and resourceful litigation and alternative

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dealing with client transactions to achieve the desired objectives in the most efficient manner.

dispute resolution support and paralegal team. We have also

A&O is one of Nigeria’s oldest continuing partnerships built on

developed many methods to keep costs in perspective. Our

relationship-focused service. With experience in the public sector,

litigation and ADR practice draws on its intimate knowledge of

the Firm’s personnel bring an added dimension to providing legal

our clients’ businesses and our ability to respond creatively to

services to international clients, private and public companies

their problems. This knowledge enables us to resolve their disputes

and multilaterals including non-government entities.

propitiously and efficiently.

Our litigation and dispute resolution team emphasises the Firm’s

Our litigation and ADR lawyers offer expertise in: Company &

commitment to its clients by responding with resourceful litigation

Corporate law transactions, Contract claims of varied complexity;

and dispute resolution capability, to resolve disputes that the

Admiralty and Shipping; Insolvency and Tax appeals; Intellectual

parties fail to settle. The Firm handles a range of corporate and

Property actions, Environmental and Product liability actions

commercial disputes before the Federal and State High Courts,

involving multi-suits and multi-party representative actions.

the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Nigeria. This group is led by two (2) Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), a distinguished rank similar to that of QC in England. This team has also recently been involved in high profile international arbitration proceedings. A&O is clearly a leader in ADR and we are often called upon to act as counsel in international and domestic arbitration. Our team members hold International Mediation accreditation and practice experience in highly technical adjudication. Our vast


A & O currently acts as leading defence to the largest tobacco multinational in the world involving multiple suits for reimbursements instituted by State Governments in Nigeria, to recoup medical expenses allegedly arising from the use of tobacco products. The Firm is a founding member of Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria. A & O is a member of Nigeria’s International Chamber of Commerce with one of its senior partners serving on the

Ovie E. Ukiri (Managing Partner)


S PA A J I B A D E & C O ( N I G E R I A ) F I N A L I S T • L I T I G AT I O N A N D D I S P U T E R E S O L U T I O N T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 S. P. A. Ajibade & Co (“the Firm”) is a leading Nigerian law firm with

Currently prosecuting multiple claims against the Republic

in multi-billion naira litigation and arbitral proceedings

expertise in Corporate, Commercial & Finance law matters. The

of Ghana on behalf of a client, arising from breaches of

brought against it by the Lagos State Government in

Firm provides high-level legal support to its Nigerian and international

the client’s fundamental human rights committed in an

respect of a dispute concerning the supply of electric

alleged attempt to expropriate the client’s investments in

power from off-shore barges.

clients in a professional manner proffering pragmatic and practical solutions to technical issues on commercially viable terms.


Successfully defended (up to the Supreme Court) the

Currently part of a consortium of law firms representing the

Executors of the Estate of a deceased business mogul in

families of aircraft disaster victims in the prosecution of a

Nigeria with an Estate conservatively valued in excess of

Who Legal and the Legal 500 amongst others as a leading law

multi-million-dollar claim filed against a domestic airline

N4Billion as at 1996.

firm in Nigeria.

operator whose McDonnel Douglas 83 aircraft suffered

The Firm has been consistently recognised by the International

Financial Law Review’s IFLR 1000, Chambers & Partners, Who’s

The Firm’s dispute resolution practice covers corporate & commercial disputes involving aviation claims, infrastructure disputes, international arbitration & mediation, international

investment disputes, international compliance and investigations, patent infringement actions, real estate disputes, restructuring and insolvency disputes, amongst others.


Prosecuted an appeal against a multimillion-dollar tax

Conducted the defence of a multi-million dollar hospitality industry dispute in an ad-hoc arbitration held at the LCIA and engaged in proceedings before the commercial

commercial disputes. The Firm’s approach focuses on managing

courts in London seeking the removal of the Arbitrator and

disputes to achieve prompt and commercially viable results.


