Aluko & Oyebode

Banking & Finance Department

Nigeria
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What the team is known for Highly skilled team at the forefront of the market that is well known for its involvement in high-value transactions with domestic and international companies. Adept at handling a variety of matters, including structured trade agreements, foreign exchange contracts and secure lending agreements. Also assists with capital markets mandates. Earns recognition for its exceptional handling of a range of project finance matters, particularly in the oil and gas sector.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's "deep bench strength and international relationships."

One interviewee described the group as "commercially aware," commending its ability "to apply the law to the issues in that they give tailored advice."

Work highlights Assisted MTN Nigeria with obtaining an NGN200 billion term credit facility from a variety of Nigerian banks.

Notable practitioners

Gbenga Oyebode is a highly respected lawyer who brings a wealth of cross-practice experience when assisting his clients. Renowned for his expertise in projects, he unites this with his skill in banking, advising numerous clients in the oil and gas sector on a range of financing initiatives.

Managing partner Kofo Dosekun is described as a "brilliant finance lawyer" by interviewees. A skilled financing lawyer, she has been engaged by a range of lenders and borrowers on energy projects, corporate transactions and other commercial business matters. One source described her as "one of the leading practitioners in Nigeria's budding derivatives market."

Oghogho Makinde has an impressive reputation in this space, particularly when it comes to financing initiatives in the construction and energy and natural resources sectors. One interviewee described her as a "fantastic lawyer; she is brilliant, competent, responsive and a delight to work with."

Reginald Udom acts for a number of significant banking clients. He advises on an array of project-related mandates, from credit facilities in the energy sector, to restructured financings of urban developments. Sources describe him as a "strong technical lawyer" with "a very commercial approach."