Nigeria, the United Kingdom and Switzerland involving a

assessment was set aside by the Tribunal. •

and work with clients to resolve often complex and sensitive

Some of the Firm’s significant assignments include:

successful final appeal decided by the Supreme Court of

Halliburton Energy Services Nigeria Limited. The disputed

in resolving disputes arising from commercial transactions in arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution

of England against a Nigerian client all through to a

Currently engaged in multi-jurisdictional litigation in

assessment before the Tax Appeal Tribunal on behalf of

The Firm’s dispute resolution practice has significant experience its various practice areas. Its lawyers specialise in litigation,

and some other ground victims.

partners. •

the setting aside of his Award. •

Successfully resisted the registration and enforcement of a judgment of the Kings Bench Division of the High Court

United States corporate entity and its Nigerian joint venture

oil & gas, power, product liability, copyright, trademarks and

a fatal crash in Lagos, Nigeria in 2012, killing all on board

Represented the Power Holding Company of Nigeria


THE NEW PRACTICE (TNP) (NIGERIA) F I N A L I S T • M & A T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 • C A P I TA L M A R K E T T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 TNP is a solution-oriented law firm with expertise revolving around commercial transactions. The services we offer cover the specialised areas of Project and Corporate Finance, Energy and Natural Resources, Business Advisory, Real Estate, Dispute Resolution, E-commerce, Information and Communication

Corporate and Commercial Baba Alokolaro, Managing Partner Tel: +234 (0) 8088670001 E-mail:

Technology, and Intellectual Property.

Energy and Natural Resources; Dispute Resolution

As strategic advisers, we continually strive to understand our

Babajimi Ayorinde, Partner

clients’ respective businesses and industries within which they operate. This is with a view to assist them in developing innovative, efficient solutions and alternatives towards achieving their financial and business goals. Our strength is founded upon our team of result-oriented professionals and our passion for excellent client service, which combination gives our clients irrespective of size, the confident assurance of our capacity to add value. Our primary focus is the provision of the most effective tailormade solutions towards meeting our individual client’s needs.


Tel: +234 (0) 8088670000 E-mail: Website


ENSAFRICA (SOUTH AFRICA) FINALIST • M&A TEAM OF THE YEAR 2016 ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners,

Further, ENSafrica’s practitioners understand and are familiar

and was established over 100 years ago. The firm’s award-

with the key political, economic, regulatory and legal issues

winning Corporate Commercial Department is the largest of its

associated with doing business in Africa, enabling them to

kind in Africa and services leading clients across the spectrum

guide clients through unfamiliar territory and unanticipated

of corporate commercial matters throughout the continent.

risks. In countries where the firm doesn’t have offices, it has

ENSafrica’s fully integrated offices in East, West and Southern Africa enable the firm to seamlessly take on the largest, most

long-standing relationships with professionals whom it trusts and on whom it can rely to meet client expectations.

complex, cross-border and high-profile corporate commercial

ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French

matters, regardless of the number of jurisdictions and parties

and OHADA law, as well as practitioners fluent in African and

involved. Due to the team’s size and the seniority of its

international languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese,

practitioners, ENSafrica is able to work on a number of large

French and Portuguese.

M&A deals simultaneously, in addition to medium and small transactions, across all sectors. The team’s areas of speciality include business mergers involving international and African partners. In addition, by combining financial, tax, competition, regulatory and employment law expertise, ENSafrica has become known for its value-generating role in corporate restructuring. The employee and labour law aspects of these restructurings are addressed at the outset, thereby minimising risk and ensuring proper management of these resources. Clients include many listed companies, multinationals, foreignlisted entities, private companies and state-owned enterprises.


The firm also has dedicated China and India practice groups, which focus on the African strategies of these countries. Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring our clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, fiduciary, forensics and IP. These factors enable ENSafrica to offer clients the most costeffective and appropriate solutions, no matter where they do business in Africa.

Shortlisted for: ENSafrica is representing Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (“AB InBev”) in relation to the corporate, competition law and other regulatory issues arising from its proposed acquisition of the entire issued, and to be issued, share capital of SABMiller Plc. This deal involves the highly publicised merger between AB InBev, the largest brewer in the world, and SABMiller, the second largest brewer in the world. This will lead to the creation of the world’s largest, and first truly global, brewer, accounting for approximately one third of the global market for beer sales. With AB InBev’s bid for SABMiller amounting to around US$106billion, this deal is one of the largest corporate transactions in recent history. Contact details +27 11 269 7600


STEPHENSON HARWOOD LLP & ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS F I N A L I S T • A F R I C A’ S S T R A T E G I C P A R T N E R O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 Stephenson Harwood has been involved with Africa for many

A number of our lawyers have lived, studied and/or trained

on a case by case basis, to match the interests of the clients

years and has a dedicated and market leading practice for

in Africa, including Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius,

with the best and most flexible resources available.

the continent. Lawyers from our nine international offices

Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire. They are therefore deeply

advise and assist clients based in Africa on a variety of legal

passionate about Africa; it is much more than just a place on a

issues covering almost all the firm’s practice areas. The lawyers

map for our team. The head of the Africa group, Kamal Shah,

in our Africa group have developed deep knowledge, strong

was born and raised in Kenya.

personal relationships and unparalleled expertise across many

One expression of ECC’s commitment to Africa is its longrunning secondment programme. This dates back to the 1990’s and has involved lawyers who are now senior in the African legal firmament. The programme is now run in conjunction

Our involvement with Africa focuses on collaborative capacity

with the Stephenson Harwood programme, with secondees

building, through secondments to us and from us to local firms,

spending part of their time in London in each office. This

Like Stephenson Harwood, Essex Court Chambers (“ECC”)

sponsorship of seminars and conferences, hosting industry

complimentary experience has been invaluable for many, given

has a long and enthusiastic relationship with Africa. ECC is

events, thought leadership by sitting on industry bodies,

the differences and synergies between legal practice among

one of the top commercial and international law chambers

sponsorship of a best law student prize, and supporting

barristers and solicitors in London.

in London. ECC specialises in commercial and financial

grassroots events.

countries in the continent.

litigation, arbitration, public law and public international law. Headquartered in London, members of Chambers are recognised specialists in all areas of commercial law and handle disputes across the full spectrum of the business and financial world. Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 900 people worldwide, including more than 140 partners. Our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients. Established in 1875, our headquarters are in London, with nine offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In addition we have forged close ties with other high quality law firms across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.


In particular, Stephenson Harwood has developed an innovative secondment programme involving leading African law firms and corporates. Secondments allow our firm to build stronger relationships, share knowledge and training, and give secondees from Africa the opportunity to experience life in

Stephenson Harwood Kamal Shah Partner and head of Africa group T: +44 20 7809 2 301 E:

London and an international law firm such as ours.

Essex Court Chambers

ECC has had a close working and personal relationship with

David Grief

Stephenson Harwood over many decades. Both co-operate on cases as part of a team of litigators and advisers, and will co-ordinate trips to Africa together. Teams of solicitors from Stephenson Harwood and counsel from ECC are tailor-made

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KING & WOOD MALLESONS F I N A L I S T • A F R I C A’ S S T R A T E G I C P A R T N E R O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 6 King & Wood Mallesons is a new breed of law firm combining

We have built an impressive client base for Africa work and have

bi-annual Made in Africa publication, which is of most interest to

local depth with a global platform. Offering a different

recently cemented ourselves as a market leading firm in the

investors and businesses operating on the continent. For more

perspective to commercial thinking and the client experience,

region. Our team advises clients (investors, financial institutions,

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2,700 lawyers across more than 30 international offices are

operators, industrial groups, governments) on a wide range

working with clients every day to understand local challenges and

of Africa matters including corporate/M&A, finance, private

navigate through regional complexity. With access to a global

equity fund formation and investment, E&I projects, commercial,

platform, we are providing commercial solutions and transforming

litigation and tax.

the way legal services are delivered.

By virtue of our commitment to capacity building in Africa,

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How do we do this? By focusing not just on what you want,

King & Wood Mallesons was also instrumental in founding

but how you want it. Working in close partnership with clients,

International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA), the organisation that

our relationships are built on delivering a market leading

provides secondments for African lawyers in the leading City firms

experience and providing access to deep legal insights and local

in London and Dubai, and now continues to support its initiatives.

Patrick Deasy

connections, with the benefit of a global platform.

ILFA now includes 148 alumni from 20 different African countries

International Funds Partner & Co-Head Africa Group

We open doors and unlock opportunities for clients as they look to unleash the fullest potential of the 21st Century. Our ability to connect emerging opportunities, with market leading capability, is pushing the frontiers of what can be achieved. Africa is a strategically important region for King & Wood Mallesons and one in which we have a concentrated focus. With over 25 years of on-the-ground expertise, our Africa Group is both cross-departmental and cross-jurisdictional and covers all three

and we are working in close partnership to help build capacity in legal services in Africa. The Financial Times recognised our achievement by presenting our firm with the FT Innovative Lawyers Award and The Lawyer publication awarded us the Pro Bono Firm of the Year Award. Our leadership in the Africa market is further verified by our recent award wins including Private Equity Africa’s (PEA) Funds Advisor of the Year in 2014 and 2016.

main legal systems - Anglophile, Francophile and Lusophile - in our

To keep you abreast of the latest legal developments, market

role as international counsel.

analysis and hot topics in Africa, please read our highly regarded,

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G. ELIAS & CO FINALIST • BA N K I N G & F I N A N C E T E A M O F T H E Y E A R 2016 • I P & T E C H N O LO GY T E A M O F T H E YEAR 2016 G. Elias & Co. (the “Firm”) was founded in 1994 and has

Fidelis Adewole is a senior associate with the Firm. He supervises

commercialization of IP rights. She is a member of INTA and

become one of Nigeria’s leading business law firms. We have

the IP team. He has advised and continues to advise major

IPLAN. Her contact details are;

an outstanding record of, carrying out critical, innovative and

Telecommunications, Financial Services and Fast Moving

+234 803 448 1379.

complex work to exceptional standards in various aspects of

Consumer Goods companies on the protection of their IP

intellectual property (IP) and represent numerous local and

assets. He has been actively involved in IP litigation for several

international clients within and outside Nigeria.

clients and has active and supervisory roles for most of the

We are unusual in having ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management

suits. He is a member of IPLAN. His contact details are fidelis.

Ebimobowei Jikenghan is an associate with the Firm. He has vast experience in IP litigation. He is a member of INTA and IPLAN. His contact details are; +234 805 748 7178.; +234 803 885 0632.

Doris Dimoha is an associate with the Firm. Her area of

an association of leading independent top-tier firms all

Solomon Ezike is an associate with the Firm. He has vast

expertise involves trademark rights protection and prosecution

founded in Africa. This gives us a platform to prosecute the

experience in IP litigation. He is currently advising and

registration and protection of IP rights throughout the African

representing a leading multinational telecommunications


service provider on enforcing its trademark rights in Nigeria.

System certification. We belong to the Africa Legal Network,

Fred Onuobia is the managing partner of the Firm and heads the IP team. His expertise ranges from IP protection to

He is a member of INTA and IPLAN. His contact details are; +234 803 929 9501.

commercialization of IP rights, IP infringement and enforcement

Yemisi Falade is an associate with the Firm. Her area of expertise

litigation and technology transfer between Nigerian and foreign

involves protection of IP rights, commercialization of IP rights and

entities. He has over twenty (20) years’ experience in IP work. He is

technology transfer. She is a member of INTA and IPLAN. Her

a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), Anti-

contact details are; +234 806 081 3878.

Counterfeiting Collaboration Nigeria (ACC) and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria (IPLAN). His contact details are; +234 803 402 3879.


Blessing Okhiria is an associate with the Firm. Her area of expertise involves trademark protection and enforcement and

and commercialization of IP rights. She is a member of INTA and IPLAN. Her contact details are; +234 703 892 4591. Jane Iroagalachi is an associate with the Firm. She has vast experience in trademark rights protection and related matters. She is a member of IPLAN. Her contact details are jane.; +234 803 325 7684.


CHIEF WOLE OLANIPEKUN, OFR, SAN, LL.D, FCIARB., FNIALS L I F E T I M E AC H I E V E M E N T F O R CO N T R I B U T I O N S TO L AW Educated at the University of Lagos), Chief Wole Olanipekun,

of Council of the 11-year old Anglican University – Ajayi

most outstanding alumni of Ilesa Grammar School, among

OFR, SAN,LL.D, FCIArb, FNIALS, was called to the Nigerian Bar

Crowther University, Oyo.

several great Nigerian legal minds like Hon. Justice Kayode

in July 1976. He set up the law firm of Wole Olanipekun & Co, in 1980, with offices in Ilorin, Lagos and Akure.

In 1996, he instituted the Wole Olanipekun Scholarship Scheme, with the mission and vision of assisting, by way of

Eso, Hon. Justice Alfa Belgore, Hon. Justice Yinka Ayoola, B.A. Ibironke, SAN, J.B. Majiyagbe, SAN, Dr. F.A. Ajayi, SAN, Chief Phillip Umeadi, SAN etc. He was recognised as a Leader in

He became a Notary Public in 1987, and in July 1991, he was

scholarship award to brilliant and indigent students. The

conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of

Scheme, which was initially restricted to secondary school

Nigeria (SAN). Between 1992 and 1993, he was the Attorney-

students has now been extended to cover university under-

General and Commissioner for Justice of the old Ondo

graduates, as well as students of the Nigerian Law School. As

State. Between 2002 and 2004, he was elected and served

at today, over two hundred and fifty students have benefited

as the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He

from the Scheme, and some of them are now proud Lawyers,

He is a patron to the Law Students’ Societies of the University

is regarded as one of the most outstanding and successful

Doctors, Pharmacists, Educationists, Engineers, Architects, etc.

of Lagos, University of Ilorin, University of Ibadan, Ekiti State

Presidents ever produced by the Nigerian Bar Association. Between 2009 to 2013, he was the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University of Ibadan.

In March 2014, he built and donated to the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikere-Ekiti Branch, a 350-capacity Bar Centre.

Achievement in Ondo State in 1994, and honoured with a Merit Award Certificate as an illustrious son of Ikere in 1996. He has also been conferred with several honourary chieftaincy titles by traditional rulers from different parts of Nigeria.

University, Obafemi Awolowo University and Igbinedion University.

In addition, he has, for the past three years been paying

A prolific writer, respectable statesman and national

At various times, Chief Wole Olanipekun served as a member

the annual practising fees of the over sixty lawyers who are

interventionist, Chief Wole Olanipekun is regarded as

of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Legal Practitioners

members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikere Branch.

a motivational lecturer who, in and out of the country,

Privileges Committee (LPPC), Council of Legal Education, Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, General Council of the Bar, Ondo State Judicial Service Commission, Governing Council, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, amongst others. He became a member of the Body of Benchers in 1992, and was made a Life Bencher in 2004. He is also a life member of the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association. He is presently the Vice-Chairman

Chief Wole Olanipekun is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (FCIArb); a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, FNIALS; a holder of a National Honour, Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR). In recognition of his laudable services to the University of Ibadan, the University conferred on him in November 2014, a honorary Doctor of Letters (LL.D). He was honoured with the

and within and outside the legal profession. Chief Wole Olanipekun has written and presented over 250 papers on diverse topics in law, politics, economics, education, religion, amongst others. He has also contributed several chapters to a host of law publications and journals. He is the author ‘The Voice of Law and Social Change’, published in two volumes.

Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Faculty of Law, University

Chief Wole Olanipekun is happily married to Princess

of Lagos in 1992; and the Merit Alumnus Award of each of

Omolara Olanipekun, and the marriage is blessed with four

In November 2014, Chief Wole Olanipekun was persuaded

Amoye Grammar School, Ikere-Ekiti and Ilesa Grammar


to assume office as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman

School, Ilesa in 1999. His name is on the Honours List of the

of the Advisory Board of the Ibadan Business School, Ibadan.


Over the past decade Africa has emerged as a leading centre of economic growth, with the majority of industries operating within Africa having experienced rapid expansion as a result of increased investment and interest from around the globe. Naturally this has led to an increase in disputes, renewing the interest of arbitrators and practitioners from both within the continent and around the world. Written by a team of highly experienced practitioners, Arbitration in Africa: A Review of Key Jurisdictions is a valuable text for any arbitrator operating within Africa, providing a thorough and comprehensive account of arbitration in Africa.



